People trading financials often feel their instruments are only skimpily represented in standard chart
services. Despite the financials being the most active markets going currently, many services serve up a
heavy diet of deferred corn contracts every week. Also, the traditional services don't understand the depth
and complexity of the debt markets and therefore show only the tip of the proverbial iceberg—nearby
futures and a couple of rate charts you could get for free from the Fed.
FINANCIAL FUTURES is a complete solution for all of the above: full coverage of rate-sensitive
markets (rate futures, stock indicies, energy, currencies and precious metals) together with extensive cash
market, yield curve and spread charting. This one weekly or biweekly issue will give the financials trader
more ideas than he could ever hit for $325-$400 annually, depending on how you sign up.
What doesn't it have? Exotic technical indicators are missing for one thing. Wilder's Relative Strength,
short- and medium-term oscillators, and moving averages (5-10-20 days) are included with some
contracts, but this definitely is not the "let's see if we can get everything on one page" school of thought.
The pages are full but cleanly plotted with duo-tone shading to facilitate reading. A typical set for Tbills
is shown in Figure 1.
What has been selected is more important than how it has been presented. The only thing missing from
my regular trading pattern are the currency options—particularly Dmarks—and lumber, which you
wouldn't expect in here anyway. To make up for that, all the spread, cash and yield info is here, while it's
absent in the other services.