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Anka Metcalfe is a professional futures and equities trader, market analyst, and expert commentator with 20+ years of trading experience.  She is the Founder and CEO of, an international trading education and service company.  She is an expert day trader, swing trader, and active investor with a precise approach to daily income-style trading and wealth-generation trading, delivering results in any market environment.  The strategies she teaches in her courses and her live daily approach to trading provide you with the understanding and the tools to take your trading to the next level.  In this episode of How To Trade It, Casey talks with Anka about the advantages of learning to trade the futures market.  You don’t want to miss it! @CaseyStubbs talks with author and trader, Anka Metcalfe from @TradeOutLoud, about the advantages of trading Futures. Join us on this episode of How To Trade It to find out more! #Futures #Equities #DayTrading #SwingTrading #TradeOutLoud Click To Tweet

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You’ll want to hear this episode if you are interested in…

  • [02:11]  The heart of a risk-taker
  • [05:08]  The benefits of starting small
  • [07:15]  Identifying the fundamentals 
  • [13:59]  Infobesity!!!
  • [16:38]  Anka’s thoughts on the current state of the markets
  • [21:02]  Why Futures?

The Fundamentals of Trading

Anka talks about the importance of understanding your trading platform, having a trading plan, managing risk, and never, ever chasing a trade.  As a new trader, it’s critical to have a thorough grasp on how to use your platform ie) how to enter and exit a trade, add a stop or trailing stop, etc.  Having a trading plan, written out and well defined, is like your daily trading bible that you can reference again and again. Managing your risk is an important part to becoming a successful trader, and you need to be able to set a schedule that allows you to “live a little”. 


This is the concept of hopping from one webinar to another, in permanent-student status because you don’t want to take any accountability for yourself, and you don’t want to apply anything that you have learned. There are literally thousands of strategies available, so you can’t possibly use them all.  Anka says that it’s time to roll up your sleeves, seek a trustworthy educator that speaks to you, and resonates with your style, and then stick to that ONE strategy.  The simplest strategy is basic, and you only need to learn to master one of them, in order to become a profitable trader.  

The Current State of the Markets

There’s a big debate right now about the state of the markets.  Are they going up? Are they going down?  Well, according to Anka, it all depends on what time frame you are looking at.  If looking at monthly charts, the markets are on an up trend.  If weekly, they aren’t necessarily down, but they are moving back into support levels which may be a desired area to buy aggressively.  If you are looking at daily charts, you probably have mixed feelings.  Technically speaking, the market is in a difficult spot and will most likely continue to be choppy for the foreseeable future.  

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Disclaimer: Trading carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. Before deciding to invest you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. The possibility exists that you could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment. Therefore, you should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose. You should be aware of all the risks associated with foreign exchange trading, and seek advice from an independent financial advisor if you have any doubts.