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Direct Access to Every Major Futures Market

Futures are used to speculate on the future value of an asset and to protect against anticipated price changes. Futures contracts are contracts between two parties to exchange a specific asset at a future date for a price agreed to today. The asset can be currencies, indexes, commodities or any number of choices. Futures trading involves risks so learn more about it today.

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Understanding Futures Markets

A good move for...

  • Hedging Price
    Changes

    Lock in a price now on a future purchase

  • Employing
    Leverage

    Pay only a small portion of the contract value

  • Speculating on the
    Market

    Take a position on either side of an anticipated market shift

  • Trading in Different
    Asset Classes

    Diversify your trading with direct access to new markets

Characteristics of Futures:

Futures Equity Options
Trade As Contracts Contracts
Obligation Buyers and short sellers incur obligations Buyers have rights and short sellers incur obligations
Timing Contracts with limited time and expiration date Contracts with limited time and expiration date
Pricing Buyers and short sellers pay a portion of the contract value and is marked to market daily Buyers pay 100% of options premium while short sellers receive 100% of options premium
Margin Account3 Not required Required for certain strategies

Why Choose E*TRADE for Futures

Access to more than 200 futures products

  • Flat, low trading commission for all products
  • No-fee trading platform
  • Live Order Status from order placement through confirmation
  • Experienced futures support team
  • 25% day trading margin for indexes, currencies and treasuries

Every E*TRADE customer also gets

  • FREE investing & trading education2
  • FREE independent research & analysis
  • Help & guidance when you need it

Fast Facts

E*TRADE offers futures trading in every major market.

Commodities, Currencies, Energies, Financials, Indexes and Metals

Futures are used to respond to market volatility.

Use futures to trade market shifts or to limit the risk exposure.

Futures provide traders with leverage.

Traders pay only a portion of the full value of the futures contract.

Futures offer traders 24-hour market opportunities.

Global futures markets are open Sunday through Friday.

99¢ Futures Contracts for 90 Days

$2.99 thereafter1
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