Futures Trading 
An Introduction To The World Of Future Trading
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Hi - and a very warm welcome to another of my trading and investing sites which I hope will help you give you a sound introduction to futures trading. My name is Anna and having been involved in trading and investing for over fifteen years, I now trade currency full time for a living.

The purpose of this site will be ( I hope )  to give you a very good grounding in the basics of futures as a trading instrument, the markets, the risks and the opportunities. I am also developing several other sites based on individual sectors within the futures market such as commodity futures, currency futures, index futures and many others, but whilst these markets may differ in their trading sector, the underlying principles of futures and how they work remain the same. So if you like, this is a primer, a framework if you like, to help you understand the basic mechanics of futures trading, which can then be applied to the other more diverse markets.

You can now follow all my market analysis for the futures markets including commodities and indices on my personal site - I look forward to seeing you there! Simply click on the Anna Coulling link here.

Discover the power of volume price analysis - on Amazon NOW

A-Complete-Guide-to-Volume-Price-Analysis-book-cover-design-1bThis is the book I have been meaning to write for many years. Finally, I have found the time to do just that!

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Volume has been the cornerstone on which my own trading career has been built. It was where I started, and I consider myself fortunate to have done so. Why? Because volume and price are the ONLY leading indicators of future market activity. Many traders never discover their awesome power until it's too late, relying on lagging indicators, which.........lag the market. Now finally it's here. In the book you will discover the unique approach that is VPA, or Volume Price Analysis. Price on it's own is just that - a price. Volume on it's own is just that - volume. But combine them together, and just like adding saltpetre, charcoal and sulphur, they become an explosive mixture. Your charts will quite literally EXPLODE into life. Suddenly you will have the insight to read the next market move, before it happens. Now, with VPA your trading will become stress free and enjoyable. Why? Because your trading decisions will be based on logic and common sense. The insiders simply CANNOT hide market activity from view. All you need to do is interpret the volume price relationship - then simply follow them. AND YES - even in the spot forex market!!

Discover how in the book, and your own success will follow

Here are some of the wonderful comments I have received on emails from customers who have bought the book - thank you so much - Anna

Dear Anna, I want to thank you so much for providing retail traders with a wonderfully written, fun to read, and very smart book ! I just finished your “A Complete Guide to Volume Price Analysis” and found it thoroughly enjoyable, and very, very informative. I had been introduced to some of these concepts before ( “volume spread analysis”) but have to tell you that your style and approach is a lot easier to comprehend, and a lot easier to actually put into practice.  JK

Dear Ms Coulling, I found your book on Amazon by chance, after having typed in Trading using Volume Price Analysis. Got the book this week, and I am already half way through it. Your exposition of the volume behaviour in the market and how different price bars relate to volume is fantastic. It truly is an eye opener. I have been interested in the Wyckoff approach for a while, but have not found something as clear as your book. Thanks for writing such a great book. SG

And now for another......

If you are new to the world of forex trading, then the following book may be for you. I remember what it was like when I first started and it can be a confusing and complex market to interpret.

In the book I explain the forces that drive the markets, and the broad approaches to analyzing market behavior. I hope it will provide the background knowledge to help you become a better trader, as you enter the world of forex trading.

An introduction to the forex market - on Amazon NOW!

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Success for many traders remains an elusive dream, and whilst the trading process itself is relatively simple and straightforward, the markets themselves are most certainly not. Indeed of the four principle markets, forex is the most complex of all, and yet is promoted as one that could be your own personal ATM machine. Nothing could be further from the truth, which is why many aspiring traders ultimately fail and either give up, or move on. This is a great shame, as it's not their fault, and is simply because no-one has ever explained how the markets, and in particular, the forex markets, really work.

If this sounds familiar, then this book is for you.

The forex market is far from simple, and the tools and techniques you will need to survive and prosper are varied. Many budding traders approach the world of foreign exchange in a one dimensional way, either in adopting one single analytical technique, or by assuming that this market works in isolation to all others. Both are equally dangerous. The forex market sits at the heart of the financial world. After all, every decision by every speculator, trader or investor is about one thing, and one thing only - money. The FX market embraces every aspect of risk and return in financial terms, which is then overlain with the political and central bank manipulation, all part and parcel of this world. To succeed as a forex trader, you need to equip yourself with the tools, the knowledge and the techniques to take on the immense forces ranged against you. Approach the forex market with a pea shooter and you will simply become another casualty. Arm yourself with this book, and you will then enter the forex trading world, fully mobilised with the appropriate weapons, of which knowledge and insight are the most powerful.


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And don't forget as the late great Jesse Livermore once said: "It [the market] is designed to fool most of the people, most of the time"

Coming soon - on Amazon Kindle, and in paperback

Forex For Beginners Cover 1 - PurpleForex For Beginners is a step by step guide to help you get started in the exciting world of forex trading. The book leads you by the hand, from explanations of how and why we have a forex market, how it works, and the mechanics of placing trades. The various analytical approaches are explained in detail, along with understanding the importance of volume and price. From there, the book moves on to explain the concepts of margin and leverage, trading plans, quantifying risk money management, and position sizing. Then, it’s putting it all together, as we walk through complete trades together, from start to finish, with several worked examples. Finally, the book explains key elements of the MT4 platform, and how to place and manage trades. Throughout the book there are hundreds of images and pictures, with simple explanations, to help explain everything clearly, so you will learn fast - and nothing has been left out. If you want the complete book, from novice to placing your first trade, and everything in between, then this is the book for you! The book will be published in the next couple of weeks at a very special promotional price, so please grab your copy FAST. As always - thank you all so much for your kind comments and feedback on my other books. I cannot tell you how touched I have been, and I hope that you enjoy this book, as much as the other two. As soon as it's available, I will add the link here. All best wishes many thanks - Anna 

My purpose here is to help you learn how the futures market work, who uses futures, and which strategies will make you a more successful trader. Now as someone who has traded futures in the past, this form of trading is not for the risk averse, or the novice. These are technical instruments  which are extremely liquid, risky and complex, but like options, with a little bit of study and by breaking it down into component forms, I hope all will become clear. They are certainly worth the effort and whilst much of futures trading is speculative, there are many ways to use them to hedge other trades or positions.

OK - so let's get started looking in detail at futures trading.

Futures Trading - An Introduction

futures trading online corn contractsFutures trading can trace it's history back to farming and agriculture and in particular to the grain and cattle markets of the mid-west around Chicago, where even today many of the largest futures exchanges are still based. In the early  1800's, farmers simply grew their crops and raised their cattle, then brought them to market to try to achieve the best prices. Gluts and shortages caused huge swings in prices which in turn affected others in the supply chain who were purchasing these products for onward supply.  In addition there was no guarantee that once the products were delivered to the market, that they would actually sell, which in turn led to crops being dumped in the streets and left to rot.

In order to overcome these problems a centralised market was established which allowed merchants, processors and agricultural companies to trade in various types of 'contracts', to smooth out prices and to insulate them from the risk of adverse price movements in the future. Initially there were two types of forward contracts known as a "to arrive" contract or a "cash forward" contract, but of course many of these  contracts were never honoured, as there was no enforcement process in place. Buyers often changed their minds at the last minute, particularly if there had been a decline in prices, and equally sellers reneged if prices had increased. To make matters worse there was no market where these contracts could be traded easily, and so in 1848, the Chicago Board of Trade was established as a central exchange, to provide both a regulated market, and also one where buyers and sellers could be brought together. This was followed shortly afterwards in 1874 by the Chicago Produce Exchange which subsequently became the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1898.

The first contract in corn was written on March 13th 1851, and in 1865 standardized futures contracts, based on the original forward contracts, were introduced. The futures market had been established! Today we can trade in a diverse range of markets from currencies and financial instruments such as treasury bonds and securities, to raw commodities and agricultural staples, such as wheat and livestock.

Now, in our futures trading, do we need grain silos in case we have to take physical delivery of our contracts - the answer of course is no ( fortunately ) , otherwise the banks and brokerages would look more like farming communities than financial institutions, with livestock running wild ! ( it might make then nicer places, but I digress). However, as we will see in a minute, if you don't close out your positions correctly, you will have to take physical delivery of the underlying contract - so if you don't want 40,000 pounds of live cattle futures in your living room, then I suggest you read carefully! 

OK, I hope the above bit of history has given you a little of the flavour, but also helps to explain what a futures contract is, and why so many of the major exchanges that we use today are based in Chicago. Let's start with a  what a futures contract is and how we use it in our futures trading.


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