Intraday Futures Margin

Are you a futures trader looking to scale into positions without the burden of posting the entire overnight margin requirement? Then intraday margin can potentially work in your favor. Intraday futures margin applies to Small Exchange products (the 'Smalls') and CME outright futures. 

The intraday futures margin session starts at 8:30 am and ends at 3:00 pm (Chicago time), except for agricultural products, which ends at 12:20 pm. 

Are you curious about which futures contracts are available for trading at tastytrade and the overnight margin requirement? If so, then please click the links below:

However, if you wish to apply for futures trading in your margin account, please click here for instructions.

Key Points When Considering Intraday Futures Margin

  • Futures positions held past 3:00 pm will require the overnight margin requirement^.
  • Eligibility for intraday futures margin is based upon your account's net liq on the previous day's close.
  • tastytrade has the right and ability to disable intraday futures margin on accounts without notice.
  • Intraday futures margin is not available for IRA accounts.
  • You may request to remove intraday margin from your account by emailing our support team at To re-establish intraday margin, please contact our support team.
  • Opening an option on futures positions in the same root (/ES, /NQ, /CL, etc.) will disable intraday margin.

^Customers who cannot satisfy the overnight margin requirement may be closed out by our margin and risk team.