What it is:

Futures markets are places (exchanges) to buy and sell futures contracts. There are several futures exchanges. A futures exchange or futures market is a central financial exchange where people can trade standardized futures contracts; that is, a contract to buy specific quantities of a commodity or financial instrument at a specified price with delivery set at a specified time in the future.

How it works

A futures contract is a financial contract giving the buyer an obligation to purchase an asset(and the seller an obligation to sell an asset) at a set price at a future point in time.

A futures contract is an agreement to buy or sell an asset at a future date at an agreed-upon price. All those funny goods you’ve seen people trade in the movies — orange juice, oil, pork bellies! — are futures contracts.

Futures contracts are standardized agreements that typically trade on an exchange. One party agrees to buy a given quantity of securities or a commodity, and take delivery on a certain date. The selling party to the contract agrees to provide it.

Commodities represent a big part of the futures-trading world, but it’s not all about hogs, corn, and soybeans. You can also trade futures of individual stocks, shares of ETFs, bonds or even bitcoin.

How to trade futures

It’s relatively easy to get started trading futures. Open an account with a broker that supports the markets you want to trade. A futures broker will likely ask about your experience with investing, income and net worth. These questions are designed to determine the amount of risk the broker will allow you to take on, in terms of margin and positions.

Some sites will allow you to open up a virtual trading account. You can practice trading with “paper money” before you commit real dollars to your first trade. This is an invaluable way to check your understanding of the futures markets and how the markets, leverage, and commissions interact with your portfolio. If you’re just getting started, we highly recommend spending some time trading in a virtual account until you’re sure you have the hang of it.
Even experienced investors will often use a virtual trading account to test a new strategy. Depending on the broker, they may allow you access to their full range of analytic services in the virtual account.

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I'm Aneet Tiwari, I am sharing an article about an overview of the Future Market. Here is more information on the Free Trading Tips and Free Nifty Trading Tips.