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Best broker for Options on Futures

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Been struggling to find brokers that allow Option on Futures trading with retirement account. TOS does not.

As far as I know DeCarley allows for Option on Futures trading with retirement accounts.

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Hey everyone,

I'm new to the forum and had a quick question for the group. I've been selling options on futures for the past year with pretty good success. I've been using OptionsXpress but this weekend they are merging with Schwab. I'm not sure what that will ultimately look like but I've been thinking about holding my account elsewhere. I've been researching the other brokers but they all seem to have their quirks.

I'm curious what platform other option sellers use and why.

Thanks for the help!

I also use DeCarley and couldn't be more pleased - she answers all question promptly via email, her service is the best I have ever come across. I highly recommend her platform.

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Thanks for the reply Skidboot. I did sign up with Tastyworks. They don't allow foreigners to trade futures (yet). They offer limited futures products too.

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how about options on futures, do they allow it, and is that a limited number too?
what futures do they allow you to trade?
their rates seem very good.

just to answer my own q.: they do allow options on futures and so far they have some of the lowest commissions ($2.5 / 1 unit trade) - unless anyone knows a better alternative. However, they limit the number of instruments available.

Do you guys know what margins do they require?

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For options traders, I recommend one of the CQG platforms, Q Trader has the best bang/buck ratio of them, imo. They have a number of decent options tools standard and it is a low cost platform, and you can trade options on a dom, loading up multiple strikes with their tabbed doms (which is great in a fast moving market as you can set, for example, a few different strikes in ES calls or puts in $10 increments and just switch on the fly). I have traded options with both CQG and Rithmic platforms, Rtrader will do the job just fine too but most brokers using Rithmic won't allow selling options, only buying.

also for index traders I highly recommend trading exchange traded VIX spreads through CQG, they are liquid and easy to trade

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