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What are futures markets?

Futures markets are also called futures exchanges. Traders use futures exchanges to hedge against price volatility and speculate on the future prices of stock indexes, currencies, commodities, interest rates and other assets. A futures contract is a contract to exchange a particular security at a specific price on a specific future date.

What are Forex futures?

Forex futures are standardized futures contracts to buy or sell currency at a set date, time, and contract size. Futures contracts are publicly traded, non-customizable (standardized in their specified contract size and settlement procedures) and guaranteed against credit losses by an intermediary known as a clearinghouse.

What is a futures contract?

Futures contracts are made in an attempt by producers and suppliers of commodities to avoid market volatility. These producers and suppliers negotiate contracts with an investor who agrees to take on both the risk and reward of a volatile market.

Are futures markets open 24 hours a day?

One of the biggest pros of futures markets is that they are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Unlike the stock and options markets, futures markets are always open for business. Futures markets are also relatively easy and inexpensive for the average trader to access.

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