Indices trading definition

Indices trading has a particular significance in relation to IG's platform. Here, we define indices trading in general investing and explain what it means to you when trading with IG.

Indices trading is the means by which traders attempt to make a profit from the price movements of indices.

There are many indices available for trading, measuring the performance of the stock market of various different markets: including countries or sectors, or types of commodity. Indices traders can either focus on a single index, or trade various indices as part of a wider strategy.

It is not actually possible to buy or sell an index like you would a stock or commodity, as they are indicators of the price movements of several assets and have no actual physical basis to trade. Instead, indices traders use derivatives like index futures, spread bets, CFDs and ETFs to speculate on the movements of various indices.

With IG

Our indices products enable you to speculate on the movements of over 30 major stock indices using spread betting and CFDs.

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