Why Trade the E-Mini S&P Contract? Because YOU get 100 to 1 leverage trading every contract! Other reasons include: There is no up tick rule like the stock market. You can trade long or short at any time. The e-Mini is highly liquid with 800,000+/- e-Mini contracts traded daily so there is very little slippage on market orders. The e-Mini represents the consensus of value for all stock in the S&P 500 index, so the effect of news spikes about individual stocks is minimized. You can day trade this index and be in cash every night. You can freely buy and sell depending on the margin in your account. There is no margin interest charged, and YOU can use interest earning T-Bills as collateral. You can start trading with as little as a $5,000 margin account. An account size of $15,000 will help YOU optimize YOUR trading profits. Making just one point (equal to $50) on one contract is a 100% gain in equity. (Losing one point is a 100% loss of trading equity). You can trade after normal market hours every day on the Globex exchange There are many other reasons, including the fact that technical analysis works extremely well on index futures.