Futures trading is a risky business. It is a financial gamble. And, like any gamble, you will never know when you will win and when you will lose. The key is simply to play the game based on the cards you are dealt with, what you know about the market so far and hope for the best. Many traders are lured into futures trading because of the great rewards it can potentially bring. However, you must keep in mind the rule of opposites, in that with great rewards, also come great downfalls. Futures trading, because you’re gambling with something that is yet to happen, is nowhere near accurate.
This can also happen when you’re dealing with options, because, the value of underlying options are basically placed against futures contracts. When you acquire options, more likely than not you will get them at a discounted rate based on the price of the product at the time they were issued. Options may be exercised at a given time in the future and at the rate at which they were issued, but the holders stand to gain or lose depending on the value of the options at the given future date. Thus, when you really look into the nature of futures and options, they are very similar and related.