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Should I buy Bitcoin Futures?

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The wonderful world of futures contracts has finally caught up with the exciting new world of cryptocurrencies. If you pardon the pun, for Bitcoin, the futures is now. Futures contracts have been in use since the late 19th century. A futures contract is an agreement for the delivery of goods at a specified date in the future. The price is set at the beginning of the contract, and when the product is delivered, the original agreed price is paid. It is a method that was originally used for agriculture, but has spread to many other commodities. Today, commodities are generally traded as futures.

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Market Overview 2018-01-08

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Last week ended with the publication of disappointing NFP jobs numbers from the USA; coming in at 148k, versus expectations of circa 190k. A peculiar number suggesting that retailers, working on ever tightening margins, laid off employees earlier than expected during the Xmas season. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.1%, whilst the underemployment rate, which some analysts cite as the more relevant and true reflection of the USA unemployment situation, crept up to 8.1%. Another metric which rose, which appears to be dismissed as irrelevant despite it being classed as “hard data”, was the balance of trade deficit; coming in at -$50.5 per month for November, projecting a circa -$600b yearly deficit.

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The Advantages of Options

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Exchange-traded options first started trading back in 1973. But over the past decade, the popularity of options has grown in leaps and bounds. According to data compiled by the Options Industry Council, the total volume of options contracts traded on U.S. exchanges in 1999 was about 507 million. By 2007, that number had grown to an all-time record of more than 3 billion. 

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Forex for Beginners – What is Forex?

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Here you’ll find forex explained in simple terms. If you’re new to forex trading, we’ll take you through the basics of forex pricing and placing your first forex trades.‘Forex’ is short for foreign exchange, also known as FX or the currency market. It is the world’s largest form of exchange, trading around $4 trillion every day, and it is open to major institutions and individual investors alike.

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What Is Bitcoin?

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Economists, investors, enthusiasts and naysayers love to argue about the nature of bitcoin. Is it the future of money? A hedge against chaos? A pile of cash doused in lighter fluid? The thing is, it's hard to tackle the big questions unless you know something about the inner workings of bitcoin. So here's your guide to the basics of how the cryptocurrency functions: the concepts and vocabulary you need to know before you can start winning arguments on reddit.

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Trading Forex With Bitcoin: How Does It Work?

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3 Great Stocks You Can Buy and Hold Forever

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What’s the greatest advantage an individual investor has? Time. You don’t have to be as concerned about day-to-day stock fluctuations or occasional disappointments and setbacks. Buying and holding can make you a lot of money over time — if you pick the right stocks. Stocks that you can buy and hold forever are those of companies with solid business models that are built to last. Here’s why three stocks that fit the bill nicely are :

  1. Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL),
  2. Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), and 
  3. Iron Mountain (NYSE:IRM).
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The Basics of Using Stop Losses

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One of the trickiest concepts in forex trading is the management of stop orders. As the name indicates, a stop-loss order is an order that closes out your trading position when your losses on that trade reach a loss amount you set when you initiate the stop loss order.

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Forex Risk Management Strategies

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Forex is set up to be a rather risky endeavor. I always encourage new traders to go easy on the risk as they get started. The system is somewhat rigged to encourage risky behavior, so you have to set out with a plan to protect yourself.

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Basic Forex Risk Management

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Forex risk management can make the difference between your survival or sudden death with forex trading. You can have the best trading system in the world and still fail without proper risk management. Risk management is a combination of multiple ideas to control your trading risk. It can be limiting your trade lot size, hedging, trading only during certain hours or days, or knowing when to take losses.

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