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How Traders Measure Liquidity

David Lerman, Senior Director of Education at CME Group

By Dave Lerman The investment community usually defines a liquid investment as something that can be easily turned into cash. Selling a house is an example of an illiquid investment.  It could take weeks or months to close on the transaction and receive your money.  Stocks, however, tend to be very liquid because they can ...

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History of Futures Trading

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History of Futures Trading The first recorded instance of futures trading occurred with rice in 17th Century Japan, there is some evidence that there may also have been rice futures traded in China as long as 6,000 years ago. Futures trading is a natural outgrowth of the problems of maintaining ...

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Futures contracts vs. Forward contracts

FUTURES VS FORWARDS

Futures contracts vs. Forward contracts A futures contract,  often referred to as futures, is a standardized version of a forward contract that is publicly traded on a futures exchange (CME, LME etc.). Like a forward contract, a futures contract includes an agreed upon price and time in the future to ...

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Futures

Morgan Stanley further exits physical commodities business CME Group plans to launch a London-based Cocoa contract within the next year Coffee futures move higher as Brazil supply forecast lowered Gold futures climb above $1,306/oz on Comex EIA Natural Gas Inventory: -57 bcf vs. consensus of -54 bcf and -48 bcf ...

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Oil price below $105

October crude oil fell $1.72, or 1.6%, to settle at $104.67 a barrel, its lowest close since August 21. The contract, which expired at the close of trade on the New York Mercantile Exchange, lost 3.3% for the week. The spread between Nymex WTI crude and Brent crude traded in ...

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Gold rallies as dollar sinks

Gold for August delivery (CNS:GCQ3) climbed $39.40, or 3.2%, to $1,286.60 an ounce in electronic trade. The signal that the Fed will likely maintain an accommodative policy stance boosted gold prices, as quantitative easing by the Fed and other central banks worldwide has been seen as supporting a rally in ...

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CFTC is investigating potential manipulation of interest rate contracts

The US regulator has issued subpoenas related to the benchmark for swaps

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