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Best online exchange for trading ES

Hi, I was wondering what is the best online destination for trading of E-mini S&P 500 Futures for individual investors. Attributes I'm looking for are some combination of:
  • Trustworthy/reliable.
  • Good liquidity.
  • Reasonable fees.
Thanks in advance for relating any experiences or suggestions.
-Jimhash

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The only exchange you can trade the ES is the CME

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Apologies, meant "online brokerage", not "exchange"..

Sorry, I meant to ask what's the best online brokerage, not exchange. Thank you very much.

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Hi, I was wondering what is the best online destination for trading of E-mini S&P 500 Futures for individual investors. Attributes I'm looking for are some combination of:[LIST][*]Trustworthy/reliable.[*]Good liquidity.[*]Reasonable fees.

No 2, Good liquidity is not something to worry about. The product, E-mini S&P 500 Futures, is traded on the one exchange, the CME, so the liquidity is the same whoever your broker is. (This would only be a concern if trading something different like the spot forex market which doesn't have centralised exchanges so therefore the individual brokers are making the price).

As for the other points, you say you are using Tradestation, don't they recommend brokers?
Otherwise off the top of my head:

Stage5 have a good reputation regarding chatrooms and training and 'added extras' but I believe the commission is quite high, $2 a round turn (RTs)when I checked quite a while ago.

Ninjatrader brokerage have good rates but that only makes sense if you use their platform because you need to buy a licence to get their best prices.

I joined Tradovate a month or so back and everything has been smooth so far. They have a pricing structure for commissions that is tiered and a good benefit if day trading or trading reasonable volume, over 83 RTs/month for the Active Trader or 183 RTs for commission free.

Optimus appear to have a good reputation and have a representative, mattz, who posts a lot helping people on this forum.

Some brokers charge a platform fee, a lot have a free platform. All though will charge the same exchange and data fees as those are set by the exchanges for the data you subscribe to and the products you trade.
Check this thread for reviews if you haven't already https://futures.io/reviews-brokers-data-feeds/

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Stage5 have a good reputation regarding chatrooms and training and 'added extras' but I believe the commission is quite high, $2 a round turn (RTs)when I checked quite a while ago.

I too would recommend Stage 5. Originally I was with TF4L, then last year they were acquired by S5 and the customer service improved exponentially.



As for the fees, Matthew, 2 USD per round trip sounds actually like a great deal to me, are you sure it's not per side?

Or did you mean just the actual commission cost, without including Exchange fee, NFA, etc.?

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Or did you mean just the actual commission cost, without including Exchange fee, NFA, etc.?

Yes. Just the commission. When I enquired, probably a couple of years ago, the commission was $1 a side or $2 a RT. But as said, they have a lot of positives that could make them well worth considering depending on a person's requirements.

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any CQG brokers are fine...

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