Alternative Investments: An Introduction to Managed Futures

In the fast paced business of commodities trading, it can be difficult to find someone who wants to take the time to help you understand the potential profit opportunities as well as the risks involved in today’s markets. At Pro Managed Futures, we pride ourselves on our ability to help our clients and prospective clients … Read more

Key Tools and Strategies for the Electronic Futures Trader

By Tim Racette The first step to becoming a successful trader is developing a sound foundation of tools and knowledge in which to trade. Whether you’re new to trading or been at it for years, the tools and strategies outlined here provide a solid foundation for a successful trading career. Before we delve into actual … Read more

The Hunt Brothers and their Attempt to Corner the Silver Market

In the early seventies, amidst political upheaval, inflationary pressures and stagnant economic growth, the richest family in America (at the time), the Hunt family of Texas, tried to corner the market on precious metals. As a way to hedge themselves from the rampart printing of dollars the US government was doing, the Hunts decided to … Read more

Gold still Golden for Put Sellers

It’s the commodity with which non-commodity investors are most familiar. It’s probably the most “emotionally” driven commodity where core supply demand factors matter little.  And no matter what price it’s at, somebody always loves it. It’s Gold. And no matter what your investment experience, I’d be willing to bet that you’ve at least considered buying … Read more

Natural Gas: Supply, Supply and More Supply

By: James Cordier, Michael Gross, If you liked it at $6.00, you should have loved it at $5.00. You could have “backed the truck up” at $4.00. So now what do you do with prices sporting a “3” handle? Natural Gas and Natural Gas stocks have been the darling of several high profile media … Read more

Introduction to Trading Eurodollars

What is a Eurodollar? A Eurodollar is a dollar denominated deposit held in a bank outside of the United States. Being located outside the US, Eurodollars are not subject to regulation by the Federal Reserve Board. Being outside the jurisdiction of the Federal Reserve the deposits are subject to fewer regulations than withing the US, … Read more

Ethanol Futures

What is Ethanol? Ethanol served as lamp fuel in pre-Civil War United States and helped power early Model T automobiles. It is also the intoxicating ingredient in alcoholic beverages. This alternative fuel is produced by fermenting and distilling starch crops that have been converted into simple sugars, and it is of great importance to today’s … Read more

Regional Manufacturing Surveys

Source: Purchasing managers’ organizations and Federal Reserve banks. Release: Philadelphia Fed is released at 10 ET on the third Thursday of the month for the current month. Chicago PMI is released on the last business day of the month for the current month. Providing a broad measure of national manufacturing activities, the regional manufacturing surveys … Read more

CME Electronic Corporate Membership

High volume e-mini and currency futures traders can benefit by becoming an CME electronic corporate member. CME Electronic Corporate Member Rates E-Mini Equity Index Products Normal Rate: $1.14 a side Member Rate: $0.64 a side Foreign Exchange Products Normal Rate: $1.60 a side Member Rate: $0.59 a side Membership Requirments Minimum average of 50 contract … Read more