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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 2019
Here are the top five online brokerages for futures trading in 2019.
- Interactive Brokers - Lowest commissions
- TD Ameritrade - Best trading platform
- TradeStation - Great platform, competitive rates
- Charles Schwab - Unique order types
- E*TRADE - Well-rounded offering