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The cost of buying/selling futures

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The cost of buying/selling futures

From what I see so far, it doesn't cost anything to buy/sell futures or, more accurately, enter into a long/short position into a futures contract. It costs zero. All you have to show your broker is that margin. But it's not like you're spending say X dollars to buy Apple stock.

My question is, is it always the case with entering into futures that you pay zero up front? Or are there futures markets out there where I do not have this luxury of paying zero? So for example, instead of showing the broker $2,000 margin and pay zero, are there futures markets anywhere where I have to pay something like $500 (or whatever the market price is) and show the broker a $1,500 margin, or something of that sort?

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