The Case for Futures

The Case for Futures

July 10, 2023

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I’ve been knee-deep in Forex since 2008.

I’ve been waist-deep in automated Forex trading since 2012.

And until the past few years, Futures hasn’t even been on my radar.

Why? It just seemed like a different language.

  • Rollover?
  • Different session times?
  • Trade 24 hours?
  • Regular stock market hours?
  • Different slippage for everything?
  • Different amounts per tick?

And who wants 20 bags of soybeans accidentally delivered to their front door?

But, in the back of my mind, something kept nagging me.

I could never get past the fact that many traders have made tons of money trading futures.

Tons.

And, although I haven’t always cared about the topic, Futures is the only way to build a truly diversified portfolio.

There’s no chance that Lean Hogs trade the same as the E-Mini S&P.

Forex, we’ve learned, can be much more correlated than advertised. And much more twitchy. Further, it’s nearly impossible to build a diversified portfolio with stocks.

As anyone who was alive in 2022 can tell you.

And, again, it comes back to the fortunes made.

The famous Turtles? They traded Futures.

How did Richard Dennis turn $1,600 into $350 million in 6 years? Futures.

What’s one of the most consistent and profitable funds of all time? Dunn Capital. It trades Futures.

Purple Valley Capital making 199% in 2020? It trades Futures.

Jesse Livermore? Stocks and Futures.

And what did this simple 5-minute strategy trade to produce these hypothetical Annual Returns?

Futures, of course.

No doubt about it, Futures makes quite a case.

And we’ll look at the above Futures system and another one in our upcoming Newsletters.

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It should not be assumed that the methods, techniques, or indicators presented in these products will be profitable or that they will not result in losses. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. Examples presented on these sites are for educational purposes only. These set-ups are not solicitations of any order to buy or sell. The authors, the publisher, and all affiliates assume no responsibility for your trading results. There is a high degree of risk in trading.

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