YM purchase

Discussion in 'Index Futures' started by gohstrader, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. Okay, I'm continueing my quest to someday be able to trade the YM. I feel that if I educate myself I will be able to understand better how I lose my money lol.

    Anyway, in the pic on the Buy line I have chosen 1 contract Buy @Limit @ 12562.00. If I were to buy, I am purchasing 1 contract (100) at what cost???


  2. nkhoi

    nkhoi Moderator

    activate IB paper account , sell/buy 1 contract and see what happen for yourself.
  3. $5 is the multiplier(5 bucks a tick). I would learn all about a product before I start trading it.
    www.cbot.com is a good place to start
  4. Right click, select "contract info". It will show you a multiplier of $5.

    But, the other posters are right--read everything you can about the contract you wish to trade on CBOT (or CME or NYMEX or NYBOT or...) before you trade anything.
  5. i agree that you need to do a LOT more research before trading futures. with that in mind...

    futures are not the same as stocks. stocks are a thing, a piece of a company. futures contracts are agreements

    when you buy a stock, you pay the value (current price) of the stock. you can use margin with up to 3/4 of the value (and pay interest to your broker in doing so), but you pay the full value

    that is not the case with futures. you put down a good faith deposit when you buy or sell the contract, which depending on the broker is around $500 to $2000 (intraday).

    however, the VALUE of the contract is (in the case of the dow), the price of the futures contract * 5 = so, if you are putting down 1500 you are controlling a 60,000 contract.

    futures also, are always marked to market at the end of day.

    study up on this stuff
  6. Thanks alot guys