New contracts that are about 1/10 of the standard emini contract size; is this lower market exposure going to be a game changer for you? It all depends on you and your trading strategy. What are the constraints that may be holding you back from achieving your futures trading goals? Maybe you’re a new trader who can’t leave the simulated market environment because you’re afraid that your trading method will not cut it in the live market. Perhaps you’re still developing and testing new strategies, but not quite ready to put real money on the line. Maybe you want to take longer-term positions, such as swing trades or position trades, but are held back by the cost of larger stop losses or margin requirements. You might be a stock investor who needs to hedge an index fund or ETF, but whose stock positions are not quite large enough to match a full emini futures contract. Or, you might be an international trader who trades US Index CFDs (contracts for difference), but would rather trade through a regulated exchange than a third-party liquidity provider. In each of the scenarios above, the CME’s new “micro” emini futures–to be launched on May 6, 2019–just might open up some new opportunities that were previously unavailable to you. The new micro contracts for the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq 100, and Russell 2000 feature about one-tenth of the standard emini value. With only a fraction of the exposure, that might mean a fraction of the market risk, a fraction of the dollar value per tick, and eventually (if market volume picks up), a fraction of the trading margins. Here’s what we know so far.