typical futures spread/slippage

Discussion in 'Index Futures' started by endsongs, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. Hopefully this is the right forum. I have a stock trading strategy I'm looking to apply to futures. Looking at the market depth window, there is a spread that can vary from 1 to 3 times the minimum multiple ( from 0.25 to 0.75 for a minimum multiple of 0.25). Looking at tick data, there are times where dozens of contracts trade at the same price. Likewise, there are times where a single contract moves it by two multiples.

    So, what types of spread and slippage ( in minimum units) do people normally see in roundtrip trades involving fairly liquid futures contracts?
  2. "Fairly liquid" futures markets ? Currencies, bond, index, commodity futures markets ? Specify !

  3. ASusilovic - thanks for the reply. I'm asking about index futures.
  4. On the ES there isn't any slippage trading small size unless your holding through a news announcement. The spread is normally 1 tick, if you buy right now @ 1096 and want to sell imidiently 1095.75 you lose 1 tick or $12.50 a contract.