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Trade on the world’s major stock indices and access 24-hour markets

Live indices prices

Markets Sell Buy Change Updated
EU Stocks 50
FTSE 100
Germany 30
Japan 225
US 500
Wall Street

Prices above are subject to our website terms and conditions. Prices are indicative only.

Why trade indices with IG?

Key benefits

  • 24-hour dealing

    Available on 16 indices – including Wall St and FTSE 100

  • Access over 30 global indices

    Major and niche markets, from Wall Street to Greece 25

  • Take a position on entire sectors

    Including banking, retail and mining

  • Benefit from low spreads

    From only 1 point on major indices, including the FTSE 100

  • Low margin rates

    Gain full exposure with a small initial deposit, but remember leverage comes with increased risk

  • Enjoy greater flexibility

    Choose your position size for standard or mini contracts

Popular indices markets


Value of one


Margin per


Professional [2]

FTSE 100 24 hours £10
EU Stocks 50 24 hours €10
Germany 30 24 hours €25
US 500 24 hours $250

Wall Street 24 hours

$10 1.6 5% 0.45%


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What is stock index trading?

A stock index represents the top shares from a particular exchange. For example, the FTSE 100 represents the largest 100 companies traded on the London Stock Exchange. Other stock indices include Dow Jones and S&P (US), DAX and CAC (Europe), and Hang Seng and Nikkei (Asia-Pacific).

Indices provide the best way to gauge the performance of an industry, sector or an entire country’s stock market. If, on average, the share prices of the companies making up the index go up, the index will rise with them. And if they fall, it will drop.

Indices cannot be traded directly, as they are representations, rather than products in their own right. Instead, investors trade indices through derivatives such as CFDs - stock indices are the most popular form of CFD trading.

Learn more about CFDs and their potential risks.

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See an example of an indices CFD trade

Select a market

You're interested in trading a FTSE 100 Cash CFD. Our price is currently 6441.5 / 6442.5, priced in points.

Sell or buy

You choose to 'sell' 1 contract at the bid price (6441.5), because you believe the market will fall.

Alternatively, you could 'buy' at the offer price (6442.5) if you believe the market will rise.

Value and margin


Value of 1 full contract

Margin req. per full contract (retail)

FTSE 100 £10 5%

On a FTSE 100 trade, the value of 1 full contract is £10. This means that every point that the market moves is worth £10, either in your favour or against you.

The margin required to open 1 full FTSE 100 contract is 5% of the notional value of the trade. So for one contract worth £10 per point at a price of 6441.5, the notional value is £10 x 6441.5 = £64,415 and the margin requirement is £64,415 x 5% = £3220.80. You need to have this available in your account to place this trade.

Closing your trade

Over the course of the day the market drops, and at 4pm our FTSE 100 Cash CFD price is 6309.5 / 6310.5. You choose to close your trade by placing a 'buy' trade for 1 contract at the offer price (6310.5).

Calculating profit / loss

Profit / loss is calculated based on the difference between your opening and closing prices, in points.

In this case: 6441.5 - 6310.5 = 131 points

You sold 1 full contract, with a contract value of £10 per point, and the market moved in your favour.

Therefore your gross profit is: 131 x £10 = £1310

What if...

Similarly, if the market had risen by 131 points, your 'sell' trade would have resulted in a £1310 gross loss.

Net profit / loss

To accurately calculate your net profit or loss, you would need to factor in any funding charges. In this case, there are no funding costs because the position was not held overnight.

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Can I trade indices from a mobile?

Yes – you can trade over 15,000 markets, including our wide range of indices, from our mobile and tablet apps. Find out more about our trading platforms.

How do dividends affect index prices?

Dividend payments from the constituent shares of an index will generally cause the price of the index to fall. This is because the value of an individual share tends to drop on its ex-dividend date by the amount of the declared dividend.

If you have a futures position on an index, any expected dividend payments will be factored into the price so you won’t be affected by a drop. If you have a long CFD position on an index that lists a company offering a dividend you’ll receive the dividend, which should counter-balance any loss caused by the drop in the index price. And if you have a short position, you’ll pay the dividend instead.

How are indices priced?

Many indices, including the FTSE 100, are calculated using a capitalisation-weighted average. This means the size of each company is taken into account, so 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 for example, are price-weighted indices. This means shares with higher prices have more influence – so a stock trading at $100 is given 10 times more weight than one at $10.

Is IG listed on an index?

Yes – IG is part of IG Group Holdings plc, a member of the FTSE 250 with a market cap of £2.1 billion.1

1 IG Group Holdings plc, as at 31 May 2017.

Professional clients are exempt from regulatory limits on leverage in place for retail clients, and are able to trade on lower margins as a result. You can find out more, and check your eligibility, on our professional trading page.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 81% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.