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Futures

 

Futures are one of the most popular form of CFDs. IC Markets offer a range of Futures from around the world, including ICE Dollar Index and CBOE VIX Index. Online Futures based CFDs are offered exclusively on IC Markets' MetaTrader 4 Platform.

CFD futures are priced directly from the underlying futures markets, with commissions, financing charges and dividend adjustments all built into the spread itself. IC Markets offers competitive spreads across all of our Future CFDs.

The following table shows our selection of global Futures CFDs
 

Futures 

Index
Symbol
ICE Dollar Index Futures
DXY
CBOE VIX Index Futures VIX
Brent Crude Oil FuturesBRENT
WTI Crude Oil FuturesWTI

Futures CFD Example
 

Buying the Volatility Index (VIX)

 

Opening the Position

 
The price of the VIX is 14.05/14.20. You are of the view that market volatility will increase so you decide to buy 1 contract at 14.20. (One contract is equal to $0.01 per point, there are 100 pointsper 1.00 change in the index). No commission is charged on Futures CFDs.

For every point that the bid quote on the VIX rises above 14.20 you will make a profit of $0.01 USD, for every point the bid quote falls below 14.20 you will lose $0.01 USD.

 

Closing the Position

Four days later, the VIX has risen to 18.20/18.35 and you decide to take your profit. You close your position by selling 1 contract at 18.20.

 

The gross profit on your trade is calculated as follows:

 

Calculation
 
Opening Price14.20
Closing Price18.20
Difference4.00 (400 Index points)
Gross Profit on Trade400 x 1 contracts ($0.01 per point) = USD $4.00

You should be aware that if the market had moved in the opposite direction, you would have made a loss that could have exceeded your initial deposit.

 

Upcoming Expiring, Spot Oil and Tradable Markets

Futures expiry/roll process

IC Markets Futures CFDs are set to expire on the day the contract expires on the underlying market. When a Futures CFD contract expires, all open positions will be closed at the futures settlement price; as reported by the futures exchange. This process would usually take place on the day following the expiry. Open positions are not rolled to the next front month so any clients wishing to hold long term positions must reopen the trade on the next available contract.

Index
Symbol
Contract Month
Expiry Date
US Volatility Index FuturesVIXF7JAN-1718-JAN-17
WTI Crude Oil FuturesWTIG7FEB-1719-JAN-17
Brent Crude Oil FuturesBRENTH7MAR-1731-JAN-17
US Volatility Index FuturesVIXG7FEB-1715-FEB-17
WTI Crude Oil FuturesWTIH7MAR-1717-FEB-17
US Dollar Index FuturesDXYH7MAR-1713-MAR-17

Soft Commodities Expiry Information:

Soft Commodity
Contract Month
Expiry Date
CoffeeH7MAR-1716-FEB-17
SugarH7MAR-1727-FEB-17
CornH7MAR-1727-FEB-17
WheatH7MAR-1727-FEB-17
SoybeanH7MAR-1727-FEB-16
 

Contract Specification Sheet

IC Markets Contract Specification Sheet provides further information regarding the Futures on offer their trading hours and spreads.

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