First of let me dispel one myth. TRADING EMINI'S IS NOT EASY OR UNSTRESSFUL. Trading the NQ or ES is not easy and requires a lot of work. There are many reasons why this is true. 1. Leverage ( as Hitman put it I believe ) is a double edge sword. Increased leverage brings with it increased risk which is a newbies worst enemy. 2. The majority of futures traders are pros and these are the ones you are competing with every day for the $$$. Trading futures is a competition every $ you make someone else has lost. 3. When trading a single instrument there is the pitfall of forcing trades. When trading stocks you have 1000's to choose from to find entries, trading futures narrows your scope and requires patience to look for just the best opportunities. 4. Overtrading is another pitfall to the futures, with low commissions and ease of entry/exit overtrading is often the downfall of many newbie futures traders. Let me go on to say I trade the Emini NQ and believe it is a great trading vehicle. What I don't want to see is people enter this market thinking that it is easy and not completely understanding the risks involved in trading futures.