We offer some of the tightest spreads on our indices markets, including 1-point on the 4 major indices – UK 100, Wall Street, Germany 30 and France 40 – during market hours.
Indices are the most widely traded markets in the world, with indices such as the UK 100 being one of the most popular among new traders. With your City Index account you can spread bet on a majority of the major indices across the globe and our most popularly traded indices include the UK 100, Germany 30, US S&P, Wall Street, Japan 225 and Australia 200.
We also run a number of our indices markets outside their normal underlying trading hours, thus enabling you to trade these indices 24 hours a day. Spreads may vary according to the underlying market spread, market conditions and liquidity.
Let's say our current UK 100 Daily Funded Trade is 5820/5821 (sell price/buy price).
Going Long on Indices
You expect the UK 100 to rally over the coming days and therefore open a buy position (go long) of £10 per point at 5821.
Over the next few days the UK 100 rallies following the release of some positive UK economic data. Our latest UK 100 Daily Funded Trade price is now 5860/5861. Having reached a comfortable level of profit, you decide to cash in your gains by selling £10 per point at 5860 (our sell price).
Result: You bought at 5821 and sold at 5860, which represents a 39-point movement in your favour which, at your stake size of £10 per point, nets you a tax-free profit* of £390 (5860 – 5821 x £10).
Alternative scenario: If however, the price of the UK 100 had fallen to 5795, you would have lost £260 (5821 - 5795 x £10).
Going Short on Indices
You expect the UK 100 to fall over the coming days and therefore open a sell position (go short) of £10 per point at 5820. This means that for every point that the UK 100 falls, you net a profit of £10.
Over the next few days the UK 100 falls following some poor company earnings. Our latest UK 100 Daily Funded Trade price is now 5790/5791. Having reached a comfortable level of profit, you decide to cash in your gains by buying back £10 per point at 5791 (our buy price).
Result: You sold at 5820 and bought back at 5791, which represents a 29-point movement in your favour which, at your stake size of £10 per point, nets you a tax-free profit of £290.
Alternative scenario: If however, the price of the UK 100 had risen to 5850, you would have lost £300 (5850 -5820 x £10).
For the purpose of simplicity, financing charges and payments have been omitted from these illustrations. Find out more about our financing charges.
Our superior trading platform is packed with resources to help you make better-informed spread betting decisions. Our resources include live news feeds from Dow Jones Newswires and a charting package that is available free of cost to all City Index trading account holders.
Our specialised webinars, held by our team of spread betting experts, enable you to learn spread betting at your own pace and from your own computer, no matter where you are. Find out more about our webinars and seminars
New City Index clients are also entitled to special reduced minimum stake sizes starting from just 25 pence per point for a period of four weeks, so you can place your first indices spread bet with confidence. At the end of the four-week period, our normal minimum stake sizes will automatically be applied to your account. Find out more.
Our range of trading platforms enable you to trade indices securely and at any time of the day. Our secure and easy-to-use online trading platform makes it possible for you to spread bet and trade CFDs from the same platform while City Trading™ our cutting-edge iPhone™ Trading App enables you to trade from wherever you are and at any time of the day.
* Unlike direct investment in the underlying assets, spread betting is exempt from both UK stamp duty and UK Capital Gains Tax. However, tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances.
Spread betting is a leveraged product and can result in losses that could exceed your initial outlay, so please make sure you fully understand the risks involved.
Spread betting, CFDs and Forex trading are leveraged products which can result in losses greater than your initial deposit. Ensure you fully understand the risks.
*Spread betting and CFD trading are exempt from UK stamp duty. Spread betting is also exempt from UK Capital Gains Tax. However, tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Please seek independent advice if necessary.
+Margin Factor is shown here as a guide only. For the current margin factor applicable to your position please refer to the Market Information on our Trading Platform.
†1 point spreads available on the FTSE 100, Wall Street, Germany 30, France 40 and Australia 200 during market hours on daily funded trades & daily future spread bets and CFDs (excluding futures).
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