Indices markets

SellBuySpread1D Chg, %1D Charts
US100US Tech 100
US30US Wall Street 30
DE40Germany 40
HK50Hong Kong 50
US500US 500
J225Japan 225
FR40France 40
RTYUS Russell 2000
UK100UK 100
CN50China A50

The essentials of indices trading

Are you new to indices trading? Here are some key questions and answers to help get you started.

What is indices trading?

Indices are financial instruments that track the performance of a group of assets, such as equities. So trading on indices means getting exposure to a whole group of assets with a single trade.

By tracking the performance of a large group of shares, a stock index aims to reflect the state of a broader market. There are stock indices that represent the stock market of a whole country, such as the S&P 500, and those that represent a specific sector, such as the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index which consists of about 200 firms in the biotechnology industry. 

This means that indices tend to be diversified, and you’re effectively getting access to a whole sector or economy with a single trade. Those who are new to financial markets often start with index trading rather than a specific stock or other asset.

Why trade indices?

As an index is a measure rather than a tangible thing, it cannot be bought outright: you cannot buy a portion of the FTSE 100, for example. Instead you’d need to buy shares in all of its constituent companies, in the representative proportions. 

Trading makes indices more accessible, by giving you exposure to their price movements without having to own any of their constituents. This means you can get exposure to an entire sector or economy with a single trade, and instantly diversify your portfolio. As you’re not owning the underlying asset, you can also go short as easily as long. Many trading providers continue to price indices after the market closes, too, meaning they are tradable 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Why trade indices with

We offer CFD trading on a range of global indices, with out-of-hours pricing that means you can trade many of them around the clock. Use our smart tools and comprehensive education to assist you in trading indices at your own pace, or integrate with leading third-party tech such as TradingView and MT4.

Identify potential entry and exit points with our smart, intuitive charting tools, and set price alerts to notify you of significant market moves. Protect yourself against adverse market moves with our range of risk-management tools, including trailing stops which lock in positive market moves while protecting against losses.*

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*Stop-losses may not be guaranteed.

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