Dec 13, 2021
Futures let you trade the future price for an asset in today’s market, which makes them great tools for speculating on and hedging the future path of prices. But futures aren’t just great trading vehicles.
Derivatives are a crowd-sourced predictive model. Thousands of people gathering on the bids and offering to voice their opinion on the future of an asset is essentially an efficient, real-time poll.
Take, for example, Fed Funds futures (ZQ) and the Fed Funds Rate. The former reflects where traders think the Federal Reserve will set rates at certain points in the future, while the latter is the actual rate as currently set by the Fed.
ZQZ23 \ Fed Funds Futures Dec 2023
How can a rate that is usually only altered a few times per year by the Federal Open Market Committee display so much movement day to day? The projection of where rates are headed in the future changes daily as a function of data releases, Fed statements, and general sentiment.
(Aside: Fed Funds futures are priced 100 - [Fed Funds Rate]; for example, a price of 98.60 reflects an expectation of 1.40% in the Fed Funds Rate.)
The forward curve for any futures market presents the current prices for an asset at several dates in the future per corresponding contracts.
ZQ \ Fed Funds Futures Forward Curve
Prices declining as time is added demonstrates an expectation of rate hikes from the Fed; given the current rate of 0.125%, the projection is two or three 0.25% hikes in 2022, and another two or three in 2023.
More straightforward pricing and greater accessibility make Small 2YR Yield futures a better route for acting on your opinion of these projections. A current price of 6.80* simply reflects an expectation of 0.68% for Treasury rates with two years of duration. Though there are some nuances between Fed Funds and Treasury rates, the two are highly correlated.
Think a couple of hikes in 2022 is too much too soon? You can sell S2Y. Think the Fed could hike even more? You can buy S2Y. Just keep in mind that futures tell you the future at the current moment, and that moment changes continuously.
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/small_exchange
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pAsul3H_7FYuPmZscClrA
*As of 12/8/21
© 2021 Small Exchange, Inc. All rights reserved. Small Exchange, Inc. is a Designated Contract Market registered with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The information in this advertisement is current as of the date noted, is for informational purposes only, and does not contend to address the financial objectives, situation, or specific needs of any individual investor. The information presented here is for illustrative purposes only, and is not intended to serve as investment advice since the availability and effectiveness of any strategy is dependent upon your individual facts and circumstances. Trading in derivatives and other financial instruments involves risk.
Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before deciding to invest in options.
tastytrade content is provided solely by tastytrade, Inc. (“tastytrade”) and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, trading or investment advice or a recommendation that any security, futures contract, transaction or investment strategy is suitable for any person. Trading securities can involve high risk and the loss of any funds invested. tastytrade, through its content, financial programming or otherwise, does not provide investment or financial advice or make investment recommendations. Investment information provided may not be appropriate for all investors, and is provided without respect to individual investor financial sophistication, financial situation, investing time horizon or risk tolerance. tastytrade is not in the business of transacting securities trades, nor does it direct client commodity accounts or give commodity trading advice tailored to any particular client’s situation or investment objectives. Supporting documentation for any claims (including claims made on behalf of options programs), comparison, statistics, or other technical data, if applicable, will be supplied upon request. tastytrade is not a licensed financial advisor, registered investment advisor, or a registered broker-dealer. Options, futures and futures options are not suitable for all investors. Prior to trading securities products, please read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options and the Risk Disclosure for Futures and Options found on tastyworks.com.
tastytrade is a trademark/servicemark owned by tastytrade.
tastyworks, Inc. ("tastyworks") is a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA, NFA and SIPC. tastyworks offers self-directed brokerage accounts to its customers. tastyworks does not give financial or trading advice nor does it make investment recommendations. You alone are responsible for making your investment and trading decisions and for evaluating the merits and risks associated with the use of tastyworks’ systems, services or products. tastyworks is a wholly owned subsidiary of tastytrade, Inc (“tastytrade”).
tastyworks, Inc. (“tastyworks”) has entered into a Marketing Agreement with tastytrade (“Marketing Agent”) whereby tastyworks pays compensation to Marketing Agent to recommend tastyworks’ brokerage services. The existence of this Marketing Agreement should not be deemed as an endorsement or recommendation of Marketing Agent by tastyworks. tastytrade is the parent company of tastyworks. tastyworks and Marketing Agent are separate entities with their own products and services. tastytrade has different privacy policies than tastyworks.
Quiet Foundation, Inc. (“Quiet Foundation”) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of tastytrade The information on quietfoundation.com is intended for U.S. residents only. All investing involves the risk of loss. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Quiet Foundation does not make suitability determinations, nor does it make investment recommendations. You alone are responsible for making your investment and trading decisions and for evaluating the merits and risks associated with the use of Quiet Foundation’s systems, services or products.
Small Exchange, Inc. is a Designated Contract Market registered with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The information on this site should be considered general information and not in any case as a recommendation or advice concerning investment decisions. The reader itself is responsible for the risks associated with an investment decision based on the information stated in this material in light of his or her specific circumstances. The information on this website is for informational purposes only, and does not contend to address the financial objectives, situation, or specific needs of any individual investor. Trading in derivatives and other financial instruments involves risk, please read the Risk Disclosure Statement for Futures and Options. tastytrade is an investor in Small Exchange, Inc.