Indices Trading

Trade the world's largest Stock indices round-the-clock with instant execution on either the MT4 or MT5 platform.

Why Trade Indices with Eightcap

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24 hour trading

Trade round-the-clock on the most popular major Stock Indices from around the globe.
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Lightning Fast Execution

Our execution servers are located in Equinix data centres, where most of the world's financial institutions are hosted, ensuring optimal performance at all times.

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Headquartered in Australia and regulated by ASIC plus other jurisdictions providing you with a safe and flexible global trading environment.
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Premium Liquidity

Our pricing is aggregated from multiple top-tier liquidity providers, allowing you to trade on institutional grade spreads from as low as 0.0 pips.
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What is Index CFDs Trading?

Index CFDs are contracts for difference over equity indexes. A contract for difference, or CFD, is a type of derivative that allows a trader to gain a long or short exposure to a trading instrument’s price. While the trader does not own the underlying asset, they ‘own’ any movement in the price of that asset while they hold a position.

An Index is a basket of assets – in most cases stocks, but any assets can be included in an index. An index is usually weighted by the market capitalization of each company, with the largest companies having the most influence on the index value.


Trading Indices using Contracts for Difference

Eightcap’s clients can trade 8 of the most popular indices in the world, allowing them to profit from activity in equity markets around the world. With equity markets on 4 continents represented, traders can trade nearly 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.


The US30, or Dow Jones Industrial Average, or Dow, is the oldest index in the world, representing 30 blue chip companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


The FRA40 index tracks the French Cac40. Also known as the Cac Quarante, or simply the Cac. This is the largest stock index in Paris.


The GER30 Index, or Dax 30, is the leading stock market index in Germany.


The UK100 CFD tracks the FTSE 100 also known as the Footsie. It’s the headline index for the UK stock market.


The AUS200 follows the ASX200, a stock market index that tracks the performance of 200 of the most valuable and liquid stocks in Australia.


The EUSTX50, follows the Euro Stoxx 50, a stock market index that tracks the performance of the 50 top stocks by market cap in the Eurozone.


The JPN225 CFD tracks the Nikkei 225, or simply the Nikkei. It is Japan’s headline stock market index and includes 225 leading Japanese companies.


The SPX500 CFD tracks the S&P500, or simply the S&P, its one of the largest and most widely followed stock indices in the world.


NDX100 includes the 100 largest, most actively traded U.S companies listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. It includes companies from various industries except for the financial industry.


Hang Seng Index (HK50) is the most important index of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It is calculated as a weighted average value of the largest Chinese companies' stocks, traded on this Exchange.

Comparing Index Trading

There are several instruments you can use to trade stock indexes, including futures, options, ETFs and CFDs. Futures and options require a trading account with a broker for each exchange, and typically have high contract sizes.

ETFs (exchange traded funds) are ideal for long term investors. ETFs are themselves shares which own all the shares in an index. They are therefore a cost-effective method of owning all the index fund shares without buying each individual stock.

For active traders and traders with smaller accounts, CFDs can be the most cost effective and easy to trade. Traders can access multiple markets with one trading account, and unlike ETFs, CFDs offer leverage and the option of going short.


Indices is the plural form of index and has several definitions, depending on the context the word is used in. When referring to financial markets and trading, indices relate to the price performance of an asset, sub-asset or a group of shares. Indices are directly related to the stock market and the performance of shares listed on that market.

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Advantages of trading Index CFDs

  • Access multiple indices with one trading account.
  • Trade market action from around the world.
  • Go long and short, and use leverage with small or large amounts of capital.


Disadvantages of trading Index CFDs

  • Using leverage irresponsibly can lead to large losses.
  • Index trading is competitive and requires time and commitment to become proficient.

Dow Jones Industrial Average (US30)00:00 - 24:00 (Monday open 01:00)
CAC 40 (FRA40)09:00-23:00
German stock index DAX 30 (GER30)00:00-24:00 (Monday open 01:00)
FTSE 100 (UK100)00:00-24:00 (Monday open 01:00)
Euro Stoxx 50 Future (EUSTX50)00:00-24:00 (Monday open 01:00)
NASDAQ 100 (NDX100)00:00-24:00 (Monday open 01:00)
S&P/ASX 200 (ASX200)00:50-07:30, 08:10-23:00
Nikkei 225 (JPN225)00:00-24:00 (Monday open 01:00)
Hang Seng (HSI) (HK50)00:00-24:00 (Monday open 01:00)
Standard & Poor's 500 (SPX500)00:00-24:00 (Monday open 01:00)

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Upload documents to verify your account.


Fund account with as little as $100 and start trading the global financial markets