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How to Measure Your Futures Trading ROI (return on investment)

 

The following article on Futures Trading ROI (return on investment) is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

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There is a plethora of metrics you can use to measure almost every aspect of your futures trading. Too many, perhaps. You can measure volatility in a given market. You can even apply similar metrics to your trading performance and equity returns. You can measure risk-to-reward, profit factor, and even mathematical expectancy. You can use the sharpe ratio, sortino ratio, sterling ratio, and MAR ratio and more if you so choose. You can even find some way to assess your trading psychology for whatever that’s worth. Does any of it make a difference? Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

At the end of the day, however, all that matters is how

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How to Read Level II Market Data | Analyzing Trading Activity on the DOM

 
 

The following article on Level II Market Data is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

Are you trying to switch to DOM trading? Do you wish to use the data on the DOM to complement your futures trading on the charts?  This article will explain the hidden details behind the flashing numbers that you see on your DOM. Read on to get a better understanding of the Level II data and learn a simple strategy on how to read level II data in order to identify market direction.

What is Level II Market Data?

First, let’s go over what we call Level I.  At its core, Level I

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Is Scalping Futures A Sustainable Trading Strategy?

 
 

The following article on futures trading scalping strategies is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

Scalping is a trading strategy that involves capturing profits from small price movements–as small as one to a few ticks. In order to make a profit, you often have to execute a substantial amount of trades a day. It isn’t uncommon for scalpers to make anywhere from ten to a hundred trades a day as each individual scalp trade typically generates a minuscule profit.

While scalping sounds good in theory, it comes with some caveats:

Since you must carry out a large number of trades, the transaction costs from fees and commissions can eat up a lot of your

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An Introduction to Tick Charts and How to Trade Them in Futures Markets

 
 

The following article on Tick Charts is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

Traders use a wide variety of charts to analyze markets. Most charts, however, are time-based, and traders’ cycle through different time frames to match their specific strategy or preferred time horizon.

Longer-term traders may use daily charts to get a sense of the big picture while using hourly charts to plot entries and exits. Short-term traders may go as small as using 1-minute charts to trade price action.

But what if your short-term goal was to trade on the smallest “transaction” level? What if you wanted to trade price breakouts not on the level of time but on the level of

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How to Use Bollinger Bands in Futures Trading

 
 

The following article on Bollinger Bands is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

Any movement in asset prices implies some level of volatility. If price is barely moving, volatility is still present but low. When price really gets moving, volatility increases. And when prices begin fluctuating up and down in jagged waves, whether trending or ranging, then volatility is high. But how might you measure whether price volatility has exceeded the average? After a large price move, at what point might prices have gone too far, implying a possible reversion to the average?

That’s what Bollinger Bands are designed to help measure.

What are Bollinger Bands?

Created by John Bollinger

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