Over 32M Micro E-mini Contracts Traded in 3 Months

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After seeing record-breaking volume in their first 30 days of trading, Micro E-mini equity index futures from the CME have racked up more than 32 million contracts traded since their launch on May 6th.

Micro E-mini futures provide futures traders the ability to trade American stock markets at a fraction of the cost & with significantly lower margins than full-size E-minis. These 1/10th-sized fungible contracts also offer added flexibility & position management for existing E-mini traders.

The first three months of trading for Micro E-mini futures has been nothing short of historic. The launch of these new contracts took the futures trading world by storm and brought a surge of new futures traders to these highly liquid equity index markets.

A Roaring First Quarter

With an average daily volume of over 500K contracts, Micro E-minis have officially carved their place in the futures trading landscape. Here are some highlights from their first quarter of trading:

  • The highest single-volume day was seen on August 1st when a record 1.38M contracts were traded.
  • Micro E-minis brought participants from all over the world with 26% of all volume coming from outside the US. In total, traders from 130 different countries took part in the action!
  • More than 13% of trading took place during the pre-market Extended Trading Hour (ETH) sessions, again pointing to global participation in these accessible markets.
  • A combined volume of over 32 million Micro E-mini contracts were traded.
  • Micro E-mini S&P 500 (MES) futures accounted for roughly half of the total volume with 15.8 million contracts traded during the first 3 months.

Micro E-minis provide lower barriers to entry and require a smaller financial commitment to participate in markets ripe with opportunity! Traders should always be aware of the risks involved and practice risk management techniques such as stop loss orders.

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