What are E-mini Russell futures?

E-mini Russell futures track the Russell 2000 Index, which measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000 Index. The Russell 3000 Index, in turn, measures the performance of the 3,000 largest U.S. companies based on total market capitalization. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)'s 1993 introduction of E-mini Russell futures and options gave investors the opportunity to manage small-cap portfolio risk, as well as to gain exposure to this market segment. More recently, Micro E-mini Russell 2000 futures have been introduced.

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How to trade E-mini Russell futures

E-mini Russell futures trade nearly 24 hours per day on the CME Globex® trading platform, Sunday through Friday. 

E-mini Russell futures contract specifications

Considering trading E-mini Russell futures? Here are the E-mini Russell futures contract specifications.

E-mini Russell futures contract specifications
Exchange Chicago Mercantile Exchange, RTY
Contract Size $50 x the Russell 2000 Index
Minimum Tick Size and Value 0.10, worth $5.00 per contract.(Micro E-mini Russell 2000 contracts also available)
Trading Times E-mini Russell futures trade nearly 24 hours per day on the Globex® platform from 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. U.S. ET, Sunday through Friday.
Principal Trading Months E-mini Russell 2000 futures trade on a quarterly cycle. Trading months include March, June, September, and December.

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E-mini Russell FAQ

E-mini Russell 2000 futures provide investors and traders with an efficient way to gain speculative exposure to the Russell 2000 index, or they may be used to hedge small-cap stock portfolios against overall market risk. E-mini Russell 2000 futures may also be spread against other popular stock index futures, like Dow futures.

It is important to understand the benefits and risks involved with E-mini Russell 2000 futures before placing a futures trade. Compared to traditional investments, with E-mini Russell 2000 futures you can trade nearly 24 hours a day during the trading week and take advantage of trading opportunities regardless of market direction. E-mini Russell 2000 futures also provide the ability to trade with greater leverage and allow a more efficient use of trading capital. However, trading leveraged products like E-mini Russell 2000 futures also involves the risk that losses can exceed the amount originally invested and may not be suitable for all investors.

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