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  Novice Course Overview:  This course will have you ready to trade in just 3 to 5 weeks or sooner.  Starting at this level of training is the best choice for people who are new to Futures Trading and those with some Trading experience.  The material covered will build a strong foundation of knowledge and help you understand the essential concepts, Trading terms and basic strategies to get started.   The simple style, method and strategies covered in this course will be easy for any competent trader to follow.  The routine is designed to produce consistent profit results with the least amount of risk. 

Our Futures course is designed to provide an introduction to futures and options markets and to related elements of behavioral finance. We will study the use of futures and options contracts in commodity, financial, and natural resource (e.g., metals and petroleum) markets. Particular attention will be given to the use of futures and options contracts for risk management, by exploring the theory and practice of hedging. Additional topics will include: History and evolution of futures Trading; the mechanics of trade; regulation of futures and options markets, as well as the introduction of new markets in areas as diverse, as natural hazards, real estate, and environmental regulation. Methods of experimental economics related to asset Trading will also be introduced.
 
Course Completion Outcome:  A brief description of the Primary Tasks that a Novice Graduate will know to perform.
Pre-Market Analysis - Know how to prepare yourself for and act during the Trading day.
Plan Your Daily Trading Strategy - Formulate a specific Trading plan for the day/week/month.
Identifying The Buy & Sell Signals - Knowing what signals to focus on while holding an open position.
Understanding Your Trading Platform & Data - Reading & Interpreting the live streaming data on your Trading software platform.
Choose Your Trading Style - Explore the variety of Trading styles and select the one you prefer most.
Develop Your Own "Trading Model" and Daily Routine - Design a daily routine to be repeated until perfection. (more on Trading models)
Start Trading Live - Trading with your real money after practicing on a Trading simulator.
Managing Your Profits & Risk - the psychological essentials that all traders must follow.
  Pricing and Duration Details 
   
5 Lessons - (Includes lesson material and quizzes with illustrations that correspond to the presentation)
Total Course Duration - 10 Hours - (Apprx 2 hours each Lesson)
Available on CD or View On Demand - $695.00 (live support not included)
Available on Live Broadcast   $1,195.00   (includes unlimited live support)  (register here)
 
Novice Futures Trading Course Topics
 
Below is a detailed description of the Novice Futures Trading course curriculum and topics.
LESSON 1:  Introduction To Futures Trading
Learn about the essential "ground level" basics, elements, terms, definitions and environment of the Futures Trading arena.  Identify the key players on the field and interpret the motives behind their actions.  Understand the lingo and phrases used by professional traders in a fast moving Trading environment.
 
  • History Of The Futures Market
    • The creation of the futures market
    • The evolution of the futures market
    • Central marketplaces
    • Agrarian Futures compared to Index's
    • The futures economy and algorithms
    • Economic & Market Conditions
    • Market Indicators
    • Economic Indicators
  • Comparing Futures Trading against Equities Trading
    • Comparing the financial and educational requirements
    • Comparing the Risk vs. Reward Ratio
    • Comparing statistical Data illustrating the success and failure rate of traders in both markets
  • Identifying the Key Players in the Futures Market
    • The Dominant Players
    • Speculators
    • Hedgers
    • Analysis of Market Maker Activity
    • Uncover the Market Maker's Hidden Agenda
    • How To Avoid Market Maker Deception
  • The Futures Industry
    • Futures Exchanges and Floor Traders
    • Clearing Houses
    • Globex Trading
    • Futures Regulations
  • Understanding Futures Contracts
    • Volume and Open Interests
    • Standardization
    • Daily Price Information
    • Understanding Futures Prices
    • Cost of Trading
    • The process to offset positions
    • Leverage and Using Margin power
    • Daily price limits
  • Futures Risk Factor
    • Identifying the variety of risks
    • Strategies to avoid unnecessary risks
    • Hedging your risks and using leverage
LESSON 2:  Futures Markets & Analysis
 
  • Exploring The Selection Of Futures Market Sectors
  • Fundamental Analysis
  • Technical Analysis
  • Economic Indicators
  • Choosing a Futures Contact
  • Exploring the best time to trade futures
  • The Futures Metals Market
    • Metals Market Overview
    • History of the Metals Market & Evolution
    • The Primary Metals Contracts Overview
      • Gold
      • Silver
      • Copper
  • The Futures Agriculture Market
    • Agriculture Market Overview
    • History of the Agriculture Market & Evolution
    • The Primary Agriculture Contracts Overview
      • Live Stock
      • Corn
      • Soybeans
      • Other Contracts
  • The Futures Energy Market
    • Energy Market Overview
    • Historic Information & Perspective
    • Exploring the Primary Energy Contracts
      • Crude Oil
      • Natural Gas
      • Heating Oil
LESSON 3:  Technical Analysis for Commodities Trading
 
  • Chart Analysis Overview
    • Charting Timeline Settings Overview (5 minute, 1 Day, etc.)
    • Simple Line Charting
    • Candle Stick Charts
    • Support and Resistance Levels
    • Break Outs
    • Chart Patterns Overview
    • Momentum Patterns
    • Trend Line Patterns
    • Candle Bullish & Bearish Reversal Patterns
    • Gaps Overview and Analysis
    • Charting Studies and Theory Overview
    • Moving Averages Convergence/Divergence (MACD)
    • Fibonacci Charting and the Elliott Wave Theory
    • The Elliot Wave Theory
    • Stochastic Basics
    • Combining Basic Charting Strategies
  • Trend Reversals
    • Bump and Run
    • Double Top and Bottom
    • Head & Shoulders Top and Bottom
    • Falling and Rising Wedge
    • Rounding Bottom
    • Triple Top and Bottom
  • Trend Continuations
    • Ascending and Descending Triangles
    • Symmetrical Triangles
    • Tea Cup Variations
    • Flags and Pennants
    • Price Channels
    • Bullish and Bearish Trends
More Technical Analysis Courses are Available Below  (not included with this course)
LESSON 4:  Futures Trading Strategies
 
  • Finding & Evaluating Futures to Day Trade
    • Best Practices - Preparing for your Trading Day
    • Pre-Market Trading Environment Analysis
    • Where to find valuable free research on the net
    • Adapting your criteria to the day's market conditions
    • Futures Screening & Criteria Search
    • Narrowing your search to the Futures that are most compatible for your chosen style
    • Evaluating and eliminating the Futures that are not compatible with your strategy
    • Analyzing the remaining Futures that fit your criteria
    • Narrow down your selection of Futures by selecting the ones with the highest success probability for your criteria
    • Identifying the your remaining charting characteristics (support, resistance, trend, momentum, etc)
    • Evaluate the recent history of your chosen future
    • Identify and evaluate your pre-determined entrance and exit strategies
    • Premeditate how you will react if the Futures sector of choice does not follow your expectations
  • Shorting Strategies
    • Shorting the Futures market overview
    • Shorting entry and exit strategies
    • How realtime streaming Data can help guide you
    • Identify and avoid a "head fake"
    • The "do's and dont's" of shorting
    • Shorting by design
  • Important Events During The Day
    • The pre-market activity
    • The opening bell
    • Market Reversal
    • Market Stagnation
    • Market Break Out or Break Down
    • The Closing Bell
    • After Market Trading Activity
  • Create Your Own Custom Trading Model
    • Create and Develop your own Trading Model for consistent routine results
    • Eliminating the analysis that does not apply to your style(s)
    • Designing your own custom Trading model to be "routine compatible"
    • Repeat and Back Testing your custom Trading model
    • Identify the flaws in your modeled routine and correct them
    • Fine tune the pre-market preparations for your Trading model
    • See our "Established Trading Models" overview for suggestions and courses
LESSON 5:  Live Trading Scenarios and Practicing
 
  • Live Futures Trading Examples
    • Follow along as your instructor trades real money during the live market
    • See your new strategies get put to the test in real life
    • Live examples of chart analysis combination strategies
    • Real time entrance and exit strategies
    • Setting and releasing stop orders
    • Learning the primary Futures Trading Practice Drills
    • Customizing your Trading platform to your preference
  • Back Testing Your Custom Trading Model
    • Practicing on a Trading platform with real streaming data
    • Steps to take while back testing your Trading model and skills
    • Keeping track of your execution volume, profits and expenses per trade
    • Monitoring your performance the correct way
    • The process of increasing your profit goals
    • Identifying your mistakes and learning how to avoid them
    • How to know if your custom Trading model must be modified or changed entirely
  • The Psychology Of Trading Successfully
    • Identify your strengths
    • Sticking to your Trading plan and strategy
    • Measures to take when deviating from your Trading plan
    • Controlling your emotions overview
    • Steps taken to avoid reckless behavior
    • How to deal with greed and over confidence
    • Dealing with Anger and avoiding the cause of it
    • Overcoming your fears and the remedy for treating the "Scared Trader Syndrome"
   
 
Specialty Futures Trading Courses
 
Specialty Courses: These courses are designed for individuals who wish to specialize in a specific Trading style or technique.  They may be purchase separately or in a bundled package for a reduced price. The topic details for these specialty courses are linked below by category.
  Range Trading Strategies
  Momentum Trading
  Trend Following
  News Playing
  Contrarian
  Ratio Trading
  Technical Analysis
  Trading Psychology
  Trading Platform Training
 
Futures Trading Course Information
 
FUTURES MARKET DAY Trading COURSE OVERVIEW
Our Futures Market Day Trading Courses offer a Step-by-Step walkthru of the daily routine used by professional day traders.  This routine requires that the student understands the essential background knowledge of how the market works and how to capitalize on an investment opportunity when the situation arises.
Live Interactive Courses - Our Day Trading Courses primarily take place over the internet in our "Virtual Classroom".  These courses broadcast live every week and allow the students to interact with the instructor to ask/answer questions in real time.   The student may enjoy taking our courses from the comfort of their personal computer and absorb the information the same as if they were in a real classroom.
CD Rom Self Learning Courses - Our Day Trading Courses are also available on CD rom for self learning.  The content and quality is the same as our live courses.  The only difference is that the CD courses do not include live support from the instructor unless purchased separately.  The purchased CD course will be shipped promptly to your mailing address along with all course material.  All CD's come with a lifetime warranty.
View On Demand Downloadable Courses - This course may be downloaded and stored to your personal computer.  The content and quality is identical to our CD courses.  The only difference is that you may burn your own course CD Rom as you will not receive a physical CD in the mail.  All course material may be download and printed to your printer as well.  Downloading the course is less expensive than purchasing a CD as you will save on the cost of material and shipping.
 
  INCLUDED WITH COURSES:
 

Free LIVE Re-Takes (unlimited) - Students that purchase our live courses may "Re-Attend" the live course every time it's available with No Limitation and No Expiration date.   Live course students will receive a monthly email invitation to the next scheduled course of purchase.

  Free Archive Access (unlimited) - Students that purchase our live courses will have unlimited access to the archives of the newly recorded courses.  Archive access will never expire and there is no limit to the amount of times the new archives are viewed.
  Lesson Material - All courses include a completed binder of lesson material that directly corresponds with the information covered in the course and may include addition information that is not covered as well.
  Course Quizzes - Test your knowledge by taking a quiz at the end of each lesson.  These quizzes are essential to define which topics you have learned and which topics may require improvement.
 
5 Quick Easy Steps to Become a Professional Futures Trader
 
  STEP 1:  COMPLETE YOUR TRAINING & EDUCATION - There are no words that can barley express the importance of educating yourself prior to Trading.  Starting at the NOVICE level is the best choice for most people.  Even if you may have some experience Trading, there's a significant amount of information in the Novice course that will play an important roll in the intermediate, advanced and expert courses.  The Novice course in itself should be enough to get started.  However, the intermediate and advanced courses will most definitely fast forward your progress and increase your ability to use alternative strategies that are not covered in the Novice course.  The Expert Course will put your knowledge and skills to the test as it will require that you are well educated in the arena of Day Trading.  More details on the topic descriptions can be seen by clicking the course level "tabs" above.
  STEP 2:  QUIZ YOURSELF AND SCORE HIGH - Taking the quiz at the end of all lessons is crucial.  This will determine if you have truly learned the information in its entirety.  If your score is above 90, you may proceed to "practice trade" with confidence.
  STEP 3:  PRACTICE SIMULATOR - Building your knowledge and experience on a practice simulator is the best way to begin your journey on the playing field.  Learning to trade in real time is like learning to play golf.  It may take many attempts at striking until you get it right.  A Trading simulator will allow you to trade "make believe" money during the live market with realtime streaming quotes.  If you don'Trading have a simulator in place, we will be happy to provide you with one for FREE.
  STEP 4:  BACK TEST YOUR SKILLS - The next step is to pick a specific strategy and stick to it.  Back test your strategy over and over again until your results are consistently profitable and routine.  Once achieved, you may proceed to the next step and start Trading with your real money.
  STEP 5:  START small AND WORK YOUR WAY UP - Trading with live money can be a real shocker during the beginning stages.  The best way to calm your nervous system and concentrate on your performance is to take small positions and tighten your profit goals and risk tolerance.  Then you may slowly increase your position size as you see fit.
 
What You Should Know About Day Trading
 
The SEC defines Stock Market Day Trading very specifically because there are different requirements for accounts that fall into that category.  Intra day Trading is essentially the same as Day Trading except for the fact that Intra day traders specifically close out their positions at the end of the Trading day (4:00pm EST).   A Day Trader may simply define someone who trades frequently during the day but may or may not hold their positions over night.   This can be buying and selling to capitalize on a potential rise in a security's value or shorting and covering the short to capitalize on a potential drop in value.

Day Traders primarily strive to make many small profits through out the day.  No matter what strategy they use to accomplish this goal, this underlying goal stays consistent across the variety of strategies used.  Although the reward may be small on each "round trip" (buy & sell), the risk may also be small as well.  They cut their losses short and sometimes let their winnings ride as they attempt to close their position with precise accuracy resulting in the most profit.  This task may take some practice before one finds their rhythm, but thanks to the Trading simulators, day traders may back test their skills with fake money before putting their real money at risk.  One great thing about day Trading is that the nature of small risk exposure on each transaction provides the trader with the ability to make many mistakes in their early stages of learning.  If the mistakes are caught early enough, the novice day trader may lose small pieces of money ($40 to $80) until they get it right.  Swing Trading and investing may not be so merciful in most cases.  The reason is because swing traders and investors by nature have height profit goals on each round trip.  As we all know, higher reward goals usually result in higher risk.

The art of day Trading stocks does not come in "one size" that "fits all".  This means that there are many different Trading styles, methods and strategies available to day traders.  It is up to the day trader to educate themselves in the different day Trading methods and pick one style/method (or combination) that best fits their financial status, lifestyle, personality and preference.  Unlike most other education providers, we teach our students all the strategies and let them decide which they like best.  Many other education providers teach people to use strategies and methods chosen by the school and force their personal opinions on the students.  This is an important matter that separates this school from others.

The SEC defines Stock Market Day Trading very specifically because there are different requirements for accounts that fall into that category.  Intra day Trading is essentially the same as Day Trading except for the fact that Intra day traders specifically close out their positions at the end of the Trading day (4:00pm EST).   A Day Trader may simply define someone who trades frequently during the day but may or may not hold their positions over night.   This can be buying and selling to capitalize on a potential rise in a security's value or shorting and covering the short to capitalize on a potential drop in value.

"Buying Power" Creates "Leverage" - Intra day traders capitalize on small moves in the value of a security by using "leverage" or "margin", which basically means borrowing money. Most day Trading accounts are allowed to take an initial position in a security that is 4X the value of their account (per securities regulations), but some professional accounts get more leverage (i.e. 10X). For instance, a day trader with $10,000 in his/her account can take a $40,000 position in a security for day Trading purposes. This amount is not allowed to be held overnight (only about 2X the value of the account can be held overnight per securities regs). The leverage inherent in day Trading allows small gains in a position to yield meaningful profits (and losses). Most day traders are very strict about cutting losses with "stop loss" orders. This limits the potential downside (but not the upside) on any particular trade, hence the adage "cut your losses short and let your profits run". With this basic strategy, a day trader can be wrong on 50% of his/her trades and still make good money. Day Trading styles vary from "scalpers", which take positions for only a few minutes, to holding a position for most of the day. Some day traders are momentum followers and jump onto any given move, while others try to identify intra day reversals. Virtually all day traders use technical analysis (stock charting) heavily in their decision making.

Day Trading For a Living:   If you're a left-brained technical worker, plus have some financial savvy, cash reserves and nerves of steel, you may have what it takes to become a successful day trader. In the past, the tools for day Trading were available only to professionals. But thanks to the power of the Internet, everything you need to get started is now conveniently online. What is Day Trading? Perhaps you've heard all the media hype about day Trading, but still don'Trading know exactly what it is. In a nutshell, it's daily, online stock Trading with very short investment horizons. The individuals who do this day in and day out are traders, not investors in the traditional sense. Day traders use different strategies to achieve their goal of making small profits throughout the day.  Some day traders scalp the spreads by dealing directly with market makers on the private Trading systems called electronic communication networks (ECNs). Some work shoulder-to-shoulder in Trading rooms, while others work from their homes or offices. With their eyes glued to computer screens tick-by-tick, day traders may execute over a hundred trades a day. Sometimes called SOES Bandits, they typically don'Trading hold stocks overnight just in case there's bad news. In fact, they may holds stocks for only a few seconds to limit risk. For example, at 10:00 AM a day trader might buy 1000 shares of stock XYZ just as the price begins to rise on good news, then sell it at 10:04 AM when it's up by 1/2 ($0.50). The day trader makes $500, minus cost. With today's cheap costs of $9.95 or less per trade, that's a quick $475.00 or better, excluding taxes. The broader meaning of the term day Trading includes those who trade daily from their homes or offices, through Internet brokerages.  

Swing Traders differ from Day Traders
in the respect that swing traders may hold their positions over night or longer.  Swing traders also approach a different investment horizon of 1-5 days.   Many day traders focus primarily on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange. It's typically more volatile than the NYSE or AMEX, so it offers more opportunities to play the intra day price waves and troughs. That's exactly what day traders do. But volatility also carries high risk, so one must watch prices like a hawk. In the time it takes to grab a cup of coffee, a stock may move 1/2 point or more. To some, particularly the so-called bandits, day Trading is just a numbers game. They do little research and just watch for moving stocks with good spreads. Others are more scientific about it, relying on news and technical analysis to catch intra day price fluctuations.

DEFINITIONS:
Investment HORIZON -
The length of time a sum of money is expected to be invested. also called investment horizon or time horizon.

Spread - The difference between the current bid and the current ask (in over-the-counter Trading) or offered (in exchange Trading) of a given security; also called bid/ask spread.

Market Maker - A brokerage or bank that maintains a firm bid and ask price in a given security by standing ready, willing, and able to buy or sell at publicly quoted prices (called making a market). These firms display bid and offer prices for specific numbers of specific securities, and if these prices are met, they will immediately buy for or sell from their own accounts. Market makers are very important for maintaining liquidity and efficiency for the particular securities that they make markets in. At most firms, there is a strict separation of the market-making side and the brokerage side, since otherwise there might be an incentive for brokers to recommend securities simply because the firm makes a market in that security.

ECN - An electronic system that brings buyers and sellers together for the electronic execution of trades. It disseminates information to interested parties about the orders entered into the network and allows these orders to be executed. Electronic Communications Networks (ECNs) represent orders in NASDAQ stocks; they internally match buy and sell orders or represent the highest bid prices and lowest ask prices on the open market. The benefits an investor gets from Trading with an ECN include after-hours Trading, avoiding market makers (and their spreads), and anonymity (which is often important for large trades).

Swing Trading - A type of investing implemented by individual investors who are looking for quick gains. Similar to day Trading, swing traders analyses stocks to determine which ones are likely to gain over a period from a few days to a couple of weeks. Swing Trading is not a long-term investment strategy.
 
 

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