In my opinion you will have five main classes of futures markets you can trade:

– Stock indexes – Currencies – Commodities – Ags / grains – Bonds / Notes

Each and every of these markets has lots of various qualities that can make it a very good (or undesirable) match for you as a day trader. Let's go down the list and take a appear at what our possibilities appear like. Stock indexes are the most common by far. The E-mini ES, YM, NQ and the mighty Russell are the 4 most common names to day traders largely due to the fact they have the most promoting towards retail traders like oneself. 15 years ago these did not exist, and they have turn into one particular of the most liquid and active markets offered to trade.

Stock indexes are regarded variety-bound markets and they trade the complete US trading session from 930am est and close at 415pm est Monday by way of Friday. Stock indexes are identified for possessing most of the volume traded in the morning so I concentrate personally on the morning session to make positive I get the ideal moves, but there is ample chance in the afternoons as effectively.

Becoming variety-bound markets implies that these stock index futures such as the ES will not have massive trading ranges compared to other markets such as commodities or currencies. With lots of liquidity comes the difficulty of breaking out of sideways trading ranges, and any individual who trades the ES knows precisely what sideways ranges are. I like to concentrate on getting the lows and promoting the highs making use of uncomplicated value reversal approaches for markets like stock index futures due to the fact they are variety-bound and will have a tendency to keep inside their respective trading ranges.

Currencies are some of my favored markets to trade. Not only do currencies trade 24 hours a day about the planet providing us lots of possibilities to trade, but currencies are heavily correlated to the US Dollar Index, which tends to make them pretty effortless to project path and reversals. Currencies are regarded breakout markets, which imply they have a tendency to break by way of their highs and lows, rather than keep inside their respective ranges. Compared to the stock index futures, currencies are explosive and move considerably more quickly. I enjoy to acquire pullbacks and value breakouts on the Euro, Pound, Aussie and Yen.

Commodity futures are exactly where I like to make the most of my profit every day, and I consider you will agree when you see how effectively they move. Crude oil, gold, silver, organic gas, these are markets that have just the best balance of liquidity and volatility to make a day trader an remarkable revenue. In contrast to stock index futures, commodities have a tendency to explode by way of prior highs and they also are pretty effortless to trade when they go sideways or variety-bound. Commodities also trade pretty much 24 hours a day just like currencies which make them pretty eye-catching to traders from all more than the planet and with turmoil in international markets in the predictable future these commodities will be liquid and volatile for decades to come.

I consider crude oil and gold futures are the ideal of all possibilities. They are conveniently traded when flat, they often move, they have low margins, they trade early in the morning (8am EST) and they have lots of patterns for me to day trade with every day. Gold and crude is actually a day trader's ideal pal in my opinion.

Agricultural and Grains (AGS) are broadly identified as becoming a pretty smaller niche in the futures markets that only a couple of pick traders truly ever fully grasp. Be ready to study crop reports as an alternative of news releases, and you only have a pretty smaller window of time to day trade markets such as wheat, corn and soybeans. With brief industry hours, massive margins due to the fact of heavily speculation and the require to Definitely know what you happen to be performing this is a pretty challenging industry to enter into with no a lot of encounter. Most day traders functioning with wheat, corn and soybeans are truly hedgers functioning for massive farms and main corporations in which the require to hedge their crop or provide is their principal objective.


Volume is also a main concern for trading grains, and that explains why day trading margins on grains/ags have gone by way of the roof. With heavily speculation in the price of wheat globally there have been several occasions when markets like wheat have been 'limit up/down' which is pretty hazardous for a new trader. If day trading was like juggling, day trading ags would be making use of 12 balls as an alternative of three… it really is just additional function than you require in my opinion. Stick to a thing easier and make your function considerably simpler. The issue with a lot of liquidity is that you seldom see significant moves in the industry due to the fact there are so lots of purchasers for every single seller that it requires a smaller miracle for the value to move up or down by merely 1 tick.

The ES is like this, the Eurostoxx 50 in Germany is like this, and right here in the US you have the notes and the bonds with also considerably volume for its personal very good. One particular of the points you notice create away on the bonds or notes is that they actually 'chug' along, tick up and tick down, under no circumstances moving additional than 1 or two ticks at a time… and I imply under no circumstances. This is very good if you happen to be hunting to trade in longer periods of time due to the fact moves in the industry requires days and weeks to create, but if you happen to be like me and want to earn revenue in minutes rather than days this industry will place you to sleep most days.

This industry has rock-bottom margins due to the fact there is no volatility, and it does have a robust dollar index correlation, but with so considerably liquidity there are pretty couple of patterns every day, which truly does not match effectively with a day trader, so I have a tendency to skip this industry choice.

As you can see there are lots of possibilities for a day trader, and this evaluation should really assistance you make an educated choice relating to which futures industry is ideal for you.