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NinjaTrader offers clients aggressive $50 intraday margins for Micro contracts & only $500 for popular futures markets including the E-mini S&P 500.


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Position Management

Intraday Margin rates are effective from the product open until 15 minutes prior to the session close when Initial Margin is required. Initial Margins are set by the exchange and represent the amount required to hold a position into the next trading session. View Initial Margins for available contracts or learn more.

Accounts that do not meet margin requirements are subject to liquidation & applicable fees.

Exchange Contract Description Intraday Margin End Time Session Close Time
CME E-mini S&P 500 (ES) Equities 15:45 CT 16:00 CT
CME Micro E-mini S&P 500 (MES) Micro Equities 15:45 CT 16:00 CT
CME Euro (6E) Currencies 15:45 CT 16:00 CT
NYMEX Crude Oil (CL) Commodities 15:45 CT 16:00 CT
COMEX Gold (GC) Metals 15:45 CT 16:00 CT
CBOT US Treasury Bonds (ZB) Bonds 15:45 CT 16:00 CT
CBOT Wheat (ZW) Agriculture 1:05 CT 1:20 CT
Eurex Mini-Dax (FDXM) Equities 2:45 CT 3:00 CT

Please Note:

Intraday Margins are always subject to change with limited or no prior notice to account for volatility. Check here for updates.

Margin & Position Management Violations

If an account does not meet the margin requirement at all times during the trade:

  1. The entire position may be liquidated & closed
  2. An e-mail will be sent notifying the account owner of the violation
    • 1st Violation: $25 execution fee
    • Subsequent Violations: $50 execution fee

Delivery and 1st Notice

Trading in physically deliverable futures contracts is prohibited beginning on the business day preceding the earlier of the Last Trade Date or the 1st Notice Date through the Last Trade Date. Any account that has a position or places an order after this roll date is subject to liquidation and associated fees. Learn More About Futures Delivery.


Can I monitor margin requirements through the NinjaTrader platform?

Is the intraday margin requirement the minimum amount I need to open a futures position?

What is considered appropriate Excess Margin?

Can I carry a position overnight?

What are position limits & how should this impact my trading decisions?

How should I manage my positions with an upcoming roll over date?

What is “trading at full leverage”?

How are margins handled around holidays or when there is an early close?

How are session close times for Eurex impacted by daylight savings time?

If I need to contact the Trade Desk with a question regarding a position liquidation, what account information should I have readily available?

What is the best way to contact the Trade Desk with a question that is not an emergency or related to an open position?