Latest Articles

Subscribe to Latest Articles feed
Content updates from
Updated: 23 hours 51 min ago

Globex Grains and USDA Crop Progress Reports

Jul 06, 2018
This Microsoft Excel® dashboard has two parts: the top half pulls the forward curves for soybeans, corn, and wheat traded on the CME Globex platform and the bottom half pulls the USDA Crop Progress Reports by date. The USDA reports are issued at the start of April and end in November. The dashboard can pull in reports as far back as the year 2000. There is a drop-down menu just below and to the far of left the soybean chart. The menu lists the corn, soybeans, winter wheat, and spring wheat crops.  Next to the crop selection is a drop-down menu that allows you to pick a... more

Q2 2018 Losers and Winners in Commodities and a Look Ahead to Q3

Jul 03, 2018
The dollar index moved higher by 5.05% in the second quarter of 2018, but commodities prices managed to post gains with four of the six major sectors moving to the upside. Out of the 29 commodities that I follow, 15 posted gains and 14 losses during the three-month period that ended last Friday, June 29. The composite gained 3.61% in Q2 and was 2.28% higher over the first six months of 2018. Last year, it moved 7.95% higher. There was lots of price action in the raw material futures markets as trade issues, and the OPEC meeting in late June dominated the news over recent weeks. Animal... more

Globex Equity Indices and Nasdaq-100 Stocks

Jun 18, 2018
This Microsoft Excel® dashboard presents two charts of the Nasdaq-100 futures contract and market data for the one hundred stocks that are constituents of the Nasdaq 100 Index. The chart in the top left corner displays the 10-day Map Chart of the E-mini Nasdaq 100 Index contract. The chart on the right is a 5-minute candlestick chart with a diffusion index study presented at the bottom of the chart. The table is the current members of the NASDAQ 100 Index with the day’s percent net change. The net change columns are heat-mapped. The next two columns indicate... more

Make Better Use of Screen Real Estate in Excel

Jun 07, 2018
You can easily hide things unnecessary items in Microsoft Excel® to open up more screen real estate. All of my published CQG-powered Excel dashboards show you an image. You may have also noticed that the Excel ribbon, formula bar, and column/row headers are hidden from view. This configuration gives you a less cluttered view of your spreadsheet. To turn off the formula bar and column/row headers, click on the View tab and uncheck both Formula Bar and Headings. To remove the ribbon, first locate the icon in the top right corner of the Excel spreadsheet showing a small arrow inside a... more

What's New in CQG Desktop Version 3.3

Jun 06, 2018
Trading Positions widget: new columns for OTE in reporting currency Orders widget: ability to see individual fills Comment field now shows in fill report Charts Crosshair mode: pan chart using two fingers General Updates Active widget indication OK/Close buttons in dialogs More Details and How to Access the New Features New columns for OTE in Positions widget Trading internationallly? Add columns to show OTE in your reporting currency. Go to the task menu in the top right of the Positions widget and to go "Manage Columns." ​​ See individual... more

Two Soft Commodities May Offer Value

May 31, 2018
The best opportunities in commodities markets often occur when they are at the top or bottom of their cycles when it comes to supply and demand. Soft commodities can be one of the most volatile at times, as weather and crop diseases can alter market fundamentals in the blink of an eye. Two agricultural commodities are starting to show some signs of life after prolonged periods of selling. These days, I am focusing lots of attention on sugar and coffee. Both of these markets offer the potential for price gains with an attractive balance between risk and reward when it comes to technical... more

Take Advantage of Zero Fees: Live Demo of NFX Markets

May 30, 2018
CQG and Nasdaq Futures (NFX) have partnered to offer any trader, new to CQG, the ability to trade all NFX Futures and Options products at no charge leveraging CQG Desktop.* Join us for a joint webinar on how to gain direct access to all products listed on NFX from the CQG desktop with zero-fees. Our live session will highlight the NFX white label offering while demoing live NFX markets. Learn more about: More powerful trading capabilities with CQG trading platforms, including the Aggregator Trading on NFX and accessing our improved, tighter electronic markets Taking advantage... more

CQG for iPhone Update, Version 1.3

May 25, 2018
Trading Better visibility of the best bid/ask on the HOT Volume of the last trade on the HOT General updates Crash fixes Ability to attach screenshots when sending feedback   Helpful Links CQG in the App Store: CQG for iOS is available to all customers using a CQG charting or trading product. Online Help: Access online videos and view animations. CQG Forums: Share your feedback and submit feature requests. CQG for Android: We are excited to launch CQG for Android later this spring. To receive updates, fill out this form. We love to... more