Common Futures Trading Costs

All additional trading costs you incur are simply pass-through fees and apply to all traders. Optimus Futures does not mark-up any of the fees below.

Technology Fees

Order routing is the process of routing the order to / from the exchanges to your trading platform. Order routing fees, also referred to as execution costs, are charged by the datafeed provider and is assessed on a per transaction basis.

Optimus Futures: FREE

Rithmic: $0.10 per side

CQG: $0.10 per side

Firetip: FREE

GAIN Futures (Stone X): FREE

TradeStation: FREE

TT: $0.50 per side

CTS: Varies by platform. Please contact us.

Exchange Execution, Clearing & NFA Fees

Exchange fees apply to all traders regardless of your broker, platform or technology. Exchange fees are assessed on a per transaction basis and vary depending upon the market and product being traded. They are charged directly by the exchange to your brokerage account in return for providing market access.

Members of exchanges are entitled to discounted Exchange Execution and Clearing fees.


The National Futures Association (NFA) is the self-regulatory body of the derivatives industry, including the exchange-based trading of futures products. The NFA requires a fee of US$.02 per side of every exchange-based futures contract traded and is directly billed to the trader through his or her brokerage account.

Clearing Fees*

Micro Contracts: $.09 per side

E-Mini / Standard Contracts: $0.25 per side

*For Optimus Futures accounts cleared by Ironbeam. Rates may vary for Canadian customers. Please contact us to learn more.

Other FCM's

PhillipCapital: $0.25 per side

ADMIS: $0.25 per side

Wedbush: $0.25 per side

Stone X: $0.35 per side

Exchange Data Fees

A data fee is a flat fee charged by the exchanges for streaming real-time market data to the trader.

Exchange Group Description Monthly Fee
    Level 1
Level 2
CME Market Data* Bundle - All CME Markets $9 $39.00
  CME FREE $15.00
  CBOT $3.00 $15.00
  COMEX $3.00 $15.00
  NYMEX $3.00 $15.00
ICE Market Data ICE - US Exchange - TF, DX $117.00
  ICE - UK Exchange - Energies $117.00
  ICE-LIFFE Exchange - FTSE, Gilt, Short Sterling $117.00
CFE/CBOE Data CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) $13.00
Foreign Exchange (Non-US) EUREX | non-pro 24.00 EUR
  Osaka - Japan (JPX) 29.00 USD
  Singapore (SGX) 80.00 USD
  Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE) 67.00 USD
Cash Index Data $DOW, ^TICK, ^TRIN, ^ADV, ^DECL, NYSE Internals, Dow Jones Indexes 39.00 USD
  NASDAQ Indexes 8.00 USD
Misc Additional User | Multiple users/logins 10.00 USD
  Rithmic Monthly Connection Fee 25.00 USD
  CQG Monthly Connection Fee 10.00 USD

*Fees apply to Non-Professionals. Must place 10 trades per month to get Free CME Level 1 Data.

Account Fees

ACH Withdrawal is not available at all Clearing Firms. Wire transfers out and check withdrawal fees vary by clearing firm.

Fee Amount
Broker Consultation Free
Technical Support Free
Incoming Deposits: Wires | Checks | ACH Free
ACH (Next Day - 4pm CST Delivery - Domestic only): Free
Check (Domestic Only) $0 - $15
Wire Transfers (Domestic) $20 - $40
Wire Transfers (International) $25 - $60
Currency Conversions FREE**Bank Rates May Apply
Electronic Daily & Monthly Statements FREE
Emergency Trade Desk FREE
Margin Call $50

*Commission rates above are quoted on a per-side basis for new self-directed accounts opened after September 20th, 2022. Commission rates are subject to change at any time. Commissions, FCM Clearing, Exchange and NFA fees apply to all order types. Exchange fees are subject to change and can be confirmed on the exchange websites. Non-US customers may be subject to an additional clearing fee of $.25 per side charge on standard contracts and $.16 per side on micro contracts. The rates above apply to standard day trading margins. Lower day trading margins may subject you to higher commissions.

Holding positions past the session close MAY subject you to higher commission rates. Commissions and fees could be charged in the currency of the traded product. In the event of margin calls, liquidation fees are $25 per contract for Micro-Stock Index contracts and $50 per contract for all other contracts. The rates apply to self-directed individual, joint and corporate accounts. Limited POA, allocation accounts, leader-follower, give-up, and other professional services may be subject to additional fees. Please reference our Fee Schedule for additional fees that may apply to your account.

Not all clients qualify for discounted commission rates. Specific platforms and datafeeds are required. The commissions displayed above are effective for traders cleared by Ironbeam. Discounted commissions are not automatically applied to any account and do not automatically adjust based on monthly volume or day trading margins. Standard day trading margins apply to volume-tiered pricing. You must contact us to request any rate changes. No rebates will be issued for past activity. All commissions are subject to ongoing review and may be increased if clients fail to meet the volume requirements listed above. Please consult your broker to confirm the current commissions for your account.

Futures and options trading involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors. Clients may lose more than their initial investment. Past performance is not indicative of future results.