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What is an index and how can You trade indices?
Let us give you a basic summary. A Stock Index is a statistical measure of change in a securities market. Let’s take DAX (DE30.c) for instance which is an index containing the 30 major German companies listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The DAX index represent a small selection of the global stock market while it does not represent the German economy as a whole. Let’s go a stage deeper. BMW, Adidas, Bayer and BASF are all companies included in the DAX index. In effect, investing in the DAX index is a totally different decision than investing in BMW shares alone. If the performance of BMW company rises with 2% at the close of Frankfurt Stock Exchange this will have an effect on DAX index price but the index will not necessarily increase in value. Why? Because for the same trading period, other companies included in this index may not have performed so well.
Let’s take a look at the following hypothetical example of trading an index*:
We will use DAX (DE30.c) as an example again. Let’s assume the price of the index is 10,000 points. Assume you decide to buy (long) 1 CFD of the DAX at 10,000 points. The value of the DAX and thus the value of the CFD rises to 10,100 points. Now assume you decide to close your long position at 10,100 points. The difference is +100 points. Since one point equals one euro, you have made a profit of 100 EUR. And vice versa. If the DAX drops to 9,900, you can lose 100 EUR if you close your long position at that lower price.
*Please note that instrument value weight may change. The examples provided on our website are hypothetical and should not be used as guidance or advice. You can always contact our team if you have a question.
The below table includes all the indices we offer.
|Instruments||Name||Margin %||Trading Session|
|5||Mon. - Fri. 00:50 - 23:00|
|CHINA50.f||China A50 Futures||10||Mon.-Fri. 04:00-11:30 / 12:15-21:00|
|CHINAH.f||China H-Shares Futures||10||Mon.03:15-06:00 / 07:00-10:30 / 11:15-17:45
Tues.-Thurs. 00:00-22:15 / 22:30-23:00
|DE30.c||Germany 30 Cash Index||5||Mon. - Fri. 09:00 - 23:00|
|DETEC30.f||Germany Tech 30 Futures||10||Mon.-Fri. 03:00-24:00|
|DJ30.c||Dow Jones 30 Cash Index||5||Mon. - Fri. 01:00 - 23:15 / Tue. - Thu 01:00 - 23:15 & 23:30- 24:00|
|DX.f||Dollar Index Futures||10||Mon.-Fri. 03:00-24:00|
|ES35.c||Spain 35 Cash Index||5||Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 21:00|
|F40.c||France 40 Cash Index||5||Mon. - Fri. 09:00 - 23:00|
|HK50.f||Hong Kong Futures||10||Mon.-Fri. 03:15-06:00 / 07:00-10:30 / 11:15-17:45
|IND50.f||India 50 Futures||10||Mon.-Fri. 04:00-13:10 / 14:15-21:00|
|JP225.c||Nikkei 225 Cash Index||5||Mon. - Fri. 01:00 - 24:00|
|N25.c||Netherlands 25 Cash Index||5||Mon. - Fri. 09:00 - 23:00|
|MDE50.f||Germany Mid-Cap Futures||10||Mon.-Fri. 03:00-24:00|
|SING.f||Singapore Blue Chip Futures||10||Mon.-Fri. 03:30-12:10 / 13:15-21:00|
|STOXX50.c||Euro 50 Cash Index||5||Mon. - Fri. 09:00 - 23:00|
|SWI20.c||Switzerland 20 Cash index||5||Mon. - Fri. 09:00 - 23:00|
|UK100.c||UK 100 Cash Index||5||Mon. 03:00 - Fri. 23:00 / Tue.-Thu 01:05 - 23:15 & 23:30- 24:00|
|USTEC.c||Nasdaq 100 Cash Index||5||Mon. - Fri. 01:00 - 23:15 / Tue. - Thu 01:00 - 23:15 & 23:30- 24:00|
|US500.c||Standard & Poor’s 500 Cash Index||5||Mon. - Fri. 01:00 - 23:15 / Tue. - Thu 01:00 - 23:15 & 23:30- 24:00|
*In regards to Futures Products please consult our Futures Expiries document. Future Products can be identified by the suffix “.f” at the end of the instrument name.