Discover how the unique aspects of futures contracts can provide traders with new potential opportunities in new markets.

S&P 500® Futures: A Look at the Basics

S&P 500 index futures provide exposure to individual stocks in the index. But trading futures is different from trading equities. Understand how they work and how they might be used.

Micro Crude Futures Offer Lower-Cost Oil Trading

Micro WTI Crude Oil futures offer smaller-sized contracts, allowing traders the opportunity to get precise exposure to the oil market but with a reduced financial commitment.

Energy Investing Basics: WTI vs. Brent Crude Oil

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent Crude: What's the difference between these two global crude oil benchmarks?

Market Downturn: Three Ways to Short the Market

Investors seeking to profit from a market downturn or looking for portfolio protection have several shorting alternatives. Here are three of them.

Micro Bitcoin and Ether Futures Offer Small Bites of Crypto

At a fraction of the size of a standard futures contract, Micro Bitcoin and Ether futures can offer a more cost-effective way for traders to gain bitcoin exposure.

Micro E-Mini Futures in Earnings Season

Learn the basics of Micro E-mini futures and how they can potentially help retail traders and investors gain flexibility during earnings season.

The Basics of Trading Futures Contracts

Learn how futures contracts work, the history and evolution of futures trading, the role of futures contracts in the financial market, and how to trade futures.

Understanding Futures Margin

Learn how changes in futures prices affect margin and your account.

Cryptocurrencies: How You Could Invest in Them

There are multiple ways to access the cryptocurrency market, including over-the-counter trusts, mutual funds and ETFs, futures, and the stocks of companies involved in cryptocurrencies.

What Is a Micro E-Mini Future?

Micro E-mini futures offer traders exposure to four leading U.S. stock indexes in bite-size contracts.