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Single Stock Futures Primer

What are single stock futures (SSFS) and ETF futures ?

Single Stock Futures (SSFs) are future contracts on individual stocks or Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).  A OneChicago single stock futures contract is an agreement to purchase shares of a specific stock or ETF at a designated date in the future, called the expiration date.  The contracts expire on a quarterly cycle (March, June, September and December) with an additional 2 serial month expirations.  Expiration is the third Friday of the contract month.  The standard size of a OneChicago SSF is equivalent to 100 shares of the underlying stock.  The SSF contract size on ETFs is equivalent to 1000 shares of the underlying ETF.  OneChicago is the primary Exchange in the United States for SSFs.

How do they work?

When a SSF or ETF future is traded, both the buyer and seller put up a good faith deposit called margin.  Margin requirement for security futures is generally 20% of the underlying value of the securities.  Implied SSF pricing has the potential for improved financing for both long and short trades.  Another benefit of SSF is No uptick is required to establish a short position.

What are the various products traded on OneChicago?

OneChicago Products

ETF Futures

Single Stock Futures

Narrow-Based Index Futures

For further information, please refer to OneChicago Learning Center

How can I get a feel for trading SSF’s?
You can get a $50,000 simulated account to trade SSF’s real-time, FREE for 30 days courtesy of PFG. Although nothing can simulate putting real capital at risk, this is close: Simulated SSF's Trading

General Risk Disclosure
Trading security futures contracts may not be suitable for all investors. You may lose a substantial amount of money in a very short period of time. The amount you may lose is potentially unlimited and can exceed the amount you originally deposit with your broker. This is because futures trading is highly leveraged, with a relatively small amount of money used to establish a position in assets having a much greater value. If you are uncomfortable with this level of risk, you should not trade security futures contracts.

We would like to thank Peter Slaga of PFG for his generous support towards the creation of this page and numerous other projects.

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