CFD trading on indices

Trade CFDs on major global Indices at City Index like the UK 100, Wall Street and Germany 40.

  • Fixed spreads from 0.4 points
  • Choice of 40+ major indices
  • 24-hour trading and support
  • Fixed spreads from 0.4 points
  • Choice of 40+ major indices
  • 24-hour trading and support
Why trade indices CFDs?

CFDs are a popular way to trade indices. City Index offers a choice of 40+ global indices.

*CFD Trading is exempt from UK stamp duty. However, tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Please seek independent advice if necessary.

*CFD Trading is exempt from UK stamp duty. However, tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Please seek independent advice if necessary.


Leading global indices

Our performance in numbers

0.1 m+
account holders*
1 .5k+
0.55 s
average execution speed
50 %
of trades successfully executed

*StoneX retail trading live and demo accounts globally in the last 2 years.

Indices cash CFDs vs CFD futures

City Index offers two ways to trade CFDs on indices: cash CFDs and futures.

Indices cash CFDs
Indices CFD futures
Ideal for
Shorter-term trading
Longer-term trading
Tightest spreads of all CFD indices markets
Wider spreads than cash CFDs
Expiry dates
Fixed monthly/quarterly expiry date
Financing charge
Incurs a finance charge for positions held overnight
No overnight financing charge applied as contained within spread
A dividend adjustment may be applicable to some Indices
Positions can be rolled over to the next month
Profit and loss
P&L crystallised only when positions are closed or partially closed
P&L realised when trade closed, partially closed or expired

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Seize trading opportunities with our most easy-to-use mobile app to date, with simple one-swipe dealing, advanced charting, and seamless execution. Available on Android and iOS.

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Harness the power of technical analysis and access real-time trade ideas on our most popular markets.

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Indices CFD trading FAQ

How do you trade index CFDs?

To trade index CFDs you need to follow these 5 steps:

  1. Open a CFD trading account, and then add some funds. Opening an account usually takes minutes
  2. Choose the index you want to trade. The City Index platform comes with lots of technical and fundamental analysis tools to help you find your first opportunity, including SMART Signals
  3. Buy the market if you think your index will rise, or sell it if you think it will fall
  4. Choose how many CFDs to buy or sell, which will determine your profit or loss. The value of an individual contract will differ based on the underlying market
  5. Add a stop-loss to limit your overall risk, then execute your order

To close your position, you make the opposite trade to when you opened it. If you bought five CFDs at the outset, for instance, you’d sell five CFDs now. If the index has moved in your chosen direction, you’ll make a profit. If it hasn’t, you’ll make a loss.

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What index CFDs can I trade?

Your City Index CFD trading account gives you access to 21 major global indices – including Wall Street (the Dow Jones), the Germany 40 (DAX40) and UK 100 (FTSE 100) – plus thematic indices covering areas such as cannabis and FAANG stocks.

Here’s a list of the benchmark index CFD markets we offer:

  • Australia 200 CFD
  • China A50 CFD
  • EU Stocks 50 CFD
  • France 40 CFD
  • Germany 40 CFD
  • Hong Kong 50 CFD
  • India 50 CFD
  • Italy 40 CFD
  • Japan 225 CFD
  • Netherlands 25 CFD
  • Singapore Index CFD
  • Spain 35 CFD
  • Switzerland 20 CFD
  • UK 100 CFD
  • CBOE UK 250 CFD
  • US Small Cap 2000 CFD
  • US SP 500 CFD
  • US Tech 100 CFD
  • Volatility Index monthly CFDs
  • Wall Street CFD

To start trading, open your CFD account.

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What is an index CFD?

An index CFD is a type of contract for difference (CFD) that enables you to go long and short on global index markets. Like other types of CFD, they work using contracts that track the live price of their underlying market. In this case, that market is a stock index.

The CFD you trade entitles you to exchange the difference between the index’s price from when you open your position to when you close it. Buy one UK 100 CFD at 7000 and sell it at 7100, and you’ll make a £100 profit. If the UK 100 falls to 6900, you’ll make a £100 loss.

Learn more about how CFDs work.

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