Futures

Get more investing power for your dollar
  • Diversify your portfolio to help protect it from market swings 
  • Find new opportunities by speculating on future market moves
  • Designed for experienced traders
200+

futures products available

$1.50

price per contract2

Why trade futures?

There are many reasons: You can control a large contract with a relatively small amount of capital. You can typically buy and sell them quickly and easily, on an exchange that’s open nearly 24 hours a day.

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Manage risk

Futures let you diversify your portfolio, which can help protect your assets if the markets change3

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Invest for less

Lock in a price now for a future purchase

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Leverage

 You have the ability to control a large contract value with a relatively small amount of capital

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Speculate on the market

Take a position on either side of an anticipated market shift

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Why trade futures with E*TRADE?

We offer trading tools and expertise specially designed for futures traders.

  • Access more than 200 futures products
  • Help from our dedicated futures support team
  • Track live order status from order placement through confirmation
  • During the trading day, qualified customers can reduce their margin requirements per futures contract by 50%4
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Have at it

We have what is needed to start futures trading right now.

  • Do your research in our Knowledge section
  • Get professional insights: consult our objective analysis
  • Monitor the market with quotes, charts, and other real-time data
  • Buy and sell with our easy-to-use trading tools

$1.50 per contract.

With your futures trading account, you'll pay $1.50 per contract2, no matter how often you trade.

$1.50 per contract.

With your futures trading account, you'll pay $1.50 per contract2, no matter how often you trade.

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Learn more about futures

Our knowledge section has info to get you up to speed and keep you there.5

 

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Understanding Futures Markets

Basic

Futures markets play a vital role in bringing many of the products we need to market. Learn how...

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What to Consider Before Your Next Trade

Basic

Successful trading starts well before you click "Buy". In this 3-minute video, Rick Swope of The...

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The Power of Diversification

Basic

In this 3-minute video, you will learn what diversification is and how you can use it to build...

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Commodities Investing

Intermediate

Paul Justice of Morningstar talks about what role commodities should play in an investor's...

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