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.

Gain access to the world’s leading derivatives marketplace.

Our dedicated New Client Team is ready to help you navigate the onboarding process and help find the best solution for you, whether that be from a product, trading or data perspective.

Connect with the team

Alternatively, follow the below steps:

  1. Set up a futures trading account with one of our Clearing Members (FCMs - Future Commission Merchants).
  2. Decide how you want to trade on our markets:
    • Access CME Group markets directly via CME Direct, Trade on our Central Limit Order Book (CLOB) and our OTC Cleared Markets through our own front-end trading platform.
    • Connect directly to our API for both production and test environments.
    • Your Clearing Member may provide you a way to connect and trade.
    • Require a low latency connection? Speak to our New Client Team who can walk you through the solutions.

Engage with us

Check out these services before you start trading

Clearing account

Providing clearing services for customers around the globe through our clearinghouse, CME Clearing allows you to significantly mitigate and manage your risk.

Market data

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

Technology vendor services

Access a comprehensive directory of Technology Vendors who provide access to CME Group market data, hosting, and connectivity services.

Contact Us

Talk to a dedicated new client team member to ask questions, get connected and get started in our markets.

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.

Find a Broker

Already have a Broker?

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

Be an informed trader

Draw upon CME Group's vast network of resources

Inform your trading strategy with CME Group’s innovative tools.

Use a variety of tools, including Price Action Alerts and the CME Liquidity Tool, and information to expand your understanding of the futures and options markets. Discover opportunities and watch for trends across all asset classes.

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