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All Things Futures.....

First off, I'm not exactly sure which forum to post the following questions / comments,
since my questions have all of the above mentioned..... Agricultural, Energy, Metals, Indexes

Here are my questions ( and Thanks in advance to anyone for there help ).....

1. Regarding the following Foreign futures Indexes.....
FTSE100, Euro STOXX 50, CAC40, BUND, BOBL, as well as the Shanghai ( SHCOMP ) and Hong Kong ( HSI )
Can someone please tell me which Brokerages or if there's a single Broker that offers all of the above mentioned Indexes ?

2. There any way to guard against, i.e. have a Protective stop , that is just outside of your regular stop, in the case that a Limit Up/ Down occurs ?

Is there a way to see when a Limit Up / Down has occurred on a per Future basis ?

3. There a way to get real time Data from all of the Major Markets...... CME, ICE, Eurex, CBOE, etc...
at a Flat Monthly fee, instead of having to pay for each individually, which can really add up

4. Margin requirement wise... When it shows Initial Margin as well as the Intraday Margin..... Do yu have to have the Initial ( say $3,000 ) + the Intraday ( say $300 ) = $3,300 in your account to place the trade , and maintain this $3,300 in your account for the duration of the trade

5. Initial Margin is basically " Over Night " Margin correct ?

6. I noticed that on the SoyBean mini contract ( XK ) , the chart is dicey and does Not have smooth price action ( even on the Daily and Weekly chart )
But the regular SoyBean contract ( ZS )'s chart , has clean and smooth price action via it's charts.
My question is..... If you get a trade entry off of the ZS chart(s) , would it be " Smart " to place a trade via the XK contract .... since they mimic each other almost tick for tick ?

7. Just a curiosity question.... But why do Wheat ( ZW ), Corn ( ZC ) , Oats ( ZO ) have such a high dollar value on a per .01 cent move ( $50 ) and $5,000 on a per $1 move

Same thing for RBOB and Heating Oil , have a $1 move being worth $42,,000 ?
Even the mini versions of these two Futures, have $1 moves worth $21,000

This makes it impossible for someone like me to ever to trade these, as even putting in a stop loss at ,10 cents would be a risk of $500

8. In Futures / Commodities trading.... what is " Rollover " and " Re-adjust ) mean ?
And are there Brokers that will Automatically do this for you ?

9. A question regarding SPAN ..... Is there a way to get " Reduced Margin " using SPAN to trade the Futures outright,
just as you can get the reduced margin using SPAN to trade credit spreads on Options ?

Thanks again for all of the help and advice/insight
I really appreciate it - Michael

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1. Regarding the following Foreign futures Indexes.....
FTSE100, Euro STOXX 50, CAC40, BUND, BOBL, as well as the Shanghai ( SHCOMP ) and Hong Kong ( HSI )
Can someone please tell me which Brokerages or if there's a single Broker that offers all of the above mentioned Indexes ?

There are many brokers that offer all those contracts with the exception of Shanghai. The China futures market is not open to foreign traders yet. You have to be a Chinese citizen and open a trading account with a Chinese broker to trade it or be a China domiciled company to open it. The CSRC is planning to let foreigners have access, but its China and they open their markets slowly.

HSI - Hang Seng Futures can be traded through many FCMs. Since you can't trade the Shanghai Composite you can always trade the H-shares futures contract in the HKFE. Also another contract that has started a few years ago is the SGX China A50 futures contract. You should be able to trade the Hang Seng, Hshares and SGX A50 through most major FCMs. My broker offers all those as well as Europe and US. But they are an FCM based out of Singapore, I trade with them because I lived there for 10 years and I know many of the people in that company. But there are some in the US that offer all those contracts, you just have to look for them. I think Interactive Brokers offers pretty much everything under the sun.

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