All About Futures

In Markets by Guest Author

About the Course

In this course we look at the basics of futures contracts from the point of view of those traded on the CME. Topics covered are futures contract specifications, fundamental and technical analysis, options on futures, risk management and floor trading.
It’s a short course covering all topics in brief.
Much of this material was written in the early 2000s, which as far a electronic trading is concerned, is about 1000 years ago. Some of the lessons talk about the pits (the floor) and hand signals. These things are now extinct as all trading has moved online. Still, it’s interesting to look back over older material to gain a little perspective on how things work.

About the Author

Building on the heritage of CME, CBOT, NYMEX, COMEX and KCBT, CME Group serves the risk management needs of customers around the globe. We provide the widest range of benchmark futures and options products available on any exchange, covering all major asset classes. Our collective vision is one of ongoing global growth, innovative product development, continually enhanced technology and the highest level of service available on any exchange.


  • 14 lessons over 14 ddays.
  • About 2-4 hours in total.

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