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Trading guide, as you can understand from the term, is a compilation of tips and tricks that can help you in trading. Whether you are new to the world of trading or are an expert in it, a trading guide is a very useful document.

Moreover, every trading guide has a specific purpose. So, if you are thinking about trading, a trade guide will serve you like a self-help manual. So, whether it is about trading options, metals, grains or any other futures contract– a trading guide has all the information in it.

You don’t need to buy one, for you will able to find a number of them online. We at Cannon Trading help you make the most of your trading ventures. Therefore, we have compiled some of the best trading guides for you to learn from. Listed under this category archive are some trade guides using which you can use to help you succeed in many trading ventures. There is enough information in these guides that can help you master the art of trading futures and options smartly.


Day Trading Strategies: Expert Advice and Techniques

May 21st, 2024 Filed under Commodity Brokers, Commodity Trading, Day Trading, E-Mini Futures, Future Trading News, Futures Broker, Futures Trading, futures trading education, Trading Guide | Comment (0)

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Some thoughts and pointers to help you day-trade by Cannon Trading:

Trading carries inherent risks, but adhering to eight essential money management principles can help safeguard your capital while enhancing your trading skills with Cannon Trading.

1. Seek out markets with high volume and narrow spreads to ensure prompt order execution and high volatility, offering 2 to 4 viable trades daily. The Emini S&P500 Index Future exemplifies such a market, with each point valued at $50, divided into 4 ticks worth $12.50 each, and 4 contracts annually traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. For smaller accounts, explore the Micro NQ, Micro crude oil as well as gold and other markets. Cannon broker can be an excellent resource if you like feedback on different futures markets.

2. Try to limit your risk to 1% of your capital per trade; this way, your funds can withstand 100 consecutive unsuccessful trades. Even top-tier systems encounter 20% losing trades, so this rule provides flexibility. If your account size is not big enough, you can try adjusting the above to 2-3% and the math will still make sense.

3. Maintain a minimum risk capital of $10,000-$15,000 per Emini S&P500 contract traded—a loss of $1,000-$1,500 then represents just 10% of your capital, a recoverable amount unlike a $3,000 account where the same loss constitutes 50% of your funds, increasing the likelihood of depleting your capital. If this is not viable, consider trading the MICROS which are 1/10 the size.

4. Constrain your trading hours—we advocate for the initial 60-90 minutes of the market, which often sees a solid trend before the midday lull, a preferred window for many professional traders. As of late we noticed that the last 10-30 minutes of the CASH MARKET trading session brings in high volume and large moves as well.

5. Cease trading if losses reach 5-10% of your capital in a single day; such losses are manageable and suggest a misinterpretation of the market. Pause, assess your mistakes, and document them in your Trading Journal.

6. Maintain a Trading Journal, chronicling all transactions. Over time, the mind tends to overlook unsuccessful trades and habits. Record detailed charts and emotional responses. Noteworthy considerations include:

• Ensuring you’re trading based on the charts, not desperation after a few losses.

• Avoiding weak signals due to missing a significant move, which leads to chasing trades or opting for countertrend positions based on the assumption that the market can’t rise further. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

·        Take note of the different economic reports and market behavior!

7. Strategically set your stop loss and targets based on chart analysis, not random point selections. Utilize technical indicators like double tops, swing highs and lows, or retracements to moving averages for tighter stops and more favorable profit-to-risk ratios. Trade what the chart presents, not your desires or emotions.

8. Exercise patience!! If possible, try to trade a minimum of 2 contracts, securing 1 for a 2-3 point gain, your initial target, and allow the other to run with a break-even stop. A successful runner can outperform numerous small gains.

By following these guidelines, you can hopefully navigate the trading landscape more confidently and effectively with the help of a Cannon Trading broker when needed.

 

 

IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: TRADING COMMODITY FUTURES AND OPTIONS INVOLVE SUBSTANTIAL RISK OF LOSS. THE RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE LETTER IS OF OPINION AND DOES NOT GUARANTEE ANY PROFITS. THERE IS NOT AN ACTUAL ACCOUNT TRADING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.  THESE ARE RISKY MARKETS AND ONLY RISK CAPITAL SHOULD BE USED. PAST PERFORMANCES ARE NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS.

 

 

If you are a day trader, below you will see markets that our proprietary ALGO has identified as being more suitable for attacking either from the long side or the short side for the next trading session.

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Daily Levels for May 22nd, 2024

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* This is not a solicitation of any order to buy or sell, but a current market view provided by Cannon Trading Inc. Any statement of facts here in contained are derived from sources believed to be reliable, but are not guaranteed as to accuracy, nor they purport to be complete. No responsibility is assumed with respect to any such statement or with respect to any expression of opinion herein contained. Readers are urged to exercise their own judgement in trading.


About imbalance, last 10 minutes of the trading day + Levels for May 8th

May 7th, 2024 Filed under Charts & Indicators, Commodity Brokers, Commodity Trading, Day Trading, Future Trading News, Futures Broker, Futures Trading, Index Futures, Indices, S&P 500, Trading Guide | Comment (0)

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The Last 15 minutes are Very Important!

 

by Ilan Levy-Mayer, VP

For those engaged in trading index futures, particularly day trading in instruments like the mini NASDAQ, mini S&P500, and micro NASDAQ, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the final 10 to 15 minutes of the trading session are gaining significance.

The advent of zero-day expiration options and the earnings season seem to be driving a surge in volume and market activity during this closing window. A key metric I monitor is what I term ‘the imbalance,’ which reflects the trading dynamics of the constituent stocks within these indices, including major players like Microsoft and Netflix, among others. Various platforms, including TradeTheNews.com, offer insights into this imbalance, and as demonstrated in the screenshot provided, we extend a complimentary trial to TTN’s acclaimed services.

What you will see below is the last trading day there was a significant imbalance, the screen shot below from TTN shows an “imbalance to the sell side of 2.0 Billion”

 

You can also see the large downside move that took place the same day during the last 15 minutes along with HIGH volume, almost as much as the rest of the day session…..

AGAIN, this is NOT meant as a recommendation or as an indicator….simply another factor to pay attention to.

This brief article isn’t a guide on how to trade in these crucial final minutes but rather a prompt to acknowledge their importance. As a trader, you should dedicate more time to studying and understanding this period. Below, you’ll find a chart of mini S&P 500 from April 30th session, complete with volume and additional analyses for your consideration.

 

 

 

Daily Levels for May 8th, 2024

 

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* This is not a solicitation of any order to buy or sell, but a current market view provided by Cannon Trading Inc. Any statement of facts here in contained are derived from sources believed to be reliable, but are not guaranteed as to accuracy, nor they purport to be complete. No responsibility is assumed with respect to any such statement or with respect to any expression of opinion herein contained. Readers are urged to exercise their own judgement in trading.


Post FOMC, Pre NFP – The Rest of the Week in the Futures Markets:   + Levels for May 2nd

May 1st, 2024 Filed under Commodity Brokers, Commodity Trading, Day Trading, Future Trading News, Futures Broker, Futures Trading, Trading Guide | Comment (0)

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Post FOMC, Pre NFP – The Rest of the Week in the Futures Markets:

By Mark O’Brien, Senior Broker:

 

In meeting after meeting, Federal Reserve officials have been saying that the path to achieving their 2% inflation goal would be a bumpy one.  For the first quarter of 2024, “there has been a lack of further progress toward the (Fed’s) two percent inflation objective,” according to the central bank’s statement following today’s conclusion of it most recent Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

 

As such, the Fed kept the federal funds rate target range at 5.25% to 5.5%, a 23-year high.  This move – or the absence of one – was highly anticipated.  Indeed, Fed watchers expect the central bank to hold rates steady through its next meeting in June – for the seventh consecutive time – and likely further on out.  In one readers survey conducted by Seeking Alpha, over half the participants don’t see any rate cuts in 2024.  Patience seems to be the order of the day as Fed Chair Jay Powell explained earlier this month: the current restrictive policy needs more time to work as the labor market remains strong and disinflationary dynamics have stalled.

 

The next economic mover and shaker up this week: the Labor Department’s April Non-Farm Payrolls Report, to be released Friday, 7:30 A.M., Central Time.  The precursor to this came today in the form of the ADP employment report, which revealed that 192,000 private jobs were added in April, a slowdown from the 208,000 private jobs added the prior month.  The latest reading came in higher than the expected 179,000 addition of new private jobs. The forecast for nonfarm payrolls is for 243,000 jobs to have been added.

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Daily Levels for May 2nd, 2024

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Bullet Points, Highlights, Announcements  + Levels for April 24th

April 23rd, 2024 Filed under Charts & Indicators, Commodity Brokers, Commodity Trading, Crude Oil, Day Trading, Energy Futures, Future Trading News, Futures Broker, Futures Trading, Trading Guide | Comment (0)

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Bullet Points, Highlights, Announcements   

by Mark O’Brien, Senior Broker

General:  

 

Futures traders with positions in deliverable futures contracts keep an eye on the calendar for important dates at the end of the month. First Notice Day (FND) and Last Trading Day (LTD) for many futures contracts are close at hand. Make sure you steer safely clear of receiving delivery notices for physical commodities (FND), or greatly reduced liquidity (LTD). If you’re unsure, contact your Cannon Trading Co. broker.

 

The economic calendar for the rest of the week is scarce with Thursday’s Q1 GDP report taking center stage.

 

Prospects for a fed rate cut announcement at the Fed’s 4/30-5/1 meeting, as well as its mid-June meeting have all but evaporated and many Fed watchers expect the central bank to keep its “higher for longer” mantra in place for most and possibly all of 2024.

 

Worries over a wider Middle East conflict have subsided and traders are discounting the risk of further escalations. Case in point, June gold lost ±67 per ounce (±2%) yesterday after posting its latest all-time record high close of $2,413.80/ounce on Friday. Iran downplayed Israel’s retaliatory drone strike against it, in what appeared to be a move aimed at averting regional escalation.

 

Energies: 

 

  • The ±$2.50/barrel selloff in May crude oil and the ±¢9.75/gallon May RBOB gasoline futures last week likely signaled the markets do not see an Iranian supply disruption in the near future, so the markets will be given to focusing on global energy demand going forward

 

Softs:  

 

May Cocoa futures declined sharply yesterday and today, down nearly $1,300/ton (a $13,000 per contract move) marking its worst two-day slump since February. This after a 3-day / Wed.-Fri. rally of $1,635/ton to its all-time record high close of 11,878/ton on Friday. ICE U.S. has set the initial margin requirement to $11,260 per contract.

Daily Levels for April 24th, 2024

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Notes from a Day Trader + Levels for April 23rd

April 22nd, 2024 Filed under Charts & Indicators, Commodity Brokers, Commodity Trading, Day Trading, Future Trading News, Futures Broker, Futures Trading, Trading Guide | Comment (0)

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The Week Ahead and Controlling your Emotions

by John Thorpe, Senior Broker

No Fed speakers this week, it is the blackout period in advance of next weeks FED meeting and rates decision.

Look for earnings to move the market this week  MSFT, GOOG, META, XOM, Visa, TSLA

Last week, my colleague posted an article about FOMO just about the same time a client of mine was battling his own fear of missing out.

Of course I asked my client if , after redacting account information, he wouldn’t mind if I shared his “journal Entry” with everyone.

 

John,

I’ll give you an explanation of what happened yesterday. After we talked I left for my job. I returned at 2:30 and saw that I missed all the “short” activity yesterday.

Disappointed, I made the mistake of trying to catch up . I had several positive trades and then several negative trades that put me in the negative for the day.

I was active in a “short” trade, sitting at my desk. I nodded off. I don’t know how long, but it must have been enough seconds that the price action had dramatically turned “long”. Unfortunately, I nodded off with my hand on my mouse. It seems that I touched the mouse and now I discovered that I had clicked a second contract. I was hoping to recover the $1800 loss but it was too late.

1. I went back to practice simulation. First on the 15th from 9 AM and with 3 clicks I had made $2300. Then stopped while ahead.

2. Today I again started practice at 9 AM and within 2 hours made $530. Then stopped while ahead My mistakes. What do I learn from this:

1. Don’t fall asleep while trading.

2. Don’t fall asleep with your finger hovering over the mouse.

3. Stop when you’re ahead and don’t try to make money on the short price action movements.

4. Reminding again to only trade with the trend.

One of the most common pitfalls of traders in Futures Trading is the fear of missing out (FOMO).

Understanding FOMO in Trading:

  • FOMO, or the fear of missing out, is a powerful emotion that can cloud judgment and lead to impulsive decisions.
  • Recognizing the signs of FOMO is crucial for traders to maintain a disciplined approach to their strategies.

The Role of Emotions in Trading:

  • Emotions play a significant role in trading, influencing decisions and reactions to market movements.
  • Acknowledging emotions like greed, fear, and excitement is the first step towards effective emotional control.

Strategies for Controlling Emotions: 

1/ Establishing a Trading Plan:

Having a well-defined trading plan helps set clear goals and guidelines, reducing the influence of emotions.

2/ Setting Realistic Expectations:

Realistic expectations prevent disappointment and impulsive actions based on unrealistic goals.

3/ Utilizing Risk Management:

Implementing risk management strategies ensures that trades are within acceptable risk limits.

4/ Taking Breaks:

Stepping away from the screen during intense market movements can provide a fresh perspective and prevent emotional reactions.

Mindfulness Techniques:

  • Incorporating mindfulness practices, such as deep breathing or meditation, can help traders stay focused and calm during stressful trading situations.

Learn from Past Trades:

  • Analyzing past trades, especially those influenced by emotions, provides valuable insights for improvement.
  • Keeping a trading journal helps identify patterns in emotional responses and areas for growth.

 

Daily Levels for April 23rd, 2024

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