Futures Trading Course

This online futures trading course will teach you how to trade futures. Learn about rules, charts, ticks, and strategies in our classes. This course is included with any Bullish Bears paid membership.

What You’ll Learn in Our Futures Trading Course

  • Basics of futures trading
  • Benefits of trading micro futures
  • Points and tick values
  • Futures trading hours
  • Notional value explained
  • How the initial margin works
  • How maintenance margin works
  • Choosing a futures broker
  • How to set up your futures charts
  • How to read tick charts
  • How to choose your tick
  • Searching for wedges, tops, and breakouts
  • How to use futures trading indicators
  • How to use the 20-bar EMA
  • How to do limit order scalping
  • The proper mindset when trading
  • How to trade the market open
  • How to trade breakouts
  • How to make money trading

Futures Trading Course Requirements

  • Get access by becoming a Bullish Bears monthly or yearly member
  • A solid desire to become a futures trader
  • An understanding that futures trading is risky and hard
  • Passionate about wanting to learn futures trading
  • Commitment to completing this futures trading course

Futures Trading Course Description

Our online futures trading course is designed to teach you the skills to become an independent futures trader. In this course, you’ll learn how to set your futures charts margin requirements, understand the COT report, indicators, and the most popular trading strategies, and prepare for live futures trading action. 

The Bullish Bears futures trading classes are tailored to give you the essential information to become a safe and effective futures trader. Still, it’s up to you to implement the knowledge that we teach you.

What else?

  • Access this futures trading course and all of our other trading courses as long as you are a member
  • Our futures trading classes will be updated with new content
  • You will gain access to the Bullish Bears options and futures trade room
  • You will gain access to the Bullish Bear’s live daily streams

Who this futures trading course is for

  • If you want to learn how to trade futures
  • If you are looking to become a serious futures trader
  • If you are looking for a perfect futures trading strategy, this course isn’t for you
  • If you are committed to completing our futures trading course and furthering your trading knowledge

What Is Futures Trading?

The futures market allows traders to trade several sectors in the stock market by purchasing contracts for specified products. These contracts are much less complicated than trading options but a little bit more complicated than trading shares of a specific stock. There’s a bit of jargon to learn. However, there are a lot less terms to learn than options.

When trading options, traders are entering into a legal agreement. There is both a buyer and seller. “Something” is being contracted. There are a few basic future terms that make up a contract. Terms include notional value, ticks, tick size, margin, points, and handles.

Notional value is the value or spot price of the underlying asset. It determines the value of the futures contract. With stocks, each move up in price is measured in dollars. In the future, each move up is called a point. So, 1 point = $1. 

Each underlying asset, such as /ES, /CL, /GC, moves in ticks. Each tick value is different based on the different assets. For instance, the /ES is measured in $0.25 ticks. So, four ticks make up a 1 point move. Each tick in the /ES is worth $12.50, so a 1-point move in the /ES is worth $50. If you have one contract and the futures move up or down 1 point ($1), you can make or lose $50 for each contract. We will teach you how all of this works in our futures trading course.

Am I on the Hook?

The great news is that you don’t have to take hold or deliver the product contracted with Futures. So, you don’t need truckloads of gold or oil delivered to your house, and you’re not responsible for delivering these commodities to someone else either. The futures market allows traders to trade products such as gold, oil, wheat, corn, and the overall market using contracts within their brokerage account.

Again, the great news is that your futures trading broker will handle everything for you automatically within your brokerage account. The process is very simple and nothing to worry about. There are some very important stipulations to be aware of, which we will teach and show you in our future course. The most important aspects of choosing the right broker include margin requirements, order execution, and how good their charts are.


There are nine different e-mini futures and micro futures categories that you can trade, and then different products under each category. 

The different stock indexes are /ES, /NQ, /RTY, /EMD, /YM, /NKD, /VX, /BTC, /MES, /MNQ, /M2K, /MYM, /MME, and the futures trading hours are 5 pm – 3:15 pm ct & 3:30 – 4 pm Sunday thru Friday, except for /BT which is 5 pm – 4 pm.

The interest rate symbols are /ZT, /ZF, /ZN, /TN, /ZB, /GE, /ZQ, /GLB, and/UB. The futures trading hours for interest rates are Sunday through Friday, 5 pm – 4 pm.

Metals symbols are /SIL, /GC, /SI, /HG, /MGC, /YG, /YI, /PL, and /PA. The futures hours for metals are Sunday through Friday, 5 pm – 4 pm. /YG and /YI have futures hours of 7 pm – 4 pm. 


Currency symbols are /6A, /6B, /6C, /M6A, /M6B, /M6E, /J7, /6E, /6J, /6M, /E7, /6N, /6S, /DX, and the futures hours are Sunday thru Friday 5 pm – 4 pm, except for /DX which is 7 pm – 4 pm.

Energy symbols are /BZ, /QG, /RB, /HO, /CL, /NG, and /QM. Trading hours are Sunday through Friday, 5 pm – 4 pm.

Grains are /ZC, /XC, /XW, /XK, /KE, /ZO, /ZS, /ZM, /ZL, /ZW. Hours are Sunday through Friday from 7 pm – 7:45 am and vary from 8:30 am – 1:20/1:45 pm.

Softs are /CC, /KC, /CT, /OJ, /SB. Futures hours vary on all of these.

Forest symbol is /LBS and trades Monday – Thursday 9 am – 4 pm and Friday 9 am – 1:55 pm.

Livestock symbols are /GF, /HE, and /LE, and trade Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 1:05 pm. 

Learn Micro Futures in Our Futures Trading Course

/MES is the ticker symbol for micro futures. It moves in $0.25 ticks just like the /ES, but the tick value differs. The tick value for micro futures is $1.25. Every 1-point move would be $5. So, each 1-point point move up or down would be the equivalent of a $5 gain or loss.

We can’t overstate our excitement for micro futures for several different reasons. They are a great way to practice trading futures before upgrading to the e-minis. Once your strategy is mastered, it’s much easier to migrate up to e-minis. The futures charts will remain identical, but the profits and losses will increase. We will show you what we mean in our futures trading course.

Another benefit of trading micros is that you no longer have to trade small-cap stocks. They are a fantastic way to grow a small account and practice becoming a trader. Again, the world of trading futures has opened up to most traders, no longer those with a large trading account.

Our recommendation is to practice paper trading futures first. Then, once you’ve mastered your strategy, start trading in a real account with /MES first and slowly scale your way up to the /ES once you feel comfortable.

Futures Trading Course Content


How to Setup Your Futures Charts

How to Read Tick Charts

How to Choose the Right Tick for You

How to Trade Wedges – Tops – Breakouts

How to Use the 20 Bar Exponential Moving Average Line

Futures Trading Indicators Explained


Understanding Futures Margin

How to Place Trades Using the DOM

Globex Futures Explained

Understanding the COT Report

How to Find Trades on Every Bar

How to Use Correct Position Sizing

40-60 World Explained

How to Place Futures Trades

Futures Testing and Practice Explained

How to Do Limit Order Scalping

How to Have the Proper Mindset When Trading

Don’t Listen to the Talking Heads

Stock Market 10-Year Outlook Broken Down


Popular Futures Trading Strategies

How to Trade the Failed Bear Flag

How to Trade the NQ

How to Trade the Cut N Reverse

How to Trade the Opening Range Breakout

How to Trade the 2Fer

How to Call Your Shots When Trading

How to Trade the Open

How to Trade Breakouts

Secret Futures Trading Strategies

How to Make Money in the Stock Market

Courses Included

Frequently Asked Questions

  • E-mini’s – most popular futures trading strategy
  • Micros – lower risk and lower reward
  • Trading breakouts and breakdown patterns
  • Dip buying
  • Opening range breakouts
  • Day trading futures contracts
  • Swing trading futures contracts
  • Failed bear flags
  • Cut N reverse
  • Take a futures trading course
  • Read popular books on trading futures
  • Learn what futures trading strategy fits you best
  • Fund a brokerage account
  • Be aware of margin restrictions
  • Interact with other futures traders in a trade room
  • Practice trading futures in a paper account
  • Scale your way up with real money
  1. TradeStation
  2. Tradovate
  3. NinjaTrader
  4. TD Ameritrade
  5. Infinity Futures

The best way to learn futures trading is in a course and trade room. A course will teach you the knowledge about the different strategies. Then, a futures trading room will teach you how to trade them live in real time. Futures trading strategies are a great way to grow small and large trading accounts. E-mini futures are the most popular to trade. However, micro futures are a hot commodity in the market. Micro-futures allow traders to trade with a small account, which has changed the game in the futures market. 

More Frequently Asked Questions

There aren’t any degrees of financial qualifications required to become a futures trader. Anyone can trade futures if they open a brokerage account and fund it. It’s important to learn how futures work before trading them.

It can take 1-5 years to learn futures trading, but these results aren’t typical. Most traders are not successful. Many factors go into becoming a successful trader, such as learning technical analysis and having the proper discipline and mindset.

Futures trading can be a very profitable trading strategy. Futures offer benefits such as flexible trading hours, no PDT rule, and not having to look at many symbols when trading. It’s important to realize that most traders are not profitable.

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