Opportunity and Risk: An Educational Guide to Trading Futures and Options on Futures
For nearly a century and a half, futures markets have fulfilled an important economic
function: providing an efficient and effective mechanism for the management of price risks. Beginning with agricultural futures
contracts traded on the Chicago Board of Trade in 1865, the U.S. futures markets now list an everexpanding number of instruments,
including metals, energy, financial instruments, foreign currencies, stock indexes, prediction markets and event futures.
Additionally, the industry introduced trading in options on futures contracts in 1982.
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