Margins

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 NameSymbolExchangeInitial MarginMaint. MarginDay Trade Margin
E-mini S&P 500ESCME$6,600$6,000$500
E-mini NASDAQ 100NQCME$7,150$6,500$500
E-mini Russell 2000RTYCME$3,795$3,450$500
E-mini DOW ($5)YMCBOT$5,830$5,300$500
Mini Russell 2000TFICE$4,200$3,820$500
E-mini S&P MidCap 400EMDCME$9,020$8,200$1,000
Nikkei 225 Stock IndexNKDCME$5,720$5,200$1,000
DAXFDAXEUREX€23,395€6,500
Mini-DAXFDXMEUREX€4,679€1,500
EURO STOXX 50FESXEUREX€2,480€1,000
STOXX Europe 50FSTXEUREX€1,975€1,000
FTSE 100FTSELIFFE£3,553£1,000
FTSE 250FTSE250LIFFE$4,770$1,000
Micro E-mini S&P 500 MESCME$630$630$100
Micro E-mini Nasdaq-100 MNQCME$836$760$100
Micro E-mini Russell 2000 M2KCME$390$355$100
Micro E-mini Dow MYMCBOT$605$550$100

FX

Contract NameSymbolExchangeInitial MarginMaint. MarginDay Trade Margin
Euro Futures6ECME$2,530$2,300$500
E-mini Euro FuturesE7CME$1,265$1,150$500
E-micro Euro FuturesM6ECME$253$230$300
Japanese Yen6JCME$2,200$2,000$500
E-mini Japanese YenJ7CME$1,100$1,000$500
E-micro Japanese YenMJYCME$220$200$300
Aussie Dollar6ACME$1,375$1,250$500
E-micro Aussie DollarM6ACME$137$125$300
British Pound6BCME$1,650$1,500$500
E-micro British PoundM6BCME$165$150$300
Canadian Dollar6CCME$1,265$1,150$500
E-micro Canadian DollarMCDCME$126$150$300
Swiss Franc6SCME$2,860$2,600$1,000
E-micro Swiss FrancMSFCME$286$260$300
Brazilian Real6LCME$2,420$2,200$500
Mexican Peso6MCME$1,320$1,200$500
New Zealand Dollar6NCME$1,320$1,200$500
Russian Ruble6RCME$2,300$2,090$1,000
South African Rand6ZCME$2,585$2,350$1,000
U.S. Dollar IndexDXICE$1,815$1,650$500

Interest Rates

Contract NameSymbolExchangeInitial MarginMaint. MarginDay Trade Margin
Ultra U.S. Treasury BondsUBCBOT$3,630$3,300$850
U.S. Treasury BondsZBCBOT$2,530$2,300$500
Ultra 10 Year NotesTNCBOT$1,485$1,350$500
10 Year NotesZNCBOT$1,155$1,050$500
5 Year NotesZFCBOT$748$680$500
2 Year NotesZTCBOT$522$475$500
30 Day Fed FundsZQCBOT$698$635$400
EurodollarGECME$484$440$400
Euro-Bund (10 Year)FGBLEUREX€2,369€1,000
Euro-Bobl (5 Year)FGBMEUREX€988€650
Euro-Schatz (2 Year)FGBSEUREX€241€500

Metals

Contract NameSymbolExchangeInitial MarginMaint. MarginDay Trade Margin
GoldGCCOMEX$3,740$3,400$1,500
miNY GoldQOCOMEX$1,870$1,700$750
E-micro GoldMGCCOMEX$374$340$500
100 oz GOldZGNYSE$3,934$3,576$1,000
Mini GoldYGNYSE$1,265$1,150$500
SilverSICOMEX$3,960$3,600$1,000
miNY SilverQICOMEX$1,980$1,800$1,000
5,000 oz SilverZINYSE$4,543$4,130$1,000
Mini SilverYINYSE$909$826$500
CopperHGCOMEX$3,410$3,100$1,000
miNY CopperQCCOMEX$1,705$1,550$1,000
PalladiumPANYMEX$7,150$6,500$1,000
PlatinumPLNYMEX$2,090$1,900$1,000

Energy

Contract NameSymbolExchangeInitial MarginMaint. MarginDay Trade Margin
Crude OilCLNYMEX$3,410$3,100$1,000
E-mini Crude OilQMNYMEX$1,705$1,550$500
Brent CrudeBRNICE$3,800$3,455$1,000
WTI Crude OilTICE$3,750$3,409$1,000
Natural GasNGNYMEX$2,145$1,950$1,000
E-mini Natural GasQGNYMEX$537$488$500
Heating OilHONYMEX$4,180$3,800$1,000
E-mini Heating OilQHNYMEX$1,850$1,682$1,000
Heating OilQHOICE$3,902$3,547$1,500
Gas OilGASICE$2,850$2,590$1,000
RBOB GasolineRBNYMEX$4,180$3,800$1,000
E-mini RBOB GasolineQUNYMEX$2,090$1,900$1,000
GasolineNICE$3,200$2,910$1,000

Grains

Contract NameSymbolExchangeInitial MarginMaint. MarginDay Trade Margin
CornZCCBOT$880$800$500
Mini CornXCCBOT$176$160$300
SoybeansZSCBOT$2,255$2,050$500
Mini SoybeansXBCBOT$451$410$300
Soybean OilZLCBOT$550$500$500
Soybean MealZMCBOT$1,595$1,450$500
WheatZWCBOT$1,375$1,250$500
Mini WheatXWCBOT$275$250$300
Hard Red Winter WheatKECBOT$1,950$1,772$500
WheatWHTLIFFE$603$548$500
OatsZOCBOT$742$675$500
Rough RiceZRCBOT$1,375$1,250$500

Softs

Contract NameSymbolExchangeInitial MarginMaint. MarginDay Trade Margin
Sugar #11SBICE$1,047$952$500
White SugarWSGLIFFE$1,266$1,150$500
CocoaCCICE$2,090$1,900$500
CocoaCOALIFFE$1,342$1,219$500
CoffeeKCICE$2,475$2,250$1,000
Robusta CoffeeCOF10LIFFE$1,320$1,200$500
CottonCTICE$2,915$2,650$500
Orange JuiceOJICE$959$872$1,000

Livestock

Contract NameSymbolExchangeInitial MarginMaint. MarginDay Trade Margin
Feeder CattleGFCME$3,080$2,800$1,000
Live CattleLECME$1,650$1,500$1,000
Lean HogsHECME$1,485$1,350$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.