Futures

Trade on global markets around the clock
  • Trade virtually 24 hours a day, six days a week
  • Access equity indexes, energies, metals, currencies, and interest rates 
200+

futures products available

$1.50

price per contract2

Why trade futures?

Futures offer a wide array of products to achieve multiple objectives. Speculate on some of the world’s largest and most liquid markets. Diversify into metals, energies, interest rates, or currencies. Or hedge your portfolio using equity indexes, such as the E-mini S&P 500 or E-mini Nasdaq 100.

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Near around-the-clock trading

Trade 24 hours a day, six days a week

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No pattern day trading rules

No minimum account value to trade multiple times per day

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Ease of going
short

No short sale restrictions or hard-to-borrow availability concerns

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Power of
leverage

Control a large contract value with a relatively small amount of capital

Follow the futures markets 
 

Get the latest quotes, charts, and market news at the futures research center, powered by the CME Group, one of the world’s largest futures exchanges. Visit our futures research center to learn more. 

 

Futures research center

Why trade futures with E*TRADE?

Trading tools professionally designed for futures traders.

  • Low commissions, only $1.50 per contract
  • Fast account activation. Add futures trading quickly and easily to your current account.
  • Our full-service reps are here to help during futures trading hours
  • Trade on major exchanges, including the CME Group, ICE Futures U.S., and CFE

Contract specifications

Intraday margining is set to 50% of initial margin requirements.

Equity index

Symbol Product Tick Size Tick Value Margin Req Trading Hours (ET)
/ES E-Mini S&P 500 0.25 $12.50 $5,500.00 6 p.m.–5:00 p.m. (15 min. trading halt 4:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)
/NQ E-Mini Nasdaq 100 0.25 $5.00 $4,290.00 6 p.m.–5:00 p.m. (15 min. trading halt 4:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)
/YM Mini Dow 1 $5.00 $4,400.00 6 p.m.–5:00 p.m. (15 min. trading halt 4:15 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.)
/TF Russel 2000 0.1 $5.00 $3,630.00 6 p.m.–5:00 p.m. (15 min. trading halt 4:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)
/EMD E-Mini S&P Midcap 0.1 $10.00 $7,920.00 6 p.m.–5:00 p.m. (15 min. trading halt 4:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)
/VX CBOE S&P 500 VIX 0.05 $50.00 $6,215.00 9:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m. (EXT 3 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m.)
/NKD Nikkei 225 5 $25.00 $4,290.00 6 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Energy

Symbol Product Tick Size Tick Value Margin Req Trading Hours (ET)
/CL Crude Oil WTI 0.01 $10.00 $3,190.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/NG Natural Gas 0.001 $10.00 $2,860.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/HO Heating Oil 0.0001 $4.20 $4,565.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/BZ Brent Crude Oil 0.01 $10.00 $3,300.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/RB Gasoline RBOB 0.0001 $4.20 $5,115.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/QG E-mini Natual Gas 0.005 $12.50 $715.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/QM E-mini Crude Oil 0.025 $12.50 $1,595.00 6 p.m.–5:15 p.m. (Sun–Fri)

Interest rates

Symbol Product Tick Size Tick Value Margin Req Trading Hours (ET)
/GE Eurodollar 0.005 $12.50 $275.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (Sun–Fri)
/ZN 10-Year T-note 0’005 $15.63 $1,595.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (Sun–Fri)
/ZF 5-year T-note 0’002 $7.81 $935.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (Sun–Fri)
/ZT 2-year T-note 0’002 $15.63 $715.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (Sun–Fri)
/ZB 30-year T-bond 0’01 $31.25 $4,840.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (Sun–Fri)
/UB Ultra T-bond 0’01 $31.25 $6,985.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (Sun–Fri)
/ZQ 30-day Fed Funds 0.005 $20.84 $303.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (Sun–Fri)

Metals

Symbol Product Tick Size Tick Value Margin Req Trading Hours (ET)
/GC Gold 0.1 $10.00 $5,940.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/HG Copper 0.05 $12.50 $3,410.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/SI Silver 0.005 $25.00 $7,150.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/PA Palladium 0.05 $5.00 $4,400.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/PL Platinum 0.1 $5.00 $2,640.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/QO Mini- Gold 0.1 $3.32 $3,300.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/SIL Mini- Silver 0.001 $1.00 $1,100.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)

Grains

Symbol Product Tick Size Tick Value Margin Req Trading Hours (ET)
/ZC Corn 0.25 $12.50 $990.00 Sun-Fri 8 p.m.–8:45 a.m. and Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.
/ZS Soybeans 0.25 $12.50 $2,310.00 Sun-Fri 8 p.m.–8:45 a.m. and Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.
/ZW Wheat 0.25 $12.50 $1,100.00 Sun-Fri 8 p.m.–8:45 a.m. and Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.
/ZL Soybean Oil 0.01 $6.00 $908.00 Sun-Fri 8 p.m.–8:45 a.m. and Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.
/ZM Soybean Meal 0.1 $10.00 $1,980.00 Sun-Fri 8 p.m.–8:45 a.m. and Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.
/ZO Oats 0.25 $12.50 $770.00 Sun-Fri 8 p.m.–8:45 a.m. and Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.
/XC Mini Corn 0.125 $1.25 $198.00 Sun-Fri 8 p.m.–8:45 a.m. and Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.
/XK Mini Soybeans 0.125 $1.25 $462.00 Sun-Fri 8 p.m.–8:45 a.m. and Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.
/XW Mini Wheat 0.125 $1.25 $220.00 Sun-Fri 8 p.m.–8:45 a.m. and Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.

Softs

Symbol Product Tick Size Tick Value Margin Req Trading Hours (ET)
/CC-M Cocoa 0.1 $10.00 $1,595.00 4:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
/KC-M Coffee 0.05 $18.75 $2,970.00 4:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
/CT-M Cotton 0.1 $5.00 $1,650.00 9 p.m.–2:20 p.m.
/OJ-M Orange Juice 0.05 $7.50 $2,145.00 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
/SB-M Sugar 0.01 $11.20 $1,540.00 3:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Livestock

Symbol Product Tick Size Tick Value Margin Req Trading Hours (ET)
/LE Live Cattle 0.025 $10.00 $1,705.00 9:30 a.m.–2:05 p.m. Mon-Fri
/GF Feeder Cattle 0.025 $12.50 $3,300.50 9:30 a.m.–2:05 p.m. Mon-Fri

FX (currency)

Symbol Product Tick Size Tick Value Margin Req Trading Hours (ET)
/6E Euro 0.0001 $12.50 $3,025.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/6J Japanese Yen 0.0000005 $6.25 $4,400.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/6A Australian Dollar 0.0001 $10.00 $1,650.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/6B British Pound 0.0001 $6.25 $3,025.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/6C Canadian Dollar 0.0001 $10.00 $1,320.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/6S Swiss Franc 0.0001 $12.50 $3,630.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/6M Mexican Peso 0.0001 $5.00 $2,500.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/6N New Zealand Dollar 0.0001 $10.00 $1,540.00 6 p.m.–5 p.m. (60 min. trading halt 5 p.m.)
/DX-M U.S. Dollar 0.005 $5.00 $1,980.00 8 p.m.–5 p.m. (6 p.m. start on Sunday)