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Trading STIR Futures

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1. Basics of STIR Futures Introduction to STIR Futures What are STIR futures? Where and how are they traded Contract structure and general specifications Brief introduction to spreads and strategies The advantages of trading STIR futures compared to other financial products STIR Futures Pricing Spot and forward rates The STIR future Theoretical Price Basic pricing concepts Advanced pricing concepts Arbitrage considerations The Drivers Of STIR Futures Prices Changing shape of the yield curve Price sensitive effects 2. Mechanics of STIR futures Accessing The Markets Clearing and settlement Fixed and variable costs Liquidity and rebate schemes The choice of clearing member or trading arcade Software and hardware Selecting an ISV Influences regarding the traderi? s choice of markets and contracts Domicile and time zones Taxation considerations Remote trading Spread betting alternatives 3. Trading STIR futures Trading Opportunities: The Two Trades Outright trading Spread trading Spread Trading: Intra-Contract Spreads Calendar spread Butterfly spread Condor spread Introduction to strips, packs, bundles and stacks Summary - when to use strategies Spread Trading: Inter-Contract Spreads Introduction to bonds Introduction to bond futures Spreading STIR futures strips against bond futures Spreading STIR futures against swap futures Spreads between international STIR futures Summary - when to use the strategies 4. Trading Considerations For STIR Futures Zero Sum Game - Know The Players Players Supporting cast How to play Game Play The discovery process Trigger point Guide to technical indicators 5. Endgame A Day In The Life Of A STIR Futures Trader Interview With A Trader 10 Rules For Trading STIR Futures Appendices STIR Futures Contracts Contract Specifications For Eurodollar, Euribor, Short Sterling and Euroswiss Exchanges Clearing Members Independent Software Vendors (ISV) Trading Arcades Economic Calendars Key Interest Rate Changes (GBP, SWF, EUR, USD) Bibliography

About the Author

Stephen Aikin has spent almost 20 years continuously trading STIR futures for his own account, every year of which has been profitable. He holds an MSc in Financial Markets and Derivatives and lives in London.

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