A Guide to Indices

Indices traders make wagers on stock indices such as the FTSE 100, the Dow Jones, and the DAX. These well-known Indices are simply baskets of individual stocks that are often rated by autonomous organizations such as major banks or professional firms such as Standard & Poor's, the FTSE Group, or Deutsche Börse.                                   

Several of the world's largest Indices markets have a long and illustrious history.

Indices' price fluctuations and uncertainty are influenced by various influences, including political activities, major economic factors affecting businesses in a specific industry, economic data such as job rates, and significant shifts in the currency markets.

It's also worth noting that significant changes in the fortunes of a single large business included in a broader index can have a disproportionately large effect on its results.

Global Indices markets are regulated by what is referred to as "benchmark Indices." These are equity indices with a sizable bearing on currencies that are widely regarded as credible indexes of a country's or region's economic health.

Several of the most actively traded live Indices markets comprise the following:

Which Indices can I trade at ETX?

Many of our mentioned Indices may be traded using a Spread Betting or CFD trading portfolio. Three of our most common Indices markets are discussed below.

Wall Street

The colloquial term "Wall Street" refers to the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index established in 1885. The Wall Street index, which is now managed by Standard & Poor's and Dow Jones, continues to be highly successful among investors due to its wealth of trading opportunities.

Apple, Boeing, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Intel, McDonald's, Microsoft, Nike, Visa, and Walt Disney are only a few favorite products and corporations that comprise the Wall Street ranking.

As with the UK 100, the Wall Street index's broad representation of industries makes it less susceptible to the excessive uncertainty that could influence a single share's market change.

UK 100

Since 1984, the UK 100 has become one of our most famous Indices markets. The UK 100 index, which the FTSE Group manages, a division of the London Stock Exchange, contains stocks from several of the country's most prominent firms.

The UK 100 includes household names such as Barclays, Burberry, Experian, Glencore, HSBC, Just Eat, Royal Mail, Tesco, and Vodafone Group.

Since the UK 100 is composed of such a vast number of businesses operating in various markets, it is less susceptible to causes that may have a disproportionate effect on individual stocks.

For instance, a significant economic data release or a sharp shift in the pound's value could have an immediate negative effect on firms' prices in industries such as finance. However, the same news may have little impact on companies involved in manufacturing.

Thus, wild swings and extreme uncertainty are less likely to occur when exchanging Indices such as the UK 100 than when buying individual Shares.

Germany 30

Thanks to the historical success of companies listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, the Germany 30 is a standard European index of investors.

The Germany 30 was established in 1988 and is run by Deutsche Börse. It is ranked by market capitalization.

The Germany 30 index comprises several of Germany's most prominent firms and products, including Adidas, Allianz, BMW, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, Lufthansa, E.ON, SAP, Siemens, and Volkswagen Group.

As is the case for other significant global indices, the variety of the securities that comprise the Germany 30 is readily apparent, which is beneficial for investors seeking medium to longer-term investment options with less chance of excessive volatility.


The NASDAQ index is the third-largest stock market index in the United States, having been established in 1971. It comprises 100 large corporations from a range of markets, with a particular emphasis on technology.

The NASDAQ index comprises well-known companies such as Apple, Tesla, Cisco, Seagate, Intel, Adobe, Activision Blizzard, NVIDIA, and Netflix.

Although technology firms control the NASDAQ, it also has companies in transportation, consumer finance, and healthcare.

Is investing in Indices suitable for me?

Trading global indices with ETX enables you to profit from both long and short positions in the significant index from the United Kingdom, the United States, Asia, Australasia, and Europe.

You'll often profit from market action through a broad range of various types of firms, which expands your opportunities while theoretically lowering your sensitivity to excessive volatility.


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