Trade Global Equity Markets with ThinkForex

Trade your favorite index and diversify in to global markets instantly. ThinkForex indices reflect the performance of a specified index contract from a major global index in Europe, UK, US or Asia. Some examples of the indices on which ThinkForex indices CFDs are based include: FTSE, Wall Street 30, CAC 40, Euro Stoxx 50, and Nikkei 225.

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  • Top Indices Traded 
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Indices offer a diversified way to trade the movements of global equity markets without having to identify, trade, or directly own specific stocks or groups of stocks. Indices can be used as hedging instruments by trading and Index short while being invested long in a group of equity stocks that trade in the same market. Alternatively many traders speculate on indices to the long side as well. The ability to buy or sell any index is one of the primary attractions of Index CFD traders. The highly liquid, and easy tradability, of indices make these instruments the perfect tool for a wide range of trading strategies.

Index Trading Benefits Include:

  • Efficiently Track a Basket of Equities
  • Access Trends in Global Economies
  • Highly Liquid Markets
  • No Restrictions on Selling Short
  • Lower Margin Requirements

The most heavily traded Indices are those of the major developed countries and regions including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Germany and Japan. Order flows originate from a range of sources including local investors, professional money and wealth managers, pension / retirement plans, government investments, hedge funds, and traders / foreign participants seeking diversification in to equities priced in alternative currencies.

Popular CFDs Include:

  • UK100 - FTSE
  • US30 - Dow
  • SPX500 - S&
  • NAS100 - Nasdaq
  • FRA40 - CAC
  • ESTX50 - Euro Stoxx 50
  • GER30 - DAX
  • HK50 – Hong Kong 50
  • JPN225 - Nikkei
  • AUS200 - ASX

To calculate the profit and loss for a Index trade please follow the example below:

Buy Example:
Instrument: SPX500
Volume: 1.0
Open price: 1,899.50
Close price: 1901.70
Increment: 0.25
Increment value: USD 2.50

Market movement = (closing price - opening price) / minimum increment
Example: (1901.70-1899.50) / 0.25 = 8.8 increments

Profit and loss = market movement x increment value x volume
Example: 8.8 increments x USD 2.5 x 1 = $22.00

To get started trading Indices please select from the resources below:

  • UK 100 - FTSE


  • US 30 - DOW


  • SPX500 - S&P 500

    S&P 500

  • NAS100 - Nasdaq


  • FRA40 - CAC


Also known as the FTSE 100, the "footsie" is a list of the 100 companies traded on the”> London Stock Exchange with the highest market capitalization. In other words, it is the index of the 100 most valuable companies on the London Stock Exchange. The FTSE is a market-weighted index, which means that the value of the index is proportional to the companies in it (larger companies will impact the value of the index more than smaller companies in the index).

Key Contract Terms:
Increment: 0.5 | Increment Value: 0.5 GBP
Trading Hours (GMT+2): 10:00 - 23:00 | More Contract Details


The US 30 is also known as the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It is an index of 30 large publicly traded companies, and is a price-weighted index. This means that companies with larger share prices have a larger impact on the price of the index.

Key Contract Terms:
Increment: 1 | Increment Value: 1 USD
Trading Hours (GMT +2): 01:00 - 23:15 & 23:30 - 00:15 (Fri close 00:00) More Contract Details


The SPX500 is commonly referred to as the S&P 500. Stocks in the S&P 500 are selected by a committee, but all stocks must meet four requirements:

  • Market capitalization is greater than or equal to US$ 4.0 billion
  • Annual dollar value traded to float-adjusted market capitalization is greater than 1.0
  • Minimum monthly trading volume of 250,000 shares in each of the six months leading up to the evaluation date
  • Securities must be listed on the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ

The S&P 500 is a float-weighted index, meaning the stocks in the index impact the overall value of the index based on their float (the percentage of the company that is publicly traded) and market capitalization. The S&P 500 is also a price return index, which means that dividends are not accounted for.

Key Contract Terms:
Increment: 0.25 | Increment Value: 2.50 USD
Trading Hours (GMT +2): 01:00 - 23:15 & 23:30 - 00:15 (Fri close 00:00) More Contract Details 



The US Tech 100 is also known as the Nasdaq 100. It consists of approximately 100 large stocks in the technology sector traded on NASDAQ, a US-based exchange featuring many prominent technology companies. Companies in the Nasdaq 100 include Google, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, HP, IBM, Yahoo, among many others.

Key Contract Terms:
Increment: 0.25 | Increment Value: 1.25 USD
Trading Hours (GMT +2): 01:00 - 23:15 & 23:30 - 00:15 (Fri close 00:00) 10:10 - 24:00
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The Cotation Assistée en Continu, more commonly referred to around the world as the CAC 40, is akin to the Germany 30 and the US 30, though refers to stocks listed on the Euronext Paris (aka Paris Bourse) stock exchange in France. Stocks in the CAC 40 are selected on a quarterly basis by an independent index steering committee; the committee focuses on selecting 40 stocks out of the 100 companies with the highest free float market capitalization (meaning the highest market value that is publicly traded). Like other similar committees, the CAC 40 committee focuses on including stocks that are actively traded and suitable for underlying derivative products. The index is capitalization-weighted so that stocks with a larger market capitalization impact the index price more.

Key Contract Terms:
Increment: 0.50 | Increment Value: 0.50 EUR
Trading Hours (GMT +2): 09:00 - 23:00 More Contract Details


STOXX Europe 50 is a stock index that, as the name implies, covers 50 sector-leading stocks throughout Europe. The index is free-float market capitalization weighted, which means that the most valuable companies with the largest percentage of their shares publicly traded impact the price of the index the most. STOXX Europe 50 has an additional requirement, though, that no individual stock can account for more than 10% of the index’s total value.

Key Contract Terms:
Increment: 0.50 | Increment Value: 1.50 EUR
Trading Hours (GMT +2): 09:00 - 23:00 More Contract Details


The Germany 30, also known as the DAX, is an index of 30 large German stocks. In this regard, it is very similar to the Dow Jones Industrial Average in the United States.

Key Contract Terms:
Increment: 0.5 | Increment Value: 0.50 EUR
Trading Hours (GMT +2): 09:00 - 23:00 More Contract Details




The Hong Kong 50, also known as the Hang Seng Index, consists of 48 companies from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The index is compiled and maintained by the Hang Seng Bank, one of the largest banks in Hong Kong that is also primarily owned by HSBC.

Key Contract Terms:
Increment: 1 | Increment Value: 3.00 HKD | Trading Hours
GMT +2): 04:15 - 07:00 & 08:00 - 11:15 & 12:00 - 18:00 More Contract Details


Japan 225, widely referred to as the Nikkei 225, is the primary stock market index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange. It is very similar to the Dow Jones Industrial Average in the United States, in that it is a price-weighted index. In fact, the index was referred to as the “Nikkei Dow Jones Stock Average” from 1975 to 1985. The components of the Japan 225 are reviewed on an annual basis.

Key Contract Terms:
Increment: 5 | Increment Value: 500 JPY
Trading Hours (GMT +2): 01:00 - 23:15 & 23:30 - 00:15 (Fri close 00:00) More Contract Details

Also known as the S&P/ASX 200, this index utilizes the same metrics used by other common indices from Standard & Poor’s, like the S&P 500. For instance, the index is capitalization-weighted, meaning companies with a higher market capitalization will impact the index more than other companies in it, and is also float-adjusted, so that companies with a larger percentage of shares that are publicly traded will impact the value of the index more. Moreover, the index has minimum liquidity requirements, and only considers stocks listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. The index consists of approximately 200 companies that are selected by a committee from Standard and Poor’s.

Key Contract Terms:
Increment: 1 | Increment Value: 1 AUD
Trading Hours (GMT +2): 02:50 - 09:30 & 10:10- 24:00 (Fri close 00:00) More Contract Details


  • EXTX50 - Euro Stoxx 50

    Euro Stoxx 50

  • Germany - DAX 30


  • Hong Kong - Hong Kong 50

    Hong Kong 50

  • Japan - Nikkei


  • AUS200 - ASX


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