Strong Hands

Strong Hands

1. In futures, an informal term for a person or firm that is a well-financed speculator. This enables the person or firm to engage in perhaps riskier, or at least larger, trades on the futures market than most other investors.

2. In delivery of commodities and futures, the intent of the investor to receive the underlying asset of the contract. Most commodity and futures traders are speculative investors and have no desire to receive the bushels of corn or pounds of coffee or whatever underlies the contract. Those who do wish to receive the underlying are referred to as trading with strong hands; they make up only about 2% of the futures and commodity markets.
References in classic literature ?
When you reach out your vaunted strong hands for our palaces and purpled ease, we will show you what strength is.
The strangers took that which led to the Crow Hill, a huge business which was in strong hands which had been able, thanks to their energetic and fearless New England manager, Josiah H.
He caught hold of the rock with both hands and clung to it groaning with pain till the wave retired, so he was saved that time; but presently the wave came on again and carried him back with it far into the sea--tearing his hands as the suckers of a polypus are torn when some one plucks it from its bed, and the stones come up along with it--even so did the rocks tear the skin from his strong hands, and then the wave drew him deep down under the water.
But the strong hands caught her fast, and brought her, struggling and weeping, before us.
These, then, stood against the Titans in grim strife, holding huge rocks in their strong hands.
Eurypylus gave him chase as he was flying before him, smote him with his sword upon the arm, and lopped his strong hand from off it.
In this case, looking at the bold, strong hand of the one, and the rather broken-backed appearance of the other, which still retains its legibility although the t's have begun to lose their crossing, we can say that the one was a young man and the other was advanced in years without being positively decrepit.
Boucher was a bit timid at first to carry off the situation with a strong hand, but he did very well once we got started.
In one of these cells were several globes, or balls, of a most ponderous metal, about the bigness of our heads, and requiring a strong hand to lift them: the other cell contained a heap of certain black grains, but of no great bulk or weight, for we could hold above fifty of them in the palms of our hands.
Out from his tent rode great Sir Sagramor, an im- posing tower of iron, stately and rigid, his huge spear standing upright in its socket and grasped in his strong hand, his grand horse's face and breast cased in steel, his body clothed in rich trappings that almost dragged the ground -- oh, a most noble picture.
I have been always tyrannically held down by the strong hand.
As it was, I squeezed and tugged until one strong hand gave way after the other and came feeling round for me, but feebly because they had held on so long.