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Interview with Sam Beckers: Full Time E-Mini S&P Trader and CTA


Matt Zimberg interviews Sam Beckers, a Full-Time E-Mini S&P Trader and Money Manager that has been with Optimus Futures for many years, both as a customer as well as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA). We thought that Sam’s realistic approach to trading the E-mini S&P contract could provide some perspective on the challenges of day trading, constructing a method and execution.

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Trading futures and options involve substantial risk of loss and are not suitable for all investors. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. The risk of loss in trading commodity interests can be substantial. You should therefore carefully consider whether such trading is suitable

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Why Trading Isn’t an Exact Science: 3 Tips to Trading Unpredictable Futures Markets


This article on Trading Unpredictable Markets is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

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Traders crave certain market conditions and chart setups that will yield good trade opportunities that they can string together in a neat upward trending equity curve. Instead they often get hammered with unexpected price movements and varying market conditions resulting in losses.

Below we analyze why markets exhibit a certain degree of unpredictability and what it means to you as a trader striving for consistent results.

Why Trading Isn’t an Exact Science

Mathematicians and expert quantitative traders have been trying to quantify the fickle nature of the markets in an attempt to produce the ‘holy grail’ of trading methodologies; the ultimate model of price predictability that would beat the market every time. They fail every time, largely due to

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Positive Expectancy is more important than your last futures trade!


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After reading this article about Positive Expectancy, we sincerely hope that you can stop looking at performance on a trade-by-trade basis and are instead able to consider that your ability to have positive results is based on a large sample of trades. The more trades, the better. The larger the sample, the better.

By examining a large sample of futures trades, whether, in real or simulated trading, it can be seen that having a recent trade bias is never indicative of whether a system is good or bad. Recent trade bias is instead an impediment and handicap for many traders: they become paralyzed with fear when unavoidable losses occur, or they experience euphoria causing overconfidence, resulting in the use of too much leverage and overly aggressive trading in multiple futures contracts at once.

Some ratios may

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Best Swing Trading Strategies for Futures Traders


This article on Swing Trading Strategies is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

  • Swing trading can be an effective and less stressful approach to seeking short-term profits.
  • When swing trading, you can determine how much you will likely make or lose within a given trade.
  • Swing trading setups are based on anticipation and calculation, not quick reaction and impulse.

What is Swing Trading?

Swing trading is a short-term trading strategy in which a trade’s duration can last from a day to a few days before its closure.

The difference between swing trading and day trading goes far beyond its durational characteristics:

  • Because swing trades happen less frequently, they can be planned on a more strategic basis as they rely less on “reaction” and more on anticipation.
  • Swing trading can

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How Lack of Trading Discipline is Killing Your Performance and the Steps You Can Take to Improve It


This article on Trading Discipline is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

Imagine, if you will, two traders. One trader holds a superior trading strategy and ample capital resources to make it work. But he lacks discipline. The other trader has a mediocre system, fewer capital resources, but superior trading discipline. The non-disciplined trader has everything going for him, except for himself; whereas the disciplined trader has a few things working against him, but his ability to remain disciplined serves as his core strength.

Who might end up becoming the more successful trader? The answer is that it all depends on a few other things: the ability to adapt to situations, the smarts to assess what’s working and what’s not, and the “discipline”

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