Service updates

Please refer to this page for all platform and service updates from City Index.

City Index Service Updates

Markets and Trading

From Friday August 13, we’re extending the Friday trading hours of some of our most popular markets. Please see below a list of affected markets and their new trading hours.

Market Previous closing time (BST) New closing time (BST)
Wall Street 21:15 22:00
US SP 500 21:15 22:00
US Tech 100 21:15 22:00
US Small Cap 2000 21:15 22:00
UK 100 21:15 Unchanged
Germany 40 21:15 Unchanged
EU Stocks 50 21:15 Unchanged
France 40 21:15 Unchanged
Japan 225 21:15 22:00
Gold 21:15 22:00
Silver 21:15 22:00
Platinum 21:15 22:00
Palladium 21:15 22:00
Copper 21:15 22:00
US Crude 21:15 22:00
UK Crude 21:15 22:00
Natural Gas 21:15 22:00
Heating Oil 21:15 22:00
Gas RBOB 21:15 22:00
Gas Oil 21:15 22:00
US T-Bond 21:15 22:00
US T-Note 10 Year 21:15 22:00
US T-Note 5 Year 21:15 22:00
Eurodollar 21:15 22:00
US Dollar Index 21:15 22:00

Due to United States Executive Order 13959 trading restrictions have been placed on a number of stocks, and they are now placed on "close only" trading for clients. The current list of restricted markets are below, and will be updated if further markets are added.

  • China Telecom Corp (HKD) CFD
  • China Communications Construct CFD
  • China Railway Construction CFD
  • China Mobile (HKD) CFD
  • CRRC Corp Ltd CFD
  • SMIC (Semiconductor Mfg Intl) CFD
  • China Unicom (HKD) CFD
  • China Mobile (USD) CFD

Market Volatility

Due to recent market volatility, there remains a risk of gapping at market open. Ensure your account is adequately funded to maintain your open positions.

Additionally, during this time some markets may become either ‘limit down’ or ‘limit up’, restricting your ability to trade them. For further information on the impacts of this see below. 

Limit down

A limit down price is the maximum sell-off permitted in a market on a single day of trading. Once this level has been reached, trading on the market may then be restricted to prevent significant volatility and potential panic selling. A limit down price is typically determined as a percentage decline in a given market, rather than a nominal decline in price.

A limit down period is imposed by an exchange (such as the NYSE) and not by brokers. It usually lasts 15 minutes but may be extended depending on the percentage decline before market open. Limit down does not impact FX trading. 

Please note that a limit down only restricts selling on the affected market(s).

Limit Up

A limit up price is reached when a market reaches the maximum bought level permitted in a single day of trading. Once this level has been reached, trading on the market may then be restricted to prevent significant volatility and further buying. A limit up price is typically determined as a percentage increase in a given market, rather than a nominal increase in price.

A limit up period is imposed by an exchange (such as the NYSE) and not by brokers. It usually lasts 15 minutes but may be extended depending on the percentage increase before market open. Limit up does not impact FX trading.


Margins and spreads

In response to the high volatility, please note that spreads and margin levels may be reviewed and adjusted. Check the Market Information Sheets on our platform for the latest information.