1. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: Introduction
  2. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: What Are The E-Minis?
  3. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: E-Mini Characteristics
  4. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: E-Mini Specifications
  5. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: Who Trades The E-Minis?
  6. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: Trading The E-Minis
  7. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: Other E-Mini Contracts

While the e-mini stock index futures are the e-minis of choice for many traders, other e-mini contracts are available that provide exposure to a variety of asset classes. Certain products even have corresponding micro contracts that trade at an even smaller size than the e-minis.

Metals
The CME offers mini and micro contracts for copper, gold and silver:

  • E-mini Copper (QC)
  • miNY Gold (QO)
  • E-micro Gold (MGC)
  • miNY Silver (QI)
  • E-mini Silver (XSN)
Forex
Several e-mini versions of popular forex pairs are offered by CME:

  • E-mini EUR/USD (E7)
  • E-mini JPY/USD (J7)
  • E-micro AUD/USD (M6A)
  • E-micro EUR/USD (M6E)
  • E-micro GBP/USD (M6B)
  • E-micro CAD/USD (MCD)
  • E-micro USD/CAD (M6C)
  • E-micro CHF/USD (MSF)
  • E-micro USD/CHF (M6S)
  • E-micro JPY/USD (MJY)
  • E-micro USD/JPY (M6J)
  • E-micro USD/RMB (MNY)
Commodities
The CME offers several agricultural commodities in mini sizes:

  • Mini-sized Corn (XC)
  • Mini-sized Wheat (XW)
  • Mini-Sized Soybeans (XK)
Energy
A variety of mini energy products are offered by the CME:

  • E-mini Light Sweet Crude Oil Futures (QM)
  • E-mini Natural Gas Futures (QG)
  • E-mini Heating Oil (QH)
  • E-mini RBOB Gasoline (QU)
Other Index Products
The CME offers additional e-mini stock index futures products:

  • E-mini S&P SmallCap 600 (SMC)
  • E-mini NASDAQ Composite (QCN)
  • E-mini NASDAQ Biotechnology Futures (BIO)
In addition to these futures products, many of the e-mini contracts are available as options.

SEE: Options Basics Tutorial

Conclusion
The e-minis are the small but mighty cousins of their larger, full-sized contracts. Because of their size and low margin requirements, the e-minis make ideal trading instruments for individual traders and investors. Due to their volatility and liquidity, the e-minis are also popular among institutional and high frequency trading firms. These characteristics make the e-minis attractive to new and professional traders alike.


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