Day Trade Margins

In futures trading, traders can obtain lower margin requirements than other types of securities. Because of this, traders can have a greater level of leverage. The lower the margin, especially day trading margins, the higher the leverage and riskier the trade. Leverage can work for you as well as against you, it magnifies gains as well as losses. Day trade margins are also subject to change based on market conditions. The following schedule is not appropriate for all traders.

Futures Market Symbol Day Trade Margin
Currency Futures
Australian Dollar 6A $500
British Pound 6B $500
Canadian Dollar 6C $500
Euro FX 6E $500
Japanese Yen 6J $750
Mexican Peso 6M $1,000
New Zealand Dollar 6N $1,000
Swiss Franc 6S $1,000
Emicro Australian Dollar M6A $100
Emicro British Pound M6B $100
Emicro Euro FX M6E $100
Energy Futures
Brent Crude BZ $1,000
Crude Crude (WTI) CL $1,000
Heating Oil HO $1,000
E-mini Crude Oil QM $500
Gasoline RBOB $1,000
Natural Gas NG $1,000
Interest Rate Futures
Ultra Bonds UB $1,000
Treasury Bonds ZB $500
Treasury Notes: 10 Year ZN $500
Treasury Notes: 5 Year ZF $400
Bund FGBL €500
Stock Index Futures
E-mini S&P ES $500
Micro E-mini S&P MES $50
E-mini Mid_Cap S&P EMD $500
Mini NASDAQ NQ $500
Micro E-mini NASDAQ MNQ $50
Mini Dow YM $500
Micro E-mini Dow MYM $50
Mini Russell RTY $500
Micro E-mini Russell M2K $50
Dax FDAX €2,500
Mini Dax FDXM €500
EuroStoxx 50 FESX €500
Nikkei 225 NKD $2,000
Gold GC $1,000
Silver SI $3,000
Copper HG $1,000
Platinum PL $1,000
E-micro Gold Futures MGC $100
Commodity Futures
Feeder Cattle GF $1,500
Lean Hogs HE $1,000
Live Cattle LE $1,000
Corn ZC $750
Soy Bean Oil ZL $750
Soy Meal ZM $1,000
Soybeans ZS $750
Wheat ZW $750
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