Futures Trading Rules


Futures Trading Article by Jim Wyckoff & Levels 4.09.2014

April 8th, 2014 Filed under Future Trading News, Futures Trading | Comment (0)

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2. Futures Support and Resistance Levels – S&P, Nasdaq, Dow Jones, Russell 2000, Dollar Index
3. Commodities Support and Resistance Levels – Gold, Euro, Crude Oil, T-Bonds
4. Commodities Support and Resistance Levels – Corn, Wheat, Beans, Silver
5. Futures Economic Reports for Wednesday April 9, 2014


Hello Traders,

For 2014 I would like to wish all of you discipline and patience in your trading!

Knowing What You Don’t Know in Trading Marketsby Jim Wyckoff www.jimwyckoff.com  

 

The headline of this educational feature may be a bit confusing, but I will explain what I mean shortly. First, I want to reiterate that trading futures, stock and FOREX markets is not an easy undertaking. It disgusts me that there are a few unsavory people in our industry that portray trading as an easy, get-rich-quick scheme, or as some endeavor for which there are “secrets” to be learned from those who hold “trading secrets.”Folks, the plain truth is that there are no trading secrets and no easy paths to quick success in trading markets. Beware of anyone who tries to tell (or sell) you such.One of the biggest obstacles to success in trading markets is a lack of knowledge and understanding of the process of trading. The “process of trading” includes understanding financial leverage, market behavior and trader psychology. Understanding the process of trading can be achieved with perseverance and a willingness to continue to learn.It’s not coincidental that trading markets is similar to most other human endeavors: Hard work and experience are required to achieve notable success. A person who enjoys classic automobiles would not attempt to tear down and successfully rebuild an engine without having some previous experience, or without having learned about the workings of an automobile engine-including knowing about the tools involved in the operation.I have written numerous times that learning about different trading tools, different markets and different trading strategies provides a solid foundation on the road to trading success.Ironically, I believe a major advantage of being an experienced trader is knowing what you don’t know about markets and trading. Yes, you heard that right: Knowing what you don’t know.

What do I mean by this? I mean that there are certain elements of futures trading about which I do not “know,” and never will.

I don’t “know” what markets are going to do in the future. Some may ask, “How can you be in this business and not know what markets are going to do? How can you be a successful trader and not know where market prices are going?” My answer is that market analysis and trading (at least the way I see it) is not a business of bold predictions, but one of exploring market probabilities based upon market knowledge, price history, human behavior and trading experience. The fact that I “know that I don’t know” exactly what a market will do gives me a trading edge. Why? Because I will exercise more caution and think about and plan for what could happen if a trade turns against me. I know that some trades will indeed turn against me and that I need to have the capital to trade another day, so I won’t “put all my eggs in one basket.”

I prudently place protective buy and sell stops on trades because I do not “know” what the markets will do. I would rather absorb a small trading loss and be termed “wrong” about that trade, as opposed to risking trading with no protective stops and seeing a small loser turn into a big loser–all in the “hope” the market will turn around so I can be proven “right.”

(Do you see what I mean when I discuss human behavior? Most of us don’t like to be “wrong,” and will make decisions so that we are not wrong. In trading, sometimes the decisions traders make to avoid being “wrong” are not prudent decisions for those wanting to be successful traders in the long run.)

One sure fire clue I get that a trader does not have much trading and market experience (and needs more!) is when the trader tells me he or she “knows” a market is going to do something. What can be even worse is when a trader thinks he or she “knows” what the market is going to do, and then makes a trade that turns out to be a winner. That type of psychological reinforcement of a flawed trading characteristic only sets up the trader for a bigger disappointment at some point in the future-likely sooner rather than later.

Traders absolutely must respect the markets. Only the markets are 100% right. Traders who think they “know” exactly what a market will do are not showing the markets respect.

That’s it for now. Next time, we’ll examine another important issue on your road to trading success.

Jim Wyckoff is the proprietor of the analytical, educational and trading advisory service, “Jim Wyckoff on the Markets.” He has a website at www.jimwyckoff.com and his email address is jim@jimwyckoff.com


Futures Trading Rules & Unemployment Reports 04.04.2014

April 3rd, 2014 Filed under Future Trading News, Futures Broker, Futures Trading | Comment (0)

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1. Market Commentary
2. Futures Support and Resistance Levels – S&P, Nasdaq, Dow Jones, Russell 2000, Dollar Index
3. Commodities Support and Resistance Levels – Gold, Euro, Crude Oil, T-Bonds
4. Commodities Support and Resistance Levels – Corn, Wheat, Beans, Silver
5. Futures Economic Reports for Friday April 4, 2014


Hello Traders,

For 2014 I would like to wish all of you discipline and patience in your trading!

Today I must share an observation that may help many of you.

So many times as a broker I see clients who know how to make money… I see it in the daily statements, good winning %, consistent profits UNTIL….something happens. Either the client who is normally a day-trader decides to carry his/hers losing position and make it into a swing trade…..OR the trader is down and refuses to accept the fact it may be a losing day and decides to double down and get more aggressive because if this trade is a winner he will have another winning day….the examples go on and no I am not referring to anyone specific although many of you probably think I am talking about them.

I have done it before as a trader. It is the inability to accept a loss that creates this snow ball.

I am to a psychologist not a professional writer ( English is my second language if you did not tell by now (-:

What I am hoping for is that by writing this I may help the “good voice” inside your head that tells you DON’T double down OR just keep the stop win over that bad voice that is whispering to you to go ahead and reverse the position and double it when it is clearly not in your game plan… Trading is tough mentally, financially and emotionally, help yourself be a better trader by being a more disciplined trader.

ON A SIMILAR NOTE:

Monthly unemployment figures come out tomorrow morning. That would be a great time to excessive discipline and control of what is written above…..

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FOMC to Provide Futures Trading Market with Direction, September 21st, 2010

September 20th, 2010 Filed under Commodity Trading, Day Trading, Future Trading News, Futures Trading, Trading Guide | Comment (0)

FOMC tomorrow around 2:15 Eastern time. Even before that we will start the day with some important housing numbers. FOMC days have different characteristics than other trading days. If you have traded for a while, check your trading notes from past FOMC days that may help you prepare for tomorrow. If you are a newcomer, take a more conservative approach and make sure you understand that the news can really move the market. My observations suggest choppy, low volume up until announcement, followed by some some sharp volatile moves right during and after the announcement. I am including 5 minutes chart from August 10th of this year, which was the last FOMC we had for your reference. Read the rest of this entry »

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