Good advice given so far overall. I can tell you about money managers with 8 figure accounts that put CL at the end of theit trading preferability scale for many differeent reasons. There is absolutely no reason to want to trade it as a beginner or intermediate. I would also stay from thick markets like ES.
I recommend NQ, YM and TF. That ought to be plenty. You could add the grains like soybean, wheat and corn.
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I used to be in the same situation as you, traded Forex mostly until i got really upset by the ridiculously stupid Price action and its slowness. Also im not a huge fan of unregulated markets.
Anyways friends of mine from another forum started to post CL and Index trades on CFD Brokers and the priceaction caught my attention. The GREAT thing about crude is that its so volatile. I know many people don't like this, but if you like to be in and out of trades within minutes and or scalp ticks then crude is the way to go. A 1 Minute chart on Crude will give you so many opportunities to trade .. you can basically do it all day. Which is great if you understand crude and have monitored it for quite a while. Because if you do not absolutely understand EVERY detail of what is happening then you will get .. for the lack of a better term: Raped.
I disagree with some of the posters here in their expressed opinions, you can trade crude with stops as tight as 5-10 ticks. I trade crude with my average stop being 10 ticks and my average takeprofit being 10-15 ticks. But it requires great practice... it really does and if you are new to futures i would definitely recommend you get acquainted with something that isnt as "volatile".
As for the Disaster Scenarios people elaborate here with losing 50 ticks in seconds... well not that i want to step on anyones shoes but you have to be really stupid or have a really large account balance to enter trades during the very specific news announcements when crude moves. I trade Crude from 9-12 and from 14:45-17:00 and then from 18:00-21:00 i avoid inventories and high impact news environments like its the plague.
Either way its very unlikely to loose that many ticks in a surge movement unless you are prepared for it, and if you are able to read PA (crude has very specific movements though) this shouldn't happen.
Either way most people are telling you the right thing (stay away from crude) but for the wrong reasons, if you are a intraday small timeframe trader or scalper then go for it especially if you can take 10-20 tick stops, if you cant stick to slower instruments.
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