CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 79.04% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

79.04% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider.


Indices Trading

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

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

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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 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 usually weighted by the market capitalization of each company, with the largest companies having the most influence on the index value. When you are trading indices via CFDs, you are agreeing to open a contract to exchange the difference in the price of a particular index, at the point of open to the point of close. Profit or loss will be based on the direction of speculation you make.


Trading Indices using Contracts for Difference

Eightcap’s clients can trade 8 of the most popular indices in the world, allowing them to profit (or lose) 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 is most commonly known as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 'Dow'. This is the oldest index in the world and represents 30 blue-chip companies that are listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


This is the largest index in Paris and tracks the French CAC 40, also known as the Cac Quarante.


The GER30 Index is known as the DAX30 and is the leading index in Germany.


The UK100 tracks the FTSE100. This is the index which represents 100 UK companies that are listed on the London Stock Exchange.


The AUS200 follows the ASX200, which tracks the performance of 200 of the most valuable and liquid stocks within 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. It's 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 methods you can use to trade Indices including, futures, options, ETFs, and CFDs. Futures and options require a trading account with a broker for each different exchange, futures also typically have large contract sizes.

ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) are ideal for long-term investors. ETFs can be slightly complicated as they are shares themselves which then own all the shares in that particular index. They are used as a cost-effective method of owning all the index fund shares without buying each individual stock.

CFDs can be the most cost-effective and popular option amongst traders, as they can access multiple markets with only one trading account. CFDs also offer the option of opening long and short positions, unlike ETFs.


Indices are the plural form of a stock index. A stock index measures the performance of a group of shares within a particular exchange. For example, the DAX represents the 30 blue-chip companies from the New York Stock Exchange, if the individual stocks from this index were to rise in price then the price value of the DAX would also increase. The same would happen if the stocks were to fall, the DAX would also drop.

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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.

All times are GMT+3

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)

With more than 24 time zones across the globe, financial markets can be traded at any given time. Read our guide on stock market trading hours here.

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