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Futures Trading and The Role of Each Futures Market Participant


This article on futures trading basics is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

Futures Trading Basics

As a futures trader, you know quite well that by trading any market, you are certainly not operating in a vacuum. In fact, you probably have more company than you think. But how large might this environment be, who are the other futures market participants, and what roles might these other participants play?

This is what we’re going to cover in this piece. Before you jump into futures trading, it helps to know the role of each futures market participant, not only to understand the various “nodal points” in a given trade, but also to glean information that might even serve to your advantage.

For instance, if the futures market experiences a negative event,

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Stop Loss Orders Tips and Techniques | Plus Top 5 Stop Loss Strategies for Futures Trading


This article on Stop Loss Orders is the opinion of Optimus Futures.


  • Stop-loss placement is a critical component of a sound trading strategy.
  • Failure to understand the full context surrounding stop losses can place you at a significant disadvantage.
  • There are many indicators that can help you evaluate stop loss choices, some may be better for specific time frames, and some may be more objective/subjective than others.
One of the first things we traders learn is how to place a stop loss. An effective stop loss strategy helps stop the proverbial bleeding when market direction turns against you, cutting into your account balance.
The idea of placing a stop loss is pretty simple but choosing the right place to set a stop loss can get challenging. On one

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Trading Routine | How to Prepare for the Trading Day


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

Trading Routine

Key Points

  • Although there is no sure-shot formula for winning in the markets, there’s a sure-shot formula for losing big, and it’s called “lack of preparation.”
  • Your trading routine, from the moment you begin your trading day to market close, will likely define your overall performance.
  • The biggest mistake you can ever make besides not preparing for your trading day is letting your mental and physical attributes suffer as a result of your trading.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Whether you succeed or fail in any trade, preparation plays a key role. It is true that not every outcome is a result of what you had prepared (or not prepared) to do. There is the element

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Market Replay | How to Practice Your Futures Trading Strategy Risk-Free


This article on Market Replay is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

Market Replay Platform

Key Points

  • Very few testing methods, save Market Replay software, can simulate the stress and time crunch of live market futures trading.
  • A Market Replay platform can decrease a trader’s learning curve by allowing him or her to select, manipulate, and repeat the time experience of historical trading situations.
  • The ability to stop market time without seeing what comes next may be a valuable tool for traders eager to analyze not only the markets but also their own thoughts, reactions, and forecasts concerning market action that has not yet unfolded.
We all know that futures trading is a risky endeavor. So, before you risk your money on your next great trading idea–be it a set-up, method, or strategy–you had better

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Best Order Flow Indicators To Spot Buying and Selling Pressure in Futures Markets


This article on Best Order Flow Indicators is the opinion of Optimus Futures.

Best Order Flow Indicators

  • What Indicators should you consider when reading Order Flow? 
  • How do you identify the big player’s trades? 
  • How to add VWAP to your market analysis 
When we trade a financial asset, we often rely on charts to identify market opportunities. We identify patterns that might give us a better sense as to where price might be heading. Our charts are like “maps,” indicating potential headwinds, tailwinds, critical levels, and turning points.

On every chart, price and time tend to be the dominant features. Indicators, though important, are variable and supplemental. Although “volume” is sometimes treated as just another “indicator,” what many traders miss is that the combination of price, time, and volume can

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