The Wide World of Futures Traders
All kinds of people come to futures exchanges, to buy and sell futures and options contracts. They may work for banks, corporations or governments. They may be livestock ranchers, investment managers, construction planners, farmers or food manufacturers. Really, futures trading involves just about anyone in the world who wants either to manage the risk of fluctuating prices or profit from those fluctuations. But whoever they are, and wherever they came from, these traders are interested in two types of trading: hedging and speculating.
Hedgers and speculators go hand in hand – if you took one away, there simply would be no market. Hedgers transfer risk, and speculators absorb that risk. It takes both types of traders to bring balance to the market and keep trades moving back and forth.
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