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Old May 2nd, 2015, 01:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for a Directional type strategy to....

allow me to stay in a trade on the ES, TF, YM, CL, GC, ZC, CT ( any and all of the Futures basically )

I analyze and keep track of all of the Futures on a day to day basis
The problem for me is.... I will enter a trade when that particular Future's market is open, But then, I'll have to close out of that same position due to the costs fr " Overnight " Margin

I am trying to find a strategy that will allow me to trade all of the different Futures markets, and be able to swing trade and stay in these trades from anywhere from a few days, a few weeks, and even Months at a time ( a swing / directional) type strategy

I realize that I could just buy 2 -4 month out till expiration regular Long calls and puts via ATM strikes on the SPY ( for the ES ), DIA ( for the YM ) , QQQ (for the NQ ) , USO ( for CL ), GAZ ( for NG ), GDX ( for GC ), etc..

I'm looking for an alternative to the forementioned Stocks I could trade to " replicate " my wanting t trade the Futures markets directly.... as close a possible.

The problem is, is there aren't really any Stocks or ETFs that have enough Volume , as well as enough Liquidity to trade the equivalent of .... Cotton, Platinum, Oats, Wheat, Heating Oil , Orange Juice, The Bond markets, etc.

I really appreciate any and all help from fellow traders and members
I have heard of NADEX and even demoed it a few times, but the problem there is...... is that you can only trade the BullCall spreads intraday, and can't hold them overnight

Thanks so much - Michael

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Old May 3rd, 2015, 04:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I could suggest you to give a look to CFD. You pay higher costs of transaction but you can choose the exosure you want on the market.

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Old May 3rd, 2015, 07:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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allow me to stay in a trade on the ES, TF, YM, CL, GC, ZC, CT ( any and all of the Futures basically )

* Get more capital.
* Trade smaller sizes.
* Trade less instruments.
* Trade intra-instrument spreads (which will significantly reduce margin).

I recommend looking into the last one (won't really apply for indexes though) which can still be directional but it won't be trading the outright.

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