I've been trading futures for 3 months, I found myself is fit to trade them. The spreads are tight and solid(normally) . One thing that seems not so good is the margin require a little bit too high, for example, /ES ~about $6000, /CL~about $3000...But on the opposite side it comes out with a good thing: this high maintain margin makes me avoid the over trading. I trade CFDs at the same time, but I don't like it gradually. The spreads always expand and the overnight interest is too high. One advantage is the maintain margin is much lower than futures. I'm from Asia and have an account at TD Ameritrade. I usually use 3 timeframes to analyze the market: Weekly chart for finding the Key support and resistance; Daily chart for looking at the mid-term trend and 8 hour chart for setting my entry and exit point. So I check the charts 2 times per day: 1 a.m.(EST) and 9 a.m(EST), my timezone is +8. I don't trade under 8 hour chart not even 4 hour chart, because once I trade 4 hour chart ,it means I must check the charts 5 times per day (start from 9 p.m EST to 1 p.m EST) and that makes me exhausted. Love to study from guys and share ideas to each other. Happy trading!