Our stock index CFDs and spread bets are contracts which give a client exposure to changes in the value of a stock index but cannot result in the delivery of any share or instrument by or to the client. Minimum transaction sizes are shown above for Spreadbetting and usually start from 0.2 contracts for CFDs. Please refer to this page to find the minimum transaction size for each market. We will not charge any additional commission unless we notify you in writing.
1. Where indicated, 24-hour dealing opens at 23.02 (London time) on Sundays, with the exception of Wall Street, US 500, US Tech 100 and Japan 225, which open at 23.00 (London time) on Sundays. 24-hour dealing closes at 22.00 (London time) on Fridays.
Other indices are offered only when the underlying market is open. Please ask dealers for information about public holidays.
a) Please note that Japan 225 is priced as a USD denominated contract.
2. All dealing hours are listed in London time, unless otherwise stated. Please note that actual trading times are governed by local time in the country of the index's origin. Consequently, seasonal adjustments (such as daylight saving) in either the UK or the country of origin may cause times shown to be imprecise.
a) During US daylight saving time, this session runs from 17.10-07.00 (Sydney time).
3. a) CFDs on indices are quoted with reference to the front month contract in the underlying futures market. Cash CFD and DFB prices are adjusted for the fair value between the prices of the cash index and relevant futures contract.
b) Spreads are subject to variation, especially in volatile market conditions. On 24 hour index markets, our spreads depend on whether the underlying futures market is open (in-hours) or closed (out-of-hours). Other index markets are only quoted when the underlying futures market is open. Our dealing spreads may change to reflect the available liquidity during different times of day. Out-of-hours spreads on US indices may vary during the US reporting season. Our normal spread during each time period is shown in the table.
c) Dealing spreads may be offered as a fixed or variable amount. If variable spreads are in use, then the spread shown in this table is the amount of IG spread added to the underlying futures market spread. Any variable dealing spreads are marked with an asterisk (*).
d) On all index markets, when the underlying futures market is open, we do not apply any weighting or biases to our pricing sources (with the exception of fair value adjustments).
e) During the out-of-hours sessions on 24 hour index markets, our quotations reflect our own view of the prospects for a market. This could include referring to price movements in other relevant markets which are open. Furthermore, business done by other clients may itself affect our quotations. There may be nothing against which to measure our quotation at these times.
4. CFDs on cash stock indices are undated transactions that do not expire and DFBs have an arbitary expiry well in the future (unless requested, please see note 6). For each day that a position is open, adjustments are calculated to reflect the effect of interest (i), and, if necessary, dividends (ii).
i) A daily interest adjustment is calculated for any position that is opened before 22.00 (London time) and that is still open after 22.00 (London time). For stock index contracts denominated in Australian dollars a daily interest adjustment is calculated for any position that is opened before 16.50 (Sydney time) and that is still open after 16.50 (Sydney time). These adjustments are posted daily to the client's account. Please note that on Fridays open positions will be adjusted for 3 days funding, covering the weekend.
Interest adjustments are calculated as follows:
D = n x L x C x i / 365
D = daily interest adjustment
n = number of lots
L = lot size
C = underlying index price at 10pm (London time)
i = applicable annual interest rate
Note: The formula uses a 365-day divisor for the FTSE® 100 and other GBP, SGD and ZAR denominated markets, and a 360-day divisor for all others. Positions on the India 50 cash contract will have funding attributed based on the prevailing INR (Indian rupee) interest rate, positions on the Brazil 60 will have funding attributed based on the prevailing BRL (Brazilian real) interest rate, positions on the China A50 or China 300 cash contract will have funding attributed based on the prevailing CNH (offshore Chinese yuan) interest rate, positions on the South Africa 40 will have funding attributed based on the prevailing ZAR (South African Rand) interest rate and positions on the Malaysia 30 will have funding attributed based on the prevailing MYR (Malaysian ringgit) interest rate, regardless of the currency of your trade.
Interest in respect of long positions is debited from a client's account, and interest in respect of short positions is either credited to or debited from a client's account.
ii) A dividend adjustment is applied to take account of the ex-dividend adjustment to the index. This is the number of points by which the index price must be adjusted downwards to take account of those shares in the index which go ex-dividend at the close of the cash market. We will use the ex-dividend figure estimated by Bloomberg (E&OE), rounded to the tick size we use for that index, to determine what adjustment to apply. In the case of long positions, the dividend adjustment is credited to the client's account. In the case of short positions, the dividend adjustment is debited from the client's account.
5. When you trade in a currency other than your base currency, margin requirements and any profit or loss will be booked to your account in that currency. As a default, we will automatically convert any profit or loss you realise on closing a position to your base currency, including a charge of no more than 0.3% of the current spot rate. For indices, margin requirements do not take leverage into account.
6. Clients may request that an open stock-index position will expire on the day that the request is made.
We are unlikely to agree to such a request if either:
a) the size of the position or positions is larger than 10 contracts or the spread bet equivalent
b) the request is made less than two hours before the close of the related expiry market
On our agreement to an expiry request, the transaction or transactions in question will become an 'Expiry Transaction', and will automatically expire at the official closing price of the related expiry market, as listed in the 'Expiry Markets' column.