Indices trading

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Live indices prices

Markets Sell Buy Change
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Australia 200
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Japan 225
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Hong Kong HS50
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China A50
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Wall Street
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US 500
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Germany 30
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CFDs

MT4

Australia 200 1.0 1.3
Wall Street 1.8 2.4
FTSE 100 1.0 1.3
Germany 30 1.0 1.3
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Buying the Australia 200: detailed

  Cash CFD
Underlying market/value ASX 200 JUN15 Future
Our price

Australia 200 Cash

5500.5/5501.5
Trade

Buy at 5501.5

Deal size

1 contract

A$25 per contract
Margin required

Margin per contract x number of contracts x value of one contract x index level

0.5% x 1 x 25 x 5501 = A$687.63

What happens next? The market rallies dramatically, reaching 5650 at 10pm, when funding is calculated. It drops back a little overnight, to 5640.
Funding

Funding = A$17.97

((One-month BBSW e.g. 2.08% + 2.5% admin fee) x 1 x 25 x 5650)/360

Close

Sell at 5639.5

Overall market movement & profit/loss

5639.5 – 5501.5 = 138

Each contract is worth A$25 per point

Gross profit = A$3,450

Costs

1-point IG spread (included)

Funding cost: A$17.97

Net profit

A$3,432.03 net profit subject to tax

What if...

If the market dropped 138 points instead:

138 x A$25 + A$17.97

A$3,467.97 net loss

 

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New to indices trading?

A stock index is a hugely important part of our financial world, but it is nothing more than a number representing the top shares from a particular exchange.

For example, the FTSE 100 represents the largest 100 companies traded on the London Stock Exchange. If, on average, the share price of these companies goes up - then the FTSE 100 will rise with them. And if they fall, it will drop.

Other examples of stock indices include:

  • Dow Jones, Nasdaq and S&P (US)
  • DAX and CAC (Europe)
  • Hang Seng, Nikkei and ASX  (Asia-Pacific)

Most of these are calculated using a capitalisation-weighted average, which means the size of each company is taken into account. The more a particular company is worth, the more its share price will affect the index as a whole.

However, the Dow Jones and Nikkei are price-weighted indices, where shares with higher prices have more influence. This means a stock trading at $100 is given 10 times more weight than one at $10.

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