Futures Strategies

Futures contracts try to predict what the value of an underlying (stock, index, ...) will be at expiry date in the future.

Speculators in the futures market can use different strategies to take advantage of rising and declining prices. The most common are known as going long when he anticipates future price increase, going short when he anticipates future price decrease or (calendar) spreads when he wants to take advantage of the price difference between two expiries.