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Contributor: Interactive Brokers

Level: Beginner

This course provides content to suit investors with different levels of knowledge about the futures market. Investors new to the world of futures trading can use this introductory course to learn key industry concepts and how to find information using the trading tools within TWS.

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Lesson: #1 Mechanics of the Futures Market – Overview

Introducing the Mechanics of Futures Market course, where we’ll introduce you to some of the risks faced by investors in the futures market, how certain of those risks are mitigated, as well as the difference between spot and forward prices, and contango and backwardation. We’ll also provide you with other insights about the mechanics of trading futures, including the roles of commoditized contracts, as well as margin requirements.

Lesson: #2 A Word About Risk

Understand some of the risks inherent in futures trading, and the financial markets more broadly. Learn how futures exchanges and the CFTC help to mitigate settlement risk and provide legal safeguards, respectively.

Lesson: #3 Futures Pricing: The Basis

Understand what ‘the basis’ in the futures market represents, and what the process of arriving at this information means for producers, hedgers and speculators.

Lesson: #4 Futures Prices: Contango & Backwardation

Acquire the skills to identify the components of a futures. Understand the role of a futures exchange, including the standardization of product requirements in commodities markets, and certain marketplace rules.

Lesson: #5 A Closer Look at Contracts

Acquire the skills to identify the components of a futures. Understand the role of a futures exchange, including the standardization of product requirements in commodities markets, and certain marketplace rules.

Lesson: #6 Futures Margin

Now that we’ve introduce you to some of mechanics of trading futures, including the roles of commoditized contracts, let’s turn your attention to the use of margin. Most futures contracts require investors to post margin with their broker. While this is a good-faith deposit required of investors to help ensure they abide by the rules … Continue reading Futures Margin

Lesson: #7 TWS Futures Contract Demo

Watch and learn how to put Futures contracts into practice.

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