Trading in Indices with Fortissio as a Diversification Alternative

What are indices

Think of indices as a ‘’group’’ of shares that measures the value of a market sector or industry. For example, the FTSE 100 represents the largest 100 companies traded on the London Stock Exchange. If the share prices of these companies go up - then the FTSE 100 will rise with them. As indices are not actual products, they cannot be traded directly. Instead, investors trade indices through derivatives such as CFDs, futures or options.

Possibility of investment portfolio Diversification.

You should remember however that indices carry risks, like all financial products.

IndicesCountryExpanationTrading Hours
CAC 40The CAC 40 is a benchmark French stock market index. Its components are weighted according to the total market value of all the shares of a corporation. It reflects the performance of the 40 largest equities listed in France.Mon – Fri 07:00 – 21:00GMT(WINTER)

Mon – Fri 06:00 – 20:00GMT(SUMMER)
DAX INDEXThe DAX (German stock index) is a blue chip stock market index consisting of the 30 major German companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. DAX measures the performance of the 30 largest German companies in terms of total dollar market value of all of a company's outstanding shares.Mon – Fri 07:00 – 21:00GMT(WINTER)

Mon – Fri 06:00 – 20:00GMT(SUMMER)
DOW JONESIt is an index that shows how 30 large, publicly owned companies based in the United States have traded during a standard trading session in the stock market.Mon – Fri 22:00GMT 20:30GMT
FTSE 100A share index of the 100 most highly capitalized UK companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. FTSE 100 companies represent about 81% of the entire market capitalisation of the London Stock Exchange.Mon – Fri 08:00 – 21:00GMT(WINTER)

Mon – Fri 07:00 – 20:00GMT(SUMMER)
NASDAQThe Nasdaq Composite is a stock market index of the common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market. It has over 3,000 components. The index reflects companies across major industry groups.Mon – Fri 22:00 - 20:30GMT
NIKKEIThe Nikkei is a stock market index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). Currently, the Nikkei is the most widely quoted average of Japanese equities, similar to the Dow Jones Industrial Average.Mon – Fri 22:00 - 21.00GMT
S&P 500Standard and Poor's 500 Index is a capitalization-weighted index of 500 stocks. The index measures the performance of the broad domestic economy through changes in the market value of 500 stocks representing all major industries.Mon – Fri 22:00 - 21.00GMT
IBEX 35The IBEX 35 (contraction of Índice Bursatil Español, literally Spanish Exchange Index) is the benchmark stock market index of the Bolsa de Madrid, Spain's principal stock exchange. Initiated in 1992, the index is administered and calculated by Sociedad de Bolsas, a subsidiary of Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME), the company which runs Spain's securities markets (including the Bolsa de Madrid). It is a market capitalization weighted index comprising the 35 most liquid Spanish stocks traded in the Madrid Stock Exchange General Index and is reviewed twice annually. Trading on options and futures contracts on the IBEX 35 is provided by MEFF (Mercado Español de Futuros Financieros), another subsidiary of BME.Mon – Fri 08:00 – 19:00GMT(WINTER)

Mon – Fri 07:00 – 18:00GMT(SUMMER)
WIG20The WIG20 is a capitalization-weighted stock market index of the twenty largest companies on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.Mon – Fri 08:00 – 16:00GMT(WINTER)

Mon – Fri 07:00 – 15:00GMT(SUMMER)

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