Assuming capital or leverage is no issue, what is the advantage of trading Futures (or mini-ES) vs. ETFs? I trade Nasdaq and NYSE stocks under $80, each position size goes from 200 to 1000 shares. I keep 3 positions opened max. My average holding period is around 30 minutes, sometimes a couple of hours if the position works well. There are situations where I am long stocks and I see the future trading at support with a potential for breakdown. My long positions are usually strong but maybe not strong enough to survive a 2/3 points market dip. To reduce my risk in those cases, I am thinking to hedge my long positions shorting SPYers or QQQQs. Any opinion?