A Note on using Futures Spreads & Support and Resistance Levels 3.22.2022
Posted By:- Ilan Levy-Mayer Vice President, Cannon Trading Futures Blog
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A Note on using Futures Spreads
By John Thorpe, Senior Broker
Futures spreads are a way to get involved in trending markets at a lower margin cost and often times can give the trader staying power to last weeks if not months. If you were thinking about entering the Crude market
, or the Grain markets
but were psyched out by the volatility of an outright long or short futures position. Futures Time Spreads or Calendar spreads
where the trader goes long one month and simultaneously goes short another month of the same commodity is a way to engage your margin dollars in a trend. Some advantages of using a spread are
1.) Timing-you can be wrong about the timing of entry but have staying power to be patient for the trend.
2.) Cost efficient- the margin dollars required to hold a spread can be significantly lower than holding an outright position.
3.) Charting-you can chart a spread just as easily as you can an outright and run all the same technicals you are used to.
4.) Liquidity-most common calendar spreads
are liquid at all times of the day. allowing you to enter or exit with ease.
Some examples of Calendar spreads would be in the grain markets, Long July Corn and Short December Corn
, this would be a Bull spread. Or Long July Soybeans and Short November Soybeans
, again this is an example of a Bull spread. Another term for Grain spreads such as those mentioned are Old crop/New Crop spreads. buy the current marketing year crop ( harvested last year) and sell the futures contract that represents the crop yet to be harvested, the new crop.
On the E-Futures trading platform (FREE DEMO)
you can pull up the market for these spreads using a simple formula, and you can view the DOM as well!.
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