When can I trade the Germany 40?
You can trade the Germany 40 with us from 11.02pm on Sunday to 10pm on Friday (UK time). We also offer a Weekend Germany 40 market, which is available from 8am on Saturday to 10.40pm on Sunday (UK time). Positions open at 10.40pm on a Sunday will roll over into weekday positions when the market resumes at 11.02pm on Sunday (UK time).
How to trade or invest in the DAX
You can trade the DAX through the Germany 40, which is an IG market that tracks the movements of this index. To do this, you’ll trade using derivatives, namely CFDs or spread bets. With CFDs and spread bets, you will speculate on the price of the DAX rather than own DAX companies’ shares. Alternatively, you can invest in the shares of companies listed on the DAX and own the shares outright for as little as £5 commission.1
Derivatives are popular because they enable you to trade on both rising and falling index prices, as you don’t take ownership of any of the underlying stocks. You’ll ‘buy’ if you think the price of the index will rise and ‘sell’ if you think it will fall.
One of the other aspects of derivatives trading is that it is leveraged, which means you only need a small deposit – called margin – to get exposure to the full value of the trade. While this will magnify your profits, it’s important to note that it will do the same for your losses, as your loss (or profit) is calculated on the full value of the position, so profits or losses can easily outweigh the initial margin amount you paid.