Get Started Trading Futures

As the leader of a start-up firm, raising capital is difficult enough. But money isn’t everything – there are many other challenges to face during the initial stages.

That’s where CME Group can help.

We offer many solutions to ease your day-to-day challenges, through a mix of leading futures and options products, tools, market data, valuable research and capital savings.

We also make it easy for you to see and quickly understand how we can help you, through a simple, one-stop online resource center customized for your needs. Let us help you save time and money, so you can focus your attention and efforts where it really counts – growing your fund.

Why CME Group?

Broad Contract Offering

Trade the products you care about with our offering of futures, options, cash and OTC contracts across six major asset classes

Marketing to Investors

Visit our Investor Resource Center to view existing alternative investment content and learn how to be included

Free Tools and Analytics

Stay up-to-date with what's happening in the markets with the CME Liquidity Tool

Market Data

Back-test your trading strategies with historical market data from CME DataMine

Contact Your Dedicated Sales Representative

CME Group will provide a dedicated sales contact to help you understand and navigate what’s best for you. Fill out the form below to be contacted by a member of our Sales team.

5 Things You Need to Know to Get Started with Our Markets

How do I find a Futures Commission Merchant (FCM)?

Find a broker who will help discuss the onboarding process, risk alliance, margin, market access and fees with you.

Find a Broker.

How can I calculate margins? What tools do you have?

CME Group has a variety of tools to help you calculate margins, depending on your needs.

Try the tools

How do I connect to trade CME Group products?

CME Group has a fast, secure and highly-configurable trading front-end, CME Direct. With CME Direct, you can access CME Group futures, options and block markets, all on one screen.

Register for CME Direct.

How do I get a membership with a CME Group exchange?

CME Group offers different types of membership based on the products you trade.

Learn more about the different memberships.

How do I Clear OTC IRS or FX Products?

CME Clearing offers global OTC clearing opportunities for IRS and FX products. To get started with CME Clearing, you will need to establish a relationship with a clearing firm, an execution provider, and an execution or affirmation platform.

See how to set up these relationships.

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