When and what products can I trade?

When can I trade?

The Trading Combine® is best for Intraday Futures traders who end their trading sessions in cash with a positive or negative Daily P/L. We require that our traders close their positions before 3:10:00 PM Central Time (CT) Monday through Friday. Trading closes for the weekend Friday at 3:10:00 PM CT and resumes at 5:00:00 PM CT Sunday. All positions must be closed prior to 3:10:00 PM CT.

Tip: You can keep track of the current time in the Central Time Zone (CT) on your Resources Page.

All positions must be closed prior to 3:10:00 PM CT. The Risk Managers will begin attempting to flatten trades starting at 3:08 PM CT. While this is done as a courtesy, it is still the Trader's responsibility to make sure they are flat by 3:10:00 PM CT. Any trade held past that time will be a broken rule. If you are trading a futures contract that closes before 3:10:00 PM, you need to exit that market prior to the daily close to ensure you are flat for the 3:10:00 PM CT hard cutoff.

Holding *positions across trading days between 3:10 PM - 5:00 PM CT is not allowed in the 50K, 100K & 150K Trading Combine accounts. You may begin trading again at 5 PM CT.

*This includes pending (not filled) orders as well as stops and targets.

Tip: Some futures markets close before 3:10 PM CT. If you are trading one of these products, you need to exit that market before the products' daily close.  

Supported futures that close before 3:10 PM CT include Corn (ZC), Wheat (ZW), Lean Hogs (HE), Live Cattle (LE), Soybeans (ZS), Soybean Meal (ZM), and Soybean Oil (ZL).

For special holiday hours, please also refer to the Holiday Schedule here.

What futures products can I trade?

The Trading Combine® includes a subset of Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Futures Contracts included in the list below.

In addition to trading the specific products our program supports, we require our traders to participate in the “front month” contract. This means that you need to be able to identify the front month and also be familiar with how to roll contracts forward when the front-month changes. 

Tip: Please see the “How to identify the Futures Front-Month Contract” article if you need help with the Front Month.

The CME Group products listed below are the products that traders can use to trade in the Trading Combine®.

CME Equity Futures 
E-mini S&P 500 (ES) Micro E-mini S&P (MES)*
E-mini NASDAQ 100 (NQ) Micro E-mini NASDAQ 100 (MNQ)*
E-mini Russell 2000 (RTY) Micro E-mini Russell 2000 (M2K)*
Nikkei NKD (NKD)  
CME Foreign Exchange Futures 
Australian $ (6A) British Pound (6B)
Canadian $ (6C) Euro FX (6E)
Japanese Yen (6J) Swiss Franc (6S)
E-mini Euro FX (E7)  
CME Agricultural Futures
Lean Hogs (HE) Live Cattle (LE)
Crude Oil (CL) E-mini Crude Oil (QM)
Natural Gas (NG) E-mini Natural Gas (QG)
CME CBOT Agricultural Futures
Corn (ZC) Wheat (ZW)
Soybeans (ZS) Soybean Meal (ZM)
Soybean Oil (ZL)  
CME CBOT Equity Futures
Mini-DOW (YM) Micro Mini-DOW (MYM)*
CME CBOT Financial/Interest Rate Futures
2-Year Note (ZT) 5-Year Note (ZF)
10-Year Note (ZN) Ultra-Note (TN)
30-Year Bond (ZB) Ultra-Bond (UB)
Eurodollar (GE) **  
Gold (GC) Silver (SI)
Copper (HG)  

*Please Note: Micros products are not available on the CTS T4 platform.

**Eurodollar (GE) contract is not available on CQG (TSTrader, Tradovate, TradingView)


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