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Is there inherently more opportunity in smaller markets?

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Hello. When it comes to retail traders like us, is it most wise to pick a market that is smaller in volume? It seems from the Chat with Traders podcasts, a lot of guys who are solo seem to be most successful by trading niche markets like US small-cap stocks for example.

Do you think it is inherently more difficult to find an edge with the ES, than say, a nano-cap sector? Simply because the big boys cannot clip as much as they could in ES? I understand that they probably are also running algos on small equities, but they can't come in with massive size.

From my experience trading, it seems like I do better in areas where there are more retail guys around, and do worse when I try my hand at the ES/CL/etc.

I have honestly made more money trading options on equities than I have trading futures, and I would say I spend 90% of my time looking at futures... 10% with options.

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Maybe you are over trading the 90% markets

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It depends on your strategy. Maybe your strategy involves arbitraging the difference between two related instruments. Or perhaps it involves market making techniques where you're just trying to profit from the spread. Then yes having a smaller newer market with less competition could be favorable to your strategy.

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