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Risk Warning: Trading financial products on margin carries a high degree of risk and is not suitable for all investors. Losses can include all your initial investment. Please ensure you fully understand the risks and take appropriate care to manage your risk.


CFDs based on indices are widely favored by traders. GCI Financial offers a diverse selection of indices from various global markets. These include the Australian S&P 200 Index, UK FTSE 100 Index, US E-mini S&P 500, and US DJIA Index.

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Indices trading refers to the buying and selling of financial instruments that are based on stock indices.

A stock index is a measure of the performance of a group of stocks representing a particular sector or market. Examples of well-known indices include the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the NASDAQ Composite.

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When you trade indices, you're essentially speculating on the overall performance of the market rather than on individual stocks. Traders can take positions on whether they believe the index will rise or fall in value over a certain period. This can be done through various financial instruments such as futures contracts, options, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), or contracts for difference (CFDs).

Indices trading can be performed by various types of traders, including individual investors, institutional investors, and speculators, and it can be conducted through traditional brokerage firms or online trading platforms. However, it's important for traders to understand the risks involved, including market volatility, leverage, and geopolitical events, and to conduct thorough research before engaging in indices trading.

Indices trading offers several advantages:

  1. Diversification: Trading indices allows investors to gain exposure to a broad market or sector without having to select individual stocks. This can help spread risk.
  2. Market sentiment: Indices often reflect the overall sentiment of the market, making them useful for gauging investor confidence and economic health.
  3. Leverage: Many indices trading instruments allow traders to use leverage, which means they can control larger positions with a smaller amount of capital. While leverage can amplify profits, it also increases the risk of losses.
  4. Liquidity: Major stock indices are highly liquid, meaning there are typically many buyers and sellers, resulting in narrow spreads and efficient execution of trades.

The Indices Market: Trading Hours

Indices trading hours can vary depending on the exchange and the financial instrument being traded. However, there are some common trading hours for major indices:

  1. Stock Market Indices: Follow the trading hours of the underlying stock exchanges, typically from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) on regular trading days in the United States.
  2. Futures Indices: Have extended trading hours starting on Sunday evening and continuing until Friday afternoon with brief breaks for maintenance, varying depending on the futures exchange.
  3. Options on Indices: Trading hours follow the hours of the options exchange where they are listed, often coinciding with the trading hours of the underlying stock market indices.
  4. Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs): Trade throughout the day on stock exchanges, mirroring regular stock market hours.

Checkout the image below to see how the forex market sessions works out.

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Note: The time shown in the image is EST TIME

You’ve probably noticed that there are overlaps between the sessions. For example, at 03:00 (EST) both the Tokyo and London sessions are open. This is what ensures that the indices market provides traders with 24-hour access to trade from Sunday Evening to Friday Evening (the market closes over the weekend).

Indices Trading Example

Selling: S&P 500
1. Opening the Position

The price of the S&P 500 is 5289.50/5290.25 and you decide to sell 3 standard lots (the equivalent of €300,000) at 5289.50.

2. Closing the Position

One week later the S&P 500 has fallen to 5280.50/5281.25 and so you decide to take the profit by buying back 3 standard lots at 5281.50.

3. The gross profit on your trade is calculated as follows
Opening Price

€300,000 x 1.07992 = USD $323,976

Closing Price

€300,000 x 1.05345 = USD $316,035

Gross Profit on Trade

$323,976 - $316,035 = $7,941

Stock Market Indices Contract Specifications

Stock Market Indices Approximate Value of 1 Lot in $ Tick Value per Lot Trading Hours (EST / New York Time) Margin (per Lot, in $)
S&P 500 60,000 0.25 = $12.50 Sunday 6:00PM - Friday 4:00PM (Closed 4:15PM - 4:30PM & 5:00PM - 6:00PM each day) 4,050
Nasdaq 100 34,000 0.10 = 2.00 Sunday 6:00PM - Friday 4:00PM (Closed 4:15PM - 4:30PM & 5:00PM - 6:00PM each day) 4,920
Dow Jones Ind. 110,000 1.0 = 5.00 Sunday 6:00PM - Friday 4:00PM (Closed 4:15PM - 4:30PM & 5:00PM - 6:00PM each day) 5,750
Russell 2000 70,000 0.10 = 10.00 Sunday 6:00PM - Friday 4:00PM (Closed 4:15PM - 4:30PM & 5:00PM - 6:00PM each day) 600
QQQ (Nasdaq 100 Trust) 1,000 shares 0.01 = 10.00 9:30AM - 4:00PM 500
DAX 30 244,900 0.50 = 18.75 2:00AM - 4:00PM 7,875
DJ Euro Stoxx 50 51,975 1.00 = 15.75 2:00AM - 4:00PM 500
CAC 40 68,800 0.50 = 8.00 2:00AM - 4:00PM 500
FTSE 100 108,000 1.00 = 20.00 3:00AM - 4:00PM 1000
IBEX 35 18,400 5.00 = 8.00 3:00AM - 11:35AM 200
Swiss Market Index 98,000 1.00 = 14.00 2:00AM - 11:20AM 500
Nikkei 225 50,000 1.00 = 5.00 8:45PM - 3:25AM & 4:15AM - 3:00PM 500
SPI 200 120,000 1.00 = 24.00 7:50PM - 2:30AM & 3:10AM - 4:00PM 1,000
Bovespa 33,000 5.00 = 3.00 8:00AM - 5:00PM 1,000
Hang Seng 118,750 1.00 = 6.25 10:15PM - 1:00AM, 2:00AM - 5:30AM & 6:15AM - 4:00PM 5,000
NSE Nifty Index 34,370 1.00 = 1.00 11:45PM - 6:00AM 1,000
BSE Sensex Index n.a. n.a. 11:45PM - 6:00AM n.a.

Example - Calculating Indices Margin Requirements:

Account Leverage: 1:400
Account base currency: USD
Account base currency: Open 5 lots to BUY S&P 500 at 5290.75
1 Lot size: 60,000 units
Notional value: 5 x 60,000 x 5290.75 = $537,760
Margin required: $537,760 / 400 = $1,344.40