Learn how to trade futures and explore the futures market

 

A futures contract is quite literally how it sounds. It’s a financial instrument-also known as a derivative-that is a contract between two parties that agree to transact a security or commodity at a fixed price at a set date in the future.

But it also adds to the risk: Each futures contract of corn, on the other hand, represents 5, bushels — or about metric tons of corn. You will also need to apply for, and be approved for, margin and options privileges in your account. Explore our educational and research resources too. But futures contracts are often bought and sold within the same day, and some brokers offer a reduced margin requirement for day trades; generally a percentage of the initial margin requirement.

Why trade futures?

With respect to futures trading in self-directed individual retirement accounts (“IRAs”), you should understand that trading futures contracts is speculative in nature and subject to risks that may be greater than those of other investment vehicles in which retirement funds may be invested.

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