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TD Ameritrade offers a broad array of futures trading tools and resources. Trade over 50 futures products virtually 24 hours a day, six days a week, on the advanced thinkorswim trading platform. You’ll get access to free technical studies, interactive education, 24/7 trading specialist support, paperMoney®, and live futures pit audio at no extra charge.

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Futures Trading

Experienced derivatives traders enjoy the advantages of futures trading, such as diversification, leverage, and a nearly 24/6 market. TD Ameritrade offers pairs trading integration, access to live futures pit audio, free trading platform support, and interactive education, such as weekly webcasts, online courses, and live workshops. Explore new approaches to your range of option alternatives by trading options on futures.

Three Reasons to Trade Futures with TD Ameritrade

  1. The Futures Trading Platform - thinkorswim is a premier derivatives trading platform for serious futures traders.

  2. Free Technical Studies - Gain insight from futures trading experts John Carter and John Person*. Unlike other firms, we don't charge subscription fees for these studies.

  3. 24/7 Support and Free Education - Talk to a trading specialist anytime or look at our Education resources.


Futures

ProductSymbolTrading Hours (CT)Tradable Options
2yr Note/ZT...5 p.m.-4 p.m.Yes
5yr Note/ZF...5 p.m.-4 p.m.Yes
10yr Note/ZN...5 p.m.-4 p.m.Yes
Ultra 10yr Note/TN...5 p.m.–4 p.m.No
30yr Bond/ZB...5 p.m.-4 p.m.Yes
Eurodollar/GE...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
Fed Funds/ZQ...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
1 Month Eurodollar/GLB...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
Ultra Bond/UB...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No

Unless otherwise noted, all of the above futures products trade during the specified times beginning Sunday night for the Monday trade date and ending on Friday afternoon.

1 Begins trading Monday morning
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Monday starts at 9:05am CT/10:05am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Tuesday starts at  8:00am CT/9:00am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Friday starts at 8:00amCT /9:00am ET and stops at 1:55pm CT/2:55pm ET.
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Open on Sunday night at 5:00pm CT/6:00pm ET.

ProductSymbolTrading Hours (CT)Tradable Options
COMEX Gold/GC...5 p.m.-4:00 p.m.Yes
COMEX Silver/SI...5 p.m.-4:00 p.m.No
COMEX Copper/HG...5 p.m.-4:00 p.m.No
Mini Gold/YG...7 p.m.-5 p.m.No
Mini Silver/YI...7 p.m.-5 p.m.No
Platinum/PL...5 p.m.-4:00 p.m.No
Palladium/PA...5 p.m.-4:00 p.m.No

Unless otherwise noted, all of the above futures products trade during the specified times beginning Sunday night for the Monday trade date and ending on Friday afternoon.

1 Begins trading Monday morning
2
Monday starts at 9:05am CT/10:05am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Tuesday starts at  8:00am CT/9:00am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Friday starts at 8:00amCT /9:00am ET and stops at 1:55pm CT/2:55pm ET.
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Open on Sunday night at 5:00pm CT/6:00pm ET.

ProductSymbolTrading Hours (CT)Tradable Options
Australian Dollar/6A...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
British Pound Sterling/6B...5 p.m.-4 p.m.Yes
Canadian Dollar/6C...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
E-Micro AUD/USD/M6A...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
E-Micro GBP/USD/M6B...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
E-Micro EUR/USD/M6E...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
E-Mini Japanese Yen/J7...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
Euro FX/6E...5 p.m.-4 p.m.Yes
Japanese Yen/6J...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
Mexican Peso/6M...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
E-Mini Euro FX/E7...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
New Zealand Dollar/6N...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
Swiss Franc/6S...5 p.m.-4 p.m.No
US Dollar Index/DX...7 p.m. 4p.m.3No

Unless otherwise noted, all of the above futures products trade during the specified times beginning Sunday night for the Monday trade date and ending on Friday afternoon.

1 Begins trading Monday morning
2
Monday starts at 9:05am CT/10:05am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Tuesday starts at  8:00am CT/9:00am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Friday starts at 8:00amCT /9:00am ET and stops at 1:55pm CT/2:55pm ET.
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Open on Sunday night at 5:00pm CT/6:00pm ET.

ProductSymbolTrading Hours (CT)Tradable Options
Corn/ZC...7pm-7:45am & 8:30am-1:20pmYes
E-Mini Corn Futures /XC7pm-7:45am & 8:30am-1:45pmNo
E-Mini Wheat Futures/XW7pm-7:45am & 8:30am-1:45pmNo
KC Hard Red Winter Wheat/KE7pm-7:45am & 8:30am-1:20pmNo
Oats/ZO...7pm-7:45am & 8:30am-1:20pmNo
E-Mini Soybean Futures/XK7pm-7:45am & 8:30am-1:45pmNo
Soybeans/ZS...7pm-7:45am & 8:30am-1:20pmYes
Soy bean Meal/ZM...7pm-7:45am & 8:30am-1:20pmNo
Soy bean Oil/ZL...7pm-7:45am & 8:30am-1:20pmNo
Wheat/ZW...7pm-7:45am & 8:30am-1:20pmYes

Unless otherwise noted, all of the above futures products trade during the specified times beginning Sunday night for the Monday trade date and ending on Friday afternoon.

1 Begins trading Monday morning
2
Monday starts at 9:05am CT/10:05am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Tuesday starts at  8:00am CT/9:00am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Friday starts at 8:00amCT /9:00am ET and stops at 1:55pm CT/2:55pm ET.
3
Open on Sunday night at 5:00pm CT/6:00pm ET.

ProductSymbolTrading Hours (CT)Tradable Options
E-Mini NASDAQ 100/NQ...5 p.m.-3:15 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.Yes
E-Mini Russell 2000/TF...7 p.m.-5 p.m.No
E-Mini S&P 500/ES...5 p.m.-3:15 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.Yes
E-Mini S&P MidCap 400/EMD...5 p.m.-3:15 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.No
E-Mini DOW/YM...5 p.m.-3:15 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.No
Nikkei 225/NKD...5 p.m.-4:00 p.m. No
CBOE Volatility Index(VIX) /VX…5 p.m.-3:15 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.No

Unless otherwise noted, all of the above futures products trade during the specified times beginning Sunday night for the Monday trade date and ending on Friday afternoon.

1 Begins trading Monday morning
2
Monday starts at 9:05am CT/10:05am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Tuesday starts at  8:00am CT/9:00am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Friday starts at 8:00amCT /9:00am ET and stops at 1:55pm CT/2:55pm ET.
3
Open on Sunday night at 5:00pm CT/6:00pm ET.

ProductSymbolTrading Hours (CT)Tradable Options
Brent Crude Oil/BZ5 p.m.-4:00 p.m.No
E-Mini Natural Gas/QG...5 p.m.-4:00 p.m.No
Gasoline/RB...5 p.m.-4:00 p.m.No
Heating Oil/HO...5 p.m.-4:00 p.m.No
Light Sweet Crude Oil/CL...5 p.m.-4:00 p.m.Yes
Natural Gas/NG...5 p.m.-4:00 p.m.Yes
NYMEX miNY Light Sweet Crude Oil/QM...5 p.m.-4:00 p.m.No

Unless otherwise noted, all of the above futures products trade during the specified times beginning Sunday night for the Monday trade date and ending on Friday afternoon.

1 Begins trading Monday morning
2
Monday starts at 9:05am CT/10:05am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Tuesday starts at  8:00am CT/9:00am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Friday starts at 8:00amCT /9:00am ET and stops at 1:55pm CT/2:55pm ET.
3
Open on Sunday night at 5:00pm CT/6:00pm ET.

ProductSymbolTrading Hours (CT)Tradable Options
Cocoa/CC...3:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.1No
Coffee/KC...3:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.1No
Cotton/CT...8 p.m.-1:20 p.m.No
Orange Juice/OJ...7 a.m.-1 p.m.1No
Sugar/SB...2:30 a.m.-12 p.m.1No

Unless otherwise noted, all of the above futures products trade during the specified times beginning Sunday night for the Monday trade date and ending on Friday afternoon.

1 Begins trading Monday morning
2
Monday starts at 9:05am CT/10:05am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Tuesday starts at  8:00am CT/9:00am ET and stops at 4:00pm CT/5:00pm ET.  Friday starts at 8:00amCT /9:00am ET and stops at 1:55pm CT/2:55pm ET.
3
Open on Sunday night at 5:00pm CT/6:00pm ET.

ProductSymbolTrading Hours (CT)Tradable Options
Random Length Lumber/LBS...9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. & 9:00 a.m.-1:55 p.m.No

Unless otherwise noted, all of the above futures products trade during the specified times beginning Sunday night for the Monday trade date and ending on Friday afternoon.

1 Begins trading Monday morning

ProductSymbolTrading Hours (CT)Tradable Options
Feeder Cattle/GF...8:30 a.m.-1:05 p.m. No
Lean Hogs/HE...8:30 a.m.-1:05 p.m. No
Live Cattle/LE...8:30 a.m.-1:05 p.m. No

Unless otherwise noted, all of the above futures products trade during the specified times beginning Sunday night for the Monday trade date and ending on Friday afternoon.

1 Begins trading Monday morning

Platforms that Help You Trade Futures 24/6

Trade using the elite tools in thinkorswim on your desktop or get access to one of the few mobile apps, TD Ameritrade Mobile Trader, that allows you to trade futures from your mobile devices.

 

Power your futures strategy with elite-level trading tools

One Seriously Integrated Platform

You want advanced and serious trading technology to give you a decided edge in the complex and fast-moving futures market. But you don’t want to deal with multiple platforms. With thinkorswim you get a completely integrated platform that features what you need — sophisticated functionality and elite tools-in one place.

Mobile Futures Trading

The leader in mobile trading**, with apps like Mobile Trader, you can trade futures right from your mobile device. You can also paper trade with paperMoney, download customized charts, and get live market news from CNBC. It’s the must-have, mobile app for the on-the-go futures trader.

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Evaluate risk with Beta Weighting

Beta Weighting is a useful tool within the thinkorswim trading platform that allows you to evaluate how much risk you have in your portfolio and how you can hedge it.

Test your strategy with paperMoney<sup>&reg;</sup>

paperMoney® lets you test-drive your strategy before committing with your own money while experimenting with advanced order types and new ideas.

Pinpoint opportunities with Monkey Bars

Monkey Bars is a proprietary charting tool that takes traditional futures trading studies to a whole new level, helping you to pinpoint opportunities with innovative bell curve analysis.

Upgrade Your Account to Tier 2 for Futures Trading

Whether you have an existing TD Ameritrade account or would like to open a new account, certain qualifications and permissions are required for trading futures.  For more information about account requirements or to upgrade your account to tier 2 or 3, contact us today. If you are considering options on futures, you can apply for a tier 3 upgrade.

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