This post is for novices: I was novice myself 8 years ago. At that time I was not interested in stock market at all except in 1987 when the market crashed and I promised myself that one day I will try to understand this. But apart from that I didn't even know how to buy or sell a stock. Then one day I was contacted by a german broker although I lived in France. And they told me that there were opportunities in the deutschmark/dollar futures market. They appeared to be very serious and gave me a lot of details about economics reasons and they assured me that they have the best tools to trade. they asked me to give them about 6000$ and I did it. 15 days later they lost 50% of my account and I asked for my money back but they tried to delay and I recover my money only after 2 months. Since then I decided to enter this market myself and to alert novices. Futures is the best opportunities in the world but if you believe the marketing of brokers you are dead !