At Active Day Trader we don’t see how anything is “cheap” or “expensive” on it’s own. A core part of our strategy is identifying relationships and correlations, then finding the best way to express our opinion through hedged positions in the form of pairs or spreads.

We recognize the reluctance that many face when learning to trade futures; the margin requirements can be substantial, so we want to let you in on a secret!

If you aren’t executing these simple strategies with the correct broker, you may be lead to believe there is a reason to pay for extinct indicators to experiment with “directional bias” or just give-in overpriced margin holds that tie up your precious trading capital.

Today, I spoke with Patrick from Infinity Futures, a Chicago-based boutique brokerage firm that truly supports clients around the globe.

Patrick helps me get a better understanding on topics like:

  1. Margin requirements  and Exchange Recognized Spreads
  2. Why your 1:1 pair shouldn’t tie up $10K
  3. Risk, obligations and the intelligent way to trade futures
  4. The seemingly endless cycle of retail education
  5. Why support is so important


  • 00:30 Risk, leverage and mathematics
  • 03:00 Guaranteed Margin
  • 03:40 Infinity Futures; A quick history
  • 04:45 End-of-day margin hunting: Exchange Recognized Spreads
  • 05:15 Bond:Ultra Bond – $10,000 or $1500?
  • 07:30 SPAN, SCM and the lowest margin requirement
  • 09:18 You don’t have to speculate on direction
  • 11:20 “An underused strategy”
  • 13:25 SPAN Calculators – An intelligent freebie
  • 15:30 Risk, obligations and respect
  • 18:15 A sucker’s play: Is your capital tied up?
  • 21:00 Is the new iPhone expensive?
  • 23:00 The importance of retail education, Jim Cramer and BIG changes
  • 27:00 Don’t fall into the cycle, keep it simple
  • 30:30 The market will change. Does your indicator?
31:40 A ratio set indicator – the longest correlated relationship?
  • 33:00 Everyone needs support
  • 36:00 The UK, Australia and Singapore
  • 38:00 Liquidity and orderbook issues
  • 40:30 Bonds: You MUST know the yield curve
  • 42:20 Free Stuff!
  • 42:50 Vetting Process and parallel beliefs
  • 45:45 Ask us your questions!


Links Mentioned in today’s Podcast:

Patrick’s Email:
ADT Relative Value Courses
CME Core: Clearing Online Risk Engine
Infinity Futures


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