Futures are financial contracts that obligate the buyer to purchase an underlying asset and the seller to sell an underlying asset at a future date and at a pre-agreed price. Futures contracts are traded on exchanges and are standardized in terms of the quantity, quality, and delivery date of the underlying asset.
In general, futures contracts allow investors to speculate on the future price movements of an asset or to hedge against potential losses. Futures markets are used to trade a wide range of assets, including commodities, currencies, and stock indices.
In conclusion, futures contracts are an important financial tool for investors and traders, allowing them to speculate on price movements or to hedge against potential losses.
Margin is another key aspect of futures trading. When a trader opens a futures position, they must deposit an initial margin with their broker. The margin is a percentage of the total value of the contract and serves as collateral for any potential losses. The margin requirements for futures contracts vary depending on the asset being traded, market volatility, and other factors.
Futures contracts have a set expiration date, which is when the contract must be settled. Settlement can occur through physical delivery of the underlying asset or through a cash settlement. Physical delivery is excluded from your brokerage account. If a futures contract is not closed out before the expiration date, it will be settled automatically. Therefore, it is important for traders to monitor their positions closely and to be aware of the expiration dates of their contracts.
EUREX is the largest European futures exchange, which is particularly known for the FDAX, EURO STOXX and Bund futures.
CME - CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
The CME is one of the world's most important futures exchanges. Here, the well-known US indices S&P 500, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 can be traded as futures contracts. In addition, the CME offers a broad product portfolio of currencies and commodities.
CBOT - CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
The CBOT is the oldest futures exchange in the world and has always been well-known. Here you will find the Dow Jones future as well as many other commodity futures on corn, soybeans and wheat.
NYBOT - NEW YORK BOARD OF TRADE
The NYBOT focusses entirely on trading futures contracts on commodities, first and foremost on cocoa, cotton, orange juice, sugar and more.
NYMEX - NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
NYMEX is the trading place for futures on crude oil, natural gas and the common precious metals such as palladium, gold and silver.
Market data is an essential tool for futures traders, as it provides valuable information about price trends, trading volumes, and market sentiment. This data can be obtained from various sources. In the brokerage account, you have full choice from hundreds of trading venues worldwide, which can be added either individually or as a package with live data.
A detailed list of all market data subscriptions as well as instructions on how to proceed can be found on our market data subpage.
The brokerage account allows you to trade futures in over 17 countries. In addition to the well-established basic futures, you can also trade the latest futures from the world of cryptocurrencies.
Of course, your brokerage account also offers you the possibility to trade complex strategies and combinations of futures. Futures on indices, commodities, currencies and cryptocurrencies can be traded.
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