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Futures Trading

Futures trading carries a great degree of risk. But it can be exceedingly risky for those who do not understand the basic mechanics of the futures markets and industry at large.

To help you get a grasp of these basics, we are providing some helpful short videos which cover futures from a historical and mechanical perspective. These videos do not cover everything—they’re not all-encompassing—but the do provide important fundamentals that every prospective futures trader should know.​

The Development of the Futures Contract

The Forward Contract Introduction

The Futures Contract Introduction

The Futures Exchanges Introduction

How Futures Contracts Work

Futures Margin Mechanics


Futures Curves II

Traders View On Contango



Futures and Forwards Curves

Verifying Hedge With Futures Margin Mechanics

Severe Contango

The risk of loss in trading stocks, options, foreign equities, and bonds can be substantial and is not suitable for all investors. Trading on margin is not suitable for all investors and losses exceeding your initial deposit is possible. Supporting documentation is available upon request. Day trading is high risk, speculative trading strategy and not suitable for all investors. Carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge, and financial resources and only risk capital should be used. You are fully responsible for any investment decision you make. Halifax America does not make investment recommendations and does not provide tax, financial, or legal advice.

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