Trading Indices

Trade major global Indices at City Index like the UK 100, Wall Street and Germany 40.

Choose a Spread Betting or CFD Trading account and get tight spreads on European, US, Asian and Australian Indices.

  • Fixed spreads from 1point
  • Choice of 21 major Indices
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Trade major Indices with a 1 point spread in market hours

Trade 21 Global Indices

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Fixed 1 point spreads

On major Indices in market hours including the UK 100 and Germany 40

Tax-efficient trading

Pay no UK Capital Gains Tax on profits or Stamp Duty when Spread Betting*

Political Indices

Trade across four Political Indices, including Tory, Labour, Brexit High and Low

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Our research portal highlights trade ideas using fundamental and technical analysis

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Spread Betting and CFD Trading

City Index offers Spread Betting and CFD Trading on Indices. Typically UK investors choose
Spread Betting because any profits are free from UK Capital Gains Tax (CGT)*.

Spread Betting

Best for
Tax-free trading in UK*

Trade type
£ per point

No UK Capital Gains Tax (CGT)
or Stamp Duty*

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Global Indices, FX, Shares,
Commodities & more

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CFD Trading

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Trade type
Buy/sell CFDs

No UK Stamp Duty. You do pay UK CGT but losses can be offset against tax*

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Global Indices, FX, Shares,
Commodities & more

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Why trade Indices?

24 hour trading

Many Indices are open 24 hours and do not have restricted trading hours

Trading opportunities

Media and analysts present regular trading opportunities on Indices

Trade on diverse sectors

Indices benefit from market movement across a greater variety of sectors
Global Opportunities

Global opportunities

Trade on price movement of major Indices from the US, Europe and Asia

Short the markets

Trade on falling markets (going short) as well as rising markets

Trade anytime, anywhere

Trade on desktop, close on mobile, our accounts work on multiple devices
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How to trade Indices

If you believe that an Index such as the FTSE 100 will rise, you can place a buy trade on City Index’s equivalent market, the UK 100.

If the prices rise, you will make a profit for every point that the index rises. If the market falls, then you will make a loss for every point the index moves against you. Our trading platform tells you in real-time how much profit or loss you are making.

With City Index you can trade indices as a spread bet or CFD.

How to trade indices

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We will email and call you about changes impacting your account, pricing and services

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We will email you monthly market news and trends from our expert analysts

Learn to trade Indices

What is Spread Betting?

Learn how to trade Indices using this Spread Betting tutorial

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How to identify trading opportunities using our research tools

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Learn techniques to improve your trading and manage risk effectively

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Trade major Indices with a 1 point spread in market hours

What is an index?

An index measures the collective price performance of a group of Shares, usually from a particular country. Indices are often used to track and compare the performance of stock markets.

The performance of each index is dictated by the performance of the underlying share prices that make up that index. An index is constructed and calculated independently, sometimes by a bank or by a specialist index provider like the FTSE Group. The choice of the companies included in the index is determined by index calculation rules or by a committee. Not all indices use the same rules, however. 

DNA of a stock market index

Price-weighted Indices
The index is calculated by adding together the share price of each stock in the index and then divided by the number of stocks in that index.  Higher priced stocks exert more influence on the performance of the index.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an example of a price-weighted index.

Market capitalisation weighted Indices
The index is calculated by adding up the market capitalisation of each stock and then dividing by the amount of companies.  Larger companies with a higher market cap will exert more influence on the performance of the index.  The FTSE 100 is an example.

Composite Indices
Composite Indices provide a statistical measure of a market or sector’s performance over time. They are useful for measuring an investor’s portfolio performance. They may be price-weighted or market capitalisation weighted. The NASDAQ is an example of a composite index as it measures the performance of an index that is heavily weighted towards technology stocks.

Not all companies in an index are created equal
The composition of an index will change from time to time, based on the rules the index calculator has established. Some companies can be given a larger weighting than others. This means they make up more of the index, and their share price will have more influence over the performance of the index.

Consider for each index:

  • Which companies are included
    What are the rules for companies to be added or removed?
  • How often is the index changed? 
    This is sometimes referred to as rebalancing; some companies will be removed and others added on a periodic basis.
  • What area of the market is covered? 
    Not all Indices cover the largest stocks, some, like the FTSE 350 and the Russell 2000, are calculated to measure the performance of smaller companies.

The price of an index is changing all the time, as the prices of the underlying shares change.

Benchmark Indices

Sometimes you will hear journalists and analysts refer to a market’s benchmark index – this is the index most commonly used to track where a particular market is heading. A few of the main ones include:

  • The Dow Jones (Wall Street) – the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the original stock market index, was created by Charles Dow in 1884. It follows the price of the 30 biggest companies on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Standard & Poor’s 500 (US SP 500) – this is the most widely tracked measure of the US stock market. It tracks the prices of the biggest 500 companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ.
  • FTSE 100 (UK 100) – launched in 1984, the FTSE tracks the prices of the biggest companies by market capitalisation listed on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Nikkei 225 (Japan 225) – this is the main stock market index for Japan, tracking the shares of 225 companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. 
  • Euro Stoxx 50 (EU Stocks 50) – this index was created to follow the prices of the biggest 50 shares in the Eurozone countries.
  • DAX (Germany 40) – founded in 1988, the DAX follows the shares of the largest 30 companies listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
  • CAC (France 40) – tracks the largest 40 companies listed on the Paris bourse.
  • ASX (Australia 200) – the benchmark index for the Australian stock market is the ASX 200, which follows the prices of the 200 largest companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, ranked by market capitalisation.

What moves Indices?

Indices tend to be affected by broader market movement which affects the price of many companies. Typical examples include:

  • Political unrest or uncertainty
  • Economic data – e.g. inflation statistics or unemployment numbers
  • Changes to interest rates
  • Good or bad news affecting several big companies in the same industry– e.g. mining or banking
  • The performance of the shares within that index

Start trading indices with City Index

  • At City Index we provide a wide range of global Indices
  • We use our own names for the many Indices – for example, we call the FTSE 100 the UK 100, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is called Wall Street
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