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Trading Indices

What are the advantages of trading indices?

The volatility experienced when trading single financial instruments can be very difficult for some investors.  Trading indices offers traders the opportunity to both reduce volatility in their trading and limit overall risk by spreading their investment over multiple assets through a single instrument.

Main Indices

 

 

NASDAQ – NSQ/USD. The NASDAQ Stock Market, founded

 

in 1971, is an American stock exchange operated by the NASDAQ OMX Group. It is an online stock exchange with no physical trading floor.  The NASDAQ is the main stock exchange for High Technology companies like Apple, Intel, Microsoft, General Electric and CISCO.
DOW JONES – DOW/USD. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a stock market index of 30 large, publicly owned companies based in the United States. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was first founded in 1896. Some of the companies listed are: AT&T, General Electric, Pfizer and Disney.
S&P500- SP5/USD. The S&P 500 indexes 500 large publicly held companies, most of which are American. They are publicly traded companies which are traded on the main stock exchanges in the USA, such as the NYSE and the NASDAQ. After the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 is the most commonly followed index. Some of the companies listed are Bank of America, General Electrics and Ford.
DAX – DAX/EUR. The DAX 30 consists of the 30 largest German companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and is an important index in Europe  Most stocks on the DAX 30 are traded in the USA as well and therefore serve as a good indicator of the opening stage in trading in the United States. Some of the companies listed are: BMW, Mercedes, Adidas and Deutsche Bank.
CAC 40 – CAC/EUR. The CAC 40 is an index for the French stock market. The index consists of 40 of the most traded French companies among the 100 biggest companies on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange. Some companies listed on the  are: France Telecom, Michelin, L’Oreal and Renault.
FTSE 100 – FTS/GBP. The FTSE 100 is an index of the biggest 100 companies on the London Stock Exchange according to market cap. The Index was founded in 1984 and represents 81% of the capital markets of the London Stock Exchange. Some of the companies listed  are: HSBC, Vodafone, BP and Aviva.