CFDs are complex instruments. You can lose your money rapidly due to leverage. Please ensure you understand how this product works and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing money. CFDs are complex instruments. You can lose your money rapidly due to leverage. Please ensure you understand how this product works and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing money.

Indices trading

Take your position on over 80 indices with the world’s No.1 CFD provider.1,2

Call +61 3 9860 1799 or email helpdesk.en@ig.com to talk about opening a trading account. We’re here 24 hours a day, from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday.

Contact us: +61 3 9860 1799

Why trade indices with IG?

Seize exclusive opportunities on more 24-hour indices than any other provider2

Benefit from our unique deep liquidity – increasing the chance of your larger trades being accepted

Get fixed spreads from 1 point on the FTSE 100 and Australia 200, and 0.4 on the US 500

Trade on our award-winning web platform and mobile trading app

Speculate or hedge 24/72, even on weekends, with our unique round-the-clock markets.

Go short or long, to capitalise on markets falling as well as rising*

* Trading with leveraged products mean you can go long or short with indices. However, it’s important to remember that leveraged products magnify losses as well as profits, both of which are calculated on the full position value.

More index trading hours, more opportunity

We offer over 30 more weekly trading hours than our nearest competitor, so you can:

Open or edit positions when other traders can’t
Hedge your weekday positions with a weekend one on the same market
Act on breaking news, macroeconomic events and earnings reports as they happen

  • FTSE 100
  • Germany 40
  • Wall Street

This data is based on analysis of the FTSE 100, Germany 40 and Wall Street offering from our UK competitors’ websites, and is correct to the best of our ability as of 30 July 2020. Some trading hours have been rounded up or down to the nearest hour. This table is for comparative purposes only, and the data is subject to change.

Discover our indices markets

  • Popular indices
  • New indices
  • Weekend indices
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Find an index to trade

Search real-time prices on our full index offering and find your next trade.

What are indices?

Indices are a measurement of the performance of a group of shares that are listed on an exchange. Because there is no underlying physical asset to exchange when trading indices, most indices trading is done with financial derivatives like CFDs.

How do I trade indices?

  1. Create an IG trading account
  2. Research an index you want to trade
  3. Decide how you want to trade
  4. Take steps to manage your risk
  5. Open and monitor your position

Benefits of index trading

  • Speculate on a group of shares for less than the cost of trading them individually
  • Get exposure to an entire sector or economy at once
  • Hedge against a drop in the value of your share portfolio

Open an account now

Open an account now

Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 17,000 global markets, with reliable execution

Deal seamlessly, wherever you are

Trade on the move with our natively designed, award-winning trading app

Feel secure with a trusted provider

We have over 45 years of experience offering a truly market-leading service

Open an account now

Open an account now

Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 17,000 global markets, with reliable execution

Deal seamlessly, wherever you are

Trade on the move with our natively designed, award-winning trading app

Feel secure with a trusted provider

We have over 45 years of experience offering a truly market-leading service

Start trading now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

Start trading now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

Indices costs and details

Margin

CFD trading enable you to take a position with leverage, meaning that you only need to put down a deposit – known as margin – to receive increased exposure. The margin required to open a position will vary depending on the market.

Market Retail margin Leverage equivalent
Wall Street 0.5% 1:200
Germany 40 0.5% 1:200
US Tech 100 0.5% 1:200
FTSE 100 0.5% 1:200
US 500 0.5% 1:200
Hong Kong HS 50 1.5% 1:67
Japan 225 0.5% 1:200
Weekend UK 100 Cash 0.5% 1:200
Weekend Germany 40 Cash 0.5% 1:200
Weekend Wall Street Cash 0.5% 1:200
Weekend Hong Kong HS50 1.5% 1:67

Spreads

The spread is the charge you pay us for executing your trade, calculated as the difference between the buy and sell prices of an underlying market. We’re constantly working to keep our spreads among the lowest in the industry.

Market CFD trading min. spread MT4
Wall Street 2.4 2.4
Germany 40 1.2 1.2
US Tech 100 1 1
FTSE 100 1 1
US 500 0.4 0.4
Hong Kong HS 50 5 5
Japan 225 7 7
Weekend UK 100
Cash
5 -
Weekend Germany 40 Cash 6 -
Weekend Wall Street Cash 12 -
Weekend Hong Kong HS50 35 -

Trade indices on our web platform and app

Seize your opportunity on a range of trading platforms, including the our award winning trading platform and mobile trading app.3

  • Web-based platform
  • Mobile trading app
  • Meta Trader 4

Seize your opportunity with our clean deal ticket, clear price charts and in-platform news and analysis.

Take a position wherever you are, and receive trading alerts and signals on the go.

Automate your trading with MT4, one of the most popular third-party trading platforms, and get instant access to a range of free indicators and add-ons.

Start trading today

Create an indices trading account now.

Start trading today

Create an indices trading account now.

Start trading now

Create an indices trading account now.

Start trading now

Create an indices trading account now.

Start trading now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

Start trading now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

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Our margins are amongst the lowest you'll find

1 We offer 81 indices markets for CFD trading

2 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, October 2021) .

3 Winner of ‘Best Finance App’ at ADVFN International Finance Awards 2020. Winner of ‘Best Multi-Platform Provider’ at ADVFN International Finance Awards 2020.

4 24/7 means all week apart from ten hours from 10pm Friday to 8am Saturday (UK time), and 20 minutes just before the market opens on Sunday.