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Trade Index CFDs

Trade the most popular Indices around the world like S&P 500, US-TECH 100 and France 40 with leverage.
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Trade Indices With Leverage

Magnify the size of your trades without committing large amounts of capital. Leverage of up to 1:20 allows you to start trading CFDs with as little as 100 € to gain the effect of 2 000 € capital!
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What is Indices trading?

Trading indices CFD involves the buying or selling of Index Contracts for Difference. This type of trading centers on monitoring stock market indices, which are compilations of various stocks. Traders focus on these major indices, such as the S&P 500 or Dow Jones, predicting the collective movement of stocks within them rather than individual shares. In other words, indices CFDs offer a snapshot of broader market trends by measuring the movements of stocks, hence reflecting the health of the overall economy as well as specific markets.

How do I trade Indices?

Start trading Indices in 5 simple steps:
  1. Choose your Indices trading method
  2. Learn about the Indices market
  3. Open and verify your Plus500 account
  4. Plan your Indices trading strategy
  5. Start trading!

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A stock index is a performance indicator or measure of a country's economy or of an industry sector. For example, Nasdaq 100 represents the largest 100 companies traded on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. If, on average, the share price of these companies goes up, then the index will rise. Conversely, if they fall, the index will drop.

Most main indices are based on a basket of shares and are thus considered good measures of the current market sentiment. When you take a position on an index, you are effectively investing in the performance of these shares and thus avoid factors that influence the performance of individual companies (such as a lack of market volume). For a full list of index futures CFD offered on the Plus500 platform, click here.

Stock market indices have different forms of calculation. These are the two most common:

  • Adjusted market capitalisation (or cap-weighted) is used to track a number of companies based on the adjusted market capitalisation of the constituent stocks. Large-cap companies have a greater impact on the index’s price than small-cap companies. S&P 500 is an example of an index that is calculated this way.
  • Price-weighted average – adds up the stock prices of all constituents, and then divides that figure by the total number of stocks in the index. Dow Jones is an example of an index that is calculated this way.

By trading index futures contracts with leverage, you can multiply the value of a trade through the use of borrowed capital, and as such, you can increase the potential profit or loss to be realised from the trade. The available leverage for index CFDs on the Plus500 platform is up to 1:20.

Here are a few highlights of trading Index CFDs:

  • You can gain diversified exposure using a single instrument – as most factors that affect individual companies are taken out of the equation.
  • More trading opportunities – we offer access to a wide range of indices from the world’s largest and most important stock markets.
  • Enjoy tight spreads and zero commissions on real-time index quotes, charts, deposits and for opening / closing trades with Plus500.

To explore more highlights and possible advantages of index CFDs, read our "What Are Indices" article.

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