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The Beginner's Guide to the Futures and Options Trading

Bored with Stocks? Learn All the Basics of the Futures and Options on Futures to Level Up Your Trading
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5,353 students enrolled
Last updated 3/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 16 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

Bored with stocks? Expand your trading activity to the new areas.

Learn All the Basics of the Futures and Options on Futures to Level Up Your Trading Knowledge and Skills.

  • Learn how to trade on financial markets almost around a clock.
  • Find out about leverage and low margin to increase your ROI significantly.
  • Make trades on bear markets the same way as on bull markets.


Money Never Sleeps. And Your Money Should Not Sleep Either.

You may ask, why trade futures? What are the advantages of futures against the stocks? Stocks are trading on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) only six and a half hours per day, from 9:30 AM till 4 PM.

On the other hand, futures are trading on Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) almost around the clock, so you can make profits even during Asian or European session, when America sleeps.

Using the leverage of low margin requirements on futures contracts, you can double your investment in futures at the same time when stocks give you only 5% profit.

Besides futures, there are options on futures. They can give you much more profit much faster.


Content and Overview

First part of this course is dedicated to the introduction to futures market. You'll learn what are futures, where are they traded. You'll know about two main categories of futures contracts: commodity futures and financial futures.

This course will show you the real-world example of using the futures by farmers to hedge their crops from price decline.

Each lecture has closed captions (subtitles) for international students.

This course will be updated regularly with new lectures.


Warning: Options and futures involve the risk of substantial loss and are not suitable for everyone. An investor should understand these risks before trading. You should only invest with risk capital.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for students who are interested in trading on financial markets
  • This course is for stock and forex traders who want to expand their trading activity to the new areas
  • This course is NOT for you if you’re looking for "how to get rich quick"
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What Will I Learn?
Learn the difference between stocks and futures
Learn all types of futures contracts: commodity futures and financial futures
Learn all the tickers of futures and options contracts
Learn the leverage and margin requirements
Learn the contract specifications of all futures and options
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  • Basic knowledge about financial markets is welcomed but not required
  • If you know about forex, stocks or stock options, this course will be easy to understand
  • You may open a demo account with any futures broker to practice your trading
  • If you wish to start real trading, you will need to have a trade capital
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 20 Lectures Collapse All 20 Lectures 02:45:42
1 Lecture 04:15
  • Stocks vs. Futures
  • S&P 500 Index
  • SPY (ETF on S&P 500 Index)
  • ROI = 5%
  • ES (Futures Contract on S&P 500 Index)
  • ROI = 100%
  • Welcome!
Welcome to the Amazing World of Futures and Options!
Futures Education - Level 1
6 Lectures 28:06
  • What is a Futures Contract?
  • The Process of Futures Trading
  • Buying and Selling Futures
What Are Futures?

  • Variety of Futures Contracts
  • Metal Futures
  • Energy Futures
  • Grain Futures
  • Livestock/Dairy Futures
  • Food/Fiber Futures
  • Stock Index Futures
  • Currency Futures
  • Interest Rate Futures
Introduction to Futures Markets

  • Where Are Futures Traded?
  • CME Group
  • Open Outcry
  • Electronic Trading
Where Are Futures Traded?

  • Who Trades Futures?
  • Hedgers
  • Speculators
  • Individual Traders
  • Proprietary Trading Firms
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Hedge Funds
  • Market Makers
  • Regulators
Who Are the Players in the Futures Market?

  • Hedging Corn Prices
  • December Corn Futures
  • Hedging 100% of the Crop
Real-World Example

Update: End of an Era at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Futures - Level 1 Quiz
6 questions
Futures Education - Level 2
5 Lectures 31:21
  • Structure of Contract Symbol
  • Month Codes
Symbols of Futures Contracts

  • Contract Specs for E-mini S&P 500 Futures
  • Contract Size & Contract Value
  • Tick Size
  • Price Limits
Contract Specifications

  • Leverage
  • Maximizing Capital Efficiency
  • Margin
  • Initial Margin
  • Maintenance Margin
  • Margin Call
Leverage and Margin

  • Types of Orders
  • Market Order
  • Limit Order
  • Stop Order
  • Exiting the Market
Opening and Closing the Position

  • Greed is Not Good
  • Liquidity
  • Styles of Trading
Volatility and Risk

Futures - Level 2 Quiz
6 questions
Futures Education - Level 3
8 Lectures 00:00
  • Financial Futures: Equity Indexes
  • E-mini S&P 500 Futures
  • S&P 500 Futures
  • E-mini Nasdaq 100 Futures
  • E-mini Dow Futures
  • Nikkei 225 Futures
Equity Index Futures
12 pages

  • Financial Futures: Interest Rates
  • Eurodollar Futures
  • 2-Year T-Note Futures
  • 5-Year T-Note Futures
  • 10-Year T-Note Futures
  • U.S. Treasury Bond Futures
Interest Rate Futures
13 pages

  • Financial Futures: FX
  • Euro FX Futures
  • Japanese Yen Futures
  • Australian Dollar Futures
  • British Pound Futures
  • Canadian Dollar Futures
  • Swiss Franc Futures
  • US Dollar Index Futures
Currency Futures
17 pages

  • Commodity Futures: Energies
  • Light Sweet Crude Oil Futures
  • Natural Gas Futures
  • Heating Oil Futures
  • RBOB Gasoline Futures
  • Brent Crude Oil Financial Futures
Energy Futures
12 pages

  • Commodity Futures: Metals
  • Gold Futures
  • Silver Futures
  • Copper Futures
  • Platinum Futures
  • Palladium Futures
Metal Futures
13 pages

  • Agricultural Futures: Grains
  • Corn Futures
  • Soybean Futures
  • Soybean Oil Futures
  • Soybean Meal Futures
  • Chicago SRW Wheat Futures
Grain Futures
13 pages

  • Agricultural Futures: Livestock (Meats)
  • Live Cattle Futures
  • Feeder Cattle Futures
  • Lean Hog Futures
Livestock Futures
9 pages

  • Agricultural Futures: Softs
  • Cocoa Futures
  • Coffee "C" Futures
  • Cotton No. 2 Futures
  • Sugar No. 11 Futures
  • FCOJ-A Futures
Food & Fiber Futures
13 pages
About the Instructor
3.6 Average rating
108 Reviews
5,352 Students
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Futures & Options Trader

I'm trader since 2008. I trade stocks, futures, options on stocks (stock options) and options on futures (futures options). Since 2012 I trade only one strategy known as Option Selling. It means selling options on futures contracts.

Also I am Equestrian Sports Judge at International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and a worldwide traveler with over 250 flights for last 5 years.

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