Profession futures trader

Futures traders undertake daily trading activities in the futures trading market by buying and selling futures contracts. They speculate on the futures contracts' direction, trying to make a profit by buying futures contracts they foresee to rise in price and sell contracts they foresee to fall in price.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • International trade

    The economic practise and study field that address the exchange of goods and services across geographic borders. The general theories and schools of thought around the implications of international trade in terms of exports, imports, competitivity, GDP, and role of multinational companies.

  • Commercial law

    The legal regulations that govern a specific commercial activity.

  • Financial markets

    The financial infrastructure which permits trading securities offered by companies and individuals govern by regulatory financial frameworks.

  • Economics

    Economic principles and practices, financial and commodity markets, banking and the analysis of financial data.

Skills

  • Trade future commodities

    Buy or sell future commodity contracts on the futures market on your own account or on behalf of a customer or institution in order to make a profit.

  • Perform financial risk management in international trade

    Evaluate and manage the possibility of financial loss and non-payment following international transactions, in the context of foreign exchange market; apply instruments like letters of credit.

  • Analyse economic trends

    Analyse developments in national or international trade, business relations, banking, and developments in public finance and how these factors interact with one another in a given economic context.

  • Analyse financial risk

    Identify and analyse risks that could impact an organisation or individual financially, such as credit and market risks, and propose solutions to cover against those risks.

  • Analyse market financial trends

    Monitor and forecast the tendencies of a financial market to move in a particular direction over time.

  • Forecast economic trends

    Gather and analyse economic data in order to predict economic trends and events.

Optional knowledge and skills

securities trace financial transactions negotiate sales contracts financial forecasting international commercial transactions rules actuarial science statistics trade securities financial jurisdiction financial products maintain records of financial transactions banking activities international law operate financial instruments negotiate sale of commodities