Understand the depth of market charts and order books

NinjaTrader’s Depth of Market chart is one of the easiest interfaces to view order book data. Although not often used in futures trading, the depth chart is considered by cryptocurrency traders to be a mainstay in determining market sentiment. The depth chart is available to monitor both cryptocurrencies and futures. As Micro Bitcoin Futures grows … Read more

The Benefits of Trading Micro Nasdaq Futures vs. Nasdaq ETFs (QQQ)

Micro Nasdaq (MNQ) futures contracts allow traders to speculate on the Nasdaq index in a contract 1/10th the size of standard E-mini Nasdaq-100 (NQ) futures contracts. These futures contracts provide investors with long and short opportunities to trade the Nasdaq and access US stock markets without significant financial commitment or margin requirements. Nasdaq ETFs or … Read more

Futures Trading Margins: Intraday Margin

Margin trading represents a deposit with the broker to protect both the trader and the broker from potential losses on an open trade. With this deposit, day traders can trade instruments worth well above the margin price through leverage. For example, the current trading spread for the E-mini S&P 500 (ES) is $500, and the … Read more

Central bank wars by monetary policy

What does it mean to be a country with “monetary sovereignty”? In short, it is a country that has the power to exercise exclusive legal control over its currency. This is equivalent to having a monopoly on their money supply, like the United States and Japan. Exchange rates between foreign currencies are immensely traded every … Read more

Futures Daily Trading Margins: Forex Margins

Unlike intraday margins specified by brokers, which represent the minimum balance an account must maintain, FX margins are imposed by exchanges. Below is the continuation of the first article on Futures Daily Margin Trading: NinjaTrader Trade Desk’s Intrady Margin, detailing the intricacies of margin trading using a hypothetical account owned by the trader of futures … Read more

Monitor your available margin with excess margin columns

Futures traders are responsible for maintaining their account balances within the margins specified by their broker. Fortunately for NinjaTrader users, NinjaTrader 8 provides direct visibility into your available excess margin, helping you manage your positions to meet margin requirements. Check out a quick start guide to managing futures margin: Understand position and margin management Futures … Read more

What is a futures contract?

Understanding the fundamentals of the futures industry is an important part that every new and aspiring futures trader should understand. To paint a clear picture of how futures trading has evolved to its current state, it is helpful to review the definition of a futures contract and the origins of trading. Origins of the futures … Read more

3 Basic Command Types Explained

Orders are at the heart of e-commerce. Therefore, understanding the different order types is an important first step in learning to trade. This article describes the function and meaning of 3 basic command types: limit orders Stop Market Orders Stop Limit Orders   Please watch this 2 minute video for an introduction to these types … Read more