The old adage “Without risk, there is no reward” greatly applies to the life of a trader, regardless of which market a trader chooses to trade in. Still, there are investments that are considered safer because of their likelihood to produce steady, albeit slower returns. Meanwhile, expectations for other investments—like trading futures—are seen as riskier. Take a peek at a quick snapshot of both sides:

      Traditional Investments

      • CD’s
      • Fixed Annuities
      • Equity Index Annuities
      • Permanent Life Insurance – Cash Value
      • Savings Accounts
      • Money Markets
      • Government Savings Bonds

      Higher Risk Investments

      • Mutual Funds or Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s)
      • Variable Annuities
      • Stocks, Corporate Bonds or Municipal Bonds
      • Physical Assets (Gold, Silver, etc.)
      • Real Estate
      • Options
      • Forex
      • Futures

      So, why trade futures? Simply put, when you choose to make safer traditional investments, the returns you might expect typically take a much longer time to receive. If you’re willing to take some risk, however, you have a much greater chance of achieving your investment goals more quickly.

      The best advice when evaluating what you want to trade, or when debating between slow and steady vs. fast and finicky is this: education is vital! It simply can’t be said enough—the best way to prepare and reach consistency in your trading is through trading education.

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      Futures, foreign currency and options trading contains substantial risk and is not for every investor. An investor could potentially lose all or more than the initial investment. Risk capital is money that can be lost without jeopardizing one's financial security or lifestyle. Only risk capital should be used for trading and only those with sufficient risk capital should consider trading. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. View Full Risk Disclosure.

      The trading of virtual currencies and Bitcoin futures carries additional risk. Prior to trading virtual currencies, please view NFA & CFTC advisories providing more information on these potentially significant risks.