Get Started Trading Futures

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.

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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. Setup 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 unrivalled access to futures, options, and blocks across six asset classes.
  4. Contact Us for additional information

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The clearing account is used by trading firms to post performance bonds (margin) to create/maintain positions, and by clearing firms to ensure traders have enough capital required for those positions.

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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.

Select a Broker and Establish a Futures Trading Account

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 you are interested in trading and in the markets you want to trade. Working with a knowledgeable broker and quality 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. Contact Us for additional information

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