A financial index is composed of public companies traded on a particular stock exchange or drawn from a particular sector. The index calculates the collective market performance of all its component companies and publishes the figures. Indices are seen as accurate barometers of market sentiment as well as the strength of an economy. It is possible to open CFD trades on the market performance of several indices, investing in the points change in their values.

There are many prominent indices, as well as less familiar ones from emerging markets available at VESTINGFX. Some of the biggest indices include the FTSE 100, S&P 500, NASDQ-100, and DAX. When traded as CFDs, indices generally perform in a similar way to stocks.

Advantages of indices trading:

  • Lower risks

  • Indices are more predictable

  • Lower margin per lot requirement

  • Indices benefit from the global economic situation

Indices measure the performance of a group of stocks. Discover everything you need to know about stock indices, including how to trade them and which markets are available to you.

The Basic Principles of Indices Trading

Indices trading is like any other form of transaction. The goal is to buy Indices at a low price and sell them at a high price.  Trading indices enables you to get exposure to an entire economy or sector at once, while only having to open a single position.

How are stock market indices calculated?

Most stock market indices are calculated according to the market capitalization of their component companies. This method gives greater weighting to large cap companies, which means their performance will affect an index’s value more than lower cap companies.

However, some popular indices – including the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) – are price-weighted. This method gives greater weighting to companies with higher share prices, meaning that changes in their values will have a greater effect on the current price of an index.

Diversify your Trading Portfolio with Indices

Indices generally perform in a similar way to stocks but are less vulnerable to sudden declines than individual companies. When you trade indices at Vesting 100 you don’t actually buy the index. You are investing on its future performance and aiming to profit from changes to its point’s value.

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