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Today's America Trade Tip of the Month - How Can Friday's
Futures Markets Price Action Predict Monday's Price Movement?
Is it possible a commodity futures market trading methodology may be
profitable based on a very simple trading system involving
Friday's prices to successfully predict Monday's market opening price?
This futures trading pattern does not appear every
week but it's often reflected in the financial trader markets.
And when it does appear, the following Monday's prices tend to
perform in a predictable manner - possibly leading to trading profit!
The trade setup requires Friday's open and close price to
trend in the same direction as each other. Interim price
movements and price directions are not used or relevant by this futures trading
The commodities contract price opening doesn't
need to go far past the first several ticks, as a price-gap
that immediately reverses is sufficient for the purposes
of this method, but that's the direction the closing
price needs to trend. Monday's opening price is likely
to at least first start trending in the same direction
vs the pattern of the 2 prices from Friday moving in
the same direction as each other, then Monday's open
is *likely* to start trending in the same direction
immediately after the opening-bell.
Do your own technical
analysis of old price action based on 1-minute bar-charts
or real-time tick-charts to view the chart price activity and
market trade patterns each week. You will see it does not work
each and every week but does appear to be more than 50% reliable.
This trading method may work particularly well involving
commodity trading, in addition to futures markets and
foreign exchange trading of the FX Forex futures market.
Today's (TD) Trade For America
Tips for Online Trading & Investing - What You Need to Know
Commodities in Fast-Moving Market Conditions?
The popularity of some commodity businesses, especially recent 'hot' trading possibilities such as developing a
gold trading system and new futures markets ventures, can soar and
drop suddenly. In these fast-futures markets when many investors want to trade
at the same time and prices change quickly, trading delays can
develop across the board. Executions and confirmations
slow down, while reports of prices lag behind actual
prices. In these commodities markets, investors can suffer unexpected
trade losses very quickly.
Investors trading commodities online on-the-web, who
are used to instant access to their trading accounts and near
instantaneous executions of their commodity trades, especially
need to understand how they can protect themselves in
You can limit your losses in fast-moving markets if
you know what you are buying and the risks involved (and very
importantly use a resting stop-loss order actually placed with your commodity broker) and also
know how trading changes during fast markets and
take additional steps to guard against the typical problems
traders face in quick financial markets.
Online-trades are quick and easy, online
profitable trading takes time, expertise and work
With a click of a mouse, you can buy and sell commodity futures, futures options
or S&P index futures from a
commodity broker at hundreds of different markets, forex markets,
or commodities markets online, offering trade executions for as low as
$5 per futures trade or transaction.
Although online-trading saves investors considerable time and money,
it does not remove the homework or risk from making sound investments or
trading decisions. You may be able to do day trading and execute a
trade in a nano-second, but making wise investment decisions takes time.
Before you trade the financial markets know why you are buying or selling,
when you will exit the trade, and the risk of loss with your trade.
Set your price limits on fast-moving futures:
market orders vs. limit orders
To avoid buying or selling a futures contract at a price higher
or lower than you wanted, you need to place a limit
order rather than a market order. A limit order is an
order to buy or sell a security at a specific price.
A buy limit order can only be executed at the limit
price or lower, and a sell limit order can only be executed
at the limit price or higher. When you place a market
order, you can't control the price at which your order
will be filled.
For example, if you want to buy the commodity at a set price
such as say $6 for a corn contract that was offered at say $6.50 but don't want
to end-up paying more than $6 for the futures, you can
place a resting stop-limit-order to buy the market on a stop
order at any price at $6 or less. By entering a limit-order rather
than an at-the-market-order, you will not be caught buying the
market at say $7 and then suffering immediate losses as corn dips
later in the day on profit-taking, or during the weeks ahead.
Remember that your stop-loss limit order may never be executed
because the market price may quickly surpass your limit
before your order can be successfully filled. But by using a limit
order you also protect yourself from buying the futures market
at too high a price.
Online trading is not always instantaneous
Investors may find that technological "choke
points" can slow or prevent their orders from reaching
an online firm. For example, problems can occur where:
an investor's high-speed modem, computer, or
internet-hosting ISP service provider is an issue;
a broker-dealer has inadequate hardware or its Internet
Service Provider is slow or;
traffic on The-Web is heavy, slowing down overall
A capacity problem or limitation at any of these choke
points can cause a delay or failure in an investor's
attempt to access an online firm's automated trading
Know your options for placing a trade
if you are unable to access your account online
Most online trading firms offer alternatives for placing
trades. These alternatives may include cell phone
trades, faxing your order, or doing it the low-tech
way; talking to a broker over the phone. Make sure you
know whether using these different options may increase
your costs. And remember, if you experience delays getting
online, you may experience similar delays when you turn
to one of these alternatives.
If you place an order, don't assume it
didn't go through
Some investors have mistakenly assumed that their
orders have not been executed and place another order.
They end up either owning futures contracts at a price more
than wanted, or with sell orders, selling
futures they did not want to sell. Talk with your commodities broker about how
you should handle a situation where you are unsure if
your original order was executed and its price.
If you cancel an open futures contract order, make sure the
cancellation worked before placing another trade
When you cancel an online trade, it's important to
make sure that your original transaction was not executed.
Although you may receive an electronic receipt for the
trade cancellation, don't assume that that means the trade
was canceled. Orders can only be canceled if they have
not been executed. Ask your commodity brokerage firm about how you should
check to see if a cancellation order actually worked.
If you buy a commodity contract,
you must pay for it before you can sell it
In a cash account, of course you must pay for the purchase of
futures or an
annuity before you can sell it. If you buy and sell the market
before paying for it, you are free riding, which violates
the credit extension provisions of the Federal Reserve
Board. If you free ride, your broker must "freeze"
your account for 90 days. You can still trade during
the freeze, but you must fully pay for any purchase
on the date you trade while the freeze is in effect.
You can avoid the freeze if you fully pay right away
with futures account cash funds. If the sale will make your account go
into a negative balance condition you can ask your commodity broker for an extension or time to pay,
but you may not get it.
If you trade commodities on margin, your broker can
sell your futures contracts without giving you a margin call
Now is the time to reread your margin agreement and
pay attention to the fine print. If your account has
fallen below the firm's maintenance margin requirement,
your broker has the legal right to sell your contracts
at any time without necessarily consulting you first.
Some investors have been rudely surprised that "margin
calls" are a courtesy, not a requirement. Commodity brokers
are not required to make margin calls to their customers.
Even when your commodities broker offers you time to put more cash
or t-bills into your account to meet a margin call,
the broker can act without waiting for you to meet the
call. In a rapidly declining futures market your broker can
sell your entire margin account at a substantial loss
to you, because the contracts in the account have declined
No regulations require a trade to be executed
within a certain time
There are no regulatory agency regulations
that require a trade to be executed within a set period
of time. But if firms advertise their speed of execution,
they must not exaggerate or fail to tell investors about
the possibility of significant delays.
For more information on online trading problems, read
visit the CFTC.GOV web site, or read former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt's message to investors,
and the National Association of Securities Dealers'
Notice to Members, dealing with online commodity trading.
Are you gambling, or investing? The CT Council
on Problem Gambling has a quiz you can take to help
you decide if you have a problem, and suggests where
you can go for help.
What To Do If You Have a Complaint
Act promptly. By American law, you only have a limited time
to take legal action. Follow these steps to solve your
1. Talk to your commodities broker, or online trading firm and ask for
an explanation. Take notes of the answers you receive.
2. If you are not satisfied with the response and believe
that you have been treated unfairly by your broker we suggest
you ask to talk with the broker's manager. In the case of an online
firm, go directly to step-3 below.
3. If your are still dissatisfied, write to the regulatory
department at the firm's main office. Explain your problem
clearly, and tell the firm how you want it resolved.
Ask the compliance office to respond to you in writing
within 30-days. If there is no satisfactory settlement of your claim
you might consider filing for arbitration proceedings against your commodity-broker.