Stock indices are the most popular form of CFD trading. Take long- or short-term positions on a huge range of global indices, including the FTSE 100, Wall Street, Japan 225 and many more.
Trading stock index CFDs enables you to take advantage of broad market moves in one simple trade, rather than having to undertake a complex series of trades on a number of individual shares.
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What are stock indices?
Stock indices are used to measure a particular section of the stock market. For instance, the FTSE 100 is an index of the most highly capitalized companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.
The level of a stock index can be affected by a range of factors, including economic data and the performance of other indices.
As the largest single provider of CFD accounts in the Canada, we are able to draw on our extensive expertise to provide you with up-to-the-minute information that you can use to make better-informed trading decisions:
- Market Update
Expert commentary on the world’s market moves published twice a day.
- Video Update
The latest news direct from our trading floor
- Monday Morning Briefing
Weekly summary listing key economic releases for the week ahead
- Sophisticated Charting Package
A range of charting options to help you monitor index movements and spot trends
- Technical Analysis
Daily introduction to a new technical indicator
Effective and efficient trading of the world’s indices
We make it easy to trade a huge range of the world’s stock indices, including the FTSE 100, Wall St, Germany 30, Japan 225 and many more. You can trade 24 hours a day as we quote prices for the leading indices even when the underlying markets are closed.
Opening a new position on stock indices is simple, with immediate execution. To discover more about how trading stock index CFDs works, view an example.
Intraday and long-term trading
With IG Markets you can choose between making a trade based on immediate market direction, or deal based on longer-term trends.
If you thought, for instance, that the FTSE 100 was going experience a significant amount of volatility over the course of a single day, you might choose to try and take advantage by trading our FTSE 100 Cash contract. However, if you thought the FTSE 100 was going to be affected by a longer-term trend over the course of a few months, you might elect to trade one of our FTSE 100 Forward contracts.
Our minimum contract sizes are usually smaller than the minimum transaction size in the equivalent futures market, and we offer trades for a wide range of contract months, often including months that aren’t quoted in the comparable futures market. Visit our Stock Indices Contract Details page for more information about a selection of the contracts we offer.