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Best Brokers for Futures Trading in 2019


Blain Reinkensmeyer

By Blain Reinkensmeyer / April 24th, 2019

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Futures trading first began in 1972. Primarily used a way to trade commodities on paper, futures trading has expanded over the years to include a variety of different assets, including most recently Bitcoin.

Wikipedia defines a futures contract as, "a standardized forward contract, a legal agreement to buy or sell something at a predetermined price at a specified time in the future, between parties not known to each other."

While futures trading is overwhelmingly conducted by institutional investors such as hedge funds, it is also traded by retail investors. Here, we breakdown the best online brokers for futures trading.

Best Brokers for Futures Trading

Here are the top five online brokerages for futures trading in 2019.

Best futures trading brokers at glance (overall)


Interactive Brokers Logo
Exclusive Offer New clients that open an account today receive a special margin rate. Learn More
TD Ameritrade Logo
Exclusive Offer Trade free for 90 days + get up to $600 cash. Learn More
TradeStation Logo
Current Offer Low Fees and Free Market Data. Trade with TradeStation. Learn More
Charles Schwab Logo
Current Offer $4.95 online equity trades + $0.65 per options contract Open Account
E*TRADE Logo
Current Offer Trade Free for 60 Days & Get Up to $600. Learn More

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Blain Reinkensmeyer

About the author: Blain Reinkensmeyer As Head of Research at StockBrokers.com, Blain Reinkensmeyer has 18 years of trading experience with over 1,000 trades placed during that time. Referenced as a leading expert on the US online brokerage industry, Blain has been quoted in The New York Times, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune, among others.


All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 02/18/2019 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. The StockBrokers.com staff is constantly working with its online broker representatives to obtain the latest pricing data. If you believe any data listed above is inaccurate, please contact us using the link at the bottom of this page. For stock trade rates, advertised pricing is for a standard order size of 500 shares of stock priced at $30 per share. For options orders, an options regulatory fee per contract may apply.

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