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A futures contract, also known as a “future”, is an agreement to buy or sell an asset or security for a set price at a set date in the future. Futures allow traders to keep a finger on the pulse of various markets and potentially profit from making accurate estimations of how much an asset will be worth in the future. 

With a lower initial investment to trade similar markets on Wall Street, futures can be a good fit for traders that want to trade in and out of positions intraday.

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Futures Contracts Available To Trade At NinjaTrader

Learn about everything from Energy Futures and Index Futures to Commodities, Metals, and more.

Trade the S&P 500, NASDAQ, Russell or Dow Jones as futures contracts with NinjaTrader

Stock Index futures are some of the most widely-traded financial instruments, with benefits ranging from managing stock risk to profiting off of changes in the stock market. Index futures contracts include the E-mini S&P 500 & Nasdaq 100.
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Invest in Various Types of Oil and Gasoline

Energies are a cornerstone of the financial sector, and they serve as one of the most critical foundational components of our global society. Energy Futures allow you to invest in various types of oil and gasoline, including Micro Crude Oil Futures.
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Capitalize on Cryptocurrency Volatility in a Regulated Environment

Bitcoin is the first, most popular, and most highly valued cryptocurrency. If you’re interested in exploring the Bitcoin marketplace while enjoying the benefits of futures trading, we encourage you to learn more about Micro Bitcoin Futures at NinjaTrader.
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Play Daily Market Action with Event Contracts

Place predictions on the top markets and profit when you are right. Event contracts from CME Group deliver a simple way to stake your views on market price moves.

Posted daily, event contracts are available for some of the world's most popular markets including the S&P, Nasdaq, Dow, metals, energies and currencies.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Futures Contracts

It’s easy to be confused by the similarities between stock trading and futures trading, as they both generate profit or loss through differences in price between purchase and sale. However, there is a key difference: what the price involved in the trade is based on. Stock prices reflect the value of companies, so they are reliant on executive decisions, shareholder influence, and other market forces. In contrast, futures get their value from the direct price of a commodity or index, which is impacted by supply and demand, interest rates, storage costs, and a variety of other factors.
A futures contract, or a "future," is an agreement to buy or sell an asset or security at a predetermined price on a future date. The potential profit in futures is generated by the difference between how much the asset was agreed to be purchased for and how much the asset is actually worth on the purchase or sale date. Futures allow you to invest in the value of particular asset types, and they can profit from accurate predictions about the future worth of an asset or security.
Futures contracts and forward contracts are very similar in that they both involve two parties agreeing to sell and purchase an asset or security at a fixed price at a set date in the future. However, they have some key differences. A forward contract is a private agreement between two parties that resolves once the asset or security has been bought/sold. With forward contracts, there is great flexibility, little oversight, and a high amount of counterparty risk. On the other hand, futures contracts are standardized agreements that resolve on a day-to-day basis until the contracts end, allowing for more liquidity. Additionally, futures contracts are regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. CFTC regulation helps protect investors from fraud and other risks to their accounts.