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Forex or Futures Trading

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Elk River, MN
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker/Data: Amp Futures/Zen-Fire
Favorite Futures: ES
Posts: 30 since Sep 2009
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Sorry I should have made that clear. I use metatrader to execute my trades on this broker. I still use Gain on Ninjatrader for additional charting and because I don't like programming indicators for Metatrader.

The reason they can support hedging is precisely why they don't belong to regulatory agencies, which is not cheap and that cost is passed on to the trader anyway. They do limit leverage to about 200:1 which is more than reasonable. All in all I like their business model.

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Platform: Hit the Bid!
Posts: 44 since Jun 2009
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personally id trade futures unless $$ is a factor then trade FX but make sure you're using an ecn MBTrading ($400 acc min) or ducksacopy in switzerland (5K acc min) are both good choices.

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San Diego, Calif. USA
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: ninja trader
Favorite Futures: EUR/USD
Posts: 33 since Oct 2011
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MBTrading for forex

I actually switched from futures to forex because I could get paid to place trades. I am a scalper and place A LOT of trades going for very tiny moves over and over again. MB trading pays me a dollar per hundred k, so the net effect is that I pay NO commissions.

The flip side is that the leverage is way better in futures, so if you are comfortable trading big lots, your margin will be far less in futures (approx $500 per 125K --on Mirus--vs. about $2500 in forex for $100k)...

Good luck!

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I would like to get feedback on whether it is better to trade the forex or the futures markets. I have found in the past with forex trading you are really trading against SCAM brokers who steal your money, (their buisness model is designed this way). It seems you are placed in a sand pit and constantly preyed upon by these brokers. Common tricks are, if you are in profit the spread will widen to take your money, stop hunting is rife and slippage the norm. If I am correct in my thinking the futures markets have a centralised exchange, hence you are no longer trading in a sand pit, however there are restrictions.

Could I please have feedback regarding what markets to trade and what brokers allow for profitable trading.


I would recommend forex trading. The spreads on ECN forex brokers are much less than futures. It is also better for smaller traders because of the no minimum lot margin rule in forex.

Edit...I see this post is from 2009...

"A Jedi's strength flows from the force."
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