Could be calculated a few different ways... 1. % on face value of contract 2. % on total equity in your account 3. % on minimum margin It occurred to me that someone who would ask this question perhaps shouldn't be trading futures at all....

% return on an individual trade: outlayed capital = # contracts * margin gain or loss = (point value * # contracts * + or - point change ) -(slippage + commission) % return = (+- loss or gain ) / outlayed capital *100 Its probably better to put your return in terms of your total capital, and your individual returns in terms of dollars risked for information purposes instead of outlayed capital, use dollars risked = % of total capital risked / (pointvalue * volatility) % return = (+-gain or loss) / dollars risked *100

Are you asking for the formulas for compounding rates of return? I use an annually compounding annual growth rate, a instantaneous compounding annual growth rate, and cumulative annual growth rate. They all have different formulas.

Hook N. Sinker, I am looking for the formula to compute % return on an individual leveraged futures trade. Example: Trade: Buy 1 ESZ06 at 1405.00 Sell 1 ESZ06 at 1410.00 Profit 5pts = $250 Account Equity at purchase: $100,000 initial Margin: $3938 maintenance Margin: $3150 Interest Rate: 2.5% What would be the formula for leverage % return for this trade?