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New user (and a question)

Indianapolis IN/USA
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New user (and a question)

Hello all,

I've been watching for about 3 months, joining a couple months ago, and this is my first post.

Question, today is Tuesday 6/12/2018, and ES June 18 hasn't yet expired. What are most people trading now, since expiration is close... still June or are you trading the September contracts?

I've been only watching the June trades and thinking this is really dull... is this what they mean by "summer time trading"? I opened the September DOM and there appears to be at least 75% more activity at 4:30am this morning. When is a good time to start trading the new contracts as the current one nears expiration? Obviously, not everyone is waiting for expiration of June to start in on September.

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You always have to watch the volume and trade the contract with the most volume.
So in this case, the ES volume switched yesterday from June to September and we trade the Sept contract.

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still June or are you trading the September contracts?

Trade September. Look at the CME page ( E-mini S&P 500 Futures Quotes - CME Group ), before you trade at about this time of the month every three months and trade whichever contract has the highest volume.

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For some markets, your broker will tell when to roll. Ninja for example, kept showing popup messages that ES roll was last Thursday.

But not every broker does this, and definitely not for every instrument.

For ES, it is not even a big deal if you trade until expiration, or even have position still open at expiration. The contract is cash settled. But as volume goes down, you might pay a little more in slippage in the contract.

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Thanks all!

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