So you want to trade futures but aren't sure where to begin? Think of our educational resources as your futures foundation—helping you build the knowledge you need to trade futures with confidence.
Introductions are the first step in getting acquainted—so say hello to futures. Who knows? It could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
Futures investing basics
Maximizing capital efficiency
Comparing futures with stock trading
Comparing futures options with stock options
Just like reading a legal contract before signing, you need to understand futures contracts before you open a position. Explore the topics below to sharpen your knowledge—no signature required.
Futures margin: capital requirements
Mark-to-market adjustments: end of day settlements
Delivery: physical vs. cash-settled
Understanding the futures roll
Hedging your portfolio with futures
Everyone has a type. Maybe you're into commodities, or perhaps indices are more your thing. If you're not sure, that's cool too. Below are all the categories available for trading, so you can find your match.
Stock index & Micro E-mini index futures
Treasury & interest rates
You may know how to trade, and even what to trade, but you can't get started until you have the tools and platforms to do it. Lucky you—they're all right here.
Trading futures in thinkorswim®
Trading on the go with the thinkorswim Mobile app
Active Trader tab
Futures videos library
Not sure how to apply for futures trading approval? Wondering how to place a futures trade? Start here with answers to our most-asked futures trading questions.