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  The Economic Purpose of Futures Markets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Many people think that futures markets are just about speculating or “gambling.” While it is true that futures markets can be used for speculating, that is not the primary reason for their existence.
Futures contracts are very similar to forward contracts, but futures contracts typically have certain features that make them more useful for hedging and less useful for merchandising than forward contracts.
Futures trades that are made on an exchange are cleared through a clearing organization (clearing house), which acts as the buyer to all sellers and the seller to all buyers.
www.cftc.gov /opa/brochures/opaeconpurp.htm   (4104 words)

 Futures and Options Markets, by Gregory J. Millman: The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics: Library of Economics and ...
Futures are standardized contracts that commit parties to buy or sell goods of a specific quality at a specific price, for delivery at a specific point in the future.
Futures have long been associated with agricultural commodities, especially grain and pork bellies, but they are now more likely to be used by bankers, airlines, and computer makers than by farmers.
As a rule of thumb, about half of the participants in the futures markets are hedgers who come to market to remove or reduce their risk.
www.econlib.org /library/Enc/FuturesandOptionsMarkets.html   (2246 words)

 Futures Markets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Futures contracts are traded on futures exchanges, of which the U.S. has eight.
Futures are explicitly designed to allow the transfer of risk from those who want less risk to those who are willing to take on some risk in exchange for compensation.
Investment in futures involves a high degree of risk, your investment may fall as well as rise, you may lose all your original investment and you may also have to pay more on the original amount invested.
www.trading-futures-markets.com /futures_markets.htm   (587 words)

 Futures 101
Notwithstanding the rapid growth and diversification of futures markets, their primary purpose remains the same as it has been for nearly a century and a half, to provide an efficient and effective mechanism for the management of price risks.
Hedgers are individuals and firms that make purchases and sales in the futures market solely for the purpose of establishing a known price level--weeks or months in advance--for something they later intend to buy or sell in the cash market (such as at a grain elevator or in the bond market).
Futures prices increase and decrease largely because of the myriad factors that influence buyers' and sellers' judgments about what a particular commodity will be worth at a given time in the future (anywhere from less than a month to more than two years).
www.orionfutures.com /fut101.htm   (11475 words)

The futures markets are characterized by the ability to use very high leverage relative to stock markets.
Futures can be used either to hedge or to speculate on the price movement of the underlying asset.
The primary difference between options and futures is that options give the holder the right to buy or sell the underlying asset at expiration, while the holder of a futures contract is obligated to fulfill the terms of his/her contract.
www.investopedia.com /terms/f/futures.asp   (525 words)

 Futures 101 (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.netlab.uky.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Futures Commission Merchants which are members of an exchange are subject to not only CFTC and NFA regulation but to regulation by the exchanges of which they are members.
Delivery-type futures contracts stipulate the specifications of the commodity to be delivered (such as 5,000 bushels of grain, 40,000 pounds of livestock, or 100 troy ounces of gold).
The market for one commodity may, at present, be highly volatile, perhaps because of supply-demand uncertainties which--depending on future developments--could suddenly propel prices sharply higher or sharply lower.
www.orionfutures.com.cob-web.org:8888 /fut101.htm   (11475 words)

 Futures Contract
A contractual agreement, generally made on the trading floor of a futures exchange, to buy or sell a particular commodity or financial instrument at a pre-determined price in the future.
Futures contracts detail the quality and quantity of the underlying asset; they are standardized to facilitate trading on a futures exchange.
Some futures contracts may call for physical delivery of the asset, while others are settled in cash.
www.investopedia.com /terms/f/futurescontract.asp   (376 words)

 Global Futures and Options, Inc., Futures Trading Brokers
But many investors, such as yourself, turn to the commodity futures market as an alternative investment vehicle for their risk capital.
Global Futures and Options, Inc. is a well-established, full-service commodity futures broker that strives to help you increase your trading skills and risk management techniques.
Global Futures and Options, Inc. has no role in the production or review of these products or services and makes no warranty, either expressed or implied, as to their contents, accuracy or performance.
www.futuresforyou.com   (577 words)

 Can Markets Predict Elections? - Mises Institute   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
If both markets really paid a hundred dollars for their $100 contracts -- and if they were both active enough to allow a large number of such contracts to be traded -- then arbitrageurs could guarantee a certain return in November.
The prediction market advocates would certainly agree with Hayek's elaboration, but they have lost track of the original argument that Hayek was trying to elaborate.
The magic of market mechanisms goes well beyond the creation of consensus from a decentralized distribution of local, implicit, sometimes unconscious knowledge -- the power of the market lies in its ability to harness the power of self-interest.
www.mises.org /fullstory.aspx?control=1575   (3185 words)

 Prediction Market by NewsFutures.com
Today, NewsFutures is the leading provider of prediction markets worldwide, with clients in the USA, Europe, and Japan.
Prediction markets deliver in real-time the consensus opinion of all those who know and care about your organization's prospects.
A new Journal of Prediction Markets will be launched in November by The University of Buckingham Press.
us.newsfutures.com /home/home.html   (246 words)

 Futures exchange - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A futures exchange, is a corporation or organization which provides a marketplace in which to trade derivatives such as futures contracts and options.
Though the origins of futures trading can be supposedly traced to Ancient Greek or Phoenician times, the history of modern futures trading begins in Chicago, United States in the early 1800s.
Later in the 1970s saw the development of the financial futures contracts, which allowed trading in the future value of interest rates.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Futures_exchange   (951 words)

 futuresource.com | Jim Wyckoff on the Markets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
If a trader tried to study and learn all there is to learn about a futures market or an individual stock - including knowing all the fundamentals that impact, or could impact the market or stock - it would be nearly a full-time job.
And even if a trader did spend all his time studying a market, he or she still would not know as much, as soon, as the professional insiders.
This is because the more volatile stock market environment of today is just like the volatile commodity and financial futures markets that have been around for many years.
www.futuresource.com /education/article.jsp?id=7   (543 words)

 US Futures Markets: The Chicago Trifecta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Celent Communications asserts that the competition between the Chicago futures exchanges is not a fight over market share of certain products, but a fight to remain viable in the overall marketplace.
The Eurex US market structure is described in greater detail, including a discussion of the issues raised during its approval process.
These markets have moved upstream to areas of the trading life cycle that are much less likely to be replicated, and, like so many other aspects of trading, commoditized.
www.celent.com /PressReleases/20040629/FutureMarkets.htm   (457 words)

 Idea Futures - The Concept
free-speech right to bet on political questions in policy markets, and we could even base a new form of government on idea futures.
To get an Idea Futures market approved as a security in the US, you'd need CFTC approval.
sure that there is no point to markets where there is not substantial hedging demand.
hanson.gmu.edu /ideafutures.html   (858 words)

 Welcome to RJO Futures | RJO Futures - Trading Everything But Tradition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
At RJO, we’ve been providing futures and options traders some of the most outstanding products and services in the industry for over 90 years.
Founded in 1914, RJO is the largest independent futures brokerage firm in the industry.
RJO is a founding member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and a member of all the major U.S. Futures Exchanges.
www.rjofutures.com   (332 words)

 Emini Trading, Emini, Commodity Brokers, Futures Brokers, Online Trading   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
We believe that this platform is idea for the active futures traders that depend on speed and reliability.
Trading Futures, Options on Futures, and Foreign Exchange involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors.
The information contained on this email does not constitute a solicitation to buy or sell by Infinity Futures, Inc., JP Futures and/or its affiliates, and is not to be available to individuals in a jurisdiction where such availability would be contrary to local regulation or law.
www.jpfutures.com   (278 words)

 Prediction Markets - Intrade - 2006 Mid Term Elections Trading   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Intrade prediction markets and event futures provide clear and accurate forecasts on issues of importance to traders, the media and the public at large.
Intrade is the leading public prediction market platform.
Intrade part of Trade Exchange Network is an event futures and prediction market trading exchange registered in Ireland, Co # 352224.
www.intrade.com   (189 words)

 AEI-Brookings Joint Center
Because information markets have the potential to anticipate the consequences of choices, they could revolutionize the way the government, the non-profit world, and the private sector make decisions.
The Journal of Futures Markets 4, 3: 237-271.
All Seeing All Knowing: Futures markets can help identify successful products, predict revenues, and even forecast whether Bush or Kerry will win in November.
www.aei-brookings.org /pages/index.php?id=37   (491 words)

 Amazon.com: Futures Markets: Books: Darrell Duffie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
This is an introductory book on future markets, but it is not so easy, because it tackles some tough things (such as hedge and martingal) in an advanced level.
Therefore I recommend it for all those who wish to begin to study future markets.
Be a Market Research guru: A guide by D.
www.amazon.com /Futures-Markets-Darrell-Duffie/dp/0133456048   (684 words)

 Breakout Futures -- Futures Trading Systems
Breakout Futures offers trading systems for the futures markets.
To be profitable in the futures markets, you need an "edge," a trading method that gives you an inherent advantage over the markets.
MiniMax is a powerful yet affordable swing trading system for TradeStation that trades a diversified portfolio of futures markets, including crude oil, Nikkei 225, e-mini Russell 2000, T-Bonds, and Yen.
www.breakoutfutures.com   (222 words)

 Go Futures
GO FUTURES is committed to providing highly customized services at the most competitive commission rates.
Trading at GO FUTURES means having Direct Access to the futures exchanges.
GO FUTURES can clear and execute your trades on any futures electronic market or trading pit, at anytime, anywhere in the world!
www.gofutures.com   (57 words)

 The Iowa Electronic Markets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Trading continues in our market based on the monetary policy decisions of the Federal Open Market Committee.
The Iowa Electronic Markets are real-money futures markets in which contract payoffs depend on economic and political events such as elections.
These markets are operated by faculty at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business as part of our research and teaching mission.
www.biz.uiowa.edu /iem   (209 words)

 FXstreet.com The Futures Market. Futures Trading
Find specific information about all the futures contracts made on the trading floor.
Opinions expressed at FXstreet.com are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent the opinion of FXstreet.com or its management.
Risk Disclosure: Trading futures markets on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors.
futures.fxstreet.com   (392 words)

 WEB Courses in: Options Markets and Financial Futures Markets
Daigler's expertise in futures and options markets spans three decades - as a professor, a researcher, a book author, and a frequent participant in The Chicago Board of Trade seminars.
Daigler has now taken his knowledge and experience involving these markets and developed a true multimedia approach to learning futures and/or options.
He has combined his 20 years of accumulated knowledge of options and futures with his computer abilities to implement courses to be taken on the World Wide Web.
www.fiu.edu /~finweb   (590 words)

 Historical Futures Price Data   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
TFC tracks many important commodities futures and and financial indicators, then provides this information free in the form of graphical charts complete with technical analysis.
The valuation of futures and options may fluctuate, and as a result, clients may lose more than their original investment.
In no event should the content of this website, including links to other web sites, be construed as an express or implied promise, guarantee or implication by or from Richard Potts that you will profit or that losses can or will be limited in any manner whatsoever.
www.spotmarketplace.com /futures/prices   (736 words)

 Futures Industry Association - The FIA is the only association representative of all organizations that have an ...
Futures Industry Association - The FIA is the only association representative of all organizations that have an interest in the futures market.
REBCO futures on NYMEX to fetch $3 bln per year
The Futures Industry Association and the Institute for Financial Markets.
www.futuresindustry.org   (175 words)

 INO.com - The Web Center for Stock, Futures, and Options Traders
Early live and feeder cattle futures traders Monday called for a higher opening, with back months supported by bear spreading interest and front months buoyed by last week's slaughter estimates and steady cash prices, market analysts and brokers said.
Live cattle could open 30 to 40 points higher, while feeder cattle could jump 40 to 50 points, the sources said...
If you need help finding a futures contract, see our list of all futures and our list of currently trading futures contracts.
www.ino.com   (349 words)

 Barchart.com - Commodities & Futures & Options Quotes and Charts
Delayed Futures Prices as of October 23 - 08:50 CST
Data provided by ddfplus and subject to terms of use and privacy policy.
All Equities and Futures data is delayed according to exchange rules.
www2.barchart.com /mktcom.asp   (125 words)

 futuresource.com | Futures & Commodities Market Specific Content   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
What is "Market Specific Content?" It is one way FutureSource helps you zero in on information pertaining to a distinct grouping of commodities.
Just one click on any of the eight key futures classifications brings you to a targeted arrangement of the top quotes, charts, news and analysis found in that market.
Get closing figures and a Technical Outlook, with discussion on where each market is heading.
www.futuresource.com /markets/index.jsp   (263 words)

 Pro E-mini - Futures Markets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
We provide our clients the ability to trade major commodity, currency and stock index futures markets.
Stock Market Indices - SandP 500 E-Mini, Dow Jones, NASDAQ E-Mini
The risk of loss exists in futures trading.
www.proemini.com /futures/futures_markets.htm   (125 words)

 Pre-Market: Stock Trading Before the Markets Open from CNNMoney
Main Portfolio Stock Market News Indexes Pre-Market Stock Trades 24-hour Stock Data Bonds and Rates Commodities: Prices and Data Currencies: Latest Rates Active Companies Stock Price Increases Stock Price Decreases Earnings: Reports and Estimates Hot Stocks Stock Spotlight Sivy on Stocks Stock Research Center IPO: Initial Public Offering
Earnings from Ford, ATandT are OK, but nervousness ahead of Fed meeting makes for a volatile morning.
See the stocks that are moving the market now.
money.cnn.com /markets/morning_call   (424 words)

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