Why Trade Equity Index Futures

Are you considering futures for your portfolio? If you’re not read about why you should be.

No matter your investment vehicle, Equity Index futures tell a compelling story to convince you to add the standardized, liquid contracts to your portfolio. To tell this story, we have provided a variety of research comparing futures and options to alternative investment strategies, for different investor types. Dive into this research to see why you should be trading Equity Index futures.

Key Benefits

Investment managers are repositioning their portfolios to include futures in preparation for an uncertain investment environment in 2019

Futures offer the ideal liquidity, exposure size, leverage and total cost of financing when compared to other investment vehicles, like ETFs

Liquidity in futures has grown substantially due to the continued shift of assets

Flexible execution methods are available on futures, including BTIC and TACO – which allow you to trade at the close or the cash open at any time during the day

See what futures can do for your portfolio

Download Aite Group’s latest whitepaper, “Futures are Still on a Roll with the Buyside,” and discover the total cost of replicating S&P 500 returns via futures (ES) and ETFs across different investment scenarios.

Trending Reports

Read our new papers to explore the advantages of using E-mini S&P 500 options on futures (ES) and
E-mini S&P Select Sector futures to manage S&P exposure more efficiently.


A Cost Comparison of S&P 500-related Options

Compare ES and SPX options across key factors such as liquidity and transaction cost.
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Sector Investing

Read our analysis on recent S&P performance and the opportunities that lie ahead in 2019.
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Factors Determining Total Costs

Read Aite Group’s new reports, analyzing key factors when determining the total costs between futures versus ETFs, such as liquidity, cost and capital efficiency.

Liquidity Advantage Tilts the Buy-Side Towards Futures Over ETFs

Analyzes the differences & dependencies in the market when choosing a replication strategy, primarily exploring liquidity and price discovery.

Portfolio Margining Offers Clear Advantages for Futures Investors Over ETFs

Explores the use of portfolio margining in relation to futures investing.

Cost Considerations Go Well Beyond

Examines various cost considerations for the buyside including roll costs, holding costs, margin, etc.

Index Replication Strategies Using Futures and ETFs: Putting Theory into Practice

Replicating equity index flow across four scenarios: fully-funded investor, leveraged investor, short-selling investor, and international investor.

Why Choose CME Group

CME Group is where the world comes to manage risk. Built on more than 165 years of global benchmark futures and options, we provide you with the opportunity you need to mitigate risk and grow profitability.

4 Exchanges, 1 Marketplace

Through our CME, CBOT, NYMEX and COMEX, CME Group offers the widest range of global benchmark products from one central trading venue.

18.6M Average Daily Volume*

Our markets are traded by a diverse set of customers to bring you the liquidity you need to manage risk or express your opinion on the markets

6 Major Asset Classes

Trade futures and options on Interest Rates, Equity Indices, Energy, Agricultural commodities, FX and Metals.

*Data as of Q1 2019

How to Get Started

1. Set up a futures trading account, with a futures commission merchant (FCM). This could be your bank or securities broker.

2. Talk to your FCM about which account type and memberships may be appropriate for you. Your FCM can execute your trades and provide clearing services for you.

3. Alternatively, you can access CME Group markets directly via CME Direct.

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