We now know the 4 different types of futures contracts, where the futures contracts are traded and when the futures contracts are traded. Now, we will study the volumes of futures contract traded.
Futures Contract with High Volume
We are specifically looking for futures contracts with huge volume.
This is because, as retail traders, we are going to be buying or selling 1-2 contracts at any time. With limited capital, we are most likely not to be holding the contracts for very long and will be looking for opportunities to get out with a profit as soon as possible.
For any futures contract with huge volume, we can get in and out easily. That is, there will always be ready buyers and sellers for the futures contract we have in hand. Another advantage is that the difference in price between the buying and selling price will be minimal. For example, we bought a contract at $1.1000, and if we want to sell immediately, we can sell at $1.099 and not $1.050.
The above are the volumes of currency, index, bond and soft commodities futures contracts traded at CME. The contracts are sorted according from the greatest volume to the least volume. We will be looking at the top 3 for each category.
The above are the volumes of DJIA, soft commodities and bond futures contracts traded at CBOT.
The above are the volume of commodities futures contracts traded at COMEX, ICE and NYMEX.
From these 3 tables above, for currencies, we are looking at PESO, EUR, and AUD.
For indexes, we are looking at NASDAQ, Nikkei, and S&P500, though I would say that the volumes for indexes are smaller.
For soft commodities, we are looking at live cattle, lean hog, corn, soybeans, wheat, sugar, cocoa and cotton.
For hard commodities, we are looking at gold, crude oil, natural gas and gasoline.
For bonds, we are looking at eurodollars, t-notes and t-bonds. This group has such high volumes. With such high volumes, the prices are generally stable and movements are not so pronounced.
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