It is safe to say that no print publication has devoted more ink to chronicle the evolution of derivatives traders than Futures magazine.
From the appearance of our first issue in 1972—and after 43 years and more than 500 monthly issues—Futures magazine has been the primary voice and digest of the sophisticated trader. We have covered the rise and fall of the floor trader and the emerging role of computerized trading, leading to today’s use of algorithmic, high-frequency trading.
During this period everything has changed, bringing new derivative structures to trade, new exchanges to trade on, new technologies, new trading platforms, new regulations, new markets…and many new traders.
The floor traders are mostly gone. Technology has fueled that. Yet a recent survey by Aite Group estimates the number of the U.S. population of self-directed traders is at 54 million, of which an estimated 51 million individuals trade three or more times each month.
Trading exchanges, platforms and technologies have adjusted and evolved to accommodate the increased ranks of the modern trader—just as the respected voice of the professional and active trading community Futures magazine must evolve too.
The Alpha Pages, parent of Futures magazine, is proud to introduce the inaugural issue of Modern Trader magazine—the essential journal for professional traders and active investors.
Lead by 12-year Futures magazine veteran and editor-in-chief Daniel P. Collins, we began working on evolving our print publication toward Modern Trader in 2014. Although Futures magazine enjoyed an attractive subscriber base of professional traders, industry insiders and active investors, it was clear that the time had come for a broader editorial mandate providing a platform for important and disruptive new market perspectives and analytical platforms.
While Modern Trader contains the unique analysis, industry insight and trading strategies Futures has delivered for more than four decades, this is not a simple rebranding; rather, the launch offers a new value proposition for professional traders and active investors.
In the debut issue’s cover story, “False Prophets: How Financial Technology is Saving Investors from Financial Experts,” Garrett Baldwin, managing editor for The Alpha Pages, examines the erosion of trust in traditional sources of financial news and analysis and profiles the innovators who are filling that information void.
Modern Trader will contain 20 new departments offering market insight and analysis from unique points of view. These are not views from the usual perspectives of the professional analyst and trader education world, but from entrepreneurs and forward-thinkers who are actively changing the way that traders obtain information.
These new departments dig down to the granular level to provide insights on activist investing, exotic markets and stock spin-offs, with expert analysis from outside the traditional financial analyst echo chamber. The debut issue features an elite array of new departments and contributors.
We are thrilled to introduce Modern Trader. We invite you to enjoy a sneak preview of the debut issue at moderntrader.com.
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CEO, The Alpha Pages