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Futures Pricing Comparison

TradeStation E-Trade1 Fidelity2 optionsXpress3 Schwab4 TD Ameritrade5
Electronically
Traded U.S. Futures
(Including E-minis)

Traded through the TradeStation Platform
25¢ - $1.20
per side
per contract
$2.99
per side
per contract
Futures Trading
Not Offered
$3.50
per side
per contract
Futures Trading
Not Offered
$2.25
per side
per contract
+ exchange, regulatory, and overnight fees + exchange and NFA fees N/A + exchange, NFA and transaction fees N/A + exchange and regulatory fees

Single Stock Futures Pricing Comparison

TradeStation E-Trade1 Fidelity2 optionsXpress3 Schwab4 TD Ameritrade5
Electronically
Traded U.S. Futures
(Including E-minis)

Traded through the TradeStation Platform
25¢ - 75¢
per side
per contract
$2.99
per side
per contract
Futures Trading
Not Offered
$3.50
per side
per contract
Futures Trading
Not Offered
$2.25
per side
per contract
+ exchange, regulatory, and overnight fees + exchange and NFA fees N/A + exchange, NFA and transaction fees N/A + exchange and regulatory fees

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Competitive Pricing Disclosure

The competitive information provided here was verified as of June 2014. Some of the above firms may offer reduced commissions or waive fees, including but not limited to inactivity or maintenance fees if certain account activity and/or account balance criteria are met, and may offer products or services TradeStation does not offer. Some of the above firms may offer different or additional services. TradeStation charges a $99.95 per month Account Service Fee unless waived by account activity or balance thresholds

  1. E*Trade pricing for futures trades based on $2.99 per side per contract. Commissions may vary based on actual trading activity and/or account balance.

  2. Fidelity does not offer futures trading. 

  3. OptionsXpress based on $3.50 per contact. Commissions may vary based on actual trading activity and/or account balance.

  4. Schwab does not offer futures trading.

  5. TD Ameritrade pricing for futures trades based on $2.25 per contract for all trades. Commissions may vary based on actual trading activity and/or account balance.