Futures Contracts

Look Before You Leap into Options Contracts: Know Your Contract Specs March 10, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Options contract terms differ by product type. Know the difference between options multipliers, tick sizes, and delivery terms before you trade or invest.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Eyeing Angles on Crypto Action? Learn the Basics of Bitcoin Futures March 3, 2021 2:50 PM   |  

Bitcoin’s rally, along with growth in bitcoin futures and other crypto-linked investment vehicles, reflects expanding acceptance of digital currencies.

6 min read  |  Forex
Trading Futures in an IRA? Get Oriented to the Retirement Future February 22, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Trading futures in an individual retirement account (IRA) comes with benefits as well as risks and limitations. Here’s what you need to know.

3 min read  |  Futures
A Brief History of Financial Bubbles & How Investors Can Prepare, Protect November 10, 2020 11:42 AM   |  

As long as there have been markets, there have been occasional market bubbles. Here’s a look at a few of them, and what today’s investors can learn about avoiding the excesses of exuberance.

7 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
New Options for Liquid Trading: Introducing Micro E-mini Options on Futures August 26, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

With Micro E-mini options on futures, option traders can participate in the futures market with less capital and with streamlined risk management.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
How to Trade S&P 500 Futures: A Quick Walk-Through for Investors August 20, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

S&P 500 Index futures can provide investors and traders with exposure to the individual companies that make up the S&P 500 Index. But trading futures is different from trading equities. Understand how they work and how you can trade them.

5 min read  |  Futures
“Smaller-Bite” Micro E-Minis Offer Handy Teammate for Earnings Season August 12, 2020 2:25 PM   |  

Learn about micro e-mini futures contracts and how they could help your portfolio play hard during earnings season.

5 min read  |  Futures
Contango or Backwardation: Looking to the Future in the Futures Markets July 2, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

What are contango and backwardation? It’s all about the future: whether deferred-month futures contracts are priced higher than the front months. Learn why a market might be in contango or backwardation.

5 min read  |  Futures
Not Like Stocks: How Tick Sizes and Values Vary in Index Futures September 13, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Learn how futures contracts use tick sizes to track how much positions gain or lose each day.

5 min read  |  Futures
CME Micro E-mini Equity Index Futures Seen As Retail-Friendly Offering; Bitcoin Futures Update August 15, 2019 10:00 AM   |  

CME Group recently launched a set of Micro E-mini equity index futures, offering smaller retail investors a chance to diversify into futures trading.

5 min read  |  Futures
Eyeing the Downside: Three Ways to Short the Market December 20, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Investors seeking to profit from a market downturn or looking for portfolio protection have several shorting alternatives. Here are three of them.

5 min read  |  Margin
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
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
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
Is the Gold Rush On? Keep an Eye on Central Banks April 11, 2018 8:00 PM   |  

The correlation between gold and the S&P 500 is typically low, but sometimes they move in tandem. Is the gold rush back on for investors? Watch central banks for possible answers.

5 min read  |  Commodities
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