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Natural Gas and Crude Oil Provide Lessons for Traders and Investors

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00
In early October it looked like the price of crude oil was heading for triple-digit territory on the back of sanctions on Iran that were coming in early October. At the same time, the price of natural gas futures had been consistently failing on each attempt to climb above the $3 per MMBtu level on the nearby NYMEX futures contracts. Over the past 60 days, the fortunes of both energy commodities changed dramatically. An overabundance of longs on the oil futures market and shorts in the natural gas futures arena were reminded that expecting the unexpected in these markets and protecting... more

What's New in CQG Desktop Version 3.8

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 00:00
General Improved symbol entry autosuggest to include user defined lists Quotes Tabs now include quote style Price formatting improvements for fractions: Fixed income and decimal HOT Improved layout of order sidebar so order size is more visible Added tooltips for order properties dropdowns Orders and positions grids Added Go Market command for working orders Added functionality to modify parked orders If fills are modified by FCM, they now update correctly in CQG Desktop Improved OTE/NLV calcuation when bid/ask mode is selected Spreadsheet... more

CQG Q3 Pilot Release

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 00:00
The Q3 pilot release for CQG Integrated Client and CQG QTrader is available and can be downloaded from our website. The release includes new features that benefit individual traders and brokerage customers:   Real-Time Study Integration with Microsoft Excel Use datasets in Microsoft Excel to create real-time studies for charting in CQG.  Studies are created in Excel and CQG's integration allows you to see them in real-time on CQG.   Broker External Orders Place orders into any account, including non-CQG accounts, to manage your full customer book on one... more

CQG and Matador Prime Team Up to Provide FX Liquidity on CQG Products

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00
CHICAGO / DENVER, Nov. 13, 2018 – CQG, a leading global provider of high-performance trading, market data, and technical analysis tools, announced today that the firm has collaborated with Matador Prime, a market-leading, global institutional broker. Matador’s unique liquidity offering includes pricing and execution services for spot foreign exchange (FX) and contracts for difference (CFD) indices. Through the partnership, CQG’s customers can access Matador’s liquidity and trade directly with Matador Prime. In addition to providing liquidity, Matador also will offer CQG customers access... more

What's New in CQG Desktop Version 3.7

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 00:00
Spreadsheet Trader New Hit/Lift/Sweep columns for agressive orders Separate preference for liquidate vs cancel Full description of product in QSS and in autosuggest Open Interest no longer abbreviated Orders and positions grids Buy/sell coloring for buys and sells and up/down coloring for OTE, P&L, and balance information Column headers show totals for buys/sells in Orders and Positions widgets General New price formatting options for fractions and decimals Default order sizes per symbol, per account Options Added columns for best... more

Lessons from the Sugar and Coffee Futures Markets

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00
There are many lessons that we can learn from the price action in commodities markets. Commodities tend to rise to prices where output increases, inventories build, and demand declines. At lofty levels, prices peak and reverse. The most recent example was in the wood market where the price of lumber futures rose to a new all-time high at $659 per 1,000 board feet in May 2018 on the back of new home construction and economic growth in the United States. As the long-term quarterly chart highlights, the futures found a high in May, and by the end of October, just five months later, the... more

CQG Desktop Selected by Nasdaq Fixed Income as Front-End

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:00
CHICAGO / DENVER, Oct. 15, 2018 – CQG, a leading global provider of high-performance trading, market data, and technical analysis tools, announced today a new partnership with Nasdaq Fixed Income (NFI). Under the agreement, NFI will provide the web-based CQG Desktop platform to NFI customers as the official front-end for trading NFI’s U.S. Treasury Benchmark products. CQG announced earlier this year a partnership with Nasdaq Futures Exchange (NFX), providing CQG Desktop to NFX as its front-end trading platform. CQG Chief of Staff Alli Brennan said: “Our partners at Nasdaq were... more

Commitment of Traders Dashboard with Z-Scores and CQG COT Studies

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:00
This is an update to the Commitment of Traders COT Dashboards. The CFTC release reports on Saturday 9/29/2018, not Friday 9/28/2018. This update fixes that issue and also includes a new tab of 1-year, 2-year and 3-year Z-Scores of the Large Non-Commercial holdings.   Z-Scores are last value minus the average value and that difference is divided by the standard deviation. The Z-Scores are automatically ranked from highest to lowest. These Microsoft Excel® dashboards pulls legacy Commitment of Traders data from the CFTC website. One dashboard is for the Chicago Board of Trade markets... more

CQG Partners with ErisX for Trading Technology

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:00
CHICAGO / DENVER, October 10, 2018 – CQG, a leading global provider of high-performance trading, market data, and technical analysis tools, announced today it has collaborated with ErisX, a new exchange for digital asset investors and traders.  Designed to bring a regulated, transparent and stable venue to the digital asset market, ErisX will usher in a new wave of participants.  The Exchange aims to fill gaps in security and compliance that exist in the current digital asset markets and has developed an enhanced offering to accommodate the execution and clearing needs of a broad... more

Q3 2018 Losers and Winners in Commodities and a Look Ahead to Q4

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00
The dollar index moved higher by 0.41% in the third quarter of 2018, and commodities prices moved lower, with all six major sectors posting losses. The composite of 29 raw material markets that trade in the U.S. and U.K. gained 7.95% in 2017. In Q3, commodities lost 4.81% and are down 3.90% over the first nine months of 2018.   Soft commodities were the worst performing sector with base metals a close second During the period from July 1 through September 28, 2018, the soft commodities sector was the big loser in the commodities asset class, posting an 11.51% loss. Cocoa,... more

CME Globex Meats Dashboard

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 00:00
This Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet pulls in live cattle, feeder cattle, and lean hogs market data traded on CME Globex. The forward curves display today's data. If the last price is outside of the best bid and best ask, then the mid-point between the best bid and best ask is used in the forward curve charts. The red line in the forward curve charts is the previous settlement. In addition, a quote board displays market data for the three markets' one-month calendar spreads. Make sure to lower your Excel RealTimeData (RTD) throttle to 50 milliseconds. Learn how to do that here.... more

CQG Desktop offers a significant advantage over CQG Trader

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 00:00
Our customers like CQG Trader for its ease of use when placing orders, tracking orders and positions, and viewing market activity. CQG Desktop offers these features, and much more. During this webinar, we'll give you the highlights you need so you can sell the benefits of CQG Desktop to your customers. If they liked CQG Trader, they'll love CQG Desktop! Join us to learn about:  Easy order entry ticket  Market depth entry ticket (HOT)  Quoteboard and QSS styles  Multi-account management  Risk monitoring views  Charts  Lock pages... more

What's New in CQG Desktop Version 3.6

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 00:00
Trading Added new Spreadsheet Trader. Drag and drop to modify orders in the HOT. Account widget has been split into separate widgets: ones that show a single account and ones that show several or all accounts. Added icebergs to the Order Ticket. Charts Added overbought and oversold parameters to RSI study. Quotes Improved workflow for creating a new list when opening a quotes widget. General Updated preferences ordering and style. Added ability to customize abbreviations for pages. More Details and How to Access the New Features Iceberg... more

Commodities Follow the Dollar Like Obedient Puppies

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 00:00
The dollar index futures contract hit a high of 103.815 at the beginning of January 2017 after rising from lows of 78.93 in May 2015. The index broke out to the upside on a technical basis when it rose above the October 2005 high at 92.53, and the January 2015 peak at 100.38. The target on the upside was at the 2001 apex at 121.29 level, but the dollar reversed and fell steadily throughout 2018 and into early 2018. In February 2018, the dollar index reached a low of 88.15, and since then it has been recovering. The dollar is the world’s reserve currency and the benchmark pricing mechanism... more