Futures Trading Courses

Written by Jacey Harmon
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Education is essential if you are going to participate in the futures market. There are specific rules and regulations that pertain only to the futures market. Margin and maintenance margin requirements are different for futures than for stocks. Each type of contract is valued and quoted differently. For a new trader, the futures market is a sea of confusing terms, numbers, and rules.

There are two ways a person can learn the futures market: self-education or trading courses. Self-education is possible, especially with the information available on the Internet. To become a self-educated trader you must have two things: time and desire. It takes time to learn the market and how to manage it. It takes a strong desire to succeed in the market if you are going to take the time to learn futures by yourself.

A Quick Way to Learn the Futures Market

Today, however, most people want what they want and they want it now. For this type of person, a trading course is in order. Ideally a trading course will include: term definitions, futures basics, psychological attributes, and trading strategies. Having an understanding of the various terms in the market is a no-brainer. All futures are different yet similar, so once you get a basic understanding of what futures are you can pretty much trade any contract.

Psychological attributes and trading strategies are the "meat" of a quality trading course. The market is not for everyone and a trading course should clearly define personality traits of successful traders. A successful trader is disciplined, confident, and easily forgets the past. Trading strategies are the single most important aspect of a trading course. Without a disciplined approach the market will wipe you out. Knowing your risk tolerance is important to know when choosing a strategy. Futures inherently carry a high degree of risk but some strategies offer more risk than others.

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