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What is a futures market?

Today, the majority of trading of futures markets occurs electronically, with examples including the CME and ICE. Unlike most stock markets, futures markets can trade 24 hours a day. In order to understand fully what a futures market is, it’s important to understand the basics of futures contracts, the assets traded in these markets.

How are futures markets regulated?

In the U.S., futures markets are largely regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), with futures contracts standardized by exchanges. Today, the majority of trading of futures markets occurs electronically, with examples including the CME and ICE. Unlike most stock markets, futures markets can trade 24 hours a day.

Who provides real-time data for indices & futures?

Real-time data shown for indices, futures, commodities or cryptocurrencies are provided by market makers, not the exchanges. Prices are indicative and may differ from the actual market price.

What is Mark-to-market (MTM)?

What is Mark-to-Market? One of the defining features of the futures markets is daily mark-to-market (MTM) prices on all contracts. The final daily settlement price for futures is the same for everyone. MTM was a distinctive difference between futures and forwards until the regulatory reform enacted after the financial crises of 2007-2008.

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