Specific Aspects of Different Asset Types

Trading stock indices

Stock indices serve as a catalyst for the economy of the whole country, specific industries, and in general it shows to what degree a particular sphere of the market is developed and what potential it has. Working with stock indices, as a trading tool, is important because it gives advantages which other types of assets lack. In particular, the trader has the opportunity to work with more precision. In most cases, the indices are made in such a way that they can characterize the country's economy, the development of economic sectors, comprise similar companies and so on. Thus, a trader can pick up the indices that he understands most accurately.

Instrument Spreads (as low as) Leverage (up to) Trading Hours (GMT)
S&P 500 (USA500)1.00 (USD)1:20022:01 - 20:15
DJ 30 (USA30)3.00 (USD)1:20022:01 - 20:10
NASDAQ 100 (USTECH100)1.50 (USD)1:20022:01 - 20:15
CAC 40 (France40)2.00 (EUR)1:20006:01 - 19:59
DAX 30 (Germany30)2.00 (EUR)1:20006:01 - 19:59
FTSE 100 (UK100)2.00 (GBP)1:20007:01 - 19:59
NIKKEI 225 (Japan225)15.00 (JPY)1:15122:01 - 20:14
Hang Seng (HongKong45)10.00 (HKD)1:10001:15 - 04:00, 05:02 - 08:30, 09:16 - 15:45
S&P / ASX 200 (Sydney200)4.00 (AUD)1:20022:52 - 05:30, 06:15 - 20:00
DJ EURO STOXX50 (Europe50)2.00 (EUR)1:20006:01 - 19:59
FTSE / MIB (Italy40)16.00 (EUR)1:15107:01 - 15:40
India505.00 (USD)1:5001:05 - 10:00
RUSSEL2000-US small cap 2000 (USA2000)0.40 (USD)1:20000:05 - 21:55; Friday 00:05 - 20:55
S&P/IBEX (Spain35)7.00 (EUR)1:10007:05 - 17:55
WIG20 (Poland20)4.00 (PLN)1:10006:51 - 14:49
OMXS30 (Sweden30)0.50 (SEK)1:15107:01 - 15:25
AEX (Amsterdam25)0.25 (EUR)1:15006:02 - 19:59
SMI (Swiss20)6.00 (CHF)1:15106:05 - 19:55
MSCI (MSCITaiwan)0.20 (USD)1:10000:50 - 05:40, 06:50 - 14:50
JSE (SAfrica40)40.00 (ZAR)1:5006:35 - 15:25
VIX (VIXX)0.10 (USD)1:5013:31 - 20:10
MICEX (Moscow50)1.00 (RUB)1:507:05 - 10:59, 11:04 - 15:44
USDX (DollarIndex)0.05 (USD)1:20000:05 - 20:55
FTSE/Athex 20 (Greece20)15.00 (EUR)1:1007:20 - 14:20
FTSE China A50 Index Futures (China50)20.00 (USD)1:2001:05 - 07:50, 08:45 - 17:55
ChinaAMC CSI 300 Index ETF (China300ETF)0.10 (HKD)1:2001:35 - 03:55, 05:05 - 07:55
Denmark202.00 (DKK)1:15107:05 - 14:55
Norway252.00 (NOK)1:10007:01 - 14:15