E-mini Nasdaq-100 Futures Rollover Dates

  • Matt Hagemann
    Matt Hagemann

    Portfolio Manager

Everything you need to know about the E-mini Nasdaq-100 roll over and futures expiration dates for 2021 and 2022.

Whether you are trading the E-mini Nasdaq-100 (NQ) or a commodity, futures expiration dates are important for knowing which front-month contract you should trade. Most traders are active in the front-month contract only as it has the most liquidity.

A futures roll over is when a trader closes out his current position and simultaneously opens the same position in the next contract month. Traders roll over futures because all futures contracts have expiration dates, unlike stocks or other assets.

The E-mini Nasdaq-100 expires every quarter in the month of March, June, September, and December. Specifically on the 3rd Friday of the month at 9:30 EST.

Each expiration month is represented by an alphabetical letter. These are the relevant expiration month letters for the E-mini Nasdaq-100:

  • March: H
  • June: M
  • September: U
  • December: Z

Traders begin to roll over their positions on a Thursday, that is one week prior to the actual expiry of the futures contract. On these Thursdays, you will typically start to see trading activity dry out in the current month while activity in the front-month picks up. It wouldn’t make sense to continue trading the old contract shortly before expiry.

Our trading signal service automatically reminds of upcoming expiration dates and when a roll over is due.

Upcoming Equity Index Expiration Dates

20213 (H)03/19/202103/11/2021
20216 (M)06/18/202106/10/2021
20219 (U)09/17/202109/09/2021
202112 (Z)12/17/202112/09/2021
20223 (H)03/18/202203/10/2022
20226 (M)06/17/202206/09/2022
20229 (U)09/16/202209/08/2022
202212 (Z)12/16/202212/08/2022
Note: 09/07/2020, 09/06/2021, and 09/05/2022 fall on the US Labor Day holiday when markets are closed.

Best Strategy to Roll Over Futures Positions

The best strategy to roll over a futures position is with a futures spread trade. A futures spread takes two positions simultaneously with different expiration dates. The two positions are traded simultaneously as a unit, with each side considered to be a leg of the unit trade.

Most professional brokers offer this technique. They close out the current position for you and open the front-month’s contract with the same trade. You avoid risks of price slippage, which are price discrepancies between two trades if you were to perform the exit and entry trades manually.

If your broker does not offer futures spread trades, you can simply close your position and open a new position with the front-month’s contract.

Copying our trading signals is easy. We send you live notifications for when to buy or sell the E-mini Nasdaq-100. Write to us if you want to know more about out how NQ Signal could solve your trading challenges.

Author Bio
Matt Hagemann
Matt Hagemann

Portfolio Manager

Matt is the founder of NQ Signal. As a former Securities Analyst, he was bored juggling with Excel sheets and secretly reverse-engineered when the “big boys” buy and sell. Now anyone can succeed financially with the trading signals shared here.

Published March 9th 2021

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