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Inverted Cup and Handle Pattern: A Bearish Technical Trading Indicator

By | November 10, 2017

Inverted cup and handle patterns can be identified by their large crescent shape followed by a less extreme, upward retracement. The entire pattern usually takes within 3 to 6 month to develop. These patterns are meant to serve as being indicative of a bearish reversal. Read More

Analyze E-Mini S&P 500 by Comparing Multiple Data Series

By | November 7, 2017

Multi data series charting is a popular technical analysis approach that involves charting multiple futures contracts within one chart window. Plotting the price action of multiple instruments can help traders gain a broader perspective of market behavior through the comparison of historical data. Additionally, analysts can draw comparisons between the performance of technical indicators and trend behavior. Read More

USD/JPY Foreign Currency Pair: Reacting to Bullish and Bearish Events

By | November 1, 2017

Historically, the USD/JPY foreign currency pair has reacted strongly during both times of bearish and bullish market conditions. The USD/JPY moving in favor of the Japanese Yen could be attributed to it being viewed as a safer alternative to other financial instruments during times of geopolitical unrest which leads to bullish conditions. When investors have ‘flocked’ to the Yen, this has historically resulted in the US Dollar decreasing in value against it.Read More

Trade Dow Jones Futures with 3 Technical Indicators

By | October 25, 2017

When analyzing the Dow Jones futures contract, technical indicators can be helpful to highlight potential trade opportunities, market reversals and price movements. Information obtained from technical analysis can assist traders to forecast future price levels, assess strength in market trends and determine overbought and oversold market conditions.Read More

How to Trade Futures Using a Calendar Spread

By | October 19, 2017

A calendar spread is a trading strategy in that the trader buys and sells two contracts with different expiration dates of the same financial instrument at the same time. This trade is designed to allow the trader to potentially benefit from the difference in price between the two expiration dates.Read More

Analyzing Crude Oil (CL) Futures Market Patterns

By | October 10, 2017

Technical indicators and chart patterns can provide analytical insight into the Crude Oil futures (CL) market by measuring price action, volume and volatility. The results of the market analytics can potentially serve as entry and exit signals, and identifying overall trend direction.Read More

The Big [Onion] Short

By | October 3, 2017

Futures instruments are far ranging, from wheat, coffee and cocoa, to gold, oil, and market indices. However, there is one futures commodity you won’t be able to add to your watch list: onions.

Here is the tale of how onion futures came to be banned by US Federal law.Read More

3 Indicators to Analyze E-mini S&P 500 Market Trends

By | September 25, 2017

Analyzing the S&P 500 futures contract (ES) with technical indicators can be useful for discovering potential trade opportunities by measuring price action, volume and volatility. Insights gained from technical analysis can serve as signals for potential reversals or subsequent market moves.Read More

FAQ for Futures Traders

By | September 21, 2017

Whether you are new to trading futures, or a long tenured trader, there are common questions that continually surface. This article will walk through some of the key areas to help you navigate the nuances of trading futures. Read More

5 Reasons to Trade Futures

By | September 12, 2017

So, you are interested in trading futures, first things first…what is a futures market?

Futures are standardized contracts for the purchase and sale of financial instruments or physical commodities for future delivery on a regulated commodity futures exchange. Below are some examples of futures contracts:Read More