Posts Tagged Under: Commodity Trading Advisor

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

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Overall Return on Investment: Is it the bottom line, or is there more to it?


An investor looking to diversify their portfolio may quickly become overwhelmed with the virtually limitless number of investment opportunities available to them. Simply narrowing down these options can prove to be quite time-consuming, and impatient investors usually end up quickly filtering out different investments based on the overall return. However, the truth is that overall returns represent only a fraction of the entire story, and taking the time to look beneath the surface of a CTA, automated system, or even a self-developed discretionary system can unearth risks that may have not been prevalent when searching based on the end result. No matter what option is chosen, it is important to note there is more than just a financial impact— there is also a deep psychological impact that can affect an investor in their day-to-day life. Let’s take a look at some different variables to keep in mind:

What type of

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