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How Discount Brokers Work?

February 18th, 2014 Filed under Commodity Trading, Future Trading News, Future Trading Platform, Futures Broker, Futures Trading | Comments Off on How Discount Brokers Work?

Discount Futures Brokerage is formatted to provide a more cost effective way of trading futures for experienced traders who are comfortable placing trades over the internet , using their personal computer..

Discount Futures Brokers typically offer lower service fees and take a more minimal role in daily trading decisions. What you are essentially using a broker since then, is to place orders and for representation on the exchange floor. It is true that futures trading, or any trading market for that matter, could not operate without market participants and market professionals representing those participants. With commodities markets being so risky, regardless of cost it is clear that qualified brokers are vital to the success of participants of various markets.

What’s The Difference?

The biggest difference with discount brokers is the client’s ability to be more self-directed with their trading profile. The risk associated with futures trading disclaims that there is no guarantee of profit no matter who manages your money. No matter the level of involvement, brokers still represent the interests of every client and are likewise as valuable.  The need for Futures Trading Brokers will never become obsolete, so the emphasis on discount brokerage need be on discounted commissions and fees, not discounted service.

Below is a list of lesser or excluded fees associated with a discount futures brokerage:

  • Account Maintenance Fees
  • Platform Fees
  • DataFeed Fees (Online/E-Trading)
  • Low Margin Investments
  • Broker Support Fees

Another difference with discount brokerage is the type of platform often used for this type of futures brokerage service; online. Online Futures Trading is in some cases synonymous with a discount futures brokerage. The reason this is, is due to lower costs associated with online platforms that allow you to do most of the monitoring of real time market data. A wide selection of online futures companies provide the software you can download to use to trade and build a profile. When one places orders online, he doesn’t need to call his broker and place orders via phone. That saves the time of the broker and allow for lower, discounted fees.

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3 Risks of Using a Discount Futures Broker

December 13th, 2013 Filed under Commodity Trading, Future Trading News, Future Trading Platform, Futures Broker, Futures Trading | Comments Off on 3 Risks of Using a Discount Futures Broker

With the advent of technology, the means to communicate clear objectives, or with any human, drives most people to ignore full-service futures brokers. Why? It is a spirit of independence. Computers have created a superhighway of trading, and accelerated the pace at which commodities, stocks, in short the financial market operates. These various methods have raised barriers between clients and full-service brokers, but given rise to- discount futures brokers. In reality, what the future of the financial markets beckons, is a direct and honest appraisal of the quick and easy model, versus the client and broker relationship. If the “Great Recession” taught us all anything, if you are not vigilant, or the means to track your investment, there is an inherent risk.

Knowledge vs. Education

Brain to Understanding is to hat on a head, both are useful, if absolutely used for maximum benefits to create larger profits to debt losses. Most experienced futures brokers understand the full scope of the financial market, and this long range vision gives insight into the behaviors of certain commodities. Conversely, when opting out of choosing a full-service futures broker, you are presented with limited tools, vision and insight.

Vision, in the entrepreneurial sense, is the act or power of anticipating what will come to be. If you are a newcomer, choosing discount futures brokers, may lead to a lack discernment or experience to sell or buy at appropriate times to gain the maximum profit, while minimizing the loss. This vital quality reigns supreme on experienced traders in the financial sector. However, the key to having a strong vision is insight.

Insight varies to vision, in that you see both near and far and eventually the end result of a business decision. Good judgment plays an integral part in evaluating leverage metrics, whether using gold as a hedge, or evident world events that will signal either a sharp decline or increase in the markets.

Overall, vision and insight, help with the learning curve in the futures market. In addition, being green in this market can cost you a great deal of time and money. Adding vision and insight to your expansive market toolbox can aid in shortening common investment mistakes, with the aid of the seasoned futures broker as your guide. Conversely, selecting a discount futures broker, they may not have the ability to reign in your decision making. Bad decisions – loss of profit. Consequently, bucking traditional wisdom, you could lose larger returns, and run into dangerous investment decisions.

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What to Look For When Comparing Futures Brokers

November 25th, 2013 Filed under Commodity Trading, Future Trading News, Futures Broker, Futures Trading | Comments Off on What to Look For When Comparing Futures Brokers

Great risks and great rewards are two of the main principles founded in trading. Since 1848, where resides the world’s oldest and largest functioning options exchange, individuals have made fortunes and lost companies, behind this fickle industry. In the futures market, these two linked together, can lead to greater success, but how? Firstly, let us look at the components of a futures market, and futures brokers. In short, the futures market can be compared to the stock market, but with a focus on the future rise or fall, particularly in commodity prices (the price of raw materials and primary products) such as:

  • Cocoa
  • Oil
  • Coffee
  • Gold
  • Copper
  • Wheat

To name a few…

The above aforementioned goods form what is considered to be the commodities market. Though Cocoa and wheat are considered soft commodities, and lumber oil and electricity are hard commodities, these both are secured by futures contracts, which entail physical assets. Futures broker diligently watches commodity markets, assesses two indicators, supply and demand. As a general rule, the determination of supply and demand, generally dictates the amount of money to allocate to a certain position in the commodities market. Once this position is held, the futures broker can predetermine the value of a commodity. Moreover, if the forecast was apt, you sell high and receive a larger profit, on the converse, a wrong forecast could lead to a loss of your initial risk capital. Losses in general, are hard to accept, however, without a great risk, yes the potential gain is greater, but we always have to calculate the loss.

When we talk about a loss in investment, inherently, it is a part of the mind, which is usually ignored. Accepting a loss, to survive in this industry requires fortitude and discipline. Why? The first instinct, when you lose money, is to double-down. Briefly, to double down depend mainly on if you see a future in the market that you are investing in, and if not, simply cut your losses. Consequently, with great uncertainty in the commodity markets, and a brief overview of this vast aspect of the financial sector, how can you choose a prudent, savvy, yet, sage futures broker?

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Futures Trading Levels and Economic Reports for October 15, 2013

October 14th, 2013 Filed under Futures Broker, Futures Trading | Comments Off on Futures Trading Levels and Economic Reports for October 15, 2013

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Most Common Pitfalls To Avoid When Trading Futures-Commodity Futures

500 experienced futures brokers were asked what caused most futures traders to lose money when comes to trading futures.

Their answers reflected the trading experience of more than 10,000 futures traders.  Download the PDF and find out what they said.

1.) Have a Plan

Many futures traders trade without a plan. They do not define specific risk and profit objectives before trading. Even if they establish a plan, they “second guess” it and don’t stick to it, particularly if the trade is a loss. Consequently, they over trade and use their equity to the limit (are under capitalized), which puts them in a squeeze and forces them to liquidate positions. Usually, they liquidate the good trades and keep the bad ones.

2.) News Factor

Many traders don’t realize the news they hear and read has, in many cases, already been discounted by the market.

3.) Trade Objectively

After several profitable trades, many speculators become wild and non conservative. They base their trades on hunches and long shots, rather than sound fundamental and technical reasoning, or put their money into one deal that “can’t fail.”

4.) Know Your Size

Traders often try to carry too big a position with too little capital and trade too frequently for the size of the account.

5.) Don’t Get Greedy when it comes to Trading Futures

Some traders try to “beat the market” by day trading, nervous scalping, and getting greedy.

Choosing Your Futures Broker: Five Straightforward Measurements

September 28th, 2013 Filed under Futures Broker | Comments Off on Choosing Your Futures Broker: Five Straightforward Measurements

Whether you’re planning to open a self-directed futures account, or one where a broker supports the trading of your account – in some large or small way – there are several important factors you should consider when you decide to open an account and start trading. Everything a brokerage firm offers – or doesn’t offer – comes at price. Typically that price is boiled down and quoted in terms of what’s charged when you make a trade – commissions and exchange fees – and maybe a short list of other costs. But choosing a futures broker by simply comparing the “bottom line” of commissions can be hazardous to your trading.

Benjamin Graham, an influential economist and professional investor, is credited with saying, “Price is what you pay; value is what you get.” Because the dollars and cents a brokerage firm charges typically provides for a wider range of services – beyond just trade execution – it’s important you know what those services include, and if they’re important to you or not.

Whether you decide to utilize a discount futures broker or perhaps a full service commodity trading broker, the content below should help you create a guide and understanding to choosing the right futures trading broker for your trading needs and style.

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