IB is fine - costs are low - choice of products is tremendous.
The opening of an account is a hassle (too many forms) and some
are afraid of the high margins especially with futures.
Those higher margins are ok to prevent traders from gambling.
The platforms are a standalone trading environment (TWS) and
the browser based webtrader. The charting facilities are not
great but complicate.
For the scalpers the booktrader might be an ideal tool though.
If one has to relay on charting with many more than 2 indicators
a chart package is highly recommended.
Fortunately the charts can be linked to IB and trades out of the
charts are accepted for a wide range of charting programs.
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This week we can see some strange patterns in the Dax pricing:
No normal orders and volumes but some bigger players coming in during the last days
before triple witch on friday. They are getting out of their June future positions and
push price in the desired direction.
This morning we could see a special action to push price near the 10K position.
Volume over 12K in the first 30 minutes is an extreme number...
The June contract does still have a lot of volume while the September contract is slowly
getting stronger now. My normal change of contract is normally on Thursday before triple witch.
It does not mean a lot as my wednesday trade with the "old" contract" is the last one
So have a look at the chart here to understand the bull/bear actions with higher volume
to bring the price into a certain area of importance before half year numbers:
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Some important movements on end June and first weeks could bring in
some good volatility and on the traded days good points.
Looking back to last year these weeks were very good: 350+ points in 2 weeks
Horizon here now: price rising up to 10333 and falling back again.
Would be nice to see last years results.
From second week in July the volume might go drastically back which prevents
from entering with the normal rules.
Have a great weekend
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After the triple witch today the first day of the september contract alone started with
a big down during IB 30 minutes of 120 points.
The interesting moment was 09:15 when some big players dumped within 5 minutes
nearly 8000 contracts which is more in these 5 minutes than during the first 30 minutes
all contracts together.
So we will see for sure some interesting development during the next 2 weeks.
Planning the trade carefully as well as the stops is crucial.
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