Futures Basics

      A futures contract is an obligation to buy or sell a commodity at or before a given date in the future, at a price agreed upon today.

      Choosing Futures

      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.

      Order Types

      The market order is the most frequently used order. It is a good order to use once you have made a decision about opening or closing a position.

      Futures Vs Stocks

      When it comes to trading, there are some advantages to trading futures contracts instead of equities.

      A History of Futures

      The best and most effective way to answer the question, "What are Futures?" is by giving a little history on how trading “futures” began.

      Hedgers, Speculators, & Liquidity

      Liquidity enables the market to ebb and flow, providing opportunities to buy or sell at every price level. Hedgers and speculators enable that liquidity.

      Why Trading Futures Involves Risk

      Trading futures–as with any trading–involves risk.

      How to Calculate Futures Value

      In order to show how to calculate Futures value, we must start with an example.

      What Kind of Futures Products Can I Trade?

      A comprehensive list of some of the kinds of Futures products available to trade.

      What Is a Tick?

      What is a “tick”? If you’re thinking of trading Futures, or trading anything, really, you’ll need to know that a tick is the minimum price investment that your chosen can move up, or down.

      What is “Bearish” and “Bullish”?

      For the experienced trader, these terms are more than familiar, but for the beginner, it’s important to define them.

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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.