Get Started Trading Futures and Options

Once you’re ready to start trading, follow the steps below to connect to and access our markets. Keep in mind, the steps to trade vary depending on what type of trader you are – whether you’re trading on behalf of an institution or for your own individual account.

Talk to your firm’s permissions manager/verification officer.

Start with the person or department in charge of managing market and trading permissions for your firm. If your institution is already connected to CME Group, you may only need to be added to your firm’s existing account(s) and permissioned to trade our markets.

If your firm is not yet connected to CME Group, complete the steps below:

  1. Set up a futures trading account with a futures commission merchant (FCM).
  2. Talk to your FCM about which account type and memberships may be appropriate for you. Your FCM can execute your trades and provide clearing services for you. 
  3. Alternatively, you can access CME Group markets directly via CME Direct. CME Direct provides unrivaled access to futures, options, and blocks across six asset classes.

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Clearing account

Providing clearing services for customers around the globe through our clearinghouse, CME Clearing allows you to significantly mitigate and manage your risk. By acting as the counterparty for every trade, CME Clearing helps you mitigate counterparty risk by maintaining a matched book and risk-neutral position.

Find a broker

In order to trade futures, you must have an account with a registered futures broker who will maintain your account and guarantee your trades. In the futures business, brokerage firms are known as either a futures commission merchant (FCM) or an introducing broker (IB). Many securities brokers are also registered to deal in futures.

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Take advantage of our industry-leading data solutions that help address your trading, research, compliance and risk management requirements.

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Connect with a broker who trades futures

In order to trade futures, you must have an account with a registered futures broker who will maintain your account and guarantee your trades. In the futures business, brokerage firms are known as either a futures commission merchant (FCM) or an introducing broker (IB). Many securities brokers are also registered to deal in futures. 

Consider selecting a broker who supports the products and markets you are interested in trading. Working with a knowledgeable broker and firm can play an important role in your long-term success.

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Already have a Broker?

  1. Confirm your account is enabled for futures trading with your broker
  2. Visit cmegroup.com/activetrader.com for market news, tools, and trading insights specifically created for active traders.

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