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Index CFDs

Take advantage of 16 diversified instruments that reflect changes in the overall value of the world’s biggest stock markets – from the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. Trade Index CFDs with us today.

Indices spreads and trading hours

Our Index CFD products are commission free – so you only pay spread and overnight funding costs. With fixed spreads* on major indices in the standard and after-market trading sessions you’ll see why our Index market offering will give you a trading edge.

Why trade Index CFDs with Oneforex?

Want to get in on market-wide price action and macroeconomic developments influencing stock market value? No time to research publicly traded companies and develop an individual stock portfolio? Trade our Index CFD products today and take advantage of the opportunities that global equities markets offer.

  • Global opportunities: Long or short, you can trade changes in the value of the overall share market without the need for individual stock analysis.
  • After-market hours: want to get in on the action of the day even when the exchange is closed? Trade with one of the few brokers offering extended trading hours on most of the major stock markets. 24 hour trading, 5 days a week.
  • Strategise: Hedge your portfolio with uncorrelated assets, with leverage of up to 200:1 available. Gain exposure to high performing industry sectors with our new Thematics products.
  • Lower your costs: low, competitive spreads on our major indices and no commissions. Trade with the confidence of fixed spreads* across sessions on the major index markets during normal market conditions.

 

Available Index CFDs

Our Index CFD products are cash market contracts which attempt to replicate the value of the underlying Index they represent. While they don’t derive their price solely from the underlying index, the index markets that our CFD products follow can be found below.

  • US30: The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Comprised of the 30 biggest companies in the United States. A price weighted index with a committee of employees from S&P Dow Jones Indices and the Wall Street Journal determining which companies are included in the index.
  • US500: Standard and Poor’s 500 (S&P500). Widely followed by seasoned traders and market professionals, the index follows the 500 largest US publicly traded companies and is weighted by market capitalization. Considered one of the best gauges of US economic performance.
  • NAS100: Follows the top 100 companies by market value on the NASDAQ. Composition reviewed and rebalanced in December every year. Companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon are major players in this index.
  • US2000: The Russell 2000 Index. Comprising the 2000 smallest-capitalization companies from the Russell 3000 Index. Provides a gauge on the non-major players in the economy and is considered to be representative of the economy as whole, since it comprises a significant portion of US publicly traded companies.
  • AUS200: Following the top 200 Australian stocks by market capitalisation on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX200). The benchmark Australian index.
  • CN50: 50 biggest stocks in mainland China.
  • HK50: 50 largest publicly listed companies in Hong Kong.
  • JPN225: The Nikkei 225 Index. The top 225 publicly traded companies on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. A price weighted index following the price changes of companies in one of the world’s major financial markets.
  • SCI25: The top 25 stocks by market capitalization in Singapore.
  • EUSTX50: The EURO STOXX 50 Index. Representing the 50 largest companies in the Eurozone.
  • FRA40: The French CAC 40 Index. 40 largest publicly listed French companies by market capitalization.
  • GER30: The German DAX Index. 30 largest publicly listed companies on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
  • IT40: The Milano Italia Borsa Index. 40 largest Italian publicly listed companies by market capitalization.
  • SPA35: Spain’s IBEX35. Top 35 most liquid shares of companies listed in Spain.
  • UK100: The Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Index (FTSE100). Comprised of the top 100 largest companies by market capitalization listed on the London Stock Exchange. Widely considered as an overall measure of business prosperity in the UK, one of the world’s major financial markets.

The Vix Volatility Index. A measure of the expected movement in the S&P 500 implied from options pricing. Quoted as an annualised standard deviation percentage.

How does trading Index CFDs work?

When you buy or sell an Index CFD, you open an exposure in the underlying stock market that the Index represents. The performance of the Index itself depends on the collective performance of the companies which are included in that Index. If companies within the Index see a general appreciation in value, then the Index will also see an appreciation. Conversely, if the companies within the index see a general depreciation in value the Index will decline in value.

Index markets are quoted in points, rather than in currency terms. For example, the ASX200 might be quoted at 7000 points. This means that the collective value of Index points attributable to the top 200 Australian stocks by market capitalization add up to 7000. The value of each of these points is 1 AUD per point, so the theoretical notional value of the index is 7000 AUD for a 1 lot (1 contract) trade.

Let’s say you wanted to take up a position in the US share market as you believe that the overall value of the market is set to rise. While some stocks may rise in value, there is risk that others may not. Instead of carefully selecting a group of stocks whose performance may or may not mimic the market as a whole, you can choose to take a long position on one of the major stock market indices such as the S&P500 by opening a US500 Index CFD trade.

An important economic data release is coming up which you think will have an negative impact on the value of publicly-listed Australian companies in the long term. While you think this impact will affect the market as a whole, you may find it difficult to determine how this perceived change in market sentiment will affect individual companies in the Australian stock market, or you simply don’t have enough time or resources to select the appropriate stocks.

To take advantage of what you predict will be a fall in the value of companies in the near term, you can take a short position on the ASX200 by selling an AUS200 Index CFD, which follows the top 200 listed Australian companies by market capitalisation. You open a 1 lot (1 contract) trade when the index is valued at 6000 points and hold the trade past the data release. The market reacts to the news as you expected and a sell-off occurs. The general value of companies comprising the index fall, and so the index falls to 5800 points over your investment period. You’ve made 200 points in profit, and you can lock this in with a take profit order.

One the main benefits of trading Index CFDs is the diversification that is inherent in the underlying Index. A stock market Index is, generally speaking, a representation of the economy as a whole, or at least a significant portion of economic activity. A stock market Index will contain companies from various sectors of the economy such as mining, financial services, retail, consumer staples, manufacturing, technology and many more.

Trading Index CFDs also allows you to take advantage of changes in the overall stock market with less capital and lower costs than building a stock portfolio. The benefits of leverage mean you can open the same exposure with a significantly smaller portion of funds.

Indices trading platforms

We offer three powerful trading platforms which you can use to analyze Index CFD markets. Oneforex’s industry leading MT4, MT5 and 1Trader platforms are available on PC, web and mobile. Set up your trading strategies and EAs plus conduct technical analysis on the PC and web versions with our Smart Trader Tools. Trade at any time, anywhere with our mobile versions while taking advantage of major news in the markets when you’re on the go.

Index markets are quoted in points, rather than in currency terms. For example, the ASX200 might be quoted at 7000 points. This means that the collective value of Index points attributable to the top 200 Australian stocks by market capitalization add up to 7000. The value of each of these points is 1 AUD per point, so the theoretical notional value of the index is 7000 AUD for a 1 lot (1 contract) trade.

MT4 platform is known for its ease of use amongst Index market traders and is highly-rated by EA traders for its ease of EA development and implementation. Connect to social trading services and signal providers to follow strategies of successful traders.

 

MT5 platform is perfect for those starting out as Index CFD traders with its superior charting capabilities and additional analytical features. Use Stop Limit orders to implement your trading strategy with confidence. A dedicated economic calendar keeps you up-to-date with important market events. For EA traders and programmers, you’ll find faster code execution and data processing speeds.

With 1Trader, the power is in your hands as the trader. Features include multiple chart modes and views, market depth, and an advanced Smart stop out system. Program your trading robots with Trader Automate and connect to 1Trader’s FIX API to use your own trading system.

* Spreads may vary under extreme market conditions. Fixed spreads apply under normal market conditions. Pricing and spreads are direct from liquidity providers without broker intervention.