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Introduction to Futures

If you’re a newcomer to the futures markets and want a quick introduction to futures, these lessons will get you started learning the basics of futures trading. The lessons are short, each one introducing a few concepts or set of facts.  You can study the lessons in order or select your preferences from this list.

Introduction

What Is a Futures Contract?

Futures Exchange, Clearing

The Market Participants - Hedgers

The Market Participants - Speculators

The Process of Price Discovery

The Arithmetic of Futures - Leverage

What Is Margin in Futures Trading?

Deciding How to Participate

Regulation of Futures Trading

Futures Contract Specifications

Understanding the Risk of Futures Trading

Liquidity

Timing

Spreads

 

 

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