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Top 10 Cheapest Online Discount Commodities Futures & Options Brokers for 2014

Updated on September 7, 2014

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Top 10 Cheapest Online Discount Commodities Futures & Options Brokers for 2014

Disclaimer: I have no affiliations with any of the firms listed below. I have used some of them for trading. The reviews below are based on my experience which could differ from yours or another. Please do your own research.

With the current increase in activities as well as participation of self-directed traders in the commodities futures market. Finding a good quality, online futures broker with cheap rates, can be exhausting, yet important.

The fees and commissions in trading are very significant and can reduce a trader’s profit or increase their losses.

I have been involved, traded futures and options, as well as used multiple trading platforms for over 10 years and will provide a summary/ ranking of the top 10 cheapest online discount futures and options brokers beginning with the best.

You might be surprised to find some brokers on the list you never heard of before. A simple explanation is. Some of the well-known companies spend a lot in advertisement and getting their brand name out there. The cost is then transferred to the traders who end up paying more in commissions and fees. While the cheaper brokers keep their overhead costs low, so they can afford to charge very low commissions.

For traders, an ideal broker needs to have

- Very low commissions to trade futures & options. The exchange and NFA fees are typically standard for all traders and brokerages.

The commissions below are advertised rates by the brokers.


- Free or very cheap, stable and reliable trading platforms.


- Easily contactable customer service or support.

Top 10 Cheapest online discount futures & options brokers are:

1) Blue Futures (bluefutures.com )

Commission: $0.99 per side

Blue Futures is one of the cheapest online futures & options brokers, as well as one of the top brokers that provide fast execution to traders. An example of one of the brokers that limit their overhead / marketing cost, to maintain a low commission rate for traders.

No minimum opening account balance.

Trading Platforms: Their trading platforms are free, excellent, stable and easy to use. It comes with live streaming charts and quotes and the ability to place a trade or cancel all outstanding orders with just one click, among other things.

As a day trader, I still use this broker because of how fast and real-time their products are.

Easily contactable customer service: In a generation where phones send you to answering machines, asking you for extensions or keeping you on hold with some elevator music, before being able to speak to someone. This guys really impressed me. I am yet to have a problem reaching someone at this company. Besides having a human being immediately pick up the phone when I called as opposed to a machine asking me to dial more digits, I have also been able to get my questions answered through the online live chat on their website, surprisingly on a weekend.


For these reasons and some others, I believe Blue Futures is the top online futures broker. Hope they keep it up.



2) Trade Station (tradestation.com)

Commission: $1.20 per side

Trade station has a low commission rate and also offer opportunities to trade futures. Trade station places its trades through RJ Obrien, one of the largest futures trading commission in the business.

$5,000 minimum opening account balance

Trading Platforms:

Their trading platform is also easy to use with live streaming quotes and also provide charts. With their platform, you can sort or rank symbols based on indicators.

Easily contactable customer service:

As a former customer, it was easier for me to reach them via email. You get assigned to an account representative making any other rep you get on the phone reluctant to help. I actually had an experience with my initially assigned account rep, who preferred to go home early than to provide assistance to me, a new customer at the time. I had to ask for a new account rep.



3) Trade Monster (trademonster.com)

Commission: $1.50 per side

Trade monster is another low commission online broker. They also provide access to the securities markets

Trading Platforms:

Platform offers real-time streaming quotes & charts with technical analysis.

Easily contactable customer service:

Unable to reach on weekends or after hours.



4) Apex Futures (apexfutures.com)

Commission: $1.99 per side

The commission Apex Futures charge can also be considered low, compared to the rates charged by majority of brokers in the industry.

Trading Platforms:

Apex provides real-time quotes and charts.

Easily contactable customer service:

They are contactable with online chat features, except on weekends.



5) Ace Commodity Trading (acecommodity.com)

Commission: $1.99 per side

$1.99 is a low and competitive rate in the business.

Trading Platforms:

Ace clears trades through Vision Financial Markets, which gives traders access to live streaming quotes

Easily contactable customer service:

Unable to reach on weekends.




6) Think or Swim by TD Ameritrade (thinkorswim.com)

Commission: $2.25 per side

Thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade, is a company whose commercials you might have seen on various financial networks. I use TD Ameritrade to trade stocks. I wish their commissions in securities trading is lower. I had some unhappy incidents involving unexpected and surprising fees of $35 on several occasions.

Trading Platforms:

Web based platform with quotes

Easily contactable customer service:

I expect to be kept on hold after navigating through the voice machine in before speaking with someone. I once had a rep hang up on me as I tried to figure out why I was being charged a fee so much, it put me on margin call. I called back and spoke to another rep that explained everything and gave me a reason not to worry.



7) ProActive Futures

Commission: $2.25 per side

$2.25 can still be considered a low commission, compared to rates charged by most brokers.

Trading Platforms:

You will need to check the trading platforms they have to offer. Some are free and others may cost you per trade or monthly fee.

Easily contactable customer service:

I have had no reason to contact them. Unable to comment.



8) E Trade

Commission: $2.99 per side

E-Trade is another company whose commercials you might have seen on various TV networks

Trading Platforms:

Web based platform with quotes

Easily contactable customer service:

Not a fan of companies that make you talk to a machine just to try to reach a human being or to solve a problem. Even worse, when the machine misunderstands your words.



9) Options Express

Commission: $3.50 per side

A Charles Schwab company, whose commercial you might have seen on several network stations.

Trading Platforms:

Web based trading platforms

Easily contactable customer service:

Unable to reach on weekends.



10) DT Futures

Commission: $3.50 per side

$7 per round turn advertised on website.

Trading Platforms:

Fire tip trading platform

Easily contactable customer service:

I have had no reason to contact them. Unable to comment.


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