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Commitments of Traders Report (COT)

A weekly report from the CFTC providing a breakdown of each Tuesday’s open interest for markets in which 20 or more traders hold positions equal to or above the reporting levels established by the CFTC. Open interest is broken down by aggregate commercial, non-commercial, and non-reportable holdings. Related Articles: Commitments of Traders: What are the … 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

Margins in Futures Trading

The margins in the futures market allows for greater leverage than in the equities market. Margins in the futures market are relatively low – often in the 10% area. This, for example, would allow you to trade $50,000 of a commodity with only $5,000 in your account. Margins in the futures markets vary between each … Read more

Soybean Futures

Soybeans have been cultivated for over 3,000 years in China and are the most widely grown and utilized legume in the world. Soybean futures are traded at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). Most soybeans are used for the extraction of soybean oil, used for cooking purposes – or to make soybean meal, which is … Read more

Trading Silver Futures

The British currency, the pound sterling is still named after this metal. Mexico and the United States are the largest silver producing countries. Silver is used for industrial purposes including electrical wiring as well as being a precious metal used for jewelry. Silver has traded up to $50 per ounce when the Hunt Brothers attempted … Read more

Trading Platinum Futures

Platimum is among the most valuable metals in the world. It is used for industrial purposes such in the automobile market and medical fields as well as in a wide range of jewelry. Platinum is the precious metal favored most by the Japanese. Platinum trades on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). Trading Unit: 50 … Read more

Natural Gas Futures

Market Background and Fundamentals Natural Gas accounts for for approximately 25% of energy consumption in the United States, and is an important source of energy globally. Crude oil accounts for 40% of domestic energy consumption. Natural gas is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels, and consequently has enjoyed an increased popularity. Natural gas uses … Read more