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Futures and Wash Sales?

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Vancouver WA
Posts: 13 since Jun 2017
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Thanks for the reply Anthony!

If I'm understanding the ICE document it's addressing a scenario where a participant simultaneously buys/sells a contract. So, different than the type of wash sale I was thinking of with a stock where you have the 30 day wash sale window after a loss.

After some more Googling I found this on Investopedia:

Excluded from the wash sale rules are:

Any loss arising from a section 1256 contract, which includes regulated futures contracts, foreign currency contracts, nonequity options, dealer equity option, or dealer securities futures contract.


While futures traders do not have to worry about the wash-sale rules, option traders are not as fortunate.

It seems that if I'm just trading in a single account and not taking simultaneous offsetting positions then I wouldn't be committing wash sales of any sort.

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