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Futures Made Simple

Futures Made Simple

Kel Butcher, Larry Williams (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-730-37685-9

Oct 2012, Wrightbooks

320 pages



The essential guide to trading futures, without all the fuss

This uncomplicated guide for beginners proves that you don't have to be a financial wizard to successfully trade futures . . . and you don't have to hire a financial advisor to tell you what to do either. Instead, Futures Made Simple outlines the basic strategies that even novice investors can use to make money with futures. The book lays just what you need to know—what futures are, how the exchanges work, how to analyse the markets, and how to trade futures either on- or offline.

  • An excellent entry-level guide to futures trading
  • Written by a successful trader with almost two decades of experience in equities, futures, options, and other vehicles
  • Features easy-to-understand examples and bulleted summaries of key points to make learning simple

For investors at any level of experience who want to move into futures trading, Futures Made Simple offers expert advice and fundamental guidance for profitable investing.

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About the author v

Acknowledgements vii

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Part I: Trading futures — principles and practice 1

1 The history and evolution of futures exchanges 3

2 How futures work 15

3 Who trades futures and why 37

4 Trading mechanics 67

5 Risk and money management 105

Part II: Natural commodity futures contracts 127

6 Grains 129

7 Food and fibre — the ‘softs’ 157

8 Livestock — the meats 183

9 Energy markets 199

10 Metals 221

Part III: Financial markets futures contracts 243

11 Interest rates futures 245

12 Equity index futures 265

Glossary 291

Useful websites 297

Index 298