TradeStation Securities, Inc.

More buying power when you day-trade popular equity index futures

Our new lower intraday margin rate applies to some of the most-active U.S. index futures during the day-trading session.

  • E-mini S&P 500 Futures (ES)
  • E-mini Dow Jones Futures (YM)
  • E-mini NASDAQ 100 Futures (NQ)

Open a new account and lock-in lower fees

New accounts can save even more through our limited time offer for up to 50% off futures brokerage fees¹. Open a new account using the promo code FUTRAFZT to cut your futures brokerage fees in half – forever!

An award-winning* trading platform to level up your futures trading

TradeStation’s feature-rich trading platform lets traders monitor the markets, plan strategies, and implement them in one easy-to-use and convenient place.

Historical Data

Deep historical market price database: Delve into our vault of market data going back many years and spanning across several markets, including all U.S. futures and Eurex futures.

Contract View

Continuous contract view: Allows you to see long term trends in the futures market.


Backtest your futures trading ideas: Don’t rely solely on intuition – TradeStation gives you the ability to test your ideas before you ever risk a penny.

Charting & trading tools

Advanced charting: Build your own custom indicators or benefit from our expansive suite of built-in indicators.

Trading on TradeStation's desktop platform

Integrated futures trading platform: Trade futures alongside equities, options, and ETFs on one integrated platform.

Why trade futures at TradeStation?

TradeStation offers a feature-rich platform and market data to effectively execute your futures-trading strategies, including our advanced trading software, dedicated futures specialists, free educational resources, and competitive pricing plans**.

Educational resources

Powerful futures trading and analysis platform

Competitive pricing

Web and mobile trading

Free market data for non-professional traders

Experienced customer support and trade-desk specialists

Special day-trading margin rates

Access to over 600 futures and futures option products

Futures Trading Demystified: Your Futures Questions Answered

In Futures Trading Demystified, get answers to the most commonly asked futures questions. Get your free guide to learn:

  • How futures trading works
  • Why traders choose futures
  • Answers to frequently asked futures questions
  • And much more

More than 600 futures and futures options to trade

TradeStation offers over 600 futures and futures options products to trade, which means expanded trading opportunities in a wide range of markets, including indexes, commodities, metals, and more.

  Indexes E-mini S&P 500 Micro E-mini Products CME Bitcoin Futures
  Currencies Euro British Pound Japanese Yen
  Interest Rates U.S. 5-Year-T Notes U.S. 10-Year-T- Notes U.S. 30-T-Bonds
  Metals Gold Silver Copper
  Energies Crude Oil Natural Gas Heating Oil
  Agriculture Wheat Corn Oats
  Meats Lean hogs Live Cattle Feeder Cattle
  Softs Coffee Cotton Cocoa
Futures trading platforms on desktop and mobile

Trade futures online or on the go

Pick from one of our award-winning trading platforms – desktop, web, or mobile. Download the app today or get started with web trading to level up your futures game.

Want to learn more about futures trading?

Stay up to date on the latest financial news with Market Insights. Get daily briefings on market activities, trading opportunities, and education, including earnings recaps and insights from industry veterans.

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** Fees and charges may apply. Visit the Pricing page to learn more about all the fees and charges that may apply.

¹ Promotional rates on futures products: (1) micro futures: $0 commission + $0.25 per contract, per side and (2) futures: $0 commission + $0.75 per contract per side (“Promo Rates”). Promo Rates are not applicable to any futures products bought or sold on the FuturesPlus platform or TradingView. Only Entity (non-Institutional), IRAs, Individual or Joint futures accounts are eligible for Promo Rates. To qualify for Promo Rates, you must be a customer who does not have an existing futures account, opens a futures account with TradeStation Securities, Inc. , and enters promotion code FUTRAFZT on your new account application. Your account will be considered and approved or disapproved based on all relevant factors, including your financial situation and trading experience. Additional restrictions may apply. Prices, fees, and costs are subject to change. This promotion may not be transferred to any other individual and has no monetary value that may be redeemed. The offer cannot be used in combination with another offer unless expressly stated. Service fees, market data fees, premium service fees and other fees and charges may apply. Please visit service fees section for more information. TradeStation reserves the right to terminate this offer or change the terms and conditions at any time. No offer or solicitation to buy or sell securities, securities derivative or futures products or account types of any kind, or any type of trading or investment advice, recommendation or strategy, is made, given or in any manner endorsed by any TradeStation affiliate and the information made available on this Website is not an offer or solicitation of any kind in any jurisdiction where any TradeStation affiliate is not authorized to do business.

Security futures are not suitable for all investors. To obtain a copy of the security futures risk disclosure statement Investment and Trading Disclosures Booklet – Futures.

Margin trading involves risks, and it is important that you fully understand those risks before trading on margin. The Margin Disclosure Statement outlines many of those risks, including that you can lose more funds than you deposit in your margin account; your brokerage firm can force the sale of securities in your account; your brokerage firm can sell your securities without contacting you; and you are not entitled to an extension of time on a margin call. Review the Margin Disclosure Statement.

Diversification and asset allocation do not ensure future performance, success or guarantee against loss.