What Are Equity Index Futures Contracts?
An equity index is a tradable group of stocks where the price of the index is determined by the combined price of all the components. Each unique equity index future represents a particular segment of the stock market: growth, value, large companies, and small companies.
Also referred to as stock index futures, traders buy and sell equity index futures whenever opportunities arise. This way, traders benefit from the combined price diversification of an index futures over trying to pick winning stocks.
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E-mini S&P 500 Index Futures
The E-mini S&P 500 index futures contract is a derivative of the S&P 500 index which is made up of the 500 largest market-capitalized companies listed on US stock exchanges.
E-mini Nasdaq 100 Index Futures
The E-mini Nasdaq 100 is a stock market index futures that represents 100 of the largest non-financial companies listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, which is heavily weighted toward the technology sector.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Index Futures Contracts
There are many advantages to trading index futures contracts, one of which is the flexibility it offers over trading these same instruments using ETFs or individual stock names with their many limitations. Index futures offers extended trading hours, the ability to go short easily, and lower capital requirements.