Futures trading offers exciting new opportunities to trade profitably and diversify your portfolio. The CME Group has developed the following resources to guide those new to futures trading through the basics and outline some of the advantages available through the futures markets.

      Introduction to Futures

      • This video guide to trading futures outlines the basics of trading futures for the individual trader including why you should consider trading the futures markets and how to get started. Also included is an interactive "Are You Ready to Trade Futures?" self-test to ensure you have an initial understanding of the key components prior to opening your futures trading account.


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      Futures, foreign currency and options trading contains substantial risk and is not for every investor. An investor could potentially lose all or more than the initial investment. Risk capital is money that can be lost without jeopardizing ones financial security or lifestyle. Only risk capital should be used for trading and only those with sufficient risk capital should consider trading. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. View Full Risk Disclosure.

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