Hey guys Im a total noob to futures and have been doing a lot of study in the hopes of feeling comfortable enough to open a account and start trading futures. I have experience with the commodity markets, trading precious metals, but not with futures. I have made a fair amount of money in the metals and I am looking to branch out to trading CL. Iv'e found a fairly simple strategy that Im pretty sure would make money. I, however, do not want to take the risk that would be associated with taking outright posistions. If I do this I will be starting with a small account size most likely 10k. I was wondering how well do bull (long front/short back) and bear spreads act in correlation with the outrights? Would I be an idiot for assuming I can trade a spread in substitute for the outright? Would the liquidity of the back contracts kill me with the small account?