This article on Futures Trading Risk Management is the opinion of Optimus Futures
The reality of the markets is very different from those faced in most situations in life and work. The difference, of course, is the level of speculative risk. Strangely, many futures traders who don’t quite get this try to develop methodologies, approaches, or even futures trading rules aimed to eliminate all the uncertainty and ambiguity from the process of trading in order to make trading decisions more confidently.
Well, as most successful futures traders might tell you, this can only lead you down the wrong path. Risk embodies uncertainty, as uncertainty is often accompanied by risk. As traders, we don’t shy away from risk.
This article on How to Evaluate Your Trading Strategy is the opinion of Optimus Futures
Note: the terms “strategy” and “system,” though fundamentally different, will be used interchangeably as the topic of this article can be applied to both concepts.
Successful traders rely on strategies (and systems) capable of providing trading opportunities across a wide and varied range of markets and market conditions. The systems they employ are often adaptable to variance, as market conditions tend to vary unpredictably, sometimes frequently, depending on the underlying economic environment. But there are times when a system’s adaptability may not go
This article on the 4 Stages of Futures Trading Competence is the opinion of Optimus Futures
If you’ve ever taken the time to learn a skill properly, you would’ve realized rather quickly that the more you know, the more you actually don’t know. You’ve likely figured out that there’s yet another hill to climb, an even higher one, having reached the previous hill’s peak.
To take another metaphorical approach, now that you’ve dipped your toe into the water, you look out to see that the entire ocean is much deeper and more expansive than you had initially thought. And it seems never-ending.
This article on Demo Trading Account is the opinion of Optimus Futures
Newer traders almost always start off with a demo trading account to get their feet wet in the world of futures. While testing out a broker’s platform through a demo is a critical step towards mastering a given platform, it is NOT a way to practice the markets.
A testament to this misguided notion are the hundreds of newbie traders who get stuck trading in “demo” mode for years, only to realize, upon “perfecting” their trading technique, that their skills honed in a simulated environment, yielded negative returns in a live market.
Long periods of demo
This article on Futures Trading Platforms is the opinion of Optimus Futures
Why would you want to switch from one futures trading platform to another? Typically, for two reasons: Something about your current platform is not working well or doesn’t match your trading style; or perhaps you are looking for some new technologies or functionalities to upgrade your capabilities and performance.
If you’ve ever had to make such a switch, you’ve probably learned that there can be significant trade-offs. You may gain something with the new platform but always at the expense of something lost with the older one. If what you gain is of more value to you than what