Why Trade Indices?
A stock market index is both a benchmarking tool and a financial instrument that derives its value from a collection of underlying stocks.
The companies which form an index are selected based on various criteria, such as market capitalisation, average daily trading volume and are categorised based on region, industry, and the exchange where shares are traded. How the value of an index is calculated varies depending on the rules set by the index creator. For example, the S&P500 Index, was created by Standard and Poor’s measures the performance of 505 companies. The constituents are selected by a committee and are listed on exchanges in the U.S. The price of an index reflects the performance of an industry or an entire stock market. Indices are also tradable instruments offered by derivative brokers like AFXMarkets.
The Benefits Of Trading Indices CFDs
Trading indices using Contracts for Difference (CFDs) offers many benefits compared to other methods of speculating on the stock market.
Choose the right trading account to match your investment goals. Whether you’re a day-trader looking to profit from short term price movements or a position trader, looking to benefit from the long-term appreciation or depreciation of global indices, AFXMarkets has a suitable account for you.
Here are the four most popular trading accounts for index CFD traders
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Trade Indices Online
AFXMarkets offers two premium online trading platforms to analyse and trade the world’s most active indices. Detailed charts show years of historic price information for all available, including S&P500, FTSE100, NIKKEI, DAX30, and NASDAQ100.
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DAX30: Europe’s Most Active Stock Market Index
The DAX30, also known as the Germany 30 index, follows the top thirty companies traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Germany. The DAX launched on 1 July 1988, and since then, the index has become one of Europe's most actively traded indices.
Most Popular Indices
Trade the most popular stock market indices with AFXMarkets.
Measures the value of the 30 largest publicly listed companies in the U.S. Constituents include Apple, Boeing, Chevron and more.
Measures the value of the 30 largest publicly listed companies on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Constituents include Adidas, Bayer, Lufthansa, and more.
Measures the value of the 100 largest technology companies listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Constituents include Adobe, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and more.
Measures the value of 100 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Constituents include BP, Barclays, Tesco, and more.
Measures the value of 500 large-cap companies listed on various stock exchanges in the U.S. Constituents include American Express, AT&T, Coca-Cola, and more.
Measures the value of 200 companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Constituents include Qantas Airways, Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), and more.
We offer more than indices
If you want to trade the NASDAQ100 or the FTSE100, then you’ve come to the right place. However, suppose you’re interested in diving deeper into the world of equities and investing. In that case, you might be pleased to know that AFXMarkets also offers the ability to trade the shares of hundreds of publicly listed companies from around the world. with AFXMarkets you can trade stocks listed on the NYSE, NASDAQ, LSE and more.
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Our vision is to provide a one-stop destination for traders and investors to access a wide range of products in the financial markets. With one trading account, you can discover hundreds of financial instruments. If you don’t see any good trading opportunities in the indices market, you could easily view the charts of numerous forex pairs, stocks, precious metals and more. If you do find an opportunity, you can go right ahead and open a position. There is no need to open a new account or change any settings.
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