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Index Trading

Guide and Benefits of Trading Indices

What is Index Trading?

When we talk about index trading we refer to the action of buying and selling instruments that are linked to stock market indices which track the performance of groups of assets that are based on some factors such as industry, sector or growth.

Indexes typically measure the performance of a basket of securities intended to replicate a certain area of the market.

In Index trading traders don´t have to invest in individual company stocks, bonds, commodities or other assets directly. 

Tracking this performance of a group of shares, what happens is that reflects the state of a broader market.

Index Trading CFDs on bear and bull global financial markets

Live Index Chart

Index Trading CFDs

Trading CFDs (Contracts for Difference) on Indices allow you to speculate on the rising or falling of an Index price.

Trade on the movement of major stock markets around the world, without commission.

Index CFDs offer access to a range of markets that allow you to diversify your trading strategies and portfolios. 

Index trading with CFDs have multiple benefits. You can place a buy or sell order on any Index available, and since the trader never owns the asset, the cost of trading it is very low. 

Benefits of Index Trading CFDs

No commission

No dealing desk

Place a trade in any direction (sell or buy) 

Allows you to buy or sell the instrument without actually owning the underlying asset.

Leverage trading with 1:100

Learn more about CFD trading and other advantages


You only pay or get paid the difference in the entry price and the exit price, for example: you buy (long) one contract of Dow Jones at an entry price of $27,000 USD and exit (close your trade) at $27,400 USD this means you make a profit of $400 USD per contract. If the price goes down, then you will have to pay the difference, for example, if you buy a contract of Dow Jones at $27,000 and exit at $26,800 then you would have to pay $200 USD per contract (also referred to as a loss) to the other party (usually a clearing house or an exchange). To clarify, if you Buy a contract (long) you want the price to go up  to make a profit. On the other hand, when you sell a contract (short) you are expecting the price to drop to make a profit.

Available Indices & Trading Times

SymbolIndexSession Times (server time)Leverage
AUS200Australian 200 IndexDaily: 00:50-07:30 & 08:10-22:001:100
Friday: 22:00
F40France 40 IndexDaily: 09:00-23:001:100
Friday: 23:00
DE30Germany 30 IndexDaily: 01:00-24:001:100
Friday: 23:00
JP225Japan 225 IndexDaily: 01:05-24:001:100
Friday: 23:00
UK100UK 100 IndexDaily: 01:00-24:001:100
Friday: 23:00
SPX500US 500 IndexDaily: 01:00-24:001:100
Friday: 23:00
NAS100US Tech 100 IndexDaily: 01:00-24:001:100
Friday: 23:00
US30US Wall Street 30 IndexDaily: 01:00-24:001:100
Friday: 23:00
ES35Spain 35 IndexDaily: 10:00 - 21:001:100
Friday: 21:00

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Foreign exchange market trader analyzing charts with indicators and trend lines as a guide.