E-mini Russell 2000® Index Futures and Options Return to CME Group July 10

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Beginning July 10, market participants can manage their small cap equity index exposure using E-mini Russell 2000 Index futures and options available at CME and take advantage of the operational and margin efficiency of trading benchmark U.S. equity index products under one roof.

"We're pleased to bring the Russell 2000® index back to CME Group where traders will now be able to access major equity indices on a single platform,"

Said Tim McCourt, CME Group's Global Head of Equities. "Offering these new products at CME Group will provide our customers a more cost-effective opportunity for global exposure using futures and options, with margin offsets of up to 75 percent against the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400, Nasdaq and Dow Jones indices."

Futures      Options on E-mini Russell 2000 Index Futures Basis Trade at Index Close (BTIC)
  • E-mini Russell 2000 Index Futures
  • E-mini Russell 2000 Growth Index Futures
  • E-mini Russell 2000 Value Index Futures
  • Quarterly expiration
  • End-of-month
  • Weekly expiration
  • BTIC E-mini Russell 2000 Index Futures
  • BTIC E-mini Russell 2000 Growth Index Futures
  • BTIC E-mini Russell 2000 Value Index Futures
The Russell 2000® Index is the standard recognized benchmark measuring the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. stock market. With the growing popularity of passive investing, indexing data has become more valuable for investors. In August 2015, CME Group and London Stock Exchange Group announced a partnership to list derivatives contracts based on Russell indexes.

"Equity Index futures and options are among the top products traded by our futures clients," said Dan Ryba, Vice President of Futures Brokerage at E*TRADE. "We look forward to CME Group offering the Russell 2000® futures and options, which further complements their equity offering."

Transitioning Positions from ICE to CME

CME will have the exclusive rights to list futures and options on the index; however, at the time of the launch, the futures products will continue to trade at ICE for a short period of time to facilitate the transition of open interest between the exchanges.
Please note the positions will not be moved to CME without client action, find more info here)

Learn more about the cost advantages and incentives of transitioning to CME early.