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Futures Trading Terms
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1. Scalper A trader who trades for small, short-term profits during the course of a trading session, rarely carrying a position overnight. =National Futures Association
2. Segregated Account A special account used to hold and separate customers’ assets from those of the broker or firm. =National Futures Association
3. Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) Self-regulatory organizations (i.e., the futures exchanges and National Futures Association) enforce minimum financial and sales practice requirements for their members. See also: More…
4. Settlement Price The last price paid for a futures contract on any trading day. Settlement prices are used to determine open trade equity, margin calls and invoice prices for deliveries. =National More…
5. Short One who has sold futures contracts or plans to purchase a cash commodity (e.g., a food processor). =National Futures Association
6. Speculator A market participant who tries to profit from buying and selling futures and options contracts by nticipating future price movements. Speculators assume market price risk and add More…
7. Spot Usually refers to a cash market price for a physical commodity that is available for immediate delivery. =National Futures Association
8. Spot Month See also: Nearby Delivery Month =National Futures Association
9. Spreading The simultaneous buying and selling of two nrelated markets or commodities in the expectation that a profit will be made when the position is offset. =National Futures Association
10. Stop Order An order that becomes a market order when the futures contract reaches a particular price level. A sell stop is placed below the market, a buy stop is placed above the market. More…
11. Strike Price The price at which the buyer of a call (put) option may choose to exercise his right to purchase (sell) the underlying futures contract. Also called Exercise Price. =National Futures More…
12. Swap In general, the exchange of one asset or liability for a similar asset or liability for the purpose of lengthening or shortening maturities, or raising or lowering coupon rates, to More…

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