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Diversify your trading by adding futures and futures options to your portfolio. Take advantage of our wide range of futures trading resources, and get the tools, education, and support you need to make the most of your futures trading. You’ll also enjoy the convenience of automated cash sweeps between your futures and securities accounts, with any excess balance in the futures account automatically swept back to your securities account each day.

The price is just $3.50 per contract for futures or futures options. See pricing details

Why trade futures at Schwab?

When you trade futures at Schwab, you have access to:

  • Advanced trading platforms with customizable features and easy-to-use tools that support simple and complex strategies.
  • Timely and actionable research and education, including videos and live webcasts to help you sharpen your futures trading skills—plus proprietary and third-party analysis to help you make informed trading decisions.
  • Personalized support from trading specialists with advanced, in-depth knowledge of futures trading, available 24 hours a day, from Sunday, 5:30 p.m. through Friday, 5:00 p.m. ET.

Advanced platforms, tools, education, and support.

  • Screen shot of StreetSmart Central trading platform.

    StreetSmart® Trading Platforms.

    • Take advantage of StreetSmart Central™, an advanced platform that blends sophisticated technology with easy-to-use tools.
    • Trade futures, options, and stocks—all on one platform.
    • Access streaming charts, real-time quotes, trade calculators, market news, and research and analysis to help you make informed decisions.
    • Choose from more than 40 trading tools, including customizable features that help you plan and execute simple and complex strategies.
    • Manage your trading from anywhere with the StreetSmart Mobile™ app.

StreetSmart Central tools.

Find trade ideas, take action, and stay in control with these advanced and easy-to-use tools.

  • Screen shot of streaming charts and quotes on StreetSmart Central.

    Streaming Charts and Real-Time Quotes

    Access real-time data and advanced charting with customizable views and a wide range of technical studies and indicators to help you analyze trades and make informed decisions.

  • Screen shot of sample graph on the Trade and Probability Calculator.

    Trade & Probability Calculator

    Gauge the potential investment risk and reward by entering hypothetical trades for futures and futures options. Get charts and Profit and Loss tables to help you estimate the outcomes.

  • Screen shot of the All-in-One Trade Ticket on StreetSmart Central.

    All-in-One Trade Ticket

    Place advanced futures, options, and stock orders to help lock in gains or protect against losses. Automatically build orders or build and modify your own custom trades to execute simple or complex strategies.

Market insights, research, and education.

  • Access Schwab’s proprietary research, plus independent commentary from third-party experts, covering the major U.S. futures markets.
  • Get actionable market news and reports from industry-leading analysts, including Hightower, Wyckoff, Gramza, Trading Central, Dow Jones, and more.
  • Attend interactive webcasts by futures trading experts to gain insights on strategies, tactics, and markets.

Subscribe to Schwab Investing Insights® emails and choose from a wide range of topics including Today's Futures Market Updates for daily fundamental and technical analysis, along with actionable trade ideas.

Support from futures specialists.

Get personalized support from trading specialists who have advanced knowledge of futures trading. Support is available 24 hours a day, from Sunday, 5:30 p.m. through Friday, 5:00 p.m. ET.

Many types of futures to trade.

With a futures account, you have the opportunity to trade a wide range of indexes, commodities, currencies, and more.

  • Indexes

  • E-Mini S&P 500
  • E-Mini Nasdaq
  • E-Mini Russell 2000
  • Mini Dow Jones
  • Energies

  • Crude oil
  • Natural gas
  • Heating oil
  • Gasoline
  • Metals

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Copper
  • Platinum
  • Currencies

  • Euro
  • British Pound
  • Japanese Yen
  • Swiss Franc
  • Canadian Dollar
  • Australian Dollar
  • U.S. Dollar Index
  • Interest Rates

  • U.S. Treasury Bonds
  • U.S. 10-Year Notes
  • Eurodollars
  • Grains

  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Wheat
  • Livestock

  • Live cattle
  • Feeder cattle
  • Lean hogs
  • Food and Fiber

  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Cocoa
  • Cotton
  • Orange juice
More types of futures to trade
  • Indexes

  • DAX 30 Index
  • Dow Euro Stoxx
  • E-mini Mid-Cap 400
  • Bloomberg Commodity Index
  • GSCI
  • MSCI EAFE Mini
  • Nikkei 225 (CME)
  • Volatility Index
  • Energies

  • Ethanol
  • Brent Crude Oil
  • Metals

  • HRC Steel Index
  • Palladium
  • Currencies

  • Brazilian Real
  • Korean Won
  • Mexican Peso
  • New Zealand Dollar
  • South African Rand
  • Swedish Krona
  • Interest Rates

  • Federal Funds
  • French Government Bonds
  • Swiss Government Bonds
  • U.S. 2-Year Notes
  • U.S. 5-Year Notes
  • Ultra Bonds
  • Grains

  • Oats
  • Rough Rice
  • Soybean Oil
  • Soybean Meal
  • Housing Indexes

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Composite
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York Commuter
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, DC
  • Food and Fiber

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Lumber

New to futures?

Here’s a quick overview of the benefits and advantages of trading futures—plus a list of videos on specific topics that can help you learn more.

Benefits and advantages of trading futures.

When you trade futures, you can:

  • Diversify your portfolio.
  • Trade commodities, like energies, metals, and grains, as well as currencies, stock indexes, and more.
  • Access global markets 24 hours a day during the trading week, even when the stock market is closed.
  • Get greater leverage and more efficient use of your trading capital.
  • Take advantage of trading opportunities regardless of market direction.

Futures trading videos.

Educational videos by CME Group* are available to help you learn more about specific aspects of futures trading, including:

  • World of Futures
  • Virtually 24-Hour Access
  • Deep Liquidity
  • Power of Leverage
  • Cost Efficiencies
  • Ease of Going Short

Learn more about trading futures

Become a Schwab Trading Services™ client today.