About emini day trading
What is an emini?
Emini Futures trading in stock indexes are generally one-fifth-sized versions of the standard stock index futures. Eminis are settled in cash to the spot value of the index. E-mini contracts are offered exclusively on the CME Globex electronic trading platform.
eminis are 'mini' versions of indexes, traded 'e' for 'electronically'
E-minis were introduced in 1997 in response to the steady rise in equity values over the prior 15 years. The concept of eminis was to develop a futures contract that might be accessible to active individual traders exclusively via computer as opposed to the traditional pit or “open-outcry” venue.
How do I trade emini futures?
Before trading eminis, there are some essential steps. If, for example, you'd like to trade the S&P 500 emini market, you should:
- Learn about the market & the S&P 500 exchange, since this drives the emini futures index
- Assess what factors may influence the futures market and hence your emini trading
- Learn about the types of orders placed, and how these may affect your emini trading strategy
- Calculate margin money required to trade in eminis
- Work out an emini trading plan that best serves your financial well being.
With a basic understanding of the S&P 500 emini market and emini trading principles, you should then paper trade for a time period to be sure that your trading plan has merit.
An emini "paper trade" means you can practice trading, in real time, without risking your money
Once paper trading is mastered, you should find an emini broker.
As you become more successful at trading e-mini futures, more positions may be added.
If emini trading losses are sustained, you may return to emini paper trading to figure out corrective actions.
How much money do I need to trade an E-Mini?
In emini trading, each commodity requires a good faith deposit to control that e-mini trading contract. Adversity in the marketplace may require more money than your good faith deposit. The Exchange sets the margin according to about 7% of the leveraged value of the emini trading contract with the volatility of that market filtered into the equation. In the case of the E-Mini S&P 500 contract, $5625.00 is the margin required by the exchange if you were to hold the position overnight.
If you are emini trading intra-day (in and out in one session), you may post a $563.00 good faith deposit to control that contract. The emini margin may change without notice.
What are the E-Mini Margin requirements?
The E-Mini S&P 500 initial margin is $5625.00. Emini Day traders may deposit $563.00 to trade in and out in one session.