Learn How to Determine Trade Size | How to Do Futures

Dec 10, 2020

By Frank Kaberna


The keys to sizing up your trades can take your favorite strategies to the next level. Futures are more capital-efficient than stocks, but their complex design and large size have kept modern traders from adopting them for speculative and risk management needs. Learn how to size your trades in everything from stocks and bond to commodities and currencies using futures, shares, and options in our seminar on Trade Size, part of our How to Do Futures video series.


0:00 How to do Futures

2:40 Trade Size Overview

7:25 Three Types of Trade Size

10:30 Fixed Traders

11:50 Margin for the Smalls

12:40 Portfolio Allocation Example 1

15:18 Dynamic Traders

19:25 Portfolio Allocation Example 2

21:12 Hybrid Traders

22:30 Portfolio Allocation Example 3

23:35 Strategy Overview

24:50 Defining Short-Term Price Action

26:00 Defining Long-Term Price Action

27:15 Trading Short-Term Opinions

28:10 Trading Long-Term Opinions

29:05 Trade Size Traps to Avoid

32:05 Avoiding Trap 1: Overconfidence

33:30 Avoiding Trap 2: Holding Grudges

35:00 Avoiding Trap 3: Inconsistency

36:00 Using the Smalls

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