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Futures Trading in Share market

The futures contract is a legally binding agreement - and it is to buy or sell a certain asset, commodity, or security at a defined price at a future date. To simplify trading on a futures exchange, futures contracts are standardized for quality and quantity.

When the futures contract is purchased, the buyer assumes the responsibility to purchase and receive the underlying asset when the contract expires. The seller of this futures contract assumes responsibility for providing and delivering the underlying asset at the contract's expiration date.

What is Futures Trading?

Futures are financial derivatives that bring together the parties to trade an item at a fixed price and date in the future. Regardless of the prevailing market rates at the expiration date - the buyer or seller must purchase or sell the underlying asset at the predetermined price.

Physical commodities or other financial instruments are examples of underlying assets. Futures contracts specify the quantity of the underlying asset and are standardized to make futures trading easier. Futures can be utilized for trading speculation or hedging.

Unlike forward contracts, futures contracts are standardized. Forwards are similar to futures contracts in that they lock in a future price in the present, but they are traded over-the-counter (OTC) and feature terms that can be customized by the counterparties. Contracts for futures, on the other hand, will have the same terms regardless of who the counterparty is.

How to Start Future Trading?

Trading futures is a pretty simple process. Open a trading account with a brokerage firm that specializes in the markets you want to trade. A futures broker would most likely inquire about the investment experience, net worth, and income. These questions are meant to assist to find out how much risk the broker would let you take on in terms of the margin and the positions.

In futures trading, there is no industry standard for commission and fee structures. Each broker gives a different set of services. Some offer extensive research and counsel, while others merely provide a quote and a graph.

You can open a paper trading account on some websites. Before you invest real money in your first trade, you can practice trading with "paper money." This is a fantastic tool to double-check your knowledge of futures markets, as well as how markets, leverage, and commissions affect your portfolio. If you're just getting started, we recommend practising on a virtual account until you're confident you've got the hang of it.

Even seasoned investors may frequently utilize a paper trading account to try out new strategies. In a paper trading account, certain brokers may give you access to their full suite of analytic services.

What are Futures Markets and Types of Futures?

A vast range of financial and commodity-based futures are available to trade, ranging from indices, currencies, and debt to energy and metals, as well as farm products. The following are some examples of futures contracts that are available (not an exhaustive list).

  1. Financial Futures

    Financial futures include index contracts and interest rate (debt) contracts. Index contracts provide exposure to certain market index values, whereas interest rate contracts provide exposure to a specific debt instrument's interest rate.
  2. Currency Futures

    Currency contracts allow you to bet on the exchange rate of a real or virtual currency.
  3. Energy Futures

    Energy contracts give investors access to the price of common energy items used by businesses (for manufacturing, production, and/or transportation), as well as governments and individuals for personal consumption.
  4. Metal Futures

     Metal contracts provide you with a chance to bet on the price of particular metals that are used in manufacturing and construction by a lot of companies (e.g., gold for computers or steel for housing).
  5. Livestock Futures

    Livestock contracts provide you with a chance to bet on the price of live animals used in the production, processing, and distribution of meat.
  6. Grain Futures

    Raw grain materials used for animal feed and commercial processing into other products (e.g., ethanol and corn syrup), as well as processed soybeans, are covered under grain contracts.
  7. Food and Fibre Futures

    These contracts provide exposure to the prices of specific agricultural products (also known as Softs) that are cultivated rather than extracted or mined, as well as the prices of dairy products.

Difference Between Options and Futures

Options and futures are two types of financial instruments that investors can use to make money or hedge their present investments. An investor could buy an investment at a certain price and on a specific date utilizing both an option and a future. However, the methods in which these two markets operate and how dangerous they are to investors are vastly different.

 

What are the Options?

What are Futures?

The value of underlying security - such as a stock, is used to calculate the value of options. An options contract gives the investor an option to purchase or sell an asset at a certain price while the contract is still in existence, but not the duty to do so. Investors are not obligated to purchase or sell the asset if they choose not to.


Options are the type of investment that is based on a derivative. They may be offers to buy or sell shares, but until the deal is formalized, they will not represent actual ownership of the underlying equities.

A futures contract is an agreement to purchase or buy an item at a certain price at a later date. Futures contracts are the type of hedge investment that is best understood when compared to commodities like corn or oil. 

 

Futures Trading in Share market - FAQs

What is future option trading?

Futures and options are two derivative securities that allow traders to buy or sell an underlying asset at a defined price. If the trader holds a buy position, the price rises, and if he holds a sell position, the price falls.

How will a futures trade work?

A futures contract trades on an exchange, where one party agrees to buy a given quantity of securities or a commodity and take delivery on a particular date. The seller party of the contract agrees to provide it.

How can I buy futures?

There are various exchanges that trade futures, and you buy them from there directly.

Is a future better than stocks?

While futures trading has its own set of hazards, there are some advantages to trading futures over stock trading. Greater leverage, reduced trading expenses, and longer trading hours are among the benefits.

What style of trading is the safest?

Options trading is regarded as one of the safest types of investment because it allows you to control the price of a stock or capitalize on the price movement of any other asset without really owning it.

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