Indices Trading

As a trader, you may have heard people making statements such as ‘the markets closed up today’, or ‘we’re seeing a great deal of volatility in the markets.’ When people use the word ‘market’ in this context, they are typically referring to financial indices.


As mentioned on the ‘What are Indices’ page, indices are groupings of a specified number of stocks into one tradable entity. Although each stock can be bought or sold on its own, an index can also be traded as a whole. Indices can also give a general picture of how ‘the market’ is doing precisely because they bring together a number of different stocks; the figure derived from a specific weighted average can then give a general indication about market direction – hence the references to indices as ‘the markets.’

International Indices: Locations & Times


International Indices: Locations & Times

International Indices: Locations & Times

There are financial indices based all around the world, with major financial centres including New York, Hong Kong, London and Tokyo. This means, of course, that depending on where you are in the world, indices will be open at different times. For example, if you were based in London then the FTSE would be open from 08:00 in the morning until 16:30 in the afternoon.


However, if one was on UK time then the US markets would open in the afternoon UK time and close in the evening, whilst indices in China and Japan, for example, would open at night UK time and trade through until the early hours of the morning.


It’s also a good idea to take into account that different indices operate for different periods of time during the day. For example, the FTSE100 is open from 08:30 in the morning to 16:30 in the afternoon GMT. However, the major US Indices trade from 09:30 in the morning until 16:00 in the afternoon ET, whilst the Hang Seng and Nikkei actually have two sessions during the day, with an hour break for lunch between the morning and afternoon sessions.

Daily Rolling Index Trading


Daily Rolling Index Trading

Daily Rolling Index Trading

Brokerages such as ETX Capital offer daily rolling trading on these indices which is available on a twenty four hour basis during the financial week, allowing traders to take a position in indices even when they are not officially open. This works because the prices that spread betting firms offer are predicated on future prices rather than current ones, which means that the price movement out of hours is based on the price which the brokerage calculates that the index will be trading at come the open. ​


However, having the ability to trade an index outside of market hours does come at a price, which traders need to be aware of. Because such trading is not based on the actual movement of the index in question, the spreads offered by brokerages are likely to be wider than usual during this time period.


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INDICES TRADING WITH ETX

INDICES TRADING WITH ETX

INDICES TRADING WITH ETX

  • Available on All ETX Platforms - There’s no need to choose between the different platforms that ETX Capital offers based on the ability to trade Indices; all ETX platforms – TraderPro, MT4 and Binary – have that ability.
  • Access to Worldwide Indices - From the most well-known global powerhouses to smaller, more niche indices. ETX Capital offers a wide index selection for its clients to select from.
  • Mobile Trading -Indices are only open certain hours of the day. Mobile trading apps enable ETX clients to access the markets wherever they are, allowing them to consider trading opportunities which they might otherwise have missed.

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