Trade Ether Futures

What are Ether Futures?

Ether futures are based on the Ether digital cryptocurrency, which is the second largest market capitalized digital currency behind Bitcoin. Through buying or selling Ether futures, you can trade on your view of the future performance of this active cryptocurrency on a regulated exchange.   

Ether is the cryptocurrency that powers and facilitates operations within the Ethereum network. Ethereum is a digital platform for blockchain development and innovation that allows developers to build decentralized applications using smart contracts that execute transactions and agreements automatically without third parties.

Why Trade Ether Futures?

Ether futures provide traders with a way to participate in the price movement of Ether, often reflective of the overall Ethereum blockchain network. For those individuals holding actual Ether, Ether futures contracts can serve as a hedge in anticipation of lower Ether prices. Additional benefits of trading Ether futures include:

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Ability to easily go long or short on the real-time price movement of Ether

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Instantaneous transactions with lower and predictable costs


No need for a digital wallet or concerns about a potential loss from hackers

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Highly regulated with guaranteed transactions through CME Group

Trade Micro Ether Cryptocurrency Futures for Increased Flexibility and Reduced Costs

At 1/10th the size of one Ether, Micro Ether futures allow traders to access this highly active cryptocurrency market with reduced costs and low margins. Other advantages of trading these bite-sized contracts include:

  • Highly leveraged markets for more buying power
  • Start with a smaller account vs. full-size Ether contracts
  • Increased flexibility for better position management

Micro Ether futures contracts provide an ideal entry point for new futures traders to start small and scale up as you become more comfortable in the live markets. 

Leverage also increases the risk associated with futures trading and only risk capital should be used for trading.

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Who Trades Ether Futures?

Ether futures traders can be broken down into three main groups: 

  • Commercial traders in the Ether futures market are typically trading to hedge their price risk on a large digital position of Ether. Such traders include early Ether adopters, institutional investors, and even large Ether miners. 
  • Large professional traders of Ether futures are anyone trading large position sizes, like CTAs, or commodity pools speculating on price direction. 
  • Self-directed retail traders make up the remaining daily trading volume in Ether futures. Similar to large professional traders, self-directed retail traders speculate only on the price movement of the futures contract. 

What Can Affect the Price of Ether Futures?

Even though Ether futures are a uniquely digital financial instrument, prices can fluctuate significantly during the trading day. They can be sensitive to a variety of factors, including the same types of economic news and reports that move other financial futures markets. With Ether, the basic economic principles of supply and demand apply: are there more buyers pushing the market up or more sellers pushing it down? 

Ether has the potential for highly volatile price moves. Traders need to keep abreast of new technologies, the regulatory environment, and the release and success of new cryptocurrencies to gauge the overall Ether trading environment.

Intramarket Factors

Even with a high market capitalization, Ether has less than half the market capitalization of Bitcoin. While it's unique from other digital currencies, Ether does not exist in a vacuum and can be affected by news and what's occurring in other cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin. When Bitcoin rallies higher or falls lower, many other cryptocurrencies often follow, including Ether.

Interest Rates and Global Economic Conditions

Changes in interest rates and monetary policy, global unrest, and changing economic conditions can all impact the price of Ether futures. News stories about new cryptocurrency regulations or adoption by large institutions or governments can often sway sentiment in one direction or the other.

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Risks of Ether Futures Trading

Like every futures contract, the primary risk is that the price of Ether futures will go against the trader’s position. This is especially challenging when trading Ether futures as significant price moves and volatile pricing conditions often exist. As a result, appropriate trade sizing is critical as is following a risk management plan, which should include a stop loss or a trailing stop. 

News and events can move Ether prices significantly, so traders should always keep an eye on open positions and orders with the ability to close or adjust them quickly.

If you are a new futures trader, practicing in a futures trading simulator with live market data can help you prepare for market swings and test your strategy before trading with real money.

Micro Ether Futures Contract Specifications

Micro Ether futures provide an efficient, cost-effective way to fine-tune your Ether exposure and meet your trading objectives. At just 1/10th the size of one Ether, Micro Ether futures enables traders of all account sizes to speculate or hedge the price of Ether.

You can trade Micro Ether futures on the 24-hour electronic CME Globex system. Ether futures contracts are cash settled at expiration.

Micro Ether Futures


CME Globex
Contract point value0.1 Ether
Minimum price fluctuation$.50, (0.10 * .50 = $0.05 per-contract per-minimum move)
Trading hoursSunday 6:00 pm ET to Friday 5:00 pm ET
Listed contractsMonthly contracts listed for 6 consecutive months out, quarterly contracts (Mar(H), Jun(M), Sep)U), Dec(Z)) listed for 4 additional quarters, and a second Dec(Z) contract if only one is listed 
Expiration styleTrading ceases 11:00 am ET on the last Friday of the contract month
SettlementFinancially settled
Additional Specifications
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Frequently Asked Questions About Ether Futures

An Ether futures contract is a tradable instrument for the purchase and delivery of Ether. Each futures contract, like Ether, has a unique set of contract specifications that are set by the futures exchange.
Ether futures trading is an agreement between a buyer and seller at a specified price in a contract that will expire on a specific date. Traders can enter and exit positions, long or short, any time before the expiration date in these financially settled contracts.
One of the advantages of trading Ether futures contracts is that Ether futures offer traders direct market access for speculating on the price movement of Ether; traders can easily go long or short with good liquidity virtually 24 hours a day, and with lower trading capital requirements. This offers traders more opportunities and trading flexibility over buying and holding Ether in a digital wallet.
Ether futures are traded on the well-regulated CME Globex exchange where orders are matched and cleared on a fair and level playing field with full price and order transparency. Traders can place buy and sell orders through their broker to enter or exit a position virtually 24 hours a day. 
Yes, you can trade Ether futures with NinjaTrader. NinjaTrader is an industry-leading futures broker offering low commissions, low margin rates, and safety of your account funds. With NinjaTrader, you get all the tools and help you need to trade dozens of the most actively traded futures markets in the world including Ether futures contracts. 
Like every futures contract, the primary risk here is that the price of the Ether futures will go against the trader’s position. Ether news, supply and demand dynamics, and economic conditions can all have a significant effect on the price of Ether futures.
Ether prices can often exhibit periods of high and low price volatility, and these price swings can have a significant impact on traders. Ether buyers and holders have seen prices hit as high as $2,100 and as low as $1,100 this past year alone, and these are not nearly the biggest price moves over it's history. 
Micro Ether futures are cash settled and expired on the prior last trading day of the month before the settlement date.
Although the underlying technology the drives ether and Bitcoin are different, both micro futures contracts have similar margin and specifications and allow traders to easily trade long or short to speculate on the price or Ether. 
A Micro Ether contract allows you to control 1/10th of one Ether for as little as $200 in day trading margin or around $500 if you're going to hold the position for more than one day.  Traders should always hold enough trading capital in their account to cover price swings and losses.