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Futures Contracts

“Smaller-Bite” Micro E-Minis Offer Handy Teammate for Earnings Season August 12, 2020 2:25 PM   |  

Learn about micro e-mini futures contracts and how they could help your portfolio play hard during earnings season.

5 min read  |  Futures
Contango or Backwardation: Looking to the Future in the Futures Markets July 2, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

What are contango and backwardation? It’s all about the future: whether deferred-month futures contracts are priced higher than the front months. Learn why a market might be in contango or backwardation.

5 min read  |  Futures
April Is Financial Literacy Month: Why Education Never Stops for Investors March 26, 2020 12:16 PM   |  

Financial Literacy Month is a good time to think about your financial wellness. Throughout the month, TD Ameritrade will be sharing education ideas and resources to help grow investors’ financial literacy.

5 min read  |  Household Finances
Not Like Stocks: How Tick Sizes and Values Vary in Index Futures September 13, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Learn how futures contracts use tick sizes to track how much positions gain or lose each day.

5 min read  |  Futures
CME Micro E-mini Equity Index Futures Seen As Retail-Friendly Offering; Bitcoin Futures Update August 15, 2019 10:00 AM   |  

CME Group recently launched a set of Micro E-mini equity index futures, offering smaller retail investors a chance to diversify into futures trading.

5 min read  |  Futures
Eyeing the Downside: Three Ways to Short the Market December 20, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Investors seeking to profit from a market downturn or looking for portfolio protection have several shorting alternatives. Here are three of them.

5 min read  |  Margin
A Day in the Life … Of a Bond Trade October 1, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

Trading bond futures may not be as risky as you think. A step-by-step guide that explains bond futures contract specs, pricing, and margin can go a long way. Walk through a 10-day bond trade and get a feel for day-to-day price action in the bond futures markets.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Futures Margin Call Basics: What to Know Before You Lever Up July 20, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Explore real examples of initial margin & maintenance margin calls. Dive into the mechanics of margin multipliers in futures contract margin.

5 min read  |  Futures
Fun with Futures: Basics of Futures Contracts, Futures Trading June 7, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

At first glance, futures trading may seem complex. Let's explore what goes into trading futures contracts.

5 min read  |  Futures
Is the Gold Rush On? Keep an Eye on Central Banks April 11, 2018 8:00 PM   |  

The correlation between gold and the S&P 500 is typically low, but sometimes they move in tandem. Is the gold rush back on for investors? Watch central banks for possible answers.

5 min read  |  Commodities
Trading Futures in an IRA? Getting Oriented to the Retirement Future May 18, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Have you ever wondered what else can be traded in an individual retirement account (IRA) besides stocks and bonds? Learn how to trade futures in an IRA.

3 min read  |  Futures
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