E-minis are electronically traded futures contracts that represent a percentage of a corresponding standard futures contract. The e-minis make ideal beginner trading instruments for a variety of reasons, including round-the-clock trading, low margin rates, volatility and liquidity. This guide will discuss the e-mini stock index futures contracts, describe e-mini characteristics and introduce methods to trade these popular contracts.
Figure 1: E-Mini S&P 500
Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: What Are The E-Minis?
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