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Starting Out in Futures Trading Paperback – January 24, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0071363907 ISBN-10: 0071363904 Edition: 6th

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From the Back Cover

The #1 reference for futures traders everywhere ... now updated!

Everything You Need to Know to Become a Knowledgeable, Profitable Futures Trader

Starting Out In Futures Trading has become renowned for explaining the futures industry to beginners and veterans alike in simple, straightforward language­­and giving futures traders the answers they need in one easy-to-use, fingertip reference. This substantially revised edition reflects on the many new forces shaping the industry and carrying futures trading into the new millennium.

From how to open an account to the emergence of electronic trading and the Internet, Starting Out In Futures Trading, Sixth Edition, will provide you with market-tested, hands-on information about every important aspect of futures trading, including:

  • Choosing a broker
  • Placing an order
  • Agricultural, financial, and stock index futures
  • Margin and leverage
  • Short-selling
  • Globex electronic trading
  • CRB index futures
  • Fundamental versus technical analysis
  • Seasonality and trading plans
  • Volume and open interest
  • Interest rate arbitrage
  • Commodity hedging
  • Spreads
  • Financial futures
  • Yield curves
  • Stock index futures and options

How to place an order...techniques to develop a trading plan...new rules and regulations...Starting Out in Futures Trading, Sixth Edition, leaves no stone unturned in presenting you with an accurate, practical, and up-to-date look inside the world of futures trading. It remains the number-one guide for new traders looking to learn all about the futures market­­and the preferred reference for all traders.

About the Author

Mark Powers is one of the futures industry's most respected and influential figures. A key participant in drafting many of the original contract specifications for trading currency and financial derivatives, Powers is the CEO of Powers and Dubin Asset Allocation and Management and former editor of The Journal of Futures Markets. He also served as chief economist for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and has contributed his expertise as a director on numerous futures exchanges.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 6 edition (January 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071363904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071363907
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
For the price this is a great book to learn and help understand the specifics that make up all the basics in trading commodity-futures. After reading this book, I felt as if I had taken a formal college course on the subject of Futures and understood it much better from various angles now. There's no "hype" in the book, no agendas, no further products or services to buy being pitched to you, just plain vanilla (ok, french vanilla) basics being laid out for you in textbook fashion for you to digest in your own terms. I like that - it's refreshing in a way. It is probably like this because it was really written 20+ years ago (don't worry, it's been revised many times to be modernized - 5th edition, 1993). The book was originally written and printed in "Commodities" magazine as a popular mini-course series (before the magazine changed it's name to the modern "Futures" magazine we know it as today). Even though I knew much of the content from personal experience (the most costly way) or from other readings, my CTA, etc, I did not always understand the "why" behind the rules I was following & how the markets work the way they do from both a technical and fundmental perspective (dynamics). Of the some 28 chapters, I really took interest in almost every one. I can't say that about most of the other trading books I've read. Put it this way... if I could keep only 5 trading books, this would be one of them. You'll likely dump more than that on the commissions for 1 trade - or, worse yet, even more than that on 1 bad trade. ** Beginners, I recommend the following: If your goal is to have deeper pockets from trading - then you must first go deeper in your understanding of futures markets & trading them (i.e. Read the book).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hogarth on August 12, 2013
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This book contains interesting historical information about how futures markets operated 15 - 30 years ago, but it is hard to relate that information to modern electronic trading. It provides verbose detail about basic economic concepts that belong in an economics primer, but then skips over core concepts specific to futures trading. Examples are from another era, with tantalizing references to "9.5% interest rates" and the like. The one part that I found useful was the Risk of Ruin analysis in Chapter 6. It is not a first book because it skips over basic concepts like how futures shorting works. It is not a modern book because, for example, it never references e-minis; nor could I find a description of "trailing stops", which seem basic to modern trading techniques. I was reduced to skimming the book in search of usable information, and hope it will somehow serve as a reference. As an alternative, I liked "Futures 101: An Introduction To Commodity Trading" by Waldron as a very basic and entertaining introduction for a newcomer. I'm not sure what would be a better second or intermediate book than this one, but I would recommend trying to find that book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Kelley on July 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a good book for the basics of futures trading. It has a lot of the basic
terms and information you need to get a quick edge in trading. Will it be the last
and only book you buy on futures? Probably not! This is a good start that will
peak your curiousity. I recommend it.
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Javier Dominguez on May 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Please note: This review refers to the 1991 edition.

It is a good book, but this edition is plagued with typos, and mistakes in at least one chart. Don't make the same mistake I did; buy the last edition (I bought mine on the store with very little time ...) I haven't had the chance to check out the latest version (Starting Out in Futures Trading), my guess is that it's corrected and updated.

About his writing, I like the fact that he mixes personal experience with academic and corporate studies about the market. I think the book becomes very useful that way.
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