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The futures market comprises mainly of two players, namely, the hedgers and the speculators. While the former use futures as a safety or protection blanket, the latter is a group of traders who handle the trading accounts of those investing in the futures.

Futures trading can be arisky business that can require guidance and consultancy. Whether you are an individual or a firm, you need to be well-versed with the rules of the game. Futures brokers are always there to help you with advice and help you in matters related to futures trading. A rule of futures trading is that one canonly use those funds that have been termed as risk capital.

We at Cannon Trading help your understanding of the big and small things about futures brokers and trading. Apart from that, we also aid you in making the most out of the market; and, no matter how volatile and risky it is we offer the best advice we possibly can on trading. Under this category of futures broker, we write about the latest and informative articles that you should read to get equipped on the recent events in the futures markets.


How Discount Futures Brokers Saves Your Time and Money

June 14th, 2018 Filed under Futures Broker, Futures Trading | Comment (0)

You’ve just decided that it’s time to open a trading account. Maybe you’ve already spent time studying the markets and mapping out your trade strategy – or you’ve put it on your to-do list.

However much time you plan on devoting to this task, or how intently you plan on concentrating on it, you’ll also have another important thing to consider – seriously: who to use as your futures broker. At the most basic level, trading is putting your money at risk – in the hands of a brokerage house responsible for handling your funds and executing/clearing your trades. Those trades will incur commissions and require margin to hold in your account – and all these components call for their own analysis.

If you’ve decided to open an account with a discount broker, it’s presumed you’ll be selecting a trading platform with which you’ll place your own trades, unassisted. As the name implies, commissions for trades placed through a discount broker are less – often meaningfully – than full-service brokers. Commissions are that main fixed cost of trading, so the more trades you make, the higher your fixed costs, the greater the impact on your account’s bottom line. So, certainly you want to be mindful of this aspect of your trading. And to that end, make sure you understand how commissions are quoted, the several elements of a commission and how they’re presented to you overall.

Futures commissions are almost always charged on a per-trade basis and are quoted as “per side.” Two sides – a buy and a sell (in either order) constitute a “round turn. ”The elements of a commission include the exchange fee, the National Futures Association (NFA) fee, the brokerage fee and possibly other fees (routing fees, platform fees, etc.) The bottom line when you’re doing your shopping: understand the total per side / per round turn commission – not leaving out any of its elements – so that you have an accurate assessment of this cost to your trading, so you can compare among those firms with which you’re considering opening your account.

To quote Warren Buffet, “Price is what you pay; value is what you get.” When opening a futures trading account, this translates to: know what you want/need to be the trader you want to be: the features of your trading platform, the availability of your broker, the support the clearing firm provides, the clearing firm’s day-trading margins, whether the clearing firm is staffed with an overnight desk, etc. Find what you want, become comfortable with its costs, open your account, plan your trade and trade your plan.

One last word regarding trading platforms: there’s no argument that placing trades via an online trading platform with instantaneous access to the futures markets is by far the most efficient means of trade execution – compared to dialing up a futures broker, providing verbal trade instructions that the broker needs to listen to, repeat back to you to make sure the order is understood and then place the trade on your behalf. So, look for a trading platform you’re comfortable using. There is a fairly wide range of choices available for you to single out for yourself. Almost all FCM’s offer their own proprietary platforms and they support the many third-party ones available as well.


Trading Futures, Options on Futures, and retail off-exchange foreign currency transactions involves substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors.  You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge, and financial resources. You may lose all or more of your initial investment. Opinions, market data, and recommendations are subject to change at any time.


Trading Crude Oil Futures

June 13th, 2018 Filed under Commodity Brokers, Commodity Trading, Crude Oil, Day Trading, Energy Futures, Futures Broker, Futures Trading, futures trading education, Options Trading, Trading Guide | Comment (0)

Tips for day trading NYMEX crude oil futures

By Ilan Levy-Mayer, VP Cannon Trading Co, Inc.

When it comes to day trading futures contracts, crude oil futures are assumed one of the leading positions as far as trading volume.

 

During the month of May 2018,  crude oil futures averaged around 1 Million contracts traded per day! That actually surpasses contracts like the ten-year notes, mini SP, mini Nasdaq and others who have traditionally been leaders’ in terms of volume.

 

Part of the growth in crude oil futures is attributed to day trader participation. Day traders, by definition, will enter and exit their positions during the same trading day. This adds volume to the market traded.

 

Some of the tips I am sharing below can be applied to most futures contracts as well as other financial products that are traded like stocks, forex, bonds and others. Some of the advice I am sharing is very specific to the crude oil futures trading field.

 

  1. Know the product you are trading:

 

  1. Just like a trader who trades a stock like Facebook knows what Facebook does, when its earning reports are due and other factors, so does a crude oil futures day trader needs to know a few facts about crude oil:

 

  • Contract Size: Crude Oil Futures consist of 1,000 barrels. For the trader this means that each full $1 move in crude futures = $1,000 against you or in your favor.

 

For example:  A move from 72.10 to 73.10 = $1,000 and a move from 72.10 to 72.11 = $10 (the minimum fluctuation size or the tick size). Be aware that the CME also offers the mini crude contract,  which is half the size.

 

  • Trading Hours: Crude oil futures trade on the Globex terminal between the hours of 5:00 PM CST the DAY BEFORE to 4:00 PM CST the following day. Which means 23 hours of straight trading. It is important to know that most of the volume will trade between the hours of 8:00 AM CST and 1:30 PM CST, as these hours correspond to the “pit session” of the old trading floor.

 

Another key aspect to remember is that crude oil is a deliverable commodity and the “front month” will change every 30 days or so. For example: since May 22nd 2018 we have been trading July crude oil.

 

  • Reports: There are more than a few reports that will affect crude oil future prices indirectly. These include monthly unemployment, the FOMC rate decision, and a few others.

 

However, there are two major reports that move crude oil futures and its by-products (unleaded gasoline and heating oil) sharply: The API report, which comes out at 3:30 PM CST every Tuesday, and the DOE (Dept. of Energy) inventory numbers, which come out almost every Wednesday at 9:30AM CST.

 

Take a look at this one-minute chart from Wednesday, May 16th right around the report time below to understand the volatility involved.

As you can see above, the market made a move of $700 per ONE contract in a matter of minutes, perhaps even seconds! That type of risk and opportunity is one of the factors attracting day-traders into the crude oil market.

 

  • Geo Political Events: Middle East tensions, the Iran nuclear deal, tensions between Iraq and its neighbors…these are all examples of events that affect crude oil prices. Not to mention OPEC meetings!

 

 

  1. Trading Personality:

 

In my opinion crude oil (like many other markets) will have one of the following 3 modes: trending, two-sided volatility, or Choppy/quiet/range bound trading.

 

My experience is that crude will more often fall into the first 2 categories:  strong trend or two-sided volatility.  This leads me to my next point below, different trading set-ups.

 

  1. Trading Set-Ups:

 

My preferred methods for trading crude are either breakout concept in an attempt to catch a strong move up or down once the market broke some key support or resistance levels, AND/OR counter trend methods to take advantage of when the market is oversold or overbought. Crude does seem to bring more fear and greed out of traders. So looking at RSI levels, for example, and using moving averages ON the RSI to try and get a feel for market reversals are methods worth exploring.

 

  1. Keep a journal:

 

Like with any other trading, keep a journal. Take notes on how the market reacted to certain reports, how the markets traded during certain times of the day, and action you took and emotions you had that either helped or hurt you while trading. These notes will help you going forward.

 

In summary, crude oil futures volume has increased significantly these past few years. The crude oil futures offer traders certain dynamics that other markets may not at certain times. Volatility, fear and greed are key traits for this market. Remember that trading crude oil futures specifically and futures and options in general carries a large degree of risk and is not suitable for all investors. Make sure you consult with a series 3 broker if you never traded this market before. As always, I wish you Good Trading!

 

Important: Trading commodity futures and options involves a substantial risk of loss.

The recommendations contained in this letter are of opinion only and do not guarantee any profits.

There is not an actual account trading these recommendations.

Past performances are not necessarily indicative of future results.


Top 50 Futures Trading Rules 5.13.2015

May 12th, 2015 Filed under Commodity Brokers, Commodity Trading, Day Trading, Future Trading News, Futures Broker, Futures Trading, futures trading education, Trading Guide | 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 Wednesday May 13, 2015

Hello Traders,

For 2015 I would like to wish all of you discipline and patience in your trading!

Hello Traders,

Top 50 Trading Rules:

Most Common Pitfalls To Avoid When Trading Futures-Commodity Futures

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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 overtrade and use their equity to the limit (are undercapitalized), which puts them in a squeeze and forces them to liquidate positions. Usually, they liquidate the good trades and keep the bad ones.

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2.) News Factor

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

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3.) Trade Objectively

After several profitable trades, many speculators become wild and nonconservative. 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.”

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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.

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Futures Levels & Economic Reports 3.12.2015

March 11th, 2015 Filed under Commodity Trading, Day Trading, 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 Wednesday March 12, 2015

Hello Traders,

For 2015 I would like to wish all of you discipline and patience in your trading!

I personally start trading the June mini SP this Friday but most traders will rollover tomorrow:

 

Rollover Notice for Stock Index Futures

Important notice: For those of you trading any stock index futures contracts, i.e., the E-mini S&P, E-mini NASDAQ, E-mini Dow Jones, the “Big” pit-traded S&P 500, etc., it is extremely important to remember that tomorrow, Thursday, March 12th, at 8:30 am CDT  Time is rollover day.

Starting March 12th, the June 2015 futures contracts will be the front month contracts. It is recommended that all new positions be placed in the June 2015 contract as of March 12th. Volume in the June 2015 contracts will begin to drop off until its expiration on Friday March 13th.

The month code for June is M5.

Traders with electronic trading software should make sure that defaults reflect the proper contract as of Thursday morning.

Please close any open March Currency positions by the close on Friday the 13th.

Should you have any further question please contact your broker.

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Recognizing Different Types of Trading Days & Levels 10.22.2014

October 21st, 2014 Filed under Commodity Brokers, Futures Broker, Futures Trading, Indices | Comment (0)

Hello Traders,

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

 

Are we done? Was this the correction everyone was afraid of and that’s it?

Only the future can tell but interesting to look at the daily chart below of the mini SP 500. We bounced OVER 100 points from the lows!!! But I still need to see if we can break above the 1946 level marked on the chart….

 

Another interesting point is that this rally is on much lower volume than the sell off, but then again this has been the story in the “minor corrections” we had during the last several years.

 

Not sure if this one is any different and we are heading back to test new highs…my “emotions/gut” says this one has a bigger chance of being a more serious correction than the ones we have seen before but my “trading brain” says that statistically odds are in favor of resumption in the rally…

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