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Futures Trading Summit: Nov. 15-16, 2006, Las Vegas

Best Market & Best Tools Work Together for Great Trading Results

Name: Afshin Taghechian

Company: Traders International

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Best market to trade + Best tools to trade with =
Trading Success

Successful traders know that you need to be trading the right market and using the right tools, if you really want to achieve great trading results. E-mini stock index futures offer the market you need to be trading, and Trader’s International provides you the proven tools you can use to turn your trades into a success.

E-mini stock index futures offer the best market for successful traders

No other market in the world offers everything that e-mini stock index futures trading delivers! Liquidity, Volatility, and Leverage, combined with a Low Cost, Fast Electronic Market.

Deep Liquidity – huge worldwide volume every day ensures you that you can get in and out of the market easily to quickly capture your profits and limit your losses.

High Volatility – the market needs to move for you to profit, and e-mini index futures give you the opportunity to generate great trades buying or selling the market.

High Leverage – the e-mini stock indexes offer you a great leverage, and e-mini index futures allow you to maximize the results you can generate in a more affordable way compared to stock market.

Fully Electronic – 100 percent electronic order execution platform connects the e-mini trader – broker – exchange, giving you the fast, reliable, and open market you can trust.

Low Cost - No need to pay high commissions when you can trade a liquid, active, and electronic market for incredibly low fees.

Trader’s International gives you the tools used by professional traders to capture the huge
E-mini index futures opportunity.

Trading success comes from trading the market that offers the best profit potential using a simple, proven, and consistent trading method to capitalize on that potential. TI gives you the tools to learn to trade this market successfully and generate great results.

Simple to Learn and Use – Today’s successful traders respond quickly when the market moves. You can’t get caught flat footed when you need to act. Your trading method has to be easy to follow, giving you clear market indications, based on proven patterns so that your mind is on the market and not the system.

Highly Accurate – Nothing matters in your trading more than making the right trade in the first place when the market gives you the chance. You need a method that combines the legendary "high-probability patterns" known to experienced traders, with simple, yet powerful, technical analysis. A method that gives you the natural tendency of the market and where trading opportunities exist.

Highly Reliable – Success comes when the method you are following is identifying those opportunities with regularity. Your goal is to make money consistently, so you need tools that have been tested and proven by many successful traders to generate profits.

Comprehensive Trader Teaching & Mentoring – Training, education, and mentoring from experienced traders is the core of the TI program. Comprehensive, easy to follow materials, in a variety of effective forms, are fully supported through online mentoring during the live market, to help you trade successfully.

Come See It Live

Join us online for a FREE, live market e-mini trading seminar so you can see for yourself how easy it is to learn the methodology, and how comprehensive an education we will provide to you on your pathway to profits.

In our FREE 90-minute trading seminar you will experience how can achieve long-term success with short-term trading. Each day, multiple high potential trade opportunities occur. See for yourself how you can profit whether the market is moving up or down, using proven easy to understand trading methods.

e-mini stock index futures give you the best market to trade

In September 1997, the S&P 500 E-mini contracts were introduced by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, followed by their NASDAQ 100 and, finally, the E-mini Dow futures by CBOT in March 2002.

The advantages of trading these markets include the unique combination of high volatility, high liquidity, high leverage, and the ability to trade with 100 percent electronic order execution platforms, which negates the need for pit or floor broker involvement.

Add to that minimal slippage, tight spreads, no up tick rule, ability to short as easily as going long, absolutely no market research to do, much less time consuming than other markets, very low commissions, great short-term tax advantages, hedging opportunities, and these markets are fair and open so you are not worried about corruption, price manipulation, and insider trading.

The fact that the e-mini S&P has experienced explosive growth of more than 2000 percent in just a few years is no accident. A lot of traders are making the right choice for the best market to trade.

E-mini index futures price movement allows for significant and consistent results

The average price movement of the S&P 500 E-mini market is about 12 points per day and each point is worth $50 per point per contract. You can trade as many contracts as your margin account and financial temperament can handle. If you trade five contracts in a trade, for example, and gain just two points on that trade, you would gross $500/day. That's $10,000 a month or $120,000 per year, before commissions. The S&P E-mini index will typically move those two little points in about five minutes on average, which translates into an opportunity to make $500 in about five minutes.

Wait! That's a five to ten-percent return on investment in practically a blink. Can that be? Why do you think e-mini’s have been called "the most successful trading product ever launched in the financial industry?" To be fair, you can lose the same amount if the market goes against you. The key is using a system to manage the risk and increase the potential so you experience more winners than losers.

Achieving two points per day from a market that averages 12 points volatility a day should not be a difficult task - especially when you utilize a high probability trading strategy combined with sound money management techniques and a disciplined trading approach.

See for yourself how frequently trading opportunities are identified

Take a look at the one-minute chart of the S&P 500 (Figure 1), and you'll notice something. The vast majority of the time, the index moves up or down at least two points or more every five to 20 minutes. By setting the profit target at two points from your fill price, you have a very high-probability target to begin with based on price movement characteristics of the index. This type of price fluctuation provides excellent trading opportunities over and over again throughout the day.

FIGURE 1: One-Minute Chart of E-mini S&P 500

You can utilize a proven system to consistently make good trades in that market

To increase the odds in your favor, avoid over-trading, and filter out price noise, you can adopt a simple yet powerful trading methodology that seamlessly blends squeaky tight stops, highly accurate signals and a sound money management approach to achieve superb trading results.

The stop for such a method shouldn’t be more than two points. You should gain many more winners than losers with this trading method. Keep in mind that just tossing a coin should bring you about 50/50 chance on a long term basis if you use it as your trading strategy in order to determine your buy and sell trades. So the question is that by following proven trading techniques along with money management and risk control should you be able to increase the odds higher than 50/50 in your favor? Of course, the answer is yes but the question remains that what is the best way to accomplish that goal. In order to determine the buy and sell signals, you can use a stochastic and moving average with specific parameters in a one-minute chart. (TI provides the entire set up in training workshops that are conducted every week.) The two indicators are based on different formulas and are looking at the market from two different angles. Whenever they both confirm a certain move, it implies a high-potential trade.

Better results come from focusing on smaller, single time frames

Most traditional methods of trading utilize multiple time frame charts. The thinking is that the 1, 5, 15, 30 and 60-minute charts will give accurate signals when the charts confirm a certain price movement. The biggest disadvantage of those methods is how many opportunities are missed. For instance, if there is a four-point move total on a one-minute chart, you can get in and out of that move and make a couple of points from it with ease. But if you wait for a five-minute chart to confirm a 15-minute chart to confirm a 30-minute chart, etc., by the time they show the confirmation, guess what? The four-point move is over. Even if you use a single five-minute chart, 90 percent of the signals are never seen.

With multiple time frames, you miss many opportunities to catch the small movements that could be a substantial gain depending on how many contracts are being traded. Notice the simplicity of the chart shown in this article. It's clean and uncluttered. A single one-minute candlestick chart and two tuned indicators combine forces to seek out even the slightest moves in the market and let you turn them into quick in-and-out trades.

Predicting markets over long or multiple periods of time are just as difficult as predicting the weather for long periods. There are too many variables that can change that you cannot control.

When you use multiple time frame charts, you are trying to predict trends - some price the market will be at somewhere off in the future. An hour, a day, a week into the future...the farther out you go, the worse it gets, because you are trying to predict all the thousands of big and little events that will shape that future price.

But how about predicting the market direction for the next five minutes or so? What if you used the tremendous power of modern technical analysis to tell you that direction, and you let the natural tendency of the market itself tell you how far it would go in that direction? It's starting to make a lot of sense now, isn't it? You bet it does.

Combining best of breed pattern recognition with powerful technical analysis gives you the best signals.

Combining the legendary "high-probability patterns" with simple, yet powerful, technical analysis is the single most accurate way to determine the highest possible probability for buy and sell points in certain time frames of the day, with the best hours being the first and last two hours of the market.

Using this model, it is also possible to accurately detect those long, strong trends at their very earliest stage and trade in their direction. You can even trade counter trend, or in a sideways market.

Master the market and the method and control your financial destiny

Trading success is nothing more than finding the market that offers the greatest consistent profit potential and then adheres to an easy to understand, reliable, accurate and simple trading method that works for you. Mastering the method means you're in the driver’s seat. You're in total control of your trades and your financial destiny.

About Today's Author

Afshin Taghechian is one of today's most sought-after market based speakers and an internationally recognized educator and lecturer on all aspects of trading.

The founder of Traders and developer of the revolutionary TIMES trading method, he has spent many years studying advanced technical analysis and combines that with his extensive experience to develop unique methodologies that have proven to be effective for many trading professionals.

The TIMES method has been recognized as a top-ranked trading strategy by Stocks & Commodities magazine and has received the Editor's Choice award by Traders World magazine. Traders International is recognized as one of the leading trading education organizations and has trained thousands of traders worldwide in the past 8 years.

Mr. Taghechian has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and has been a contributor to many financial magazines. He has conducted trading seminars around the world, and has been interviewed by financial news programs on TV and featured by Investor’s Business Daily, Stocks & Commodities, Futures, Traders World, SFO and Buy, Sell & Hold magazines. Mr. Taghechian is well known for his live market trading seminars, which he conducts on a regular basis in real-time for current and prospective trading students. Mr. Taghechian comprehensively demonstrates to his audience how ideal trading vehicles like the E-Mini Stock Indexes are for generating consistent profitable returns. By going to you can register for a live market trading seminar and watch, listen and interact with him and the whole TI team. You will see for yourself how simple and powerful the program is to follow and why so many traders have successfully built their trading futures based on his teachings.  (Webcast: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2pm, EST)

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