Ilan Levy Mayer, Vice President of Cannon Trading, shares with you 8 of the most important concepts involved in the day trading of futures. Read the sample below and then download the rest of the booklet for free by filling out the form to the right
My name is Ilan Levy-Mayer and I am the Vice President and Senior Futures Broker at Cannon Trading. I came up with the following personal observations after serving online traders worldwide for more than 11 years.
The following steps are guides to progress, and are not necessarily in sequential order. Some of them are always required, but each futures trader is different and will relate to these stages in their own ways. While attempting to learn and progress, one must keep in mind that futures trading strategies are risky and can involve significant losses.
Hopefully if you are already trading you have completed your initial education: contract specs, trading hours, futures brokers, platforms, the opportunities as well as the risk and need to use risk capital in futures, and so on. Understanding this information is essential to good futures trading strategies. The second type of education is ongoing: learning about trading techniques, the evolution of futures markets, different trading tools, and more.
I am definitely not advising you to go on the web and subscribe to a "black box" system (using buy/sell triggers if don't know why they are being generated). What I am advising is developing a trading technique: a general set of rules and a trading concept. As you progress, you may want to put the different rules and indicators into a computerized system, but the most important factor is to have a focus and a plan. Don't just wake up in the morning and trade "blank."
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 results are not necessarily indicative of future results. The risk of loss in trading can be substantial, carefully consider the inherent risks of such an investment in light of your financial condition.
Day trading can be extremely risky. Day trading generally is not appropriate for someone of limited resources and limited investment or trading experience and low risk tolerance. You should be prepared to lose all of the funds that you use for day trading. And more, you should not fund day-trading activities with funds required to meet your living expenses or change your standard of living.
You should be wary of advertisements or other statements that emphasize the potential for large profits in day trading. Day trading can also lead to large and immediate financial losses.
Day trading will generate substantial commissions, even if the per trade cost is low. Day trading involves aggressive trading, and you will pay commission on each trade. The total daily commissions that you pay on your trades will add to your losses or significantly reduce your earnings.
Day trading on margin may result in losses beyond your initial investment. An investment of less that $25,000 will significantly impair the ability of a day trader to make a profit. Of course, an investment of $25,000 or more will not guarantee success.