Self-Directed Trading

Self-Directed Online Trading

Trade Futures | Options | Spreads| Online at Discount Commissions Rate
Most self-directed online traders always looking for the best possible foundations to achieve their trading goals: advanced trading terminals platforms, fast and stable data and quality execution they can depend on. As a client of ITG Futures, we equip you with all these and more, giving you the choices to hopefully trade better, smarter and potentially faster than you have ever done before. ITG Futures will equip you with the necessary technology and resources along with competitive pricing and friendly technical support to help you capitalize on your trading plan.

  • We are always here to help. Even though you choose to be an independent online trader, ITG Futures is here to provide you with advice and assistance. You have access to our brokers, risk management monitors, information management personnel, technicians and other supporting personnel. ITG Futures is with you all the way.
  • Clear Transaction Pricing. We always try our best to make sure you are able to execute your trades without having commissions as a burden to your strategies. Commissions can't "eat" into your account to the level where you don't stand a chance to make money. We will be fair because we look at you as a long term asset and not an expiring option.
  • Low Day Trading Margins ITG Futures offers low day-trading margins to accommodate traders that require high leverage to trade their accounts.
  • A wide range of trading terminals with drop-down menus offering you the widest possible variety of online commodity trading options, including market orders, market on close, limit orders, stop orders and all futures/futures options spread orders. Online direct access order processing. Your fills are less than a second away from your last click!
  • Online trading in foreign markets. Enjoy the online convenience of future trading on American exchanges and other universal markets - DAX, LIFFE, SMX, MATIF, TSE, EUREX and WPG.

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We offer low day-trading margins to accommodate traders that require high leverage for trading.

Low Fees


Trading commissions without burden to your trading strategies.



Over 60 Trading Platforms & 4 Data Feeds Available ( CQG, TT, Rithmic, CTS )



We offer direct access to more than 25 futures exchanges in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

“You're an experienced, independent, and consistently active trader.” You’ve paid your dues. Now, pay less. You know upside and downside. Have you gotten a great rate elsewhere only to experience a Customer Service or trade execution “black hole” once the chips were down and you really needed your broker? Some lessons can be expensive.

Trader Profile
  • Get the best technology and competitive rates without sacrificing infrastructure and support.
  • Gain access to a 24-hour support for trade issues in addition to the full range of ITG Futures tools, resources, and advisories.
  • Benefit from a relationship with a licensed broker trained to service your advanced needs as a single point of contact.
    • Technical support
    • Margin call assistance
    • Resolve out trades
  • Technology will always be on your side. ITG Futures' platforms are some of the best the industry has to offer.

You’ve learned the ropes and comfortable trading. You mainly do your own thing, but a personal relationship with a broker to provide an additional layer of assistance could really complement your trading.

Trader Profile
  • We’ll go the extra mile so you don’t have to. You’ve been around long enough to know that a little bit extra can go a long way. That’s certainly true in trading. You want your broker to go the extra mile for your benefit and know there’s a value for that service

Access all Silver services, plus the following:
  • Direct broker order entry and trade management assistance – We’re here when you’re away. We’ll work with you to execute trades and keep things straight in the platform and in your account.
  • Direct broker monitoring of your account activity, positions and margining – An extra set of expert eyes can catch costly errors and trade disputes before they set you back.
  • First Notice Day (FND) and Last Trading Day (LTD) delivery and expiration notifications – We’ll pro-actively communicate position details that need your attention.

“You're interested in learning how to trade on your own but it is overwhelming and could really use some help.” We’ll invest in you as a trader while you invest with us.

Trader Profile
  • You think you’re ready for self-directed trading. But a close safety net would certainly help you to make the leap. Don’t worry – we’ve helped many traders just like you make the transition. 
  • We’ll show you everything you need to know and make sure you’re comfortable. You’ll learn how to trade with confidence and when you’re ready, you can move to more sophisticated services packages while still working one-on-one with your same broker contact.

All Silver and Gold Services, topped off with the following premium offerings:
  • A comprehensive consultation with your personal broker contact who will match you with the best trading platform that meets your needs.
  • One-on-one webinar tutorials of your chosen trading platform including:
    • Order Entry Demonstrations and Training – learn how to execute different order types for both futures and options markets
    • Chart configuration and indicator assistance – leverage your platform’s charting technology by setting up specific templates with your most commonly used indicators
    • Supervised order placement training – gain valuable confidence as your broker mentor monitors your order placement and platform know how before you place your first trade.

Self-Directed Online Trading is ideal for experienced traders who:

  • Want the finest online futures trading platforms in the industry, provided by a futures brokerage firm committed to pushing the edge of the technology envelope. We strive to continually develop and offer the latest in premium online trading platforms.
  • Know that online futures trading through a comprehensive brokerage firm provides the multiple layers of support often not available at discount online brokerage firms. All self-directed clients have access to a fully licensed futures broker, premier online electronic brokerage services, capable 24-hour execution desk and around the clock technical support.
  • Are experienced equities traders seeking to redirect their online trading expertise toward the futures markets using online futures trading platforms, and require a broker who understands their unique trading needs and can optimize this transition.


  • 24-hour order desk*
  • Technical support
  • Margin call assistance
  • Resolve out trades
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • $1.00 / side commissions
  • *Selected FCM. Additional fees may apply


  • 24-hour order desk*
  • Technical support
  • Margin call assistance
  • Resolve out trades
  • Order entry and trade management
  • Monitoring of account activity and positions
  • FND and LTD expiration notifications
  • No
  • No
  • $2.50 / side commissions
  • *Selected FCM. Additional fees may apply

Accounts with Low Balance

If you open a trading account with an initial balance of $1,000 or if the balance on your trading account falls below $1,000 during your trading, you will be placed into our Mini Trading Account Program

Traders with Mini Accounts will have intraday margin set at 100%, will have day-trading commissions set at $1.00 per/side, will have lower commissions for positions trading, will have Options Buy Only available, will be able to BUY Exchange Trading Options Spreads with Broker Assistance Only and will be enabled to trade certain Futures Exchange Trading Spreads. 

The purpose of the Mini Account is to give the New Traders ability to master their trading skills in a live environment without risking too much of their initial trading capital and to lower our risk, that some new traders might put us in while trading with lowered Day-trading Margins. 

Any trader with Mini Trading Account can request to be transferred to our other account type, once the balance on his/her account is at least $2,000. 



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This matter should be viewed as a solicitation to trade. Trading futures and options involve substantial risk of loss and are not suitable for all investors. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. The risk of loss in trading commodity interests can be substantial. You should therefore carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. The placement of contingent orders by you or broker, or trading advisor, such as a “stop-loss” or “stop-limit” order, will not necessarily limit your losses to the intended amounts, since market conditions may make it impossible to execute such orders. The high degree of leverage that is often obtainable in commodity interest trading can work against you as well as for you. The use of leverage can lead to large losses as well as gains. ITG Capital Management, LLC (d.b.a. ITG Futures) is not affiliated with nor does it endorse any trading system, methodologies, newsletter or other similar services. We urge you to conduct your own due diligence.

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