Reduce Futures Trading Exchange Fees by Applying for a Membership or Leasing a Seat at the CME.
High volume futures traders of CME products can take advantage of reduced exchange fees by participating in the CME Membership Programs. CME Group memberships can be bought, sold, or leased and enable approved members to trade specific products at reduced rates and lower fees.
For example, retail traders pay $1.18 per side, per contract in CME Exchange Fees and $.02 in NFA fees for the E-mini S&P 500. As a member, traders do not pay any NFA fees and enjoy the reduced exchange fees below.
CME Membership Rates
|Contract||Non-Member||Member Owner||Member Lease|
|Micro E-mini Futures||$0.20||$0.04||$0.07|
Memberships are available on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (CME), Chicago Board of Trade, Inc. (CBOT), New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX), and Commodity Exchange, Inc. (COMEX) Exchanges. Exchange memberships are entirely separate from one another and offer access to different products at different rates. To trade specific products, you must be a member of the Exchange on which they trade.