Do You Know What is S&P 500 E-mini?

It’s a type of futures and options contract traded electronically. Hence, the name E-mini. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) launched it in 1997. By then, it didn’t have other E-mini futures in the index. With the E Mini S and P 500 futures, any investor can bet or speculate on possible price changes affecting the S&P 500 market.

How to Trade E-mini S&P 500 Futures

The first thing is getting an account. Once you get a brokerage firm you can work with, you’re ready to trade EMini’S and P 500 futures. Next, find a trading strategy that can get you good returns. From then on, keep an eye on the market until your contract expires, which is usually quarterly.

You can settle your E Mini S and P futures once it expires. As such, you walk away with over $50 multiplied by the S&P 500 index value. For example, if the index value is 3,000, multiply it by $50, and the cash settlement is $150,000.

Why Trade E-mini S&P 500 Futures?

An E Mini S and P 500 futures contract exposes you to the speculative nature of the stock market. It gives small traders access to one of the top futures affordably. On top of that, it lets you hedge various stocks.

Benefits and Risks of Trading Emini S&P 500 Futures

One of the gains is the sheer ability to trade any time of day or night. Hence, you have access to many investments throughout the week. Further, you start with better leverage allowing you to spread it out where you feel you’re luckier.

But there are risks in investing in the E Mini S and P futures contract. The one that’s impossible to overlook is the losses. You can lose more than what you invested.

What are Micro E-mini Futures?

As the name suggests, it’s a smaller E Mini S P 500. Accordingly, it’s about a tenth of the E-mini future. CME introduced the micro E-mini for traders who couldn’t afford the former. As such, small investors can now be part of the liquid futures index.


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