Investor’s Manual: What Are Futures? April 2, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Understanding the basics of futures. This is a brief futures 101 defining what are futures.

1 min read  |  Futures
The Exciting World of Trading Treasury Bonds (Seriously) February 27, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Treasury bonds are boring, right? Wrong. For traders, they represent a market that can be bigger than stocks.

11 min read  |  Futures
The Hidden Risks of Index Trading January 7, 2019 3:00 AM   |  

SPX and S&P 500 futures don’t always move up and down together. Which one should you look at if you want to know what the market might be doing?

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Food, Energy, & More: Commodity Definition and Basics December 6, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Want to learn about commodities trading, or how to invest in commodities? Start with this overview.

5 min read  |  Commodities
A Day in the Life … Of a Bond Trade October 1, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

Trading bond futures may not be as risky as you think. A step-by-step guide that explains bond futures contract specs, pricing, and margin can go a long way. Walk through a 10-day bond trade and get a feel for day-to-day price action in the bond futures markets.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Same Building Blocks, Different Products: Options on Futures Intro September 26, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn the differences between equity options and options on futures contracts, and how experienced options traders can use futures options to enhance their trading.

4 min read  |  Futures
VIX Futures, VIX Options, and VVIX: Casting a Wide Volatility Net August 28, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how the VIX, VIX futures, VIX options and the VVIX work together to help traders increase market awareness and make more informed option trading decisions.

7 min read  |  Futures
Crude Comparison: WTI vs Brent Crude Oil Benchmarks July 24, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

West Texas Intermediate and North Sea Brent: What’s the difference between these two global crude oil benchmarks?

5 min read  |  Commodities
Futures Margin Call Basics: What to Know Before You Lever Up July 20, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Explore real examples of initial margin & maintenance margin calls. Dive into the mechanics of margin multipliers in futures contract margin.

5 min read  |  Futures
Burning Questions on Futures: Notional Value, Tick Size, and Other Contract Specs July 12, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Interested in learning about futures contracts? Here's a primer on multipliers, tick size, and other futures contracts specifications.

5 min read  |  Futures
Fun with Futures: Basics of Futures Contracts, Futures Trading June 7, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

At first glance, futures trading may seem complex. Let's explore what goes into trading futures contracts.

5 min read  |  Futures
Trading Global: Foreign Exchange (Forex) Trading for Beginners June 5, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The foreign exchange ("forex") market is traded around the globe, virtually around the clock. Find out if the forex market is right for you with this retail forex guide for beginners.

5 min read  |  Forex
Derivatives With a Twist: Options on Futures vs. Equity Options December 6, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Options on futures are quite similar to their equity option cousins, but a few differences do exist.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Can You Spot a “Weather Market?” Corn, Crude, Other Commodities August 2, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn the fundamentals of grain, energy and other markets, and how to follow prices using futures markets.

4 min read  |  Futures
Maximize Efficiency with Futures? A Capital Idea July 18, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how futures contracts can help experienced traders and investors pursue their objectives while tying up less capital.

4 min read  |  Futures
Gold, Oil, and Beyond: A Primer on Investing in Commodity ETFs July 12, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Find out more about investing in Commodity ETFs including what they are, things to research, and some of the common types of these investment products.

7 min read  |  Commodities
While You Weren’t Sleeping: Trading the Overnight Session May 30, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Is trading the overnight session in futures or foreign exchange right for you? Find out volume patterns, international open and close times, and more.

4 min read  |  Futures
Trading Futures: Futures Scalper’s Guide to the Galaxy September 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Arbitrary entry and exit points in futures trading can be futile—learn how to place your trades using a price range based on volatility and probability.

8 min read  |  Futures
Move Over S&P 500: Silver Is Performing Well This Year August 9, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Silver futures are higher by about 42% year-to-date. Learn why silver is trending higher and demand might be growing for precious metals.

4 min read  |  Commodities
Futures 4 Fun: Uncover Hidden Price Levels with Volume Profile July 5, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Volume profile provides clues about price in different ways, use it to take a peek at support and resistance levels by looking at high and low volume nodes.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Commodity Play? Perk Up a Portfolio with a Global Cup of Joe June 24, 2016 12:05 AM   |  

Coffee may wake you up in the morning, and coffee can perk up a portfolio, too. Learn how investors can gain exposure to coffee and diversify a portfolio.

2 min read  |  Commodities
Trading Futures in an IRA? Getting Oriented to the Retirement Future May 18, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Have you ever wondered what else can be traded in an individual retirement account (IRA) besides stocks and bonds? Learn how to trade futures in an IRA.

3 min read  |  Futures
The Trader's Cure For the Volatility Blues April 12, 2016 4:00 AM   |  

Potential strategies for a depressed VIX—When volatility is low, learn how to hedge a trader's version of "yield" by trading volatility as an asset class.

10 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Futures 4 Fun: Hedging Against Tsunamis April 12, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Don't be caught on the wrong side of a trade—consider managing risk in futures trading with certain options spreads, futures and calendar, to hedge.

2 min read  |  Futures
How To Trade Futures In 3-D: Basis Trading December 31, 2015 11:00 PM   |  

Basis trading is a third dimension open to aspiring futures traders to trade without speculating on direction, working with the gamut of futures products.

9 min read  |  Futures
“F” is for Forecasting the Fed Funds Rate by Following Futures October 19, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Economists and pundits like to pontificate on if and when the Federal Reserve will raise ultra-low short-term interest rates. But there’s an easier way to get a reading on Fed moves, and it’s right under your nose.

3 min read  |  Futures
Futures 4 Fun: A Survival Guide for Locked-Limit Futures October 1, 2015 7:32 AM   |  

If you’re in a position you can’t access while in a locked-limit scenario, consider constructing a synthetic futures contract to offset your position.

2 min read  |  Futures
Sophisticated Traders: Consider Futures Spreads to Manage Risk September 23, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Look to futures market calendar spreads and intermarket spreads to potentially lower the risk of fast-moving, directional markets.

4 min read  |  Futures
Unscrambling Futures Settlement: A Primer for the Neophyte August 31, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Just what happens when futures contracts expire? Understanding settlement is one of the biggest hurdles to learning futures trading.

5 min read  |  Futures
Trying Out Futures Options? Here are Key Differences vs. Equities August 5, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Thinking about taking your options knowledge into the world of futures? Keep these differences in mind as you get started.

4 min read  |  Futures
Party With The Fed: Explore Ways to Trade Interest Rates July 1, 2015 5:43 PM   |  

Only pros care about interest-rate trading, and bonds are boring, right? Not so fast. There’s more to them than meets the eye. Pros don't have all the fun.

6 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Teaching Goblins to Trade: Using Futures to Hedge Stocks April 28, 2015 12:38 AM   |  

3 min read  |  Futures
Trading Yield Curve Shifts with Treasury Futures March 3, 2015 4:00 AM   |  

Riding the slope of the yield curve can pay off for Treasury futures traders who care more about the difference in interest rate changes than the direction they’re heading.

3 min read  |  Futures
How to Blow (Off) Bubbles July 31, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

Market bubbles will always happen, but it’s important for investors to recognize herd mentality and other signs of speculative frenzy.

7 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Floor Trader Pearls: Burned by Oil Rolls July 31, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

2 min read  |  Futures
Futures 4 Fun: Futures-Trading April 1, 2014 5:13 PM   |  

If you recently started trading futures, you may have some burning questions. Burn no more...

3 min read  |  Futures
VIX Futures: The Unfair Advantage January 1, 2014 4:43 PM   |  

I was happy when CBOE VIX futures were added to TD Ameritrade’s thinkorswim® platform. So, it’s not running with the bulls in Pamplona. But I’m a trader...

7 min read  |  Futures
Sizing Up (and Breaking Down) a Futures Calendar Spread October 1, 2013 5:45 PM   |  

The nuts and bolts of futures calendar spreads are a bit different than their equity-option cousins.

2 min read  |  Futures
Futures 4 Fun: Trading Futures with Monkey Bars July 1, 2013 5:42 PM   |  

If you’ve been around the futures-trading universe, you might’ve heard of Monkey Bars. Funny name. Serious chart concept for swing traders.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
The Big, Bad Q&A On Index Futures July 1, 2013 5:15 PM   |  

If you've ever wondered what index futures are, how to trade them, or why you'd trade them in the first place, wonder no more.

7 min read  |  Futures
Options on Futures: Familiar Ground … Sort Of October 1, 2012 12:31 PM   |  

Yes, you can have a derivative on a derivative. But don’t let that scare you. Options on futures may be easier to understand than you think.

13 min read  |  Futures
Futures Trading as a Hedge: Not Just for Farmers Anymore June 30, 2012 8:00 PM   |  

Forget about inflation. There's probably a futures contract to hedge your everyday consumption. Let's dive into a little Futures Trading 101.

11 min read  |  Futures
Three Must-See Reports for Futures Traders March 31, 2012 8:00 PM   |  

If you're new to trading futures, keep your eye on three critical reports: Petroleum Status Report, U.S. Treasury Auctions, and USDA Crop Reports. Here's why.

2 min read  |  Futures
Futures Trading: To Hedge or Speculate? Tips For Investors September 30, 2010 10:25 PM   |  

Futures’ time has come. And with it, so has the technology to trade them. If you're new to futures, let's start with the basics.

13 min read  |  Futures
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