E-Mini Trading: An Easy-To-Understand Guide For Beginners

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E-Mini Trading: An Easy-To-Understand Guide For Beginners

23 October 2015
 Categories: Finance & Money, Blog

E-minis are future contracts that are promissory notes to sell or buy a stock at a specified date for cash value. The following guide will help you learn a little more about e-minis so that you can start your trading journey with a little knowledge.

Types of E-Mini Contracts 

The first thing you should know is that there are many types of e-mini contracts available to you, meaning there are several e-minis that may suit your specific needs. The following are some of the most popular types of contracts that you should know about:

  • E-minis S&P 500 or ES: This is a future contract with an index of about 500 stocks. 
  • E-minis NASDAQ-100 or NQ: You will be exposed to a 100 stocks of non-financial US large-cap companies.
  • E-minis Dow or YM: An e-mini with around 30 stocks of the most successful stocks available on the market.
  • E-minis S&P MidCap 400 or EMD: This an e-mini that allows you to have access to 400 companies that are somewhat leveled or mid-leveled, which are quite safe. 
  • E-minis Russell 2000 or TF: The TF e-mini contains 2000 of some of the smaller types of companies available to you.

You can talk to your trading consultant for more information regarding these types of e-minis or any other that are available to you; he or she should help you find the best e-minis. 

A Few Things to Look For

The following are a few things that you should consider as an e-mini trader:


The first thing you should know about your e-mini is how often it is traded within one day, which is called its volume. Good volume means that you should be safe with the e-mini, and you may minimize risk.


The next thing you should know about is the e-mini's liquidity, which means that you need to know the following:

  • Width
  • Depth
  • Immediacy
  • Resiliency

The width refers to just how well the e-mini is bidding, and the depth refers to the amount of orders that are resting upon your particular e-mini. Immediacy refers to how quickly the order can be executed within the market, and the e-mini's resiliency deals with an estimate of how long the market might take to bounce back after a large order is filled. 

There is a lot more to learn about e-minis that you should learn about, but some of that can be learned as you begin trading. For more information, contact an expert on financial trading in your area.