Where can I trade VIX futures?


If you’re not keen on Interactive Brokers, there are a plethora of futures brokers that offer access to VIX futures. However, I wouldn’t discount IBKR, they have a good reputation, low fees and provide access to a wide variety of markets. You can read our interview with Thomas Peterffy, the CEO & founder here.

Firstly, you will need a futures broker, you can either visit our page on Futures Brokers or take a look at any of the below futures brokers:

Alternatives to VIX futures:

Trading futures is generally only for professional or experienced traders. As such minimum deposits for futures brokers tend to be around £10,000 or higher. You will also have to pay commission on a per trader basis. Futures commission are generally volume-based, so the more you trade the lower they are.

However, with futures trading, you will be using a DMA broker who should provide direct access to the exchange order book, in this case, the CBOE. Which means you can work bid/offers, and get inside the price.

If you are looking for a broker that offers access to the VIX market but with slightly smaller trade sizes you can go with a spread betting or CFD broker like:

Other ways to trade the VIX:

Volatility ETFs, such as ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF and ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF can be bought through a stockbroker and is as easy as buying any other stock like Apple or Lloyds.

Below our comparison table of VIX brokers you can also read our guide to VIX trading which covers:

  • How to trade the VXX
  • Spread betting on market volatility using the VIX
  • How To Use Volatility ETNs (VXX & VXZ) To Protect Your Stock Portfolios
  • What brokers offer VXX and VZN trading and volatility indices?
  • What is Volatility Trading?
  • Two things to remember to trade volatility ETNs successfully

Compare Vetted Investing, Trading & Currency Accounts

Investing AccountsTrading PlatformsCurrency Transfers
Compare Investment Accounts

Compare Investment Accounts

Compare Trading Platforms

Compare Trading Platforms

Compare Currency Brokers

Compare Currency Brokers

Trading Risk Warning

ALL INVESTING INVOLVES RISK. Investing, Derivatives, Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk to your capital and can result in losses that exceed your initial deposit. They may not be suitable for everyone, so please ensure that you fully understand the risks involved.
ESMA & FCA Risk Warning – “CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between 68-89% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. Capital at risk”