Paper trade accounts surface when traders prefer not to make exchanges using real money. Some experts say you need to set up an account that is specific to it, but some will also tell you that setting up a paper trade can be as simple as having yourself a designated notepad to track your transactions and record charts.
However, before you even think of whether or not it is highly necessary to set up a professionally done or do it yourself paper trade tracker, you must first determine what you plan to trade on. In trading commodity futures, there are a number of options you can choose from.
These include sugar, corn, live cattle, wheat, soybeans, coffee or cocoa, gold and even silver. Some currency trading old timers will say that corn is a good commodity to start with because the corn market is generally predictable and the margins are not too high. You can replace corn with wheat, as they basically move and trade the same way and, sometimes, in conjunction to one another.
If you’re thinking about getting into the meat market, live cattle could be another good start as it is considered the safest among the meats. However, there are traders that urge against it because they often result in massive ranges.
Large ranges are what you should try to avoid when trading commodity futures, because the risk of losing is wider.
Examples of commodities with wide ranges are cotton, sugar and soybeans. While sugar was once dubbed as a choice commodity trading product because there is minimal risk to getting into it, current market conditions surrounding it are not so healthy as before and might lead to confusion.
When you’re trying to set up a paper trade account with commodities, it is recommended that you start with the lower margin markets, especially if you’re just a small trader.
To be able to properly monitor your account, as small traders are advised to simply take the notebook approach, it is best to limit your trades to around 6 to 8. Placing a cap on the number of items you are trading will save you from future headaches and prevent you from losing too much of your money.
While it is true that the more money you have, the greater the number of trading options that are open to you, it is still better to be safe than sorry. If you’re a first-time trader, you’d better take the safe route in so the burn won’t be as bad. After all, you’re just starting to learn the ropes so splurging on a major investment should be on your agenda at this point.
Trading commodity futures is quite risky, but it is probably one of the safest ways to enter the trading industry. While we can’t really predict the direction markets will move days, weeks and months from now, a good head on our shoulders, common sense and intelligent inferences will be able to save us from substantial failures.
You don’t have to enter commodity futures trading with a bang. Start small, taking one careful step at a time.
Past performance is not indicative of future results. The risk of loss in trading futures contracts or commodity options can be substantial, and therefore investors should understand the risks involved in taking leveraged positions and must assume responsibility for the risks associated with such investments and for their results.