Get started with futures trading at Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC.

From getting your account set up to finding the latest professional perspectives on the futures market, here are some resources to help you with your futures trading experience.

1. First, make sure you have a Schwab futures account.

Already a Schwab client and want to apply for a futures account?

Clients with an eligible brokerage account can go to the Trade > Futures page to apply to open a futures account.

New to Schwab or don't have an eligible brokerage account?

You'll need an eligible1 brokerage account before you can apply for a futures account. Once it's open, return to this page to apply.

2. Power your futures trading with a suite of thinkorswim® platforms.

thinkorswim trading platforms offer a wide range of tools and solutions designed with futures traders in mind. With an easy-to-use bid/ask price ladder, one-click order entry, fully customizable charting, advanced order types, and precise exit and entry points, you can implement your futures trading strategy with confidence. 

Learn how to set up thinkorswim platforms for trading futures.

3. Get education designed to help develop and grow your futures knowledge.

Learn the basics of futures, uses, and more

Understanding the basics of futures can help you develop a futures trading strategy aligned with your overall portfolio goals.

Take our Fundamentals of Futures Trading course

Schwab clients can log in for an in-depth course that explores the fundamentals of futures trading. 

Explore more futures education

Access educational resources that cover a broad range of futures topics, strategies, and skill levels.

4. Get timely news and insights plus live trading demos and commentary.

Weekly futures commentary

Review our weekly update from Schwab futures trading specialists, "Looking to the Futures." 

Schwab Coaching™

Join our daily webcasts—live and on-demand—to see real-time trade demos with Q&A, and learn ways to apply trading principles in current market conditions using Schwab platforms and tools. 

Schwab Network™: Real-time insights, every trading day.

Get analysis and interpretation of the market-livestreaming or on-demand—with Schwab Network, brought to you by our media affiliate. 

Schwab Network is brought to you by Charles Schwab Media Productions Company ("CSMPC"). CSMPC and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. are separate but affiliated subsidiaries of The Charles Schwab Corporation. CSMPC is not a financial advisor, registered investment advisor, broker-dealer, or futures commissions merchant.

5. Access live futures support when you need it.

Whether you're wanting to talk through your trade idea or need help better understanding the basics of futures, our Trade Desk team is here to help.

Call us at 877-656-8748 anytime between Sunday, 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 5:00 p.m. ET.

Have questions about futures? We're here to help.