Managing Your Futures Trading/Position 3.15.2016
Posted By:- Ilan Levy-Mayer Vice President, Cannon Trading Futures Blog
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 Tuesday March 15, 2016
For 2016 I would like to wish all of you discipline and patience in your trading!
FRONT MONTH for STOCK INDEX is JUNE!!
A note on managing trade size by my colleague, John Thorpe who has over 25 years of experience starting on the floor of the CBOT.
Managing your trading/position size is crucial to long term success regardless of style.
Daytrading, Swing or long term position trading.
In order to select the size you will employ make a mental note of three things before you trade. The Foundation of Trading your plan is first determining the size you will be employing, the number of contracts.
We must assume your risk capital is fixed.
1) How liquid is the contract I will be trading?
Are there frequent price gaps, lack of continuity with bid/ask spreads.
What is the Open Interest and Volume relative to other contracts in the same industry, index , futures contract type.
2) What is the nominal cash value of the Futures or Commodity contract you are going to trade? S&P 500 at a price of 2010.00 X $50 = $100,500.00, How deep are your pockets? Then the day margin is only 500.00?
#2 Yellow Corn $3.72 per bushel x 5000/bu = $18,600.00 roughly 19 percent of the ES. There is a notable difference.
3) What has the near-term dollar value volatility been for the market(s) you are anticipating?
Let’s use The ES and ZC ( Corn) examples from today, The ESM6 hi was 2015.00 and lo 2002.00 that’s 13 points or $650.00, a quiet day and for the Corn? 3.74 hi and 3.7025 lo 3 ¾ cents per bushel that’s $187.50.
You can more easily see through this example how important your size is in managing your expectations.
Plan your trade around greater volatility than the market currently reflects, be ready for a 39 point range in the ES and a 10 cent range in the corn, I like to use a multiplier of 3 after I calculate dollar volatility. If you do these three things consistently, you will find that you have traded the correct size to your benefit.
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|Contract June 2016||SP500||Nasdaq100||Dow Jones||Mini Russell||Dollar Index|
|Contract||Apr. Gold||May Silver||Apr. Crude Oil||June Bonds||June Euro|
|Resistance 3||1286.3||16.24||40.55||162 26/32||1.1287|
|Resistance 2||1274.1||16.05||39.66||162 14/32||1.1247|
|Resistance 1||1254.3||15.70||38.46||161 30/32||1.1189|
|Support 1||1222.3||15.16||36.37||161 2/32||1.1091|
|Support 2||1210.1||14.97||35.48||160 22/32||1.1051|
|Support 3||1190.3||14.62||34.28||160 6/32||1.0993|
|Contract||May Corn||May Wheat||May Beans||May SoyMeal||April Nat Gas|
|TueMar 15||3:45am||EUR||French Final CPI m/m||0.2%||0.2%|
|6:00am||EUR||Employment Change q/q||0.2%||0.3%|
|8:30am||USD||Core Retail Sales m/m||-0.2%||0.1%|
|USD||Retail Sales m/m||-0.1%||0.2%|
|USD||Core PPI m/m||0.1%||0.4%|
|USD||Empire State Manufacturing Index||-10.3||-16.6|
|10:00am||USD||Business Inventories m/m||0.0%||0.1%|
|USD||NAHB Housing Market Index||59||58|
|4:00pm||USD||TIC Long-Term Purchases||-29.4B|
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