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What's the best Future product for trading

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It depends.

Which instrument is more comfortable for you to trade?

What is easier or not is the wrong approach. I think what is natural and comfortable for your trading is a more appropriate question.

For example, I like fast, volatile price action on a regular basis. NQ provides me this. I like to scalp NQ and CL, and sometimes swing trade CL. I love the volatility on NQ that it actually fits my personality more than something like ES or ZN.

Personally, I find NQ a lot more volatile than ES, but this does not mean than NQ is any more risky or easier/harder than ES. They are completely different instruments.

ES is hard for me. I hate the price action and movements. I can't seem to read it well with my gut and experience. So, I don't trade it.

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Well, I think there is no 'easy' market or instrument. Since every market has its own specific behaviour and 'character', you need to check out which instrument fits best to your trading style and psyche.

So, if there would be an 'easy' market to trade, everyone would do it....

I couldn't agree more with this statement.

It's all about the trader's interaction with the character of the futures instrument. This should be the factor that brings someone to trade something. Not whether one is "easier" than the other because this is besides the point.

The question that every trader should ask and reflect on is "What instrument do I trade best on? What instrument do I make the best judgements on? What instrument feels the best for me?"

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easier or better does not exist in this case... they are all potentially difficult depending on the moment. Consider that they are now completely driven by algorithms and the traps are always lurking right where you think it is ideal to open a position or place a stop. For sure if we talk about speed NQ will tend to be the fastest. I advise you to stay on the micro markets and leave the minis for a reasonably long time.

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Most people start with ES because itís highly liquid and moves smoothly. Iím a beginner and thatís where Iím starting.

The common viewpoint is that NQ is more volatile and less forgiving, making it harder for beginners.

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In the beginning, when looking at the equity index futures, I viewed YM and RTY as better for me because the tick value gradations are finer than NQ and ES. I thought of a slow day, or where some situation might arise where the ES or NQ might not let me get out of a trade with a bit of a win (or be adverse to a larger degree) due to their .25 tick minimums.

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This is an interesting discussion which always seems to bring out different answers. At least when it relates to which instrument is better of ES / NQ.

My answer is that the easiest market is the one you've studied the most and learned to understand as each instrument have their particular behavior. NQ is a thinner instrument than ES and as such can move faster and further. This can be an advantage, but it can also be a disadvantage.

There are periods/days where ES barely moves and NQ puts in some very nice swing meanwhile.

Personally, I focus on ES, but I'm learning NQ as well these days.

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