I placed my first trade in 1996 while I was in the financial industry managing money. I focused on just stocks and occasionally, options until around 2006. That’s when I learned more about futures. I had avoided futures for years because I was conditioned to only consider equities and derivatives of equities. However, once I learned about the tax benefits (for U.S. traders), 24-hour trading as a means to control risk and the leverage component, I was sold. Today, my primary focus is futures for my short-term trading, but my strategies can be applied to any asset class.