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AGENA: Little Known But Powerful Trading Platform

It isn’t often that I feel compelled to take the time to write a review of a trading platform but after speaking with Agena Trader CEO, Gilbert Kreuzthaler and running through a demonstration of the platform with technical support, I knew this one was truly something special. In a very short time, I was up and running with the platform.

Agena Trader went into development in 2009 and went live in 2012 as a premier trading platform. Agena allows users to trade multiple asset classes from one platform. It connects multiple brokers simultaneously. Agena also connects to multiple data feeds at the same time. This gives the user the ability to connect to one broker for futures, another for Forex and yet another for stocks for example thus eliminating the need for multiple trading platforms and analysis tools. You can manage all your accounts from one platform.

Up until recently Agena was only available to German, Swiss and Austrian customers. They have now released the platform in English, Russian and Japanese. Currently they offer both lease and purchase licenses.

Agena trader’s performance is what impressed me. You can scan up to 1000 symbols of various asset classes for trade signals and open up a huge amount of charts without slowing down execution speed. They took the time to build the platform architecture with state of the art technology. Even after hours of running the application, there wasn’t any decline in performance, no apparent decline in the computer’s working memory, and it barely taxed my processor.

Agena supports C# programming for custom strategy building. They have included a NinjaTrader Script import function that is very easy to use. They even provide personalized support for importing third party Ninja indicators. Strategy back-testing is also a nice feature.

Of course Agena also offers advanced charting, DOM and Quick Trade that are very intuitive and easy to use.

For those of you that say “Ugh, I don’t want to learn a new platform,” take heart, I found Agena very easy to learn and use. Agena provides excellent support and many videos to shorten that learning curve. In my opinion Agena trader is worth taking a serious look. I have to say that Agena maybe one of the most intuitive and customizable trading platforms on the market today. Agena was built by traders for traders. Whether you are a beginning trader or a pro Agena is worth a look.

You can obtain a Demo with live data at our website. The author of this post, Neil Rogers is with Foremost Trading, LLC. He has been in the commodity futures trading industry since 1981 as a floor trader/floor broker and manager of one of the largest proprietary trading desks on the CBOT trading floor. More recently Neil has been providing online trading solutions to his clients since 2003.

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Disclaimer: Trading futures, options on futures, retail off-exchange foreign currency transactions (“Forex”), investing in managed futures and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. This website contains information obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but such information has not been independently verified and its accuracy is not guaranteed by Foremost Trading. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. Any mention of performance in any context whether actual or hypothetical is no guarantee of future results. Foremost Trading became a registered ‘dba’ of RCM Alternatives in July of 2020. Please see full disclaimer here: https://www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer/

Managed Futures Video: The Lintner Paper Revisited

Managed Futures burst on the investing scene after Harvard professor, John Lintner, published a paper that showed a correlation between adding managed futures to your portfolio and reduced risk. To a young managed futures industry, such a paper became foundational in how the investment world, specifically institutional investment, viewed managed futures.

However, that was 25 years ago. A lot has happen in that time. Do Lintner’s conclusions still hold weight?

Below is a short video from the CME Group about updates made to the famous Lintner paper. It further explains what managed futures are and why they may benefit your portfolio.

Click on the image below to view the video.

Managed Futures Video - Lintner Paper Revisited

Talk to your BROKER about how managed futures might benefit your portfolio.

While the Lintner paper claims strong statistical evidence supporting a conclusion, it should be noted that any specific managed futures product may significantly deviate from that conclusion. Consult your broker before pursuing any managed futures investment. The opinions shared in the video are not necessarily those of Foremost Trading or its brokers. We believe this information to be reliable, but it has not been independently verified. Futures and options trading involves substantial risk and may not be suitable for everyone. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

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Disclaimer: Trading futures, options on futures, retail off-exchange foreign currency transactions (“Forex”), investing in managed futures and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. This website contains information obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but such information has not been independently verified and its accuracy is not guaranteed by Foremost Trading. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. Any mention of performance in any context whether actual or hypothetical is no guarantee of future results. Foremost Trading became a registered ‘dba’ of RCM Alternatives in July of 2020. Please see full disclaimer here: https://www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer/

A New FCM in the Family: ADM Investor Services

ADMIS

With great anticipation, we’d like to announce a new clearing relationship for the Foremost family: Archer Daniels Midland Investor Services (but you can call them ADMIS for short.)

On November 30th Vision Financial Markets, LLC, (VFM) will cease to exist and ADMIS will be clearing those accounts.

Archer Daniels Midland, the parent company of ADMIS, is a Fortune 50 company. They are one of the largest food and alternative fuel processing companies in the world with 2013 net sales at $90 billion. Naturally, ADMIS is one of the largest Futures Commission Merchants in the futures industry with Customer Segregated Funds approaching $4 billion.

If you currently have an account at Vision Financial, rest assure there will be no disruption to your account or trading. Vision clients should have received an email from Vision’s owner, Howard Rothman, explaining that you should contact them only if you do NOT want your account to go to ADMIS, otherwise the transfer will occur automatically.

As one of the largest clearing FCMs in the industry, we look forward to working with ADMIS to provide even better service and security to our clients. Feel free to read more about ADMIS in their 2013 Financial Statement by clicking on the image below.

Even if you don’t currently trade through Vision, but would like to open an account with ADMIS after December 1st, give your BROKER a call.

 

ADM Financial Cond

Click the image to review the 2013 ADMIS Statement of Financial Condition

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Disclaimer: Trading futures, options on futures, retail off-exchange foreign currency transactions (“Forex”), investing in managed futures and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. This website contains information obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but such information has not been independently verified and its accuracy is not guaranteed by Foremost Trading. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. Any mention of performance in any context whether actual or hypothetical is no guarantee of future results. Foremost Trading became a registered ‘dba’ of RCM Alternatives in July of 2020. Please see full disclaimer here: https://www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer/

Market Effects of a Government Shutdown

market effects of a government shutdown Everyone should be aware by now that as of 12am Tuesday October 1, 2013, our government temporarily “shutdown” due to the House and Senate’s inability to pass a budget plan. Being in the business of futures, options and forex, Foremost Trading is interested in how this might affect your trading. The vast majority of markets will not be structurally affected by this temporary government shutdown. Yes, the market will adjust it’s price to anticipate the shutdown’s effect on our economy, but the markets and the exchanges facilitating them are continuing to function without a hitch.

But what if your market is ultimately settled against an index facilitated by a government agency?

For most markets, this is not the case. However, a few fit the bill. Some Dairy and Livestock markets are cash-settled against a USDA index. How will this affect you Lean Hogs and Class III Milk traders?

Thankfully, the CME Group is on top of it. They released a letter providing direct contact information for those with questions about these markets in particular. Click on image below to read the public letter from the CME on this topic.

CME Shutdown Letter

A recommendation from Foremost … simply don’t hold your positions past First Notice. If you have questions about when First Notice is for a particular market, consult our Commodity Calendar.

Finally, as usual, we encourage you to talk to your BROKER with any specific questions.  It is our job to assist you with this information and we consider it a privilege to do so.

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Disclaimer: Trading futures, options on futures, retail off-exchange foreign currency transactions (“Forex”), investing in managed futures and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. This website contains information obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but such information has not been independently verified and its accuracy is not guaranteed by Foremost Trading. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. Any mention of performance in any context whether actual or hypothetical is no guarantee of future results. Foremost Trading became a registered ‘dba’ of RCM Alternatives in July of 2020. Please see full disclaimer here: https://www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer/

CFTC Goes After US Bank in PFG Fraud Case

 

It is with renewed optimism that we learned this morning of the CFTC’s complaint against US Bank for illegal involvement in PFG’s fraud.  Furthermore, they seek reparations for PFG victims.  Click on the links below to read the CFTC Press Release as well as the actual legal complaint.  There you can read what the CFTC specifically alleges was done by US Bank.

CFTC Press Release

CFTC v. US Bank – Formal Complaint

Additionally, you can read more about the situation in this article from Futures Magazine.

Futures Magazine Article

PFG’s bankruptcy has been very slow and arduous.  This news is a ray of light for victims.  US Bank is the fifth largest bank in the country with deep enough pockets to make PFG victims whole.  While there are still no guarantees about how much we might receive back from PFG in the end, this is certainly a positive development.

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Disclaimer: Trading futures, options on futures, retail off-exchange foreign currency transactions (“Forex”), investing in managed futures and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. This website contains information obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but such information has not been independently verified and its accuracy is not guaranteed by Foremost Trading. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. Any mention of performance in any context whether actual or hypothetical is no guarantee of future results. Foremost Trading became a registered ‘dba’ of RCM Alternatives in July of 2020. Please see full disclaimer here: https://www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer/