Indices trading

Whether it's the Dow Jones or the FTSE 100, get exposure to global markets without relying on the performance of a single company.
Index trading

Indices explained

What are indices?
Discover everything you need to know about stock indices, including how to trade them and which markets are available to you.
Why trade indices?
Trading indices enables you to get exposure to an entire economy or sector with one single position, instead of opening multiple trades across several companies.
How to trade indices
Want to know how to trade an index using CFDs? This section breaks down every aspect of your first trade.

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Indices FAQ

What are the major indices?

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What is the index CFD nightly finance charge and how is it calculated?

With most CFDs, financing is debited for long positions or credited for short positions daily if you are in a position at 5pm ET.

These charges are typically calculated as follows:

F=(S x P x R)/D

  • F - Daily Financing Charge
  • S - Number of CFDs (2500)
  • P - Closing Price
  • R - Relevant 1-month LIBOR rate, +250 basis points for long positions or -250 basis points for short positions, e.g. (4.50% + 2.50%) = 7.00%
  • D - Number of days, i.e. 365 for UK shares and 360 for all others
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What moves prices of indices?

Prices of indices are determined by the movements of the shares it tracks. Here are a few factors to watch out for when deciding what might move stock markets: 

  • The political climate
  • Company announcements
  • Economic data
  • Industry news
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*Refers to FX executions for the group. Please note that multiple factors may impact execution speed, including but not limited; market conditions, platform type, network connectivity, trading strategies, and account type.'s execution statistics represent orders executed on's platforms during market hours between May 31, 2023, 5:00 pm ET, and June 30, 2023, 5:00 pm ET for all's international affiliates and exclude trades/orders entered on the MetaTrader platform.

Market volatility, volume, and system availability may delay trade executions. Price can change quickly in fast market conditions, resulting in an execution price different from the price available at the time order is submitted. Price improvement is not guaranteed and will not occur in all situations.

Excludes trades that received non-standard order processing and orders that failed to trigger

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