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: Popular E-mini Contracts
  6. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: Who Trades The E-Minis?
  7. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: Trading The E-Minis
  8. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: Other E-Mini Contracts
  9. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: Volume and Volatility
  10. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: Margins
  11. Beginner's Guide to E-Mini Futures Contracts: Rollover Dates and Expiration
  12. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: Brokers
  13. Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: Tax Advantages

The e-mini stock index futures contracts are among the most popular of the dozens of e-mini products. These contracts are appealing because of their affordability, leverage, liquidity, profit potential and round-the-clock trading. These contracts are typically referred to by their ticker symbols. For example, when discussing the e-mini Russell 2000 futures contract, traders will often simply refer to the contract as "the RTY."

E-mini S&P 500 (ES)

The e-mini S&P 500 (ES) is the most actively traded stock index futures contract in the world. Introduced by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) on Sept. 9, 1997, the ES is traded solely electronically on the CME Globex platform. The underlying index is the S&P 500 Index – the world's most widely followed gauge of stock market performance. It’s a capitalization-weighted and float-adjusted index of 500 large-cap stocks.

E-mini NASDAQ-100 (NQ)

The e-mini NASDAQ-100 futures (NQ) are also traded on the CME Globex electronic platform. Launched on June 21, 1999, the NQ is one-fifth the size of the standard NASDAQ-100 futures contract. Its underlying index – the NASDAQ-100 Index – represents the largest (based on market capitalization) non-financial U.S. and international issues listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The Index's holdings represent a variety of companies in major industry groups including biotechnology, computer hardware and software, retail/wholesale trade and telecommunications.

E-mini Dow (YM)

The e-mini Dow (YM) is another contract that trades solely electronically on the CME Globex platform. Launched on April 5, 2002, the YM is one-fifth the size of the standard Dow futures contract. The YM is based on the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), a price-weighted index of 30 blue-chip U.S. companies. Nine economic sectors are represented in the Index, including consumer goods, entertainment, financial services, retail and technology.

E-mini Russell 2000 (RTY)

The e-mini Russell 2000 (RTY) now trades on CME Globex, following a 2017 move from the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) electronic trading platform. The RTY is based on the Russell 2000 Index – a subset of the Russell 3000 Index, a performance benchmark for the small-cap and mid-cap segment of the U.S. equities markets. The Index includes 2000 of the smallest securities, based on market capitalization. The Russell 2000 Index represents a variety of sectors including, consumer discretionary, financial services, healthcare, producer durables and technology. (For more about indexes, see Index Investing.)


Beginner's Guide To E-Mini Futures Contracts: Who Trades The E-Minis?
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