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Futures Option Spreads – Delta Neutral Trading

Futures Option Spreads – Delta Neutral Trading

There are many ways to trade futures option spreads. One way is to trade spreads that can profit from time decay. You can sell options which you believe will lose more time value than the options you buy.

Another way is to buy and sell options based on their deltas. Some of these trades are called delta neutral trades. Delta neutral trades are option trades in which the total delta of all the options is Zero. At the money options have a delta of 50.

If you buy an at the money call, you will have a
delta of +50.

If you sell an at the money call, you will have a
delta of -50.

If you buy an at the money put, you will have a
delta of -50.

If you sell an at the money put, you will have a
delta of +50.

Basically, the deltas will be determined by where you want the market to go. Think of it this way: If you sold an at the money call option, where would you want the market to move to? You would like it to go lower. So, you would have a delta of -50.

If you look at most at the money options, you will find that they are usually not at 50. That is because they are not exactly at the money. We still refer to these as the at the money options because they are the ones that are the closest to being there. It might have a delta of 47 or 53.

If you purchased one at the money call and one at the money put, you would be delta neutral. The call will have +50 deltas and the put will have -50 deltas. The total is zero. This is a very simple delta neutral trade.

Another delta neutral trade is a ratio back spread. An example of this trade would be to sell an option that is at the money and buy a greater number of out of the money options. You might sell one call option at the money (delta -50) and buy 2 call options out of the money (delta +25 each). You would be delta neutral. You would want to put this on for a credit or at even. You can also put it on for a debit but then you would care a little about market direction.

If you put it on for a credit or even money and the market was lower at expiration of the options, you would break even or earn a small credit. If you put it on for a debit, you would lose the debit amount if the market was lower at expiration of the options. In either case, if the market went sharply higher, you have a chance for unlimited profit, because you have purchased more options than you sold.

Most traders teach that ratio back spreads should be done in the far months only. This is because you have more time to be correct with a big move. The problem that I have found is that you are giving up too much for the time advantage. The options you buy out of the money are not priced at an advantage compared to the ones at the money. You can look at the theta to see how much each option will lose per day or per week.

You can also see that in order to have a lot of time left in the trade, the difference in strike prices between the option you sell and the options you buy are too much. It will take a bigger move before you have unlimited profit potential.

If you are expecting a big move, think differently than the norm and start to look at options that have 20 -40 days left. The options you buy compared to the options you sell, should be priced better. Everything is in relation to something else.

So the next time you hear someone recommending the same old ratio back spreads, take a look at the difference months to see where the real advantage is.

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New Instrument for Futures and Options’ Traders

New Instrument for Futures and Options’ Traders

Oil dominated volume on HedgeStreet last week as crude prices dropped 5.01% to close at .76. Investors doubt an OPEC production cut. Wholesale gas and currencies were active too. The dollar was up 0.68% against the euro, closing at .2595/€, and up 0.75% against the yen, closing at ¥119.01/$ . The yen�s weakness continues to surprise, especially given the end of the easy money policy by the Bank of Japan earlier this year. Stocks rallied to record levels. The Dow closed at 11850.21. Bonds sold off sharply on Friday with the 10-year yield up 12bp to 4.70%. Gold plummeted 4.38% to close at 2.40. All these changes are good news for the U.S. economy. Energy is getting cheaper which offsets housing weakness and boosts corporate earnings. Lower gold prices may augur tamer inflation next year. Investment is coming back into U.S. stocks, boosting the dollar. Long term rates remain low. Freddie Mac releases 30-year mortgage composite on Thursday; HedgeStreet binaries stop trading on Wednesday. CHF and CAD now trade intra-day.

This week: Virgin threatens to cancel Airbus380 orders; earnings from GE, Pepsi, Costco and McDonald�s; FCC votes on telecom mergers; and U.S. customs stops seizing cheaper Canadian drugs on the border even though imports remain illegal.

ECONOMIC RELEASES THIS WEEK

Tuesday: Wholesale inventories expected at +0.7%, with sales racing ahead this the inventory-to-sales ratio at low 1.15 months. Treasury budget expected at a -55bn surplus with receipts running 12% year-on-year, expenditures at 8%.
Wednesday: Crude inventories and FOMC minutes.
Thursday: Initial Claims expected at 311K. Trade balance expected at -.5bn, off the July record of -bn; a solid rebound in exports expected.

Friday: Retail sales expected at 0.2%, ex-auto at 0.0%, lower due to lower gas prices. Autos have a potential to surprise to the downside.

STARBUCKS 40,000 … PETSMART�S HOTELS … CHICAGO TO EAT MORE MEAT

Starbucks announced a goal of 40,000 coffee shops, up from 12,000 now. I am on three lattes a day; I don’t think I can handle five… PetSmart will operate in its stores 850 animal hotels catering to 110m U.S. households with pets (63%). For a night, pups can enjoy TV, lambskin blankets and day care activities. Five billion people on the planet wish they had it as good as U.S. pets. That fence will sure stop immigration … The CME and Deutsche B�rse talked about a potential tie-up. The Germans were impressed with Ferris Buhler�s lederhosen and his rendition of Danke Sch�n, Auf Wiedersehen? The merger makes no sense, and God knows Chicago doesn�t need more German food …

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Hardware And Software For Day Trading Emini Futures

Hardware And Software For Day Trading Emini Futures

What do you need to day trade Emini : Hardware

Having a stable computer system is crucial to your trading success. Imagine what would happen if your computer hangs in the middle of a trade. What happens if you suddenly get disconnected from the internet? Accidents do occur and these scenarios are very possible, I have encountered an internet disconnection while trading. Such scenarios are potentially lethal to your trading especially when the market can move against you in a couple of minutes in the case of day trading.

Besides making sure that our equipment is up-to-date and reliable, care must also be given to the planning of a backup system. For example, I have 2 internet connections just in case one fails and I always have my laptop on standby should my PC hang in the middle of a trade. This section covers the necessary precautions and minimum set up you need to start trading. It is important to remind ourselves that making money through trading is our ultimate aim. It is easy to fall into the trap of delaying setting up your trading system because you want to fine tune your computer system. Have the basic reliable set up and get ready to go!

Although there are no hard and fast rules to your hardware configuration, I recommend the following minimum configuration.

CPU : at least 1GHz

Memory RAM : at least 512MB ( charting software is memory intensive)
Monitors: at least two 17 inch XVGA monitors (resolution of 1280 X 1024)
Graphics Card: Any graphics card capable to support 2 monitors, usually one monitor will be connected via analog cable and the other monitor connected via digital cable. Hence it is important that one of your monitors support digital output.
Internet Connection Cable or ADSL, try not to connect trough wireless since wireless connections are prone to instability.

A minimum of 2 high quality monitors is needed in order to display all the charts and order management screens. If you only have one screen, you might ALT-TAB in windows to switch between the different applications, however, there is not really much reaction time when the market is moving and I strongly recommend have at least 2 monitors to display all the necessary charts and applications.

What do you need to day trade Emini : Software

After the hardware set up all that remains is installing the appropriate softwares and you are ready to go. Although it is not a must, it is advisable to invest in antivirus softwares and firewall softwares such as Norton or Mcafee. The last thing you want to worry about is whether your system is infected or not.

Real time Data Provider

Day trading imposes stringent conditions on data providing services. Although there are a lot of free delayed quotes on the internet, a real time data provider is necessary. Usually the data will come together with software to display the data as candle sticks in real time. Some brokers provide real time data but lack the necessary software to display the data in a meaningful format.

Qcharts off good real time stock data with a state of the art charting software that you can run from your computer.

Novice traders should strart from the Qcharts subscription which costs /month. Besides this, you will also be required to subscribe to data from real time exchanges, for example, if you chose AMEX (/mth), NYSE (/mth),NASDAQ (/mth) and CME EMINI (/mth). This will constitute a total cost of 6/mth to Qcharts.

Interactive Brokers

There are many brokers out there in the market. Interactive Brokers which offers one of the cheapest commissions from trading Emini. ( .40 per trade) also offers good support and I have never failed to get a response from their help desk.

You will also be required to choose which market data to subscribe. For trading Emini, subscribe to “ US Securities and Commodities Bundle Non-professional – Level I ” which is free. However a charge of will be imposed if the monthly commissions is below .

00 is the minimum required to open an account. However, a starting minimum of 00 would be desirable, since IB restricts you from trading once your equity falls below 00. IB provides several trading platforms including web based and downloadable software versions. The software version is more stable. One caveat here is that you need to install a Java plugin before you can run the software.

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Emini Futures Day Trading : Fundamentals And Simulated Trading System

Emini Futures Day Trading : Fundamentals And Simulated Trading System

Fundamental Analysis
Fundamental analysis is a methodology for analysis of a company as a viable stock that you want to hold for long term. Fundamental analysis is more widespread in the world of investing since you are going to hold your companies for 10 to 20 years, you do not wish that your companies go bankrupt the next day. Some of the common ratios used are P/E ratios (price earnings ratios) which measures the relative price of the stock to the earnings of the company, the EPS (earnings per share), the debt equity ratio and tons of other ratios.

Although I have spent considerable time studying such ratios I discovered that you do not really need such information to be successful in day trading. I repeat, fundamental analysis plays a marginal role in day trading. In fact, most of the time, I don’t follow it at all. If you still have reservations about ignoring fundamental analysis, I recommend trading ETFs (exchange traded funds) such as QQQQ which mirrors the movement of the NASDAQ 100. In essence, you are actually trading the index like a normal stock. Indexes usually have a huge number of stocks in them, making them less susceptible to company specific news. However if you are paranoid, then you might still want to follow the news of the major companies in the index.

here is no lack of information and no end to analysis. Knowing the fundamentals might seem cool when you discuss company so and so over a cocktail party, but it will not help you rip money off Wall Street in day trading. Being able to remove fundamental analysis from the decision making process is also one of the reasons why I recommend trading Emini index futures.

Paper Trading: Don’t Ever Underestimate it!
Paper trading refers to trading with virtual money, you do not use real money. You jot down in your notebook when you bought at what price and why. When you sell, you record in your notebook again why you sold and calculate the profit or loss associated with the trade.

If you cannot make money by paper trading, you can forget about making money in real trading. Always test a new trading idea with paper trading first before using real money. Also start with paper trading after a long period of break, to help you get back in touch with trading.

Although there is very little difference between paper trading and real trading in Emini, real trading is subjected to slippage and psychological factors come into play when you are using real money. Do not underestimate the impact of psychological factors on your trading. After you have a reasonable method and money management techniques, it is the psychological factors which will determine whether you make a profit or loss.

Some traders have created software to paper trade. You hit the buttons like you are doing real trading but only virtual money is involved and no real cash is used. The system will record down the time, price, symbol and the position opened or closed. This saves you the trouble of keeping a paper record.

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Trading Options And Futures – Comparing The Two Types Of Contracts

Trading Options And Futures – Comparing The Two Types Of Contracts

In trading, it is quite common for the terms options and futures to be used interchangeably. Although these two contracts have a lot of similarities when it comes to principles, they are actually two very different things and therefore interchanging them when conducting trades in the market can be a very lethal mistake for anyone.

Let us learn the differences between these two contracts in order to prevent making the wrong decisions in buying and selling rights for stocks or commodities. Through this, we may just be able to prevent risks and maximize chances for profit.

What Is An Options Contract?

An option is basically the right to buy or sell a specific amount of stock, currency, or whatever commodity offered in the market. This contract basically allows an individual to enjoy, but to necessarily become obligated, to exercise these rights. This contract can only be valid for a specific period of time, and commodities traded can only be bought and sold at a certain fixed price.

What Is A Futures Contract?

On the other hand, a future is a transferable contract that requires the delivery of a certain stock, currency or whatever commodity traded. Like an option, the delivery of the trade is done through a fixed price stated in the contract and within a time frame, so one should not go beyond the expiry date.

However, it is very important to take note that a holder is obligated to exercise the conditions of the contract unlike in options where the holder can have the liberty of deciding.

The Differences Between Options And Futures

Aside from the fundamental difference between the two contracts on rights and obligations, there are also other differences that include commissions, the size of underlying stocks or commodities traded and how gains are realized.

In a futures contract, an investor has the liberty to sign into the contract without paying upfront. However, an investor cannot take hold of an options position without paying a premium to the contract holder. The option premium therefore serves as payment for the privilege to not become obligated to purchase the underlying commodities in cases wherein there are unfavorable shifts in prices.

Another major difference between options and futures is also the size of the underlying positions that can be traded. Usually, futures contracts would include much larger sizes for the underlying positions as compared to that included in options contracts. Because of this, the obligations included in futures make it riskier for a contract holder to trade due to the possibility of losing so much.

Lastly, the two contracts differ with how gains are received by parties involved. For options contracts, gains can be attained in three methods. Either the holder exercises the option, purchases an opposite option, or waits until the expiration date arrives to be able to collect the difference between the price for asset and the strike price, so he or she could get profits. However, profits for futures contracts can only be realized by either taking an opposition position or through the instant change in the value of positions at the end of each trading day.

Knowing about the differences between an options contract and a futures contract can help broaden your knowledge in stock trading, and this can surely prevent you from making the wrong decisions if ever you decide in joining this particular arena.

Remember to never trade without doing your research and fully understanding what contracts you are dealing with. If you just take the extra step to acquaint yourself, then you just might be able to spare losing so much money.

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Emini Futures S&P 500 And NASDAQ 100 : Basic Trading Info

Emini Futures S&P 500 And NASDAQ 100 : Basic Trading Info

What are Index Futures?
Future contracts originate from commodity trading. A future contract is an obligation to buy/sell a certain quantity of commodity at a specific date for a specific price determined at the outset of the contract. Future contracts are frequently used for hedging risks and also for speculation.

For example, with the recent hike in oil prices, an airline company which uses a lot of fuel might want to hedge it’s exposure to oil prices through the purchase of oil futures. If the price of oil is now and is expected to go up to within 3 months, the airline would hedge its exposure by purchasing the 3 month future contracts so long as the agreed price is less than .

Oil prices now
Expected oil price in 3 mth’s time (by airline)
Price of 3 mth oil contract (by oil producer)
Actual price 3 mths later

Let’s assume the airline can find an oil producer willing to sell oil 3 month later for , the company would enter a futures agreement with this oil producer for delivery of a certain quantity of oil in 3 month’s time. If the price of oil falls to , the airline still has to purchase at the agreed price of . But what propelled the airline to enter the futures contract in the first place is its expectations of future oil prices going up to in 3 months and buying at a price below (3 months later) seemed reasonable to the company.

Index futures are cash settled, there is no physical delivery of commodity as in the case of wheat, corn, etc. Although index futures can also be held for the long term, the time span we are concentrating on is a day. We are using the index futures as a vehicle for speculation and not for hedging as in the case of the airline company.

What is the Emini S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100?
NASDAQ 100 and S&P 500 index futures is listed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and trades on the Globex electronic system. CME acts as the counter party for each trade, hence if you short futures, CME will be taking the long position and vice versa.

NASDAQ 100 Emini contracts is actually one fifth the size of their larger counterparts, the NASDAQ 100 index futures. Each point of the index will represent and the minimum fluctuation ( tick size ) is 0.5 points which is equivalent to .

S&P 500 Emini contracts is actually one fifth the size of their larger counterparts, the S&P 500 index futures. Each point of the index will represent and the minimum fluctuation ( tick size ) is 0.25 points which is equivalent to .50.

Globex opens from 16:30(EST) on weekdays and 18:00(EST) on Sundays and public holidays. The closing time is 16:15(EST) on all days. However, there will be a scheduled maintenance of Globex from 17:30 till 18:00 (Monday through Thursday, nightly). I know the timings can be quite complicated, however as day traders, we are mostly concerned with trading when the market is opened as we have to capitalize on the higher liquidity available. I do not recommend entering trades after market hours, due to low volume which leads to slippage. The time span you have to concentrate on is really the market opening hours from 9:30 till 16:15 (EST).

More information regarding the contract specification of the Emini can be found on CME’s website.

symbols for the S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100 Emini index futures. Both the NQ and ES emini contracts have expiry months in March, June, September and December which are denoted by the letters “H”, “M”, “U”, “Z” respectively. Hence NQ05Z will represent the NASDAQ 100 emini contract with expiry month in December 2005. Similarly, ES06H will be the symbol for an S&P 500 emini contract with expiry month in March 2006.

March H
June M
September U
December Z

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Forex Versus Futures

Forex Versus Futures

The origins of today’s futures market lies in the agriculture markets of the 19th century. At that time, farmers began selling contracts to deliver agricultural products at a later date. This was done to anticipate market needs and stabilize supply and demand during off seasons.

The current futures market includes much more than agricultural products. It is a worldwide market for all sorts of commodities including manufactured goods, agricultural products, and financial instruments such as currencies and treasury bonds. A futures contract states what price will be paid for a product at a specified delivery date.

When the futures market is played by speculators, the actual goods are not important and there is no expectation of delivery. Rather, it is the futures contract itself that is traded as the value of that contract changes daily according the market value of the commodity.

In every futures contract there is a buyer and a seller. The seller takes the short position and the buyer takes the long position. The futures contract specifies a buying price, a quantity and a delivery date. For example: A farmer agrees to deliver 1000 bushels of wheat to a baker at a price of .00 a bushel. If the daily price of wheat futures falls to .00 a bushel, the farmer’s account is credited with 00 (.00 – .00 X 1000 bushels) and the baker’s account is debited by the same amount. Futures accounts are settled every day.

At the end of the contract period, the contract is settled. If the price of wheat futures is still at .00 the farmer will have made 00 on the futures contract and the baker will have lost the same amount. However, the baker now buys wheat on the open market at .00 a bushel – 00 less than the original contract, so the amount he lost on the futures contract is made up by the cheaper cost of wheat. Similarly, the farmer must sell his wheat on the open market for .00 a bushel, less than what he anticipated when entering the futures contract, but the profit generated by the futures contract makes up the difference.

The baker, however, is still in effect buying the wheat at .00 a bushel, and if he hadn’t entered into a futures contract he would have been able to buy wheat at .00 a bushel. He protected himself against rising prices but he loses if the market price drops.

Speculators hope to profit by the daily fluctuations in the futures market by buying long (from the buyer) if they expect prices to rise or by buying short (from the seller) if they expect prices to fall.

FOREX

The foreign exchange market (FOREX) has several advantages over the futures market. FOREX is a more liquid market – as the largest financial market in the world it dwarfs the futures market in daily exchanges. This means that stop orders can be executed more easily and with less slippage in the FOREX.

The FOREX is open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. Most futures exchanges are open 7 hours a day. This makes FOREX more liquid and allows FOREX traders to take advantage of trading opportunities as they arise rather than waiting for the market to open.

FOREX transactions are commission-free. Brokers earn money by setting a spread – the difference between what a currency can be bought at and what it can be sold at. In contrast, traders must pay a commission or brokerage fee for each futures transaction they enter into.

Because of the high volume of trading FOREX transactions are almost instantly executed. This minimizes slippage and increases price certainty. Brokers in the futures market often quote prices reflecting the last trade – not necessarily the price of your transaction.

The FOREX is less risky than the futures market because of built-in safeguards in the trading system. Debits in futures are always a possiblility because of market gap and slippage.

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Forex Versus Futures Market – What Is The Difference

Forex Versus Futures Market – What Is The Difference

Today’s market takes root in the agriculture markets of the 19th century, when farmers began to sell contracts to deliver their crops at a later date. This was done to anticipate the needs of the market and stabilize supply and demand during poor crop seasons. Like goods and services, the contracts themselves soon became seen as valuable. A grocery store chain, for example, might want to bid on such a contract to ensure that they, and not their competitors, have fresh strawberries during the winter.

1. The Futures Market

The current futures market, of course, includes far more than just foods! It is a market for all sorts of commodities including manufactured goods, agricultural products, and financial instruments such as currencies and treasury bonds. A futures contract states what price will be paid for a product at a specified delivery date.

2. Playing The Futures Market

When an investor plays the futures market, the actual goods are not important and there is no expectation of a real delivery. After all, locusts or the elements of nature could destroy the crop. As such, the value of the contract itself changes daily according to the market value of the commodity.

3. How Transactions Work

A futures contract has a buyer and seller. The contract specifies the buying price, a quantity of goods, and a delivery date. You can never lose money on a futures trade – you will never pay more than the initial amount of the contract. By locking in prices at a fixed rate, you ensure that you will still get that price years from now, protecting against price raises. On the other side of the coin, if the value of the commodity drops, the producer will make money.

4. How Is Profit Made?

In the end, investors are hoping to profit from the daily fluctuations of the market. They buy long term contracts and hope the market will rise the value of the commodities. This way, they can buy low and sell high. Alternatively, those wishing to sell their goods can offer short term contracts if they expect the value of those items to go down.

5. The FOREX Market

FOREX is trading in currencies. It is therefore very liquid in nature – you will never get stuck with two hundred boxes of strawberries that have to be sold within 2 weeks or they will go bad and youll lose a lot of money. Far, far less slippage occurs in the FOREX market compared with the futures market. Slippage is a term that refers to you losing money.

6. Always Open

While most futures exchanges can happen 7 hours in any given day, FOREX is open 24 hours a day for trading. This makes futures far more liquid, able to take advantage of trading opportunities as they arise.

7. No Commission

Traders pay a fee for each transaction they enter into instead of having to pay commissions to brokers. There is a very high volume of trading FOREX transactions are almost instantly executed. This minimizes slippage and increases price certainty. Brokers in the futures market often quote prices reflecting the last trade – not necessarily the price of your trade.

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Forex Trading Vs. Futures – What You Should Know

Forex Trading Vs. Futures – What You Should Know

There are many financial markets in which to participate in order to make substantially better returns than putting your money in a CD or savings account. Some markets such as a money market or a typical bond market won’t usually gain you double digit returns. However, there are some markets that can allow you to achieve double digit returns on your investments and this article will compare a couple of them.

The Forex Market, or FX Market as some term it, is one of those markets where you can make double digit gains. You can also make double digit gains in the Futures market as well. There are distinct differences between the two markets and you will want to know what they are before you enter into either one.

Liquidity:

Forex Trading has the advantage of being more liquid than any other market, including the Futures Market. With the average daily volume in the Forex Market reaching close to 2 Trillion and the daily volume in the Futures Market reaching 30 Billion, there is no comparison. The liquidity in Foreign Currency Trading (Forex) far surpasses that in the Futures Market. This means when it comes time to trade, Forex Trades will be filled much easier than in the Futures Market. This speed means greater potential profit. Couple this with instantaneous trade execution in Forex Trading, and you have the ability to make a lot of trades quickly.

24 Hour Trading:

Another advantage the Forex Currency Trading System (Forex) has compared to Futures is the fact that you can trade 24 hours a day, five days a week if you want. The Forex Market is open longer and for more hours than any other market. If a person is serious about making money in a market, it sure would be nice to have virtually unlimited time each week to make those trades. Whenever some event happens around the world, you can be one of the first to take advantage of the situation. You won’t have to wait for a market to open in the morning. You can trade from your computer instantaneously.

Rapid Trade Execution:

When you use a Forex Currency Trading System you receive immediate trade executions. There is no delay like there can be in the Futures or Equity Markets. And your order gets filled at the best possible price instead of guessing at which price your order might get filled.

No Commissions:

Forex or FX Trading is Commission Free because it is an inter-bank market which matches buyers with sellers in an instant. There are no middleman brokerage fees as in other markets. There is a spread between the bid and ask price and this is where Forex trading firms make a little. This means you can save money when you trade Forex compared to Futures trading where there are typically commissions.

Greater Leverage:

Online Forex Trading gives you much greater leverage than playing the Futures Market. However, in the Futures Market, you can also buy or sell options on futures, which increase your leverage. Leverage can be very important when you know what a currency is going to do. You can achieve 200:1 and greater in Forex Trades compared to much less in Futures. This means a lot more potential profit, again if you make the right moves.

Limited Risk is Guaranteed:

Since Forex Traders must have position limits, the risk is limited since the online capabilities of the Forex Trading system automatically initiate a margin call when the margin amount is greater than the value of the account in dollars. This keeps a Forex Trader from losing too much if their position goes the other way. It is a good safety feature that is not always available in other financial markets.

When considering the differences between Forex Trading and Futures Trading, just keep in mind your preferred trading style and the type of risk you don’t mind taking. There are definite advantages to FX Trading that may allow you to profit greatly if you develop a good system and stay within your trading limits. If you are ready to go, then begin investigating a good firm with whom to open a Forex Trading Account.

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Unearthing The Crazy World Of Futures Trading

Unearthing The Crazy World Of Futures Trading

You see them every day with a new and costly cell phone, driving every day in latest sports car, you hear of their super bonuses and hence decide to join the world of futures trading. Along with enormous bonuses and costly mobiles, futures trade mainly share two other traits:

1. High level of stress.
2. Huge risk.

It is true that many people are engaged in the Futures trading, many have become wealthy as well. If you are well known of the market, avoid greed and fear, and act with it as serious investment opportunity, then the success probability is excellent for you.
Let us know about the requirements for futures trading. There are four requisites, which mainly influence your ultimate success in futures trading:

(A) Take futures trading as business enterprise; apply all orthodox business rules, money management and judgment.

(B) Adopt predetermined trading plan – adopt established guidelines and set of rules, which are well known and valid.

(C) Utilize risk capital – make sure that if you lose the invested money, it should not alter your living standards.

(D) Psychological make-up.

Psychological make-up plays a significant role in futures trading. What type of person you are, how you act under pressure, your ability to think logically, your ability to make quick decision, the way you react under pressure, your power to make quick decisions, your personality, your character, your approach toward money – will regulate your success in futures traders.

Many futures traders let fear, pride and greed, determine their trading decisions. These futures traders oftentimes lose money due to their emotions. Futures trading system annihilates these problems by creating objective trading decisions on a coherent basis. Futures trading systems will allow futures traders a chance to trade smartly.

An effective trading system must

· Be totally objective.
· Be easy to use.
· Give clear purchase and sell signals.
· Keep draw downs to minimum.
· Produce large profits every trade.
· Take little time.

If you want to be a successful futures traders you should have futures software, at minimum it should include:

· A ticker tracker: If you want to trade in a future, search for a ticker symbol of that future, get the futures quote, then make up your mind if you like to trade. A ticker is a specific 4-letter symbol distinguishing future.
· Charting: The software package must have a charting function.
· Market averages.
· A futures quote function.
· Market alerts.
· Market indices.
· Trading screens.
· News alerts.

One cannot yield to trade in futures trading without the impartial advice provided by good software.

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