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Trading Futures in a Bear Market | What NOT to Do When Facing Unprecedented Market Volatility

 

The following article on Trading Futures in a Bear Market is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

Futures Trading Bear Markets

If this is your first bear market, then you might find yourself a bit stunned by the turbulence that’s been hitting the markets over the last few weeks. This is especially the case if you’re a short-term trader. You see, the 2008 financial crisis didn’t happen quite this fast, and the volatility, though quite bad, wasn’t this bad. The crash that comes closest in recent history is probably the 1987 stock market crash, though the initial plunge (and the bear market to follow) was short-lived.

Right now, the markets won’t find a bottom until the COVID-19 pandemic finds some kind of resolution. And by the looks of it,

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Micro Nasdaq Futures VS Nasdaq 100 ETF | Which One Should You Trade?

 
 

The following article on Micro Nasdaq Futures VS Nasdaq 100 ETF is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

Nasdaq futures vs Nasdaq etf

You want to trade the Nasdaq 100 index and have the choice of trading the Micro e-mini Nasdaq futures (MNQ) or the Invesco Nasdaq 100 ETF (QQQ). Both have the same underlying index, the Nasdaq Composite. So how different can they really be? Well, from an investment perspective they’re quite different. But from a trading perspective, we’re talking a “night and day” difference.

Sure, they’re correlated, as the Nasdaq Composite is the underlying index. But overall, they’re two separate instruments presenting different trading opportunities, liquidity profiles, trading hours, capital requirements, cost

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10 Futures Trading Skills You Need to Master

 
 

The following article on 10 Futures Trading Skills You Need to Master is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

As you head on your path towards becoming a better trader, you’ll notice a subtle difference between your beginning stages and your more intermediate stages. As a beginner, you felt like there was an entire world of knowledge to discover. As an intermediate trader, you realized that a) every hill of knowledge you climbed only led to an even greater hill, and b) not all hills were worth climbing (meaning there was a lot to unlearn).

But to cross that beginner-to-intermediate boundary, there are a number of futures trading skills that you

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Why Adapting to Changing Market Environments Can Make or Break You As a Futures Trader

 
 

The following article on Adapting to Changing Market Environments is the opinion of Optimus Futures

Futures Trading Environment

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”  – Albert Einstein

Like everything else in life, the market environment changes constantly. It’s easy to say that the trick to staying on top of these changes is to adapt. Adapt to change–a common sense solution, so it seems. But when you’ve got lots of leveraged cash at stake, adapting the wrong way–or sometimes, not adapting at all–can put you in a financially precarious situation.

Knowing how to adapt to a changing market is key to surviving or thriving in the futures market. And

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The Perfect Trading Screen Setup For Day Trading Futures | A 10 Point Checklist

 
 

The following article on Trading Screen Setup is the opinion of Optimus Futures

The Perfect Trading Screen Setup For Day Trading Futures

This may seem like a strange analogy to some, but there are a few key similarities that we can draw between a day trader and a fighter pilot:

Both operate in risky environments (the trader assuming financial risk; and the pilot, physical risk). Both functions rely on the speed and depth of observation, orientation, decision, and action (more famously known as the classic OODA Loop decision cycle); and Both operators (i.e. trader or pilot) must handle their “platform” naturally and intuitively as if it were an extension of their

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