Futures, Commodities, & Options

The derivatives markets have exploded in popularity, trading volume, and complexity over the years, providing more investing and trading choices than ever before. Whether making a directional bet, volatility play, or hedging risk, derivatives allow you to calibrate every position to maximize profit and minimize risk. Learn powerful analysis methods, diverse trade set-ups, and execution techniques from top professional investors and traders.

Articles on Futures, Commodities, & Options

Sponsored Content - On two discussions last week, Chris Temple, editor and publisher, National Investor Publishing, painted the bleak picture of the mess the Fed (chiefly) and the Biden Administration (a respectable second-place showing) have made of the economy and markets.
Bears on Friday finally landed the knockout punch. The S&P 500 (SPX) closed at 3,586, down a big 1.5%, states Jon Markman, editor of Strategic Advantage.
The latest bearish phase of this market began in mid-August and has now carried S&P 500 (SPX) to new yearly lows, both closing and intraday, says Lawrence McMillan of Option Strategist.
When the market is looking bleak, bearish options strategies can help weather the storm of the stock market, explains Patrick Martin, managing editor at Schaeffer Investment Research, a leading advisory platform from options expert Bernie Schaeffer.
I’m calling “a low is in/near” as Indices’ seventh wave down (Daily chart) completion coincides with monthly-turn buyers before October even starts, writes Trevor Smith of Trevor's Trading.
Last July, I wrote about inflation and one of its main drivers, commodity prices. I made the case then that although the Fed was aggressively moving to limit inflation through higher rates, commodity prices had been decreasing sharply since mid-June and were not supporting higher prices, states Brett Friedman of Winhall Risk Analytics.
It’s been an unpleasant year for investors — especially for those who sought comfort in bonds, or who were locked into traditional 60/40 portfolios. Globally, government bonds are on track for the worst year since 1949, observes Monty Guild in Guild Investment Management's Market Commentary.
back in the days, when I started trading, I was focused on daytrading, and I would spend several hours a day sitting in front of the computer watching quotes and placing trades, writes Markus Heitkoetter of Rockwell Trading.
In this video, Alan Ellman of The Blue Collar Investor answers a question on closing a covered call position early to protect profits.
New option traders can make many mistakes when they first start trading options. Here is a quick list of what to do and what not to do as you come into the options market for the first time says Steve Burns of New Trader U.

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Context matters in any situation—particularly in capital markets. Join Nasdaq's Kevin Davitt, EQDerivatives' and Indiana University Kelley School of Business' Dr. Russell Rhoads, Nations Indexes' Scott Nations, and Investors Alley's Jay Soloff to understand how volatile the market has been in 2022 relative to history. Don't miss out as they will explore a variety of volatility measures, as well as the tradeable products that may help you navigate future swings in the equity market.

Volatility and traditional diversification are crushing most investors and traders, but it doesn't have to be that way. Join former public tech company CEO, Scott Andrews, and learn why diversifying with proven intraday strategies is a game changer for most portfolios and see if the same fully automated hedge fund strategies that trade Scott's accounts could help you achieve your financial goals.

In today's volatile and conflictive world, and with stagflation growing, we'll show what markets look best to buy and hold and which markets to avoid.
Join trading legend and serial entrepreneur, Tom Sosnoff, for a 30-minute real-time earnings strategy session utilizing the tastyworks platform.
Join Nasdaq's head of index options content, Kevin Davitt, to learn about term structure in futures markets with an emphasis on volatility. Understand how term structure impacts option values and can be used to manage volatility risk.

Buying puts to protect your long stock can be a great way to mitigate market risk—but how can you pay for it? By selling a call against the protective put, investors can create a collar around their stock position as a hedging tool, while still allowing for some upward market participation. Join OIC instructor Mark Benzaquen as he explores the basics as well as the complex nuances of this widely used defensive strategy.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell has been increasingly hawkish. Indeed he, along with his colleagues on the Federal Open Market Committee, unanimously raised the federal funds rate by 75 basis points on Wednesday, September 21 after doing the same at the previous two meetings of the Fed's monetary policy committee. The Fed is committed to bringing inflation down even if that causes a recession, according to Powell. So, is a recession inevitable? Might inflation moderate without a recession. Dr. Ed Yardeni will address these and other questions relevant to bond and stock investors.
Garrett Patten from ElliottWaveTrader.net will discuss the long-term Elliott Wave count for the S&P 500, along with the expectation for a generational top forming in the coming years. He will also identify which sectors of the S&P 500 remain bullish and are still positioned for further upside going into next year.
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The growth of financial futures has been one of the most remarkable success stories in the markets. Their age is relatively green at just a little over 50 years old. Originally created to help farmers hedge against price changes between crop planting and harvesting, futures have grown since then to include interest rates, foreign exchange, metals, energy, weather, and even Bitcoin.

Whether trading agricultural commodities, energy futures, metals, stock indexes, or even the softs; futures provide the best bang for your buck. But leverage is a two-sided blade. In this section, MoneyShow.com trading experts provide a deep dive into the current futures market activity and price action to help you find ways to strengthen your portfolio, while mitigating risk and exploiting opportunities in these diverse markets.

Discover unique and critical futures trading strategies to help you generate more consistent profits and better manage your portfolio risk. From in-depth futures market economics to spread trading, you will take away new knowledge to help you better identify trading opportunities. Our contributors will share with you their time-tested commodities investing strategies and futures trading strategies. The insights you will learn will help you in your investing or trading with market intelligence that you cannot find elsewhere.

At the same time, the opportunities now available to individual traders in the option arena are astounding, having exploded in volume and complexity in recent years, offering option traders the ability to trade, hedge, or speculate in just about any stock, ETF, or commodity.

Our goal in these pages is to start you down the path of options trading and help you avoid many of the pitfalls that beginning options traders experience. Some of the top names in trading will familiarize you with options—what they are, how they work, and what opportunities they present. You’ll learn practical knowledge about when it is appropriate to buy/sell puts or calls, covered-call writing strategies, and advice on when to use each of these strategies. More experienced traders will learn profitable options trading strategies to help you make more money and better manage your portfolio risk.