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For 2014 I would like to wish all of you discipline and patience in your trading!
FRONT MONTH for stock index futures and currencies is now SEPTEMBER.
Make sure you are trading the September contract.
I was asked this morning, “what futures markets would you recommend a newcomer to start with?”
While the answer will vary based on perspective trader risk capital, risk tolerance, personality etc. I do think that there are a few markets that might be a better start for first time futures day trader.
I personally would say, leave the mini SP alone. Yes it has the biggest volume but there is quite a bit of size on the bid/ask that may make this frustrating for new traders.
My favorite markets to share with first time traders are:
ten year notes
mini crude/ mini gold
The mini Dow moves similar to mini SP but the value per point/tick is smaller, still has good volume but not as hard to get filled on the limits as the mini SP.
The 10 year notes are usually less volatile than the other markets mentioned. Completely different type of trading personality and offer a good diversification option for new traders and experienced traders and they trade in halves, so each tick is $15.625 versus each tick of the 30 years which is worth $31.25.
The mini gold and mini crude are another good option because it is the smaller contract size of two markets that can really move, offer volatility and RISK but the availability of the mini sized contracts make these two a better option for beginners until one has experience / risk capital and appetite for the standard contract sizes of gold and crude oil.
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