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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 efficiencies, and tax treatments. That’s a bucket load of differences, and you may or may not realize what the implications are

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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 absolutely need to master. Although this is relatively subjective territory, we’ve identified ten skills that are likely to be on your

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


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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 that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

Understand the Change Before You React to It

Let’s suppose you noticed a change in the

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


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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 own bodies.
The second bullet point above is key, as it tells you which characteristics are more attributable to the operators and which

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What Are The Best Futures Markets To Day Trade In 2020?


The following article on The Best Futures Markets To Day Trade In 2020 is the opinion of Optimus Futures

Best Futures Markets to Trade

As a trader, you know that not every strategy will suit your style or match your goals. While at the same time, you also know that not every futures market will match your trading strategy.

For instance, if your strategy needs high intraday volatility, then 30-Year Treasury bonds might not work as well as, say, the S&P 500. If you are a position trader who prefers a highly-liquid instrument with a tendency to trend smoothly, then grains might be preferable to, say, cocoa or lumber.

It all depends on the qualities or characteristics you find preferable in a given futures contract. So, in other words, the “best market” to trade depends

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