A futures contract on a payment of 250 times the
A futures contract on a payment of $250 times the Standard and Poors’ 500 Index is traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. At an index level of $1,000 or more, the contract calls for a payment of over $250,000. It is settled by a cash payment between the buyer and the seller. Who are the hedgers and who are the speculators in the S&P 500 futures market?

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