November 22, 2017

FUTURES BASICS

Futures are not like stocks in that you don't actually "buy" or "sell" any number of shares of a futures contract. Futures are CONTRACTS. When you "BUY" a single futures contract for, say, the S&P 500 emini contract (symbol "ES"), you are entering into a contract with a counter party who agrees to take the opposite side of your trade. When you "BUY" a futures contract, you are NOT SPENDING any of your capital. Yes, it is absolutely FREE! When your trade is CLOSED (ie: when you sell your ES futures contract), then if you made a profit, the counter party to your contract must transfer funds to your account equal to the contract specified amount called the "Big Point Value" times the number of points that you made on the trade times the nu...

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