Futures Trading

The companies below offer futures trading in Australia. Futures Trading allows you (the investor) to buy and sell commodities at a pre-arranged date in the future, at a specified price. The price of the contract is a market determined price, and Futures are traded on a global range via a Futures Trading Exchange. When looking for a good futures trading service, make sure you check what commission fees are involved as well as the account minimum. If you want a highly-managed account then check that an account handling and futures brokers service is offered. It is extremely important that you read the terms and conditions of any company before you open an account. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the customer support team for more information.

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Date Company Established

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Commission paid for futures trading

INITIAL MARGIN

INITIAL MARGIN

The initial margin is a deposit used as collateral to open a position.

MIN ACCOUNT

MIN ACCOUNT

Minimum Account

MIN TRADE

MIN TRADE

Minimum Trade

DMA

DMA

Direct Market Access

API

API

For those wishing to connect market data and/or order routing functionality into their own developed software

OPTIONS

OPTIONS

Is Options trading available

FEATURES

FEATURES

Extra features of futures account

MORE INFO

Apex Futures Trading
Apex Futures Trading

1995
NFA 0266569
$1.70 R/T Depending on trading volume and market$500 daytrade margin minimum$3,000$3,000YesYesYesNo

Features

Hedging: No
Scapling: No
US Citizens: Yes

API Access: Yes
Apex Futures Trading
ApexFutures are registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as an independent introducing broker. They offer the latest in technology based futures and options trading at one of the deepest discounted commission rates in the industry. They have 24 hour live phone desk support and free streaming Level II quotes on platform. Please make sure that you read the Apex terms and conditions thoroughly before opening an account and if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact their customer service team. DETAIL INFORMATION >>Markets

Markets

CME, CBOT, NYMEX, EUREX, ICE, Interbank Forex


Orders

Orders

Market, Limit, Stop, Stop Limit, Trailing Stop, Bracket Order (OCO), Mutli-Trailing, Multi-Bracket


Platform

Platform

Infinity AT, Sierra, Onyx, NinjaTrader, Strategy Runner, RAN, CQG, Trade Navigator, GTS, Express, J-Trader, X-Trader
 
6 of our platforms are free, the other 7 have a monthly fee that ranges from $26-$625/month


Services

Services

As low as $500 daytrade margins and exchange margin minimums for position trades. Clients qualify for daytrade margins as long as they are flat at the close of the market, otherwise clients must have the exchange margin to hold a position past the close.
Trading Futures, Options on Futures, and retail off-exchange foreign currency transactions involves substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors. You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge, and financial resources. You may lose all or more of your initial investment. Opinions, market data, and recommendations are subject to change at any time.


Advantages

Advantages

1. Daytrade margins as low as $500
2. Commissions as low as $1.70/rt
3. Low account minimum starting balance of only $3,000
4. Free trading platforms with advanced order management features
5. Free live registered broker support via phone or online chat
6. 6 different charting packages work with their trading platform
7. Weekly webinars on platforms and trading education
8. Free education and trading tools
9. Fast and reliable trading platforms
10. NFA member and CFTC registered


Disadvantages

Disadvantages

1. Only Swap-Free account for Saudis.
2. Forex and Futures on two separate trading platforms.
3. No CFDs, Stocks or Spread Betting.

Global Futures Exchange and Trading
Global Futures Exchange and Trading

1998
NFA, CFTC 0289721
From $0.10 side*+fees Ask a broker for detailsFrom $500 Standard day trading margins$0$0YesYesYesNo

Features

Hedging: No
Scapling: No
US Citizens: Yes

API Access: Yes
Global Futures Exchange and Trading
Global Futures is one of the largest independent introducing futures brokerage firms offering futures trading options and foreign exchange services on all major exchanges around the world. Their futures brokers platforms are designed to provide powerful, reliable and value-added brokerage solutions. Their strongest features include, their Global Network, their best technology solutions and their comprehensive range of products and services. Please read the terms and conditions in detail before opening an account. DETAIL INFORMATION >>Markets

Markets

CME GROUP, ICE, NYMEX, EUREX, IDEM, Liffe, Livestock, NYBOT and HKEx


Orders

Orders

Global Futures accepts pit traded orders as well as a variety of electronic order types, including: Market, Stop, Stop Limit, Conditional Stop, Conditional Stop Limit, Market if touched, Limit, Iceberg, Bracket Orders, Trailing stops and Scale out orders up to 3 targets.


Platform

Platform

Turbo Trader 2, GSTrader, X_TRADER®, Strategy Runner, J-Trader, RAN, MetaTrader 4, IKON Platinum, IKON Core Options, G.T.S., eGlobalFX, and more.


Services

Services

Forex Trading and CFD Trading


Advantages

Advantages

1. Day Trade margins as low as $500
2. Commissions as low as $0.10* per side. Ask a broker for details. 3
. Low account minimum starting balance.
4. Managed Accounts available
5. Automated Trading available
6. Discretionary Management
7. NFA member and CFTC registered
8. Dedicated account handlers
9. API Access
11. Floor Access
12. System Trading
13. Multi-lingual tech support
14. 24-hour in-house Tech Support (Friday 3pm PST-Sunday 1 pm)
15. 24-hour in-house Order Desk (Friday 3pm PST-Sunday 1 pm)
16. Leverage as High as 400x1 for forex
17. 10+ platforms to choose


Disadvantages

Disadvantages

1. Global Futures office is closed for a portion of the weekend: Friday 3:00 PM – Sunday 1:00 PM PST.
2. Global Futures currently does not offer electronic trading on Singapore Exchange futures. 3. Global Futures cannot accept credit card funding for futures accounts.
4. No formal training facilities available
5. Global Futures does not offer Mobile Trading for Futures accounts

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Learn more about futures trading

Futures Trading involves predicting future commodity prices. Some of the main Commodities traded are farming products like coffee and sugar, metals like steel and copper, livestock (beef),oil and timber. Currency is also considered a commodity and it is possible to use futures trading in the foreign exchange market. Commodity trading involves the investor speculating on the future price of a commodity. If the investor believes that the price of a commodity will increase in the future, they buy a futures contract. If they believe that the value of a commodity will go down they see the futures contract.

Explain a Futures Contract?

Unlike with stocks or bonds investing, it is not necessary with futures trading to own or purchase anything. You are betting on the commodity and what its value will be in the future. A futures contract means that the investor buys or sells a commodity for a predetermined price and at a prearranged time period. He or she is then obliged to buy or sell that commodity at a future date.

Do you need a lot of money to start trading?

On opening a futures account, you will need to pay an initial margin. This is likely to be a percentage of the value of the contract that is agreed with the broker. The price of the margin is also set by the broker or exchange, and will change according to fluctuations in the market. Usually margin deposits are around 2% to 10% of the value of the contract.

What are the risks involved with futures trading?

Futures trading can be very risky and if you are using your own capital there is the possibility of losing it all. By accepting a Futures contract, there is the potential to lose all of your invested funds, your initial margin and additional funds. If you want to engage in futures trading you should only use capital that you can afford to lose. The risk of losing capital is extremely high in this type of trading, and most traders will lose capital at some point.

How does Futures Trading work?

This type of trading takes place all over the world via central exchanges and is always between two parties – the buyer and the seller. The most effective way to understand how futures trading works is to think about them in terms of something tangible. Two parties enter into a contract to buy or sell a specific amount of stock for a certain price on a set future date. The difference between the stock price and the commodities is the stock future contract is almost never held to an expiration date. The contracts are bought and sold on the futures market. When you are looking at futures trading providers you should ensure that you do your research properly and you are fully aware of the risks involved with your investment. Never trade more than you are prepared to lose and if you are in any doubt you should seek independent financial advice.

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