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Silver Futures Contract Specifications

The silver contract specifications tell you how the silver futures trade, not how to trade to silver futures. Before you consider opening a commodity futures account you should consult with a licensed commodities broker. The flexibility of futures trading allows silver investors to experience profit or loss if the market goes up, down or sideways


Trading Unit

5,000 troy ounces.

Price Quotation

U.S. cents per troy ounce.

Trading Hours (All times are New York time)

Open outcry trading is conducted from 8:25 AM until 1:25 PM.

Electronic trading is conducted via the CME Globex® trading platform from 6:00 PM Sundays through 5:15 PM Fridays, Eastern Time, with a 45-minute break each day between 5:15 PM and 6:00 PM. Off-Exchange transactions can be submitted solely for clearing to the NYMEX ClearPort® clearing website as an exchange of futures for swaps (EFS) or exchange of futures for physicals (EFP) transaction until 5:15 PM, Monday through Friday, and the day preceding a holiday.

Trading Months

Trading is conducted for delivery during the current calendar month; the next two calendar months; any January, March, May, and September falling within a 23-month period; and any July and December falling within a 60-month period beginning with the current month.

Minimum Price Fluctuation

Price changes for outright transactions, including EFPs, are in multiples of one-half cent (0.5¢ or $0.005) per troy ounce, equivalent to $25.00 per contract. For straddle or spread transactions, as well as the determination of settlement prices, the price changes are registered in multiples of one-tenth of a cent (0.10¢ or $0.001) per troy ounce, equivalent to $5.00 per contract. A fluctuation of one cent (1¢ or $0.01) is equivalent to $50.00 per contract.

Last Trading Day

Trading terminates at the close of business on the third to last business day of the maturing delivery month.


Silver delivered against the futures contract must bear a serial number and identifying stamp of a refiner's officially listed brand. Delivery must be must be made from a warehouse or vault licensed or designated by the Exchange specifically for the storage of silver.

Delivery Period

The first delivery day is the first business day of the delivery month; the last delivery day is the last business day of the delivery month.

Exchange of Futures for Physicals (EFP)

The buyer or seller may exchange a futures position for a physical position of equal quantity by submitting a notice to the Exchange. EFPs may be used to either initiate or liquidate a futures position.

Grade and Quality Specifications

In fulfillment of each contract, the seller must deliver 5,000 troy ounces (±6%) of refined silver, assaying not less than .999 fineness, in cast bars weighing 1,000 or 1,100 troy ounces each and bearing a serial number and identifying stamp of a refiner approved and listed by the Exchange. A list of approved refiners and assayers is available from the Exchange upon request.

Position Accountability Levels and Limits

Any one month/all months: 6,000 net futures equivalent, but not to exceed 1,500 in the spot month.

Margin Requirements

Margins are required for open futures positions.

Trading Symbol


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