E-mini index futures contracts such as the E-mini S&P 500, E-mini NASDAQ100 and E-mini Dow provide traders interested in trading stock indexes with the potential for increased returns in markets with more liquidity, and with significantly lower margin requirements.

Why trade the E-mini S&P 500 and other E-mini contracts futures?

Volume - At an average daily volume of nearly 2.6 million [1] E-mini S&P 500 is currently the world’s most actively-traded stock index futures contract.

Leverage - ability to trade larger amounts at lower margin requirements (E-mini futures provide opportunity to leverage capital to a greater extent than ETFs). Since, E-mini contracts require less margin than ETF’s , it is therefore possible to obtain higher leverage with E-mini contracts

E-MINI S&P 500 Futures


Bond / Margin

8.39% ($5,000)

50% Reg T Margin FRBNY

Avg. Daily Notional Value4

$163 billion

$22 billion


Market Indicator - E-mini S&P 500 futures contracts are used not only as an indicator to the day’s equity trading but also for other commodities as well.

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