Kira Brecht

Kira Brecht is a 20-year veteran of the futures industry. She cut her teeth in the futures markets on the Chicago Board of Trade floor covering financial futures for an industry newswire. Kira has worked in a wide range of capacities in the industry —as market and technical analyst, in addition to work as a journalist, editor and educator. For 10 years, Kira served as managing editor of SFO (Stocks, Futures & Options) magazine.
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Precious Metals Futures: Big Winners In 2016

Posted by Kira Brecht on August 30, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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As the saying goes: there is always a bull market someplace. Perhaps one of the advantages of trading futures is that there are many choices for the individual trader. These include E-mini S&P futures, crude oil and other energy futures, a plethora of grain futures, and of course the precious metals.

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Should E-Mini Stock Futures Traders Fear A Fed Rate Hike?

Posted by Kira Brecht on June 14, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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Tick tock. The calendar is inching toward the Federal Reserve's next meeting on June 15. The Fedspeak is coming fast and furious.

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My 3 Favorite Technical Indicators To Trade Futures

Posted by Kira Brecht on May 17, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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Win or lose everybody gets what they want out of the market, or so Ed Seykota famously said to author Jack Schwager for his first Market Wizards book. What do you want to get out of futures trading? If you are looking for thrills and excitement, go take a roller coaster ride. If you are looking for a business opportunity, write out a trading business plan.

 

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Will The Commodity Bloodbath Continue In 2016?

Posted by Kira Brecht on December 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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There is no getting around it, 2015 was a bloodbath for the commodity sector. Barring a few outliers like the cocoa market (which did rally in 2015) most commodities are closing out the year in a sea of red. Commodity demand around the globe fizzled throughout 2015 as advanced industrialized nations struggle to return to post-global financial crisis growth levels.

 

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This Year's Biggest Loser: Coffee Futures

Posted by Kira Brecht on December 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Commodities have been hit hard in 2015. Crude oil futures, precious metals, livestock, corn, soybeans, and wheat are all down year-over-year, with many posting double-digit declines.

 

Heading into year-end, it's your unsuspecting morning cup of Joe, the ICE coffee futures contract, that scores the dubious honor of earning the Biggest Loser award in the commodity arena. Through mid-November, ICE coffee futures plunged a whopping 35%.
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