Futures, Commodities, & Options

The derivatives markets have exploded in popularity, trading volume, and complexity over the years, providing more investing and trading choices than ever before. Whether making a directional bet, volatility play, or hedging risk, derivatives allow you to calibrate every position to maximize profit and minimize risk. Learn powerful analysis methods, diverse trade set-ups, and execution techniques from top professional investors and traders.

Articles on Futures, Commodities, & Options

back in the days, when I started trading, I was focused on daytrading, and I would spend several hours a day sitting in front of the computer watching quotes and placing trades, writes Markus Heitkoetter of Rockwell Trading.
In this video, Alan Ellman of The Blue Collar Investor answers a question on closing a covered call position early to protect profits.
New option traders can make many mistakes when they first start trading options. Here is a quick list of what to do and what not to do as you come into the options market for the first time says Steve Burns of New Trader U.
Last week was particularly tough for investors as all 11 sectors experienced losses to some extent, explains Bryan Perry, editor of Cash Machine.
The pattern is clear enough with turns in the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, and equity market, states Jon Markman, editor of Strategic Advantage.
With options trading, brokers quantify different levels of risk exposure for different types of option plays and traders must be approved for each level, says Steve Burns of New Trader U.
There is too much talk about the day to day movement of the market. I want to take a step back from that and discuss what really matters at this moment — inflation, asserts Steve Reitmeister, editor of Reitmeister Total Return.
The Federal Reserve hiked rates by the expected 75bps, yesterday afternoon. If it was already discounted, why did risk assets crumble into the close, asks Bill Baruch of BlueLineFutures.com.
Closed-end funds (CEFs) are similar to ETFs, except that instead of issuing and redeeming shares as needed, CEFs issue a fixed number of shares at the IPO, explains Harry Domash, editor of Dividend Detective.
Long before weekly options were a thing when ticks were still in 16ths, and we downloaded batches of chart data over a dial-up modem…I “discovered” the world of options, states Chris Vermeulen of TheTechTraders.

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Join trading legend and serial entrepreneur, Tom Sosnoff, for a 30-minute real-time earnings strategy session utilizing the tastyworks platform.
Join Nasdaq's head of index options content, Kevin Davitt, to learn about term structure in futures markets with an emphasis on volatility. Understand how term structure impacts option values and can be used to manage volatility risk.

Buying puts to protect your long stock can be a great way to mitigate market risk—but how can you pay for it? By selling a call against the protective put, investors can create a collar around their stock position as a hedging tool, while still allowing for some upward market participation. Join OIC instructor Mark Benzaquen as he explores the basics as well as the complex nuances of this widely used defensive strategy.
In this presentation, Dana Samuelson will explain how inflation has trapped the Fed into committing yet another policy error, one that will continue to reverberate in currency markets worldwide, which in turn has put gold and silver temporarily on sale. He'll also comment on why equities markets remain extremely vulnerable to further declines, and how gold offers safe haven in what could be six of the most turbulent economic months ahead of us all.

Big institutions have dominated trading for decades with their powerful data-mining capability. However, with better access to data and strategies, retail traders are now on a levelled playing field. In this presentation, Matt Choi will share with you an aggressive quantitative options strategy that can power through the current hyperinflation environment. Mr. Choi will walk you through his strategy from data mining to entry and exit, and how to structure options to potentially double your investment on each trade. This session is specifically for retail traders looking for an aggressive short/medium term options strategy. (Pre-requisite: basic/intermediate options).

Most investors in the US are not aware that bailouts, where the US taxpayer "bails out" financial missteps by the too-big-to-fail crowd—is now against the law. Now, bail-ins will take place. What will this mean for you? And most importantly, what immediate action can you take to minimize this threat to your financial wellbeing?

Gold investors have been frustrated at its lack of response, especially in the midst of spiking inflation. This research shows why, and what historically occurs next. And the strongest mining stocks will offer high leverage to a rising gold price.
Discover practical tips for managing your active investment portfolio for fast returns. Using a combination of specific technical analysis signals and chart patterns, you'll see how to quickly choose stocks and ETFs that can achieve high returns. You'll learn strategies for locating strong sectors that are worthwhile (e.g. healthcare, value vs growth, cyclicals), how to use position sizing to scale into successful entries by scaling in progressively, correct risk-management strategies for minimizing drawdowns and low-yield positions, and a step-by-step process for building and growing your portfolio for maximum profits. Join popular active trading coach Ken Calhoun for this fast-paced, dynamic session featuring live market charts.



Big market moves create sizable risks and potential rewards. Hear what Elliott Wave International thinks about the current trends and coming opportunities.
Join this session to watch an exclusive interview with Frederick Hubler Jr., CEO of Creative Capital Wealth Management Group, hosted by Mike Larson. Mr. Hubler will be answering questions such as what inspired him to focus on the accredited investor space, what the hardest thing about working in accredited investments has been, why he has the nickname of "millionaire whisperer," what encouraged him to go out on his own 18 years ago, and how large Creative Capital Wealth Management Group has grown.

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The growth of financial futures has been one of the most remarkable success stories in the markets. Their age is relatively green at just a little over 50 years old. Originally created to help farmers hedge against price changes between crop planting and harvesting, futures have grown since then to include interest rates, foreign exchange, metals, energy, weather, and even Bitcoin.

Whether trading agricultural commodities, energy futures, metals, stock indexes, or even the softs; futures provide the best bang for your buck. But leverage is a two-sided blade. In this section, MoneyShow.com trading experts provide a deep dive into the current futures market activity and price action to help you find ways to strengthen your portfolio, while mitigating risk and exploiting opportunities in these diverse markets.

Discover unique and critical futures trading strategies to help you generate more consistent profits and better manage your portfolio risk. From in-depth futures market economics to spread trading, you will take away new knowledge to help you better identify trading opportunities. Our contributors will share with you their time-tested commodities investing strategies and futures trading strategies. The insights you will learn will help you in your investing or trading with market intelligence that you cannot find elsewhere.

At the same time, the opportunities now available to individual traders in the option arena are astounding, having exploded in volume and complexity in recent years, offering option traders the ability to trade, hedge, or speculate in just about any stock, ETF, or commodity.

Our goal in these pages is to start you down the path of options trading and help you avoid many of the pitfalls that beginning options traders experience. Some of the top names in trading will familiarize you with options—what they are, how they work, and what opportunities they present. You’ll learn practical knowledge about when it is appropriate to buy/sell puts or calls, covered-call writing strategies, and advice on when to use each of these strategies. More experienced traders will learn profitable options trading strategies to help you make more money and better manage your portfolio risk.