Indices traders speculate on price movements in stock Indices like the FTSE 100, the Dow Jones, and DAX. 

These well-known Indices are essentially baskets of individual Shares, which are often ranked by independent institutions like major banks or specialist companies like Standard & Poor’s, the FTSE Group, and Deutsche Börse. 

Some of the biggest Indices markets in the world have long, distinguished histories. 

Indices price movements and volatility are impacted by factors like political events, major factors that affect companies in a particular sector, economic data like employment figures, and big changes in the currencies markets. 

It is worth bearing in mind too that major shifts in the fortune of a single big company, which is part of a wider index can disproportionately impact on its performance. 

Global Indices markets are dominated by what is sometimes referred to as “benchmark Indices,” these are the stock Indices which have an outsize impact on economies and are generally held as reliable indicators of the economic health of a particular country or area. Some of the most heavily traded live Indices markets include:

  • The FTSE 100 – Sometimes called the ‘UK 100,’ this represents the UK’s hundred biggest companies by market capital.
  • Dow Jones – Often referred to as simply ‘Wall Street’; this comprises 30 of the US’ biggest publicly owned companies.
  • The DAX – Referred to as the ‘Germany 30,’ this index is made up of 30 major German companies.
  • NASDAQ 100 –The ‘US Tech 100’ is a capitalization-weighted index made up of over 100 tech companies in the US.
  • Nikkei 225 – Japan’s biggest price-weighted index is comprised of 225 of the country’s biggest companies. 
  • CAC 40 – Simply referred to as France 40, this comprises 40 of France’s biggest companies by capitalization.

Are Indices trading for me?

Trading global Indices with SwissAllianceFX allows you to go both long and short on price movements in major Indices from the UK, US, Asia, Australasia, and Europe. 

You’ll also benefit from market movement across not just a single sector, but a wide variety of different types of companies, providing greater opportunity as well as potentially lowering the risk of exposure to extreme volatility.

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