If you’d like to learn more about futures trading in the financial markets, we’ll help you get started.

Here you’ll find a brief overview of their history, which contracts are traded, and who trades them. You’ll also find links to North American futures exchanges offering trading in financial futures, and a list of some of the most popular products traded.

What are Futures on Financial Investments?

What are they? Why were they developed? You’ll find financial futures definitions and answers here.
Types of Financial Futures

Financial futures fall into three broad categories – those tied to interest rate instruments, stocks or indexes, and global currencies, also known as forex. Some of the most popular are outlined here.
Who Participates in Financial Futures Markets?

Get a brief look at how hedgers and speculators–including hedge funds–operate in these dynamic markets.
History of Financial Futures

Financial futures are relatively new to the financial investment landscape, developed in the 1970s. Find out more about how they came to be and why.
What Contracts Can I Trade?

Here you’ll find a list of futures exchanges and some of the most popular financial futures contracts you can trade–including many online investing opportunities–with links.