Every trader has their own “comfort zone” in the markets they’ve been trading for years and sometimes it’s hard to get them to take a look at anything else. But once many traders give futures a serious try, most people quickly see the numerous trading advantages they offer. Like the smooth and consistent volatility, the very small capital requirement, the very tight spreads, the minimal slippage and the substantial tax break savings available, just to name a few. Consider the alternatives and futures become attractive in a hurry. Equities require a large amount of capital, offer virtually no leverage, require a lot of research, are highly sensitive to market news and baseless rumors and many traders find they just can’t trust the data they have to work with. Options, with their Calls and Puts and Vertical Spreads and Naked Leaps and Iron Condors are just too complicated for many traders to consistently succeed. It takes a while just to learn and understand the lingo. Plus, Options trading adds a third element to trading that many traders find undesirable: a time limit. A trade might work just fine but not in the required time frame and, oops sorry, you lose. It’s why futures trading has been called “the most successful market product ever offered in the history of the financial industry”.