Learn to Trade Futures

Before you start trading, it is important to understand how futures work - including how contracts differ across asset classes or individual products, what it means to trade in tick increments and that futures contracts have expiration dates.

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Introduction to Futures

    How to Analyze Futures Markets & Build a Trade Plan

    Learn how to analyze futures markets, including which key economic events to follow, what type of orders you can trade, and how to construct your personal trade plan.

    Who Uses Futures?


    Hedgers are individuals or firms that buy or sell an actual physical commodity and can be affected by changes in prices, exchange rates and/or interest rates. Hedgers use futures to manage and offset these risks. 

    See more about hedgers.


    A speculator is any individual or firm that accepts risk in order to make a profit, by buying low and selling high or selling low and buying later at a higher price.

    See more about speculators.

    Learn More Based on How You Want to Trade

    Who it’s for
    Designed for beginning to advanced traders of all types

    What you’ll find
    Courses, videos, articles, research, analysis and more to help you learn or enhance your skills. 
    And tools to put your knowledge into action by practicing trading on our free simulator

    Who it’s for
    Designed for the active individual trader trading his/her own money

    What you’ll find
    Education, daily videos and trading tools all designed specifically for the individual active trader

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