Trade your opinion of the world's largest stock indices with low spreads and enhanced execution.

What Are Indices

Stock indices give you a chance to trade an opinion of an economy without having to pick individual stocks. With unique benefits to CFD trading, indices are some of the most popular products to trade.

Market Index: A Collection of Stocks

Historically, investors needed a way to analyze the overall performance of the market. After all, you could never make a statement on the US economy by only looking at, say, Apple Inc.'s stock. This need begat the stock index, generally a collection of top-performing stocks grouped and averaged to give a quick glance at the market as a whole.

An index is a good way to look at particular markets, but for investors, it offers a way to gauge the performance of their individual portfolios, so underperforming specific investments can be adjusted to be more in line with the general trend of the market.

Indices can have a variety of variables. For starters, the number of stocks in any particular index can vary wildly, from a few dozen companies to thousands. The price of an index is found through weighing. Price-weighted indices are averaged based on the price of each component stock. Capitalization-weighted indices adjust the calculation based on the size of the companies included. Many other factors are represented depending on the stock index in question.

These days, there are hundreds of stock indices globally, representing companies nationally, regionally, globally, and even by industry.

Stock Index CFD: Trading on Margin

Investing in stocks has a wide appeal globally, but the barrier to entry can often be high. Say you want to invest in an economy through an index to attempt to mirror the performance of that economy. You could simply buy shares in all the stocks on the index, but that could get costly, especially in light of broker's fees for transactions. Some turn to the futures market, trading the index through an ETF. The ETF is a fund that has shares in all the stocks in the index. With ETFs, you generally have 100% margin, meaning you have to put up the full value of the index to participate.

  • Friedberg Direct provides you with access to index products that are traded as contracts for difference (CFDs). With CFDs, you have the advantage of trading on margin. You put up a fraction of the capital and still get the full value of the trade. But that's not the only benefit.
  • Trading indices as CFDs removes the barrier to trading. When you trade on the futures market, you have settlement periods. Short selling is typically impossible without a significant account balance. Plus the fees for each transaction are significant.
  • Index CFDs, on the other hand, have no settlement periods, short selling is as easy as buying, and you only pay the spread. With CFDs, you can scalp the market much more easily and you can enter the market with much less in your account.

Please remember that trading on margin does not come without risks as clients could sustain losses in excess of deposited funds. Before starting to trade, you should always ensure that you fully understand the risks involved.

How an Index CFD Trade Works

Unlike forex, when you trade an index, you simply buy or sell based on your opinion of how that index will perform. With Friedberg Direct, you pay only the spread to open a trade. We do not impose stop restrictions for most of the products—you can easily scalp major indices. Plus, the smaller contract sizes means you can minimize your exposure in the market.

Trade Your Opinion of Global Stock Markets

Want an ideal environment to trade US, European, Asian and Australian stock markets? We offer enhanced index CFDs, one of the most unique offerings in the industry and a great benefit for scalpers and news and EA traders.

Why Trade Indices with Friedberg Direct?

No Minimum Stop Distance

You trade without minimum stop distances on most products, including US30, NAS100 and the GER30. Most strategies welcome.

Lower Transaction Costs

Trade commission free with no exchange fees—your transaction cost is the spread.

Trade on Margin

Set aside a fraction of the total trade size for global indices. See Margin Requirements.

Trade Sizes - Micro CFDs

Micro-contract sizes give you the flexibility to risk less per trade.

With Index CFDs you can also trade in bear markets more easily than in the stock market. Think a market will fall? Sell it just as easily as you can buy rising markets.

Index CFD Symbols

With Friedberg Direct, trading a stock index CFD is similar to trading forex. All you need to know is the symbol and the contract size. Check out the Index Product Guide.

Index CFDs are financial derivatives that allow you to gain broad exposure to various markets. Index CFDs can be a valuable asset to your trading strategy as you can take advantage of the price fluctuations of underlying assets. Review the Index CFD symbols below to see a list of available products:

Symbol Underlying Index Denomination Average Spread
AUS200 ASX SPI 200 Future AU$ 3.02
CHN50 SGX FTSE China A50 Future US$ 11.00
ESP35 IBEX35 Index Future 8.00
EUSTX50 Euro Stoxx 50 Future 2.13
FRA40 CAC40 Index Future 1.03
GER301 DAX Index Future 2.30
HKG33 Hang Seng Future HK$ 9.00
JPN225 Nikkei 225 USD Future ¥ 10.40
NAS100 E-Mini Nasdaq 100 Future US$ 1.73
SPX500 E-Mini S&P 500 Future US$ 0.57
UK100 FTSE 100 Index Future £ 2.10
US2000 E-Mini Russell 2000 Future US$ 0.40
US30 E-Mini Dow Future US$ 3.61


US30, NAS100, GER30, SPX500, UK100 and AUS200 average spreads displayed are for peak hours only (7:00-21:00 GMT). Effective from September 12 2021, these instrument remain open during off peak hours (0:30-7:00 GMT). Spreads may widen during off-peak hours, for more information on trading hours and spreads, please visit FXCM Help.

Indices Trading Details

The markets are always moving, so consult your trading platform or you can check out the Index Product Guide for the most up-to-date details.


The minimum lot size for Index CFDs is 1 contract, meaning you can trade an index for as low as $0.10 to minimize your exposure.


Trading hours on indices are generally based on the underlying exchange's hours.


Financing is applied for any positions held past market close.


Index margin requirements change frequently, based on the volatility expected in the market. Your trading platform has up-to-date margin requirements. Learn More


No stop and limit restrictions on major indices.

Index Pricing

With all Friedberg Direct account types, you pay only the spread to trade indices. With our enhanced execution, you enjoy even lower spreads on indices and no stop and limit trading restrictions. Check out the Index Product Guide

Symbol Average Spreads

Symbol Spread Symbol Spread
US30 3.61 FRA40 1.03
SPX500 0.57 HKG33 9.00
NAS100 1.73 JPN225 10.40
UK100 2.10 AUS200 3.02
GER301 2.30 ESP35 8.00
CHN50 11.00    

US30, NAS100, GER30, SPX500, UK100 and AUS200 average spreads displayed are for peak hours only (7:00-21:00 GMT). Effective from September 12 2021, these instrument remain open during off peak hours (0:30-7:00 GMT). Spreads may widen during off-peak hours, for more information on trading hours and spreads, please visit FXCM Help.

Decimalized Pricing

To give tighter spreads and more transparent pricing, we quote out to more decimal places than many other trading companies. For example:



on GER30

on GER30

Spread Costs

When you trade with Friedberg Direct, your spread costs are automatically calculated on your platform, so you see real-time spreads and pip costs when you trade. To calculate the spread cost in the currency of your account:

x Pip Cost
x Number of Contracts
= Total Transaction Cost

Index Symbol Information


The US2000's underlying instrument is the E-Mini Russell 2000 Future, The Russel 2000 Index measures the performance of 2000 small-cap companies from within the Russel 3000 Index and is the most widely quoted benchmark to track the performance of small- cap stocks in the United States.


The US30's underlying instrument is the DJIA (the Dow Jones) MINI e-CBOT. The Dow Jones Consists of 30 major American companies: AMEX, Boeing, Chevron, Coca-Cola, DuPont, GE, Goldman Sachs, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Nike and more.


The SPX500's underlying instrument is the S&P 500 stock market index, maintained by S&P Dow Jones Indices, which comprises 500 large-cap American companies covering about 75% of the American equity market by capitalization, such as Delta, eBay, Halliburton and Yum! Brands. The S&P 500 was developed and continues to be maintained by S&P Dow Jones Indices, a joint venture majority-owned by McGraw Hill Financial that publishes many stock market indices such as the S&P Midcap 400, the S&P Small Cap 600 and the S&P Composite 1500.


The NAS100's underlying instrument is the NASDAQ100 stock market index. This index includes 100 companies from a broad range of industries with the exception of those that operate in the financial industry, such as banks and investment companies. Companies include Apple, Adobe Systems, Amazon, Cisco Systems, Google, Intel, Meta Platforms and others.


The UK100's underlying instrument is the FTSE 100 index future. This is an index of the 100 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange with the highest market capitalization. In the FTSE indices, share prices are weighted by market capitalization, so that the larger companies make more of a difference to the index than smaller companies. Companies include GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC and Royal Dutch Shell.


The GER30's underlying instrument is the DAX index future. The DAX is a blue-chip stock market index consisting of the 30 major German companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange: BASF, SAP, Bayer, Allianz and others.


The ESP35's underlying instrument is the IBEX35 index future. This is the benchmark stock market index of the Bolsa de Madrid, Spain's principal stock exchange. This index includes 35 companies from a broad range of industries: Banco Popular, Acciona, Bankia, Bankinter, Santander, Repsol, Gas Natural, Telefonica and more.


The FRA40's underlying instrument is the CAC40 index future. This is the benchmark stock market index of the Euronext Paris: Airbus, Alcatel-Lucent, AXA, BNP Paribas, L'Oreal, Orange, Vivendi, Societe Generale, Renault, Michelin, Solvay and more.


The HKG33's underlying instrument is the Mini-Hang Seng future. This is the benchmark stock market index of Hong Kong. Four sub-indices were established in order to make the index clearer and to classify constituent stocks into four distinct sectors. There are 50 HSI constituent stocks in total, including: Hang Seng Finance Sub-index, Hang Seng Utilities Sub-index, Hang Seng Properties Sub-index, Hang Seng Commerce & Industry Sub-index.


The JPN225's underlying instrument is the Nikkei 225 Mini future. This is the benchmark stock market index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE).


The AUS200's underlying instrument is the S&P/ASX 200, which measures the performance of the 200 largest index-eligible stocks listed on the Australian Stock Exchange by float-adjusted market capitalization.


The EUSTX50's underlying instrument is the Euro Stoxx 50 Future. The Euro Stoxx 50 is an index of European listed shares is a stock index of Eurozone stocks designed by Stoxx Ltd, an index provider owned by Deutsche Börse and SIX Group and contains the largest companies in Europe—Allianz, Deutsche Bank, Inditex, Repsol, Unilever and more—and is used as a gage for the state of Europe's economy.


The CHN50 has the FTSE China A50 Index as its underlying reference. The FTSE China A50 Index is a real-time tradable index comprising the largest 50 'A' Share companies listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and Shenzhen Stock Exchange. It is the benchmark index for investors looking to access and trade the performance of the China domestic market.


Compensation: When executing customers' trades, Friedberg Direct can be compensated in several ways, which include, but are not limited to: spreads, charging fixed lot-based commissions at the open and close of a trade, adding a markup to the spreads it receives from its liquidity providers for certain account types, and adding a markup to rollover, etc.

CME Group Market Data is used under license as a source of information for certain Friedberg Direct products. CME Group has no other connection to Friedberg Direct products and services as listed above and does not sponsor, endorse, recommend or promote any Friedberg Direct products or services. CME Group has no obligation or liability in connection with the Friedberg Direct products and services. CME Group does not guarantee the accuracy and/or the completeness of any market data licensed to Friedberg Direct and shall not have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions therein. There are no third party beneficiaries of any agreements or arrangements between CME Group and Friedberg Direct.

Average Spreads: Time-weighted average spreads are derived from tradable prices at Friedberg Direct from July 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022. Spreads are variable and are subject to delay. The spread figures are for informational purposes only. Friedberg Direct is not liable for errors, omissions or delays or for actions relying on this information.

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