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Easily buy futures at incredibly low fees

Easily buy futures at incredibly low fees

Invest worldwide at unprecedented low rates. Find out why more than 1 million investors choose us.

Invest worldwide at unprecedented low rates. Find out why more than 1 million investors choose us.

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Investing in futures with low fees

If you’re an experienced investor and want to invest in futures, our comprehensive platform and low rates makes it easy to do so. See a complete overview of our unprecedented fees on our fee page.

AEX

€2.50

Per contract

BEL20

€2.50

Per contract

Eurex Indices (Eurostoxx 50, DAX)

€0.75

Per contract

Eurex (Other Sectors and Indices)

€2.50

Per contract

How to buy futures

Due to their relatively high risk and complexity, futures are not suitable for beginner or inexperienced investors. When opening a DEGIRO account, you therefore cannot directly trade futures. You will need an Active or Trader account, which comes with additional appropriateness tests and terms and conditions.

You have to deposit initial margin to enter into a futures contract. The amount of margin required is a percentage of the contract value. At DEGIRO, you can find the risk category of a product next to its name, representing how much margin will need to be deposited to enter the contract.

What are futures?

Futures are standardised contracts that, like options, are made between two parties at a fixed price and expiry date. It is a contract to deliver an underlying product at an agreed time in the future at an agreed price.

Unlike other financial products such as stocks, with futures, you do not pay the full cash amount upfront or own the underlying product. Instead, you deposit initial margin to enter the futures position. Since only a percentage of the contract’s value needs to be put up initially, futures are highly leveraged financial instruments. This means that slight price movements can have a large impact.

There are different types of futures, depending on the underlying product. Among these are commodity futures, index futures, equity futures and fixed income futures.

Want to find out more? Read our article on futures.

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explanation on how to calculate the value of a future contract and how much margin one has to have

A product for experienced investors

Due to their relatively high risk and complexity, futures are not suitable for beginner or inexperienced investors. Investors that choose to invest in futures can bear a loss of capital and generally have a shorter investment horizon. Even for the most experienced investors, losses can be substantial.

If you are a beginning investor, it is best to start off with basic financial products, such as stocks, bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and investment funds. With these, potential losses are limited to your initial investment.

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Why invest in futures?

Investing in futures can help with risk management and speculation. In terms of risk management, investors can use futures to hedge price movements of the underlying product. On the other hand, speculators can use futures to profit from price movements of the underlying product.

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Risk of investing in futures

Investing in futures can be rewarding, but it comes with high risk. You can end up losing more than your initial investment. In some cases, the maximum loss is unlimited. We recommend only investing in financial products that match your knowledge and experience and only entering into obligations that you can meet with money that you do not need in the short term.

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How are futures settled?

A unique feature of futures is that they are settled daily. At the end of each trading day, the closing market price is determined by the exchange that the future trades on. This is known as the daily mark-to-market (MTM) price, and it is the same for everyone. There are daily mark-to-market settlements until the expiry of the contract or the position is closed out.

The payment for a futures contract is made at the end of the agreed term. This can be done by physical delivery or a cash settlement, but cash settlement is more common.

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UK-award
United Kingdom

Top Rated Investment Platform

Financial Times & Investors Chronicle 2020

ES-award
Spain

Best stockbroker

Rankia 2020

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veiligheid

Best online broker

Cashcow 2019

DE-award
Germany

Fairest online broker

NTV 2020

Note: Investing involves risks. You can lose (a part of) your deposit. We advise you to only invest in financial products which match your knowledge and experience.

Note:
Investing involves risks. You can lose (a part of) your deposit. We advise you to only invest in financial products which match your knowledge and experience.