1. Futures Trading 101: Trading Around Economic Reports
Trading is truly a fascinating pursuit. The markets can in still excitement, frustration, irritation, exhilaration - really a wide range of emotions - conceivably, even within a single trade. Trading is definitely one of those undertakings where one has to constantly study, evolve and grow.
There are also a number of different approaches to trading, including day trading, swing trading and position trading. There are strategies that focus on just trading straight futures contracts, others solely trade options, including selling/writing options, still others incorporate long and short positions simultaneously - spread trading - utilizing futures and/or options.
One narrowly defined approach to trading - probably most relevant for day traders - is trading around economic reports.
The release of economic reports occurs almost daily. Most come from the U.S. federal government and look at national or large regional data; some come from other private surveys. Some garner considerable attention by traders; others draw barely a thought, much less a glance at their impact on the markets. This article doesn't attempt to detail any particular number of them and their significance. Rather, it lists some pointers that can help traders prepare for reports releases.
Know the times reports are set for release
Know which markets reports may impact
Know what the markets are expecting and how different outcomes will affect market movement
Do your homework, i.e., go over charts from earlier dates when similar reports were released.
Keep a journal. Focus on the reports that affect the markets you trade.
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This week the U.S. stock indexes powered to new record highs. The price up-moves have not been dramatic or volatile, which suggests more of the same can continue.
The bulls are in solid near-term technical control of the stock indexes and there are no early warning signals on the charts that the indexes are close to topping out.
Thus, the path of least resistance for prices remains sideways to higher. Stay tuned! Make 2017 a great year!!
Disclaimer: This calendar is compiled from
sources believed to be reliable. Moore Research Center, Inc.
assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions. It is meant
as an alert to events that may affect trading strategies and is not
necessarily complete. The release dates for certain economic
reports may have been rescheduled.
* Please note that the information contained in this letter is intended for clients, prospective clients, and audiences who have a basic understanding, familiarity, and interest in the futures markets.
** The material contained in this letter is of opinion only and does not guarantee any profits. These are risky markets and only risk capital should be used. Past performances are not necessarily indicative of future results.
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