This question was sent to me from one of our students: âHey Joe! I sometimes feel guilty about my trading. Is trading a sin?â No, trading is not a sin, but trading without knowing what you are doing can lead to a lot of problems. Trading in and of itself is not considered as gambling. The futures markets exist as a venue in which hedgers are able to âpurchaseâ price insurance. The ability to hedge is the economic and social justification for the futures markets. However, gambling is considered to be foolish. Trading without adequate knowledge of the markets and self is foolish because by doing so you are gambling. There is a certain amount of self-knowledge needed to choose the proper trading method. It has even been suggested that many small traders in the futures market, without knowing it, secretly want to lose. They jump in with high hopes - but feeling vaguely guilty. Guilty over 'gambling' with the family's money, guilty over trying to get 'something for nothing,' or guilty over plunging in without really having done much research or analysis. Then they punish themselves, for these or other sins, by selling out, demoralized, at a loss.