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DT Online: Contract Specs

Knowing the margin requirement, dollar value, and expiration dates is vital to futures and futures options trading:

  • Contract value know the actual dollar value of your option trades or the "point value" of your futures contract
  • Margin find out what the margin requirement of buying/sell your futures contract is, and also the margin requirement to buy/sell any of the hundreds of thousands of option contracts
  • First Notice Day don't get caught with a futures contract as it approaches the delivery period. Even though DIRECT TRADE makes its best efforts to contact all clients that risk delivery, it is beneficial for you to know how much time your trade has until "delivery" before you get into the position
  • Last Trading/Expiration Day how many days left does your option or futures contract have until it expires?

The information in our Contract Specs page is vital to any futures trader. Certainly, you can obtain this information from many different sources, but we have yet to find any source that provides information in a simple "look up" format. At DIRECT TRADE, all you do is input the symbol of the contract you are interested in, and the information instantly pops up. You don't need to hunt down and search for this information from different vendors and market sources.

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