Last Update June 23, 2014
Trade assets denominated in multiple currencies from a single account is convenient as your available funds are not divided among different markets.
You can therefore trade Dollars denominated futures using the same Euro denominated derivatives section of your trading account.
From 0.00 am until 23.15 for CME futures and up to 23.00 for the FX segment; starting from 02.00 until 20.15, with a break from 14.45 to 15.30, for the CBOT segment.
Starting from March 29th, 2014:
For those futures contract where the underlying commodity must be delivered by a final date in order for the terms of the contract to be fulfilled (e.g. Commodities futures), on the last trading day of the expiring future's contract, Directa will liquidate all open positions on the market as it has no possibility to retain and/or to deliver the underlying commodity.
The "provisional" (with *) Exchange Rate applied in real time to all Profit and Loss of the day is that of ECB of the previous day, the final rate will be the next day's ECB Official Exchange Rate.
The margin is requested and maintained in Euro, and normally remains fixed (as it happens for the EUREX futures) from the opening of the position to its closing, except in the case of possible and occasional variations, reported with notice normally with a few days advance available on directatrading.com.
e.g. if a margin of 3,000 is needed: the 3,000 are simply withdrawn from your account with a value date of day+1 when the position is opened and returned, also with a value date of day+1, when it is closed, without counting the possible Profit and Loss.
The daily Profit and Loss is the difference between the position opening and closing price, or the evening settlement price of the CME, if the position is still open at the end of the day.
Profit and Loss is denominated in Dollars and converted into Euro, initially at the "provisional" rate and then at the "final" official exchange rate, and immediately credited/debited on the trading account.
Profit and Loss for the positions still open at the end of the day are calculated and converted in Euro at the provisional exchange rate the following day before trading opens.
If a position is maintained open for several days, Directa records all Daily Profit and Loss in Euro, so that when the position will be closed, it will be sufficient to add the last Profit and Loss (the result of the difference between the last reference price and the position closing price) to obtain the total Profit and Loss.
It is important to understand that the method described above is the only possible way to correctly calculate the Profit and Loss for derivatives in Dollars as in futures trading there is no official purchase/sale price reflected on the trading account that allows to calculate the Profit and Loss from the difference between the position opening and closing price as it happens with US Equities .
To understand the difference between equities and futures, just compare the case of a trader who purchases shares for >,000 and then resells them for the same amount, with that another trader who simultaneously opens and close a contract at >,000. These two situations seem identical, but they are quite different.
In the equities trade, even if the opening and closing prices in Dollars are identical, the investor may show a profit or loss according to the exchange rate: if, for example, the Euro denominated cost would have been 800 to purchase and 900 to sell the same 00 trade value, there will be a profit of 0. In the futures trade, on the other hand, there was no real purchase, nor a payment of 800 for the 00 trade value, and the exchange rate is indeed irrelevant.
e.g. if the price would remain unchanged at >,000, the trade would not produce any Profit and Loss regardless of the possible exchange rate change.
In the case where there is no real purchase in Euros, however, there still is a real "purchase price," it will remain useful to maintain a "book value" denominated in Dollars, to be compared with real-time prices in order to assess the trading position.
For this purpose, Directa provides the so-called "break-even price": the estimated position closing price that would result in a zero Profit and Loss.
Closing the position at a better price than the "breakeven price" will produce a profit equal, or a loss at a worse price, exactly as it happens in equity trading.
Please note that the breakeven price in Dollars may change marginally from day to day according to the exchange rate change.
In the event of the partial closure of the trading position, the Profit and Loss accumulated will be applied "pro quota" basis to the closed portion of the trade.
It is possible to receive realtime CME CBOT futures quotes, through the ticker code available on the web trading platform, through you can follow real-time prices on any Directa trading platform.
All CME CBOT rea-ltime quotes (with 5 levels market depth) are free of charge for all Directa customers.