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.
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)
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)
The CME offers several agricultural commodities in mini sizes:
- Mini-sized Corn (XC)
- Mini-sized Wheat (XW)
- Mini-Sized Soybeans (XK)
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)
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)
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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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