Trade your opinion of the world's largest stock indices with low spreads and enhanced execution.

A Collection of Stocks

Historically, investors needed a way to analyse the overall performance of the market. After all, you could never make a statement on the US economy by only looking at, say, Apple Inc.'s stock. Due to this need the stock indices emerged representing the weighted average value of selected top- performing stocks and aiming to provide a quick glance at the market as a whole.

An index is a good way to look at particular markets, but for investors, it offers a way to gauge the performance of their individual portfolios, so underperforming specific investments can be adjusted to be more in line with the general trend of the market.

Indices can have a variety of variables. For starters, the number of stocks in any particular index can vary wildly, from a few dozen companies to thousands. The price of an index is found through weighing. Price-weighted indices are averaged based on the price of each component stock. Capitalization-weighted indices adjust the calculation based on the size of the companies included. Many other factors are represented depending on the stock index in question.

These days, there are hundreds of stock indices globally, representing companies nationally, regionally, globally, and even by industry.

Stock Index CFD: Trading on Margin

Investing in stocks has a wide appeal globally, but the barrier to entry can often be high. Say you want to invest in an economy through an index to attempt to mirror the performance of that economy. You could simply buy shares in all the stocks on the index, but that could get costly, especially in light of broker's fees for transactions. Some turn to the futures market, trading the index through an ETF. The ETF is a fund that has shares in all the stocks in the index. With ETFs, you generally have 100% margin, meaning you have to put up the full value of the index to participate.

Trading indices as CFDs removes the barrier to trading. When you trade on the futures market, you have settlement periods. Short selling is typically impossible without a significant account balance. Plus the fees for each transaction are significant.

Index CFDs, on the other hand, have no settlement periods, short selling is available, and you only pay the spread. With CFDs, you can scalp the market much more easily, decrease your risk exposure and be able to enter the market with lower capital requirements in your account.

We would like to highlight that trading on margin doesn't come without risks, as retail clients could sustain a total loss of deposited funds, where Professional clients could sustain losses in excess of their invested capital.

Before starting to trade, you should always ensure that you fully understand the risks involved.