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Types of futures

Individual futures contracts vary by the underlying asset subscribed to in the contract. Traditional futures involving commodities, indexes and currencies have recently been supplemented by various types of exotic contracts including those involving the weather. The parameters of individual futures contracts can be found directly in the e-Broker application.

The fee for trading futures in the U.S. starts at $3.95 / contract!

More on the individual types of futures

Index futures

Index futures are the exchange of a fixed amount of cash for an index instrument related to a specific date in the future. Index futures are the relative price for the future value of the index. Quotes for index futures are the anticipated value of the index at the maturity of the futures contract. Financial settlement can be used as the underlying asset (the index) cannot be delivered.

  • Futures Dow Jones
  • Futures Mini Dow Jones
  • Futures Mini NASDAQ100
  • Futures Mini SP500
  • Futures NASDAQ100
  • Futures Nikkei (USD)
  • Futures SP500

Stock futures

Stock futures are the exchange of a fixed amount of cash for a stock instrument related to a specific date in the future. Stock futures are the relative price for the future value of the stock instrument and can also be the price of the future spot exchange rate and the future risk-free spot interest rate. Quotes for stock futures are the anticipated value of the stock at the maturity of the futures contract. The dividend associated with such stock and the interest rate until the maturity of the futures depend on the current value of the stock.

  • Futures ČEZ
  • Futures Erste Group Bank

Commodity futures

Commodity futures are the exchange of a fixed amount of cash for a commodity instrument related to a specific date in the future. Commodity futures are the relative price for the future value of a commodity instrument and can also be the price of the future spot exchange rate and the future risk-free spot interest rate. The underlying commodity can be an agricultural commodity (crops, meat, milk, sugar, etc.), precious metals, raw metals and energy commodities (oil, natural gas, etc.) The relationship between the spot price and the quotes for the futures contract depends on the transaction costs, commodity deliveries, production and the consumption cycle and potential for quick sales.

  • Futures Crude Oil
  • Futures Corn
  • Futures Copper
  • Futures Mini Crude Oil
  • Futures Mini Corn
  • Futures Mini Wheat
  • Futures Mini Soy
  • Futures Mini Silver
  • Futures Mini Gold
  • Futures Wheat
  • Futures Soy
  • Futures Silver
  • Futures Gold

Currency futures

Currency futures are the exchange of a fixed amount of cash for a currency instrument related to a specific date in the future. Currency futures are the relative price for the future spot exchange rate and also the price for the future risk-free spot interest rate for both currencies. Less than 1% of currency futures are concluded via delivery.

  • Futures UK Pound
  • Futures Mini Euro
  • Futures Mini Yen

Interest futures

Interest futures are the exchange of a fixed amount of cash in a single currency to receive an undetermined amount of cash or a debt security in a hard currency. The undetermined amount of cash depends on the future risk-free spot interest rate and does not depend on the risk interest rate of any entity. Interest futures are the price of the future risk-free spot interest rate.


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