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April 6, 2007

Trading the Global Markets: Dow Jones DAX and EURO STOXX 50

by Khurram Naik
Trading the Global Markets: Dow Jones DAX and EURO STOXX 50
You may have heard of the DJ DAX and EURO STOXX and you're wondering what these are. Contrary to what you might expect, they're not stores in SoHo or slim geeks dueling on the wheels of steel. These are both equity futures contracts traded at Eurex, which is the second largest derivatives exchange in the world ...




March 21, 2007

The heat over ICE

by Khurram Naik
The heat over ICE
The battle for the CBOT between CME and ICE is illustrative of the future of futures. Futures exchanges are no longer simply markets, but for-profit businesses, and unlike most for-profit businesses or even most exchanges special considerations must be made. Futures contracts are not like stocks, which can be bought at one exchange and sold at another. Most futures contracts are not fungible ...




March 9, 2007

Behavioral Economics: A Primer

by Khurram Naik
Behavioral Economics: A Primer
In most people's minds finance and economics are the domains of clear, quantitative thinking. Economists merely uncover financial truth one after another as they develop new mathematical tools for modeling capital and how wealth is created. Markets, likewise, are ethereal natural forces tapped into rather than created. In truth, the assumptions that underly the pricing models used for the past three decades are ...




Futures Trading: A few examples

by Khurram Naik
Futures Trading: A few examples
To see how trading in the futures markets work, consider these examples. 1. Trading the S&P 500 futures The E-mini S&P 500 is a popular equity futures contract to trade. Let's say you thought the S&P 500 was going to increase in value. Instead of buying a number of shares to sell later at a profit, which can be capital intensive, you decide to buy ...




March 1, 2007

The Future of Futures in India

by Khurram Naik
The Future of Futures in India
India banned futures trading in wheat and rice yesterday. According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, India is the world's second largest producer of wheat. India just began importing wheat after 6 years and recently banned exports. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is facing unrest as inflation rises. India is also potentially faced with lowering import duties on commodities. Wheat futures surged ...




Alternative Rock and Alternative Investment

by Khurram Naik
Alternative Rock and Alternative Investment
Given the recent fears from the overheated real estate market, a record trade deficit and the squeeze put on by historically high energy prices, it's easy to be concerned about inflation. Commodities have historically been used as a hedge against inflation, and that hasn't changed. What has changed is how accessible the ability to allocate assets into the commodities markets. It was ...




February 7, 2007

“Trading Rules That Work” by Jason Jankovsky

by Khurram Naik
Insurer Aviva notches record sales
[Disclaimer: I work with Jason Jankovsky on trader education] The markets come with their own basic rules. In the case of futures and foreign exchange, the most important rule is that these are zero sum markets. That is, for every winner there is a loser. The other basic rule is that order flow dictates price action. If there are more orders to buy ...




February 6, 2007

What are the futures markets for?

by Khurram Naik
Insurer Aviva notches record sales
What are the futures markets? Let's begin with a story about trains. Before trains, the nation was divided into small markets for various commodities, but with trains came the first truly national markets. Now it was cheap for farmers and grain merchants to deliver goods to the places that needed them most - and would pay the most. Chicago became a central ...