Build Your Trading IQ

Basics, building blocks & resources for new traders

Get Social: Share NinjaTrader 8 RC2 Windows!

By | September 22, 2016

NinjaTrader 8 RC2 is equipped with the ability to quickly share messages and NinjaTrader images via Facebook, Twitter, Stocktwits and Email!Read More

Spot Bullish and Bearish Market Conditions with the ADL Indicator

By | September 19, 2016

NinjaTrader is equipped with over 100 free pre-built indicators to aid in your technical analysis of the markets. Indicators can be applied to NinjaTrader charts, the SuperDOM and the Market Analyzer. The first indicator featured within the NinjaTrader Indicator Menu is the ADL.Read More

Foreign Currency Trading: 10 Year Note vs EUR/USD Pair

By | September 12, 2016

When crisis or panic arises in the financial markets, investors often look for the safer route to growth of investment. As an example of such an instrument, the 10-year treasury note has been offering around 1.5% interest annually in return. An alternative approach to treasury notes with potentially more risk is liquidating futures and equity assets and taking a position on a foreign currency trading pair. This ‘trade’ translates into the US Dollar and other relative currencies gaining in value as investors flee from riskier assets such as equities.Read More

What is a Tick?

By | August 12, 2016

A tick is the minimum increment that an instrument can fluctuate. Whether the instrument price is moving up, or down, its tick value represents what each movement is worth in terms of dollars.

For example, the E-mini S&P 500 (ES) futures contract has a tick size of 0.25 with a tick value of $12.50. Thus, each time the instrument moves, it will do so in 0.25 increments, and each movement represents $12.50.Read More

Grassroots History of the Futures Contract

By | April 14, 2016

New and aspiring day traders often ask the question, “what are Futures”?

The best way to answer this common question is to take a little step back in history.

During the grassroots of the monetary exchange, goods were often exchanged or “traded” for payment. However, as time progressed, consumers realized certain products were only needed during specific times through the year. Read More

Add Indicators to the NinjaTrader 8 Beta SuperDOM!

By | April 7, 2016

One of the 500+ user driven enhancements featured in NinjaTrader 8 Beta is the ability to add price action indicators to visually display values in the SuperDOM!

Current NinjaTrader users familiar with adding an indicator to a chart will feel right at home when adding an indicator to a SuperDOM as the process is largely identical. Read More

Analyze Price Action on Multiple Timeframes with Global Drawing Objects

By | April 5, 2016

NinjaTrader is equipped with a number of native drawing tools to aid in your technical analysis.

Drawing Objects can be applied to a specific chart or to the chart of the same instrument. When a drawing object is applied to all charts of the same instrument, it is considered global.

When analyzing price action on multiple timeframes for a particular instrument, consider activating “Global Drawing Objects” which will allow you to keep your analysis consistent and prove to be a nice timesaver in the long run. Read More

What You Need to Know to Get Started in Futures Trading

By | March 30, 2016

Traders new to the industry can often be overwhelmed by industry jargon and terminology. Thus, as aspiring traders do their due diligence to get educated and familiarize themselves with industry norms, it’s important to focus on the fundamentals. Below you’ll find some rudimentary information that all Futures traders must know. Read More

Crude Oil: Bullish or Bearish?

By | March 28, 2016

The recent rally in Crude Oil prices has caught the attention of many investors. Following the bullish run to round off August 2015 after the CL hit a low of roughly $45, many thought the CL had finally met its foe. However, the bearish trend prevailed triggering the unbelievable lows dipping into the $20 range in February.

Over the last 5 weeks, Crude Oil prices have rallied roughly 50% off their lows, but will this bullish trend continue? Or, will record high inventories reported by the U.S. Government put a damper on the run?Read More

Practice, Practice, Practice with Market Replay!

By | March 17, 2016

Malcom Gladwell, staff writer at The New Yorker & author of bestseller, Outliers, popularized the theory that it requires 10,000 hours of practice for one to become a master of a particular skill.

Just like any other skillset, if you want to master trading, it requires practice. However, with the markets only producing a limited amount of live data per day, reaching that 10,000 hour threshold can appear daunting at best. Read More