What are Indices?

In this case we are referring to a Stock Index which measures the price performance of a group of shares in a particular exchange. For example: S&P 500 represents 500 large companies listed on stock exchanges in the US. When the prices of the stocks rise or fall, the prices of the Index (S&P 500) go up or down accordingly.

There are over 5000 Indices that can be found in the financial markets. Some of the most widely followed indices are: FTSE 100, DAX 30, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500. There is no one specific construction of the indices, however, they are generally identified by sector segregation and capitalisation.

Indices are often used in order to provide a measure of approximation of the health of a specific stock market. For example: many people regard the S&P 500 Index as one of the best representations of the state of the US stock market. In addition, Indices can act as major indicators about the overall health of an economy and can help traders to analyse markets trends.

What is Index CFD trading?

Trading CFDs on Indices, like trading assets entails predicting the outcome of the price movement of an underlying asset in a certain timeframe. If you predict that an Index is going to rise, you would buy the corresponding CFD, but if you predicted that it was going to drop, you would sell it. For example: 25 of the companies listed in the S&P 500 suddenly shut down. The reports and your research lead you to believe that these shutdowns will cause the price of the S&P 500 Index to plummet. You would choose to sell the Index and try to earn a profit from that price movement. If you are correct, and the Index plummets, then you would have earned a profit. However, had the index done the opposite and risen, you would have lost your investment.

Indices are periodically recalculated and rebalanced, although this does vary by Index and depends on the size and capitalisation of the companies within the specific Index. It is very possible for higher performing large companies to outweigh even a number of poorer performing, causing the price to increase or decrease accordingly. Since Indices have a wide exposure to a number of different underlying companies, it can help with the diversification.

At PatronFX you can trade CFDs on Indices from anywhere, on your tablet, smartphone or desktop computer. See what Indices you can choose from and trade on the platform.

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Risk Warning: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 80.58% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. Past performance does not constitute a reliable indicator of future results. Future forecasts do not constitute a reliable indicator of future performance. Before deciding to trade, you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience and risk tolerance. You should not deposit more than you are prepared to lose. Please ensure you fully understand the risk associated with the product envisaged and seek independent advice, if necessary. PatronFX does not issue advice, recommendations or opinions in relation to acquiring, holding or disposing of any financial product. Forex TB Limited is not a financial adviser and all services are provided on an execution only basis. Please read our Risk Disclosure document.

 

Regional Restrictions: Forex TB Limited offers services within the European Economic Area (excluding Belgium) and Switzerland.

 

Forex TB Limited does not issue advice, recommendations or opinions in relation to acquiring, holding or disposing of any financial product. Forex TB Limited is not a financial adviser and all services are provided on an execution only basis.

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