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How to Become a Professional Futures Trader – Part I

 

This article on How to Become a Professional Futures Trader is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

Professional Futures Trader

Every person who has the gumption to enter the world of commodity futures trading does so with more than just an ounce of ambition. Sure, there are a handful of wealthy investors who can afford to apportion a very small percentage of their portfolio to futures and alternative investments, but this class of investor doesn’t represent the typical “retail” futures trader, the “smaller” speculator who often has much less starting capital, and potentially much more to lose.

This article is for the vast majority of retail futures traders who are just getting started, hoping to grow a relatively modest amount of capital into a consistent stream of income.

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5 Behavioral Traits of Successful Futures Traders

 
 

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Successful Futures Traders

How do you define success when it comes to trading futures? What makes a successful futures trader? As obvious as the answer may seem, some traders tend to muddy the issue by bringing up other factors that are also crucial to trading–e.g. knowledge, experience, development capacity, psychological traits, etc. As important as these factors may be, they are secondary, at least in terms of answering the question.

When it comes to measuring success in trading, there is only one win condition: that over time, your gains are significantly larger than your losses.

>>You may have more losing trades than winning trades, yet your upside payoff is

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Tax Advantages of Trading Futures Vs. Stocks

 
 

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Tax Advantages of Trading Futures Vs. Stocks

Tax season is here, with the April 15 tax day just a few weeks away. If 2018 was your first year trading futures, then you’re probably a bit concerned about the tax implications, not knowing what to expect, worrying about the tax-related complexities that may befall you come Uncle Sam’s reckoning and payday.

Don’t be too worried. Yes, you will have to pay taxes on your capital gains if you ended 2018 with a net profit, but the process (at least compared with stocks) is a bit different, and in certain respects, possibly much less complicated.

After all, trading futures does have

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What to Look for When Selecting a Futures Trading Platform

What to Look for When Selecting a Futures Trading Platform
 
 

This article on What to Look for When Selecting a Futures Trading Platform is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

Your choice of futures trading platform is a critical decision that can enhance or diminish your overall trading performance. After all, your platform is your main gateway to the markets at large. From the exchanges that offer various market products to the individual traders across the globe who facilitate the transactional flow of the markets, your platform is the interface that allows you to engage this world of activity with just a few clicks and keystrokes.

But contrary to what some traders might think, a trading platform may not necessarily make you a better or worse trader, though it can amplify the knowledge and skills that you already bring to the table. So, when selecting a futures trading platform, start with yourself first– your skills, your knowledge,

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When is the Best Time to Trade the ES

 
 

This article on the Best Time to Trade the ES is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

When is the Best Time to Trade the ES

This article is the opinion of Optimus Futures, LLC.

When it comes to trading the markets, timing is a critical component. Timing is often understood as the capacity to promptly perceive and expediently exploit a fleeting market opportunity. But timing can also refer to the general time at which you choose to trade the markets, from seasons to months to weeks to days, all the way down to the hour

Each market pulsates in its own unique way. And all markets differ.

If you’re a day trader, you probably trade the ES, as it’s one

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