Margin Requirements


Trade Futures 4 Less offers low day trade margins to accommodate traders that require high leverage to trade their accounts. The lower the margin, especially Day Trading Margins, the higher the leverage and riskier the trade. Leverage can work for you as well as against you, it magnifies gains as well as losses.

  • $500 – Equity

  • $500 – FX

  • $500 – Interest Rates

  • $1,000 – Metals

  • $1,000 – Energy

  • $500 – Grains

  • $500 – Softs

Initial Margin – set by the respective exchange and represent the amount required to hold a position into the next trading session.

Maintenance Margin – the lowest amount an account can reach before needing to be replenished to hold a position into the next trading session.

Day Trade Margin – the amount required to enter into a position per contract on an intraday basis.


RithmicCQG and CTS Data Technology offers competitive day trade margins at $500 per contract for some of the most popular and liquid products.

Traders need to make sure they understand the risk involved in using leverage.

Equity

Contract Name Symbol Exchange Initial Margin Maint. Margin Day Trade Margin
E-mini S&P 500 ES CME $5,500 $5,000 $500
E-mini NASDAQ 100 NQ CME $4,290 $3,900 $500
E-mini DOW ($5) YM CBOT $4,400 $4,000 $500
Mini Russell 2000 TF ICE $3,630 $3,300 $500
E-mini S&P MidCap 400 EMD CME $7,920 $7,200 $1,000
Nikkei 225 Stock Index NKD CME $4,290 $3,900 $1,000
DAX FDAX EUREX €22,126 €6,500
Mini-DAX FDXM EUREX €4,425 €1,500
EURO STOXX 50 FESX EUREX €2,391 €1,000
STOXX Europe 50 FSTX EUREX €2,115 €1,000
FTSE 100 FTSE LIFFE £4,508 £1,000
FTSE 250 FTSE250 LIFFE $4,770 $1,000

FX

Contract Name Symbol Exchange Initial Margin Maint. Margin Day Trade Margin
Euro Futures 6E CME $3,410 $3,100 $500
E-mini Euro Futures E7 CME $1,705 $1,550 $400
E-micro Euro Futures M6E CME $341 $310 $300
Japanese Yen 6J CME $3,630 $3,300 $500
E-mini Japanese Yen J7 CME $1,815 $1,650 $400
E-micro Japanese Yen MJY CME $363 $330 $300
Aussie Dollar 6A CME $1,650 $1,500 $500
E-micro Aussie Dollar M6A CME $165 $150 $300
British Pound 6B CME $2,640 $2,400 $500
E-micro British Pound M6B CME $264 $240 $300
Canadian Dollar 6C CME $1,320 $1,200 $500
E-micro Canadian Dollar MCD CME $132 $120 $300
Swiss Franc 6S CME $3,630 $3,300 $1,000
E-micro Swiss Franc MSF CME $363 $330 $300
Brazilian Real 6L CME $3,520 $3,200 $500
Mexican Peso 6M CME $1,925 $1,750 $500
New Zealand Dollar 6N CME $1,540 $1,400 $500
Russian Ruble 6R CME $5,500 $5,000 $1,000
South African Rand 6Z CME $1,870 $1,700 $1,000
U.S. Dollar Index DX ICE $1,980 $1,800 $500

Interest Rates

Contract Name Symbol Exchange Initial Margin Maint. Margin Day Trade Margin
Ultra U.S. Treasury Bonds UB CBOT $5,650 $5,100 $850
U.S. Treasury Bonds ZB CBOT $4,840 $4,400 $500
Ultra 10 Year Notes TN CBOT $2,420 $2,200 $500
10 Year Notes ZN CBOT $1,595 $1,450 $500
5 Year Notes ZF CBOT $935 $850 $500
2 Year Notes ZT CBOT $605 $550 $500
30 Day Fed Funds ZQ CBOT $750 $500 $400
Eurodollar GE CME $275 $250 $400
Euro-Bund (10 Year) FGBL EUREX €2,564 €1,000
Euro-Bobl (5 Year) FGBM EUREX €1,010 €650
Euro-Schatz (2 Year) FGBS EUREX €210 €500

Metals

Contract Name Symbol Exchange Initial Margin Maint. Margin Day Trade Margin
Gold GC COMEX $4,620 $4,200 $1,500
miNY Gold QO COMEX $2,310 $2,000 $750
E-micro Gold MGC COMEX $462 $420 $500
100 oz GOld ZG NYSE $4,400 $4,000 $1,000
Mini Gold YG NYSE $1,556 $1,415 $500
Silver SI COMEX $5,500 $5,000 $1,000
miNY Silver QI COMEX $2,750 $2,500 $1,000
5,000 oz Silver ZI NYSE $7,700 $7,000 $1,000
Mini Silver YI NYSE $1,400 $1,273 $500
Copper HG COMEX $3,025 $2,750 $1,000
miNY Copper QC COMEX $1,513 $1,375 $1,000
Palladium PA NYMEX $4,400 $4,000 $1,000
Platinum PL NYMEX $2,090 $1,900 $1,000

Energy

Contract Name Symbol Exchange Initial Margin Maint. Margin Day Trade Margin
Crude Oil CL NYMEX $2,970 $2,700 $1,000
E-mini Crude Oil QM NYMEX $1,485 $1,350 $500
Brent Crude BRN ICE $3,080 $2,800 $1,000
WTI Crude Oil T ICE $4,070 $3,700 $1,000
Natural Gas NG NYMEX $2,200 $2,000 $1,000
E-mini Natural Gas QG NYMEX $550 $500 $500
Heating Oil HO NYMEX $3,685 $3,350 $1,000
E-mini Heating Oil QH NYMEX $1,842 $1,675 $1,000
Heating Oil QHO ICE $4,292 $3,902 $1,500
Gas Oil GAS ICE $3,300 $3,000 $1,000
RBOB Gasoline RB NYMEX $4,675 $4,250 $1,000
E-mini RBOB Gasoline QU NYMEX $2,338 $2,125 $1,000
Gasoline N ICE $3,300 $3,000 $1,000

Grains

Contract Name Symbol Exchange Initial Margin Maint. Margin Day Trade Margin
Corn ZC CBOT $825 $750 $500
Mini Corn XC CBOT $165 $150 $300
Soybeans ZS CBOT $2,310 $2,100 $500
Mini Soybeans XK CBOT $462 $420 $300
Soybean Oil ZL CBOT $1,045 $950 $500
Soybean Meal ZM CBOT $1,980 $1,800 $500
Wheat ZW CBOT $1,110 $1,000 $500
Mini Wheat XW CBOT $220 $200 $300
Hard Red Winter Wheat KE CBOT $1,560 $1,418 $500
Wheat WHT LIFFE $714 $65 $500
Oats ZO CBOT $688 $625 $500
Rough Rice ZR CBOT $908 $825 $500

Softs

Contract Name Symbol Exchange Initial Margin Maint. Margin Day Trade Margin
Sugar #11 SB ICE $1,540 $1,400 $500
White Sugar WSG LIFFE $1,808 $1,644 $500
Cocoa CC ICE $1,595 $1,450 $500
Cocoa COA LIFFE $1,298 $1,180 $500
Coffee KC ICE $2,970 $2,700 $1,000
Robusta Coffee COF10 LIFFE $1,320 $1,200 $500
Cotton CT ICE $1,650 $1,500 $500
Orange Juice OJ ICE $2,145 $1,950 $1,000

Livestock

Contract Name Symbol Exchange Initial Margin Maint. Margin Day Trade Margin
Feeder Cattle GF CME $3,300 $3,000 $1,000
Live Cattle LE CME $1,705 $1,550 $1,000
Lean Hogs HE CME $1,320 $1,200 $1,000

Please note:

  • Margin Call Fee – $50
  • Margin Liquidation Fee – $25 per contract
  • All open positions will be manually liquidated if the account falls below a net liquidity of $500.
  • Posted margins valid up to 50 contracts. Trading more than 100 contracts requires additional margin.
  • Repeated violations of margin requirements can result in fees and/or higher day trade margins requirements.
  • Clients are responsible for monitoring their positions and are still financially responsible for any losses generated by open positions in the account.

Disclaimer:

  • The above information was drawn from sources believed to be reliable. Although it is believed that information provided is accurate, no guarantee is made. Trade Futures 4 Less assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions.