NinjaTrader first retail broker to launch MIAX’s SPIKES futures, no commission

Rick Steves

“We know that active individual investors are very interested in intraday volatility, and SPIKES futures can provide an avenue for hedging equity portfolios as well as taking a position on the daily market fluctuations.”

NinjaTrader Group has launched access to MIAX’s SPIKES Futures through its retail-focused futures brokerage firm.

The SPIKES index is a measure of the expected 30-day volatility in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY). SPIKES Futures are based on the SPIKES Volatility Index (Ticker: SPIKE), which trades in penny increments and updates every 100 milliseconds for pinpoint accuracy.

MIAX’s SPIKES Futures are traded and cleared on Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX), a subsidiary of Miami International Holdings, Inc.

NinjaTrader is the first brokerage to offer the volatility products with no commissions. In addition to its offering of commission-free brokerage on the products, NinjaTrader is offering SPIKES Futures without any market data fees.

MIAX’s SPIKES Futures provide an opportunity for retail brokers to take positions and manage risk on volatility.

SPIKES futures, an avenue for hedging equity portfolios

Martin Franchi, Chief Executive Officer at NinjaTrader Group, said: “We’re excited to make futures on the SPIKES volatility index available to our retail futures trading community. This aligns not only with NinjaTrader’s mission to support exchange product innovation, but also with the needs of our customers, who are increasingly looking for new vehicles for managing their risk in today’s uncertain economic environment. We know that active individual investors are very interested in intraday volatility, and SPIKES futures can provide an avenue for hedging equity portfolios as well as taking a position on the daily market fluctuations.”

Thomas P. Gallagher, Chairman and CEO of Miami International Holdings, Inc, commented: “We are pleased NinjaTrader has made SPIKES Futures available to its clients, who will now have access to an innovative volatility product that can help manage their equity exposure. As we look to broaden our product offering, MIAX is creating products built to meet the needs of the marketplace through improved design, accessibility and cost efficiencies, and we are thrilled to work with NinjaTrader to empower its clients with additional choice.”

Founded in 2003, NinjaTrader has evolved into an industry leader supporting over 900,000 traders around the globe with technology, support, and discount commissions through its direct-to-consumer futures commission merchant (FCM).

The firm offers a modern cloud-based futures trading platform now available via desktop, mobile, and web applications, enabling customers to trade from any location.

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