Don’t get left behind. Know the moment a market moves significantly, by setting our unique price change alerts.
Create a live or demo account to set alerts in the platform. Find them in the ‘alert’ tab of a market’s deal ticket.
Visit our FAQ page to find the answers to the most commonly asked questions, including how to create an account, explaining ETFs, and providing useful links, forms, and tables.
Start investing in Australian shares the smart way. Discover ThinkTrader today.
Trade up today - join thousands of traders who choose a mobile-first broker.
Deepen your knowledge of technical analysis indicators and hone your skills as a trader.
From beginners to experts, all traders need to know a wide range of technical terms. Let us be your guide.
No matter your experience level, download our free trading guides and develop your skills.
Trade smarter: boost your skills with our training resources.
All the latest market news, with regular insights and analysis from our in-house experts
Make sure you are ahead of every market move with our constantly updated economic calendar.
Harness past market data to forecast price direction and anticipate market moves.
Boost your investing knowledge with our live, interactive webinars delivered by industry experts.
Harness the market intelligence you need to build your trading strategies.
With ThinkTrader, you open up a world of investment opportunities from a online broker with over 10 years experience. Download today.
Trade FX and CFDs online with an award-winning broker. Open a Live Account today or create a Demo Account with $25,000 of virtual funds.
Take positions on global indices from just 0.4 points
Variable spreads from just 0.4 points
All client funds are held in accounts segregated from the firm’s own funds, with daily reconciliation.
Award-winning mobile app - ThinkTrader
An index is made up of a group of shares and is used to track the performance of a country’s economy, a market sector or an exchange.
The most traded indices include the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, FTSE, DAX, ASX200, NASDAQ, CAC, EuroStoxx and Nikkei 225.
Since indices are just a number, they can’t be traded directly. You need a financial instrument, like CFDs, for that. In fact, indices trading is the most popular form of CFD trading.
The amount of money made or lost on a trade depends on the market move and the size of your position. At ThinkMarkets, you can start trading indices with a starting capital of just $250.
With over 550,000 users globally and more than 15,000 five-star reviews, our ThinkTrader platform has been designed to bring the power of a desktop platform to all your mobile devices.
Available to download on
Find high probability trades and recommended target & stop loss levels with our powerful risk management tool.
Stay up to date with global market news that affect the commodity markets via the in-app economic calendar.
Select the platform that suits your needs between the robust ThinkTrader, the next-generation MetaTrader 5 and the popular MetaTrader 4.
Downloaded by over 550,000 traders, the ThinkTrader app offers an unparalleled trading experience across desktop, tablet and especially mobile.
Our multi-lingual support team is here to assist you with all your questions 24 hours a day, 5 days a week via email, telephone and live chat.
Fawad Razaqzada -
But will the rally hold as the resurgent coronavirus continues to cause havoc for...Read more
Carl Capolingua -
All of the major moves from the big brokers and research houses for the week, with a...Read more
ThinkMarkets awarded 'Best Value Broker in Asia' at the 2020 Global Forex Awards.
The first index ever was created by Mr. Charles Dow in 1896 and is most widely known as the Dow index. Today, the Dow contains 30 of the largest US companies. It is useful to know that an index is just a list of stocks and therefore anybody can create one. This was the case during the dotcom period for example. However, what distinguishes major indices from the rest is the reputation of the companies it represents. Below is the list of the nine most important and most heavily traded indices.
Dow Jones Industrial Average (US30)
It includes 30 of the most influential companies in the US and is price-weighted. This means the companies with larger share prices have greater impact over its value.
S&P 500 (SPX500)
The S&P 500 index is float-weighted. This means, the constituent stocks impact the overall value of the index based on their market capitalisation and float (i.e. the percentage of the company that is publicly traded).
The FTSE comprises the 100 companies with the highest market capitalisation on the London Stock Exchange and is a market-weighted index, meaning its value is proportional to its constituent companies. Larger companies have greater impact on its value than smaller ones.
The “Deutscher Aktienindex” is an index made up of the 30 major stocks in Germany on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. As a result, it is similar to the Dow Jones Industrial Average of the US in this regard.
ASX200 (AUS 200)
This index comprises only stocks listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and is capitalisation-weighted; therefore, constituent companies with a higher market capitalisation will impact it more.
Along Dow Jones and S&P500, Nasdaq is one of the most followed indices in the US and includes 100 companies with heavy focus on information technology.
Known in full as the “Cotation Assistée en Continu,” it refers to the stocks listed on France’s Euronext Paris (“Paris Bourse”) stock exchange. They are selected by an independent committee quarterly, out of the 100 companies with the highest free float market capitalisation (i.e. the highest market value that is publicly traded).
Introduced in 1998, ESTX50 is comprised of the 50 largest companies in the Eurozone and was created with the aim “to provide a blue-chip representation of Supersector leaders in the Eurozone”.
Nikkei225 is the primary stock index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and it is price-weighted, just like the Dow Jones Industrial Average of the US. In fact, between 1975 and 1985 it was referred to as the “Nikkei Dow Jones Stock Average".
Trading indices is a popular alternative to traditional shares trading, because it allows traders to take a broader view on a group of companies and reduce the risk of being exposed to an individual company. The ability to buy or sell any index is among the key attractions for traders.
Trading indices enables you to go both long (buy) and short (sell), making it an ideal hedging instrument. You can, for example, go long on HSBC because you anticipate an increase in the bank’s share price and on the same time go short on the FTSE100, in order to protect your investment from an adverse market movement.
Let’s look at how trading indices works in practice. Your indicators give you an entry signal and you anticipate a rise in the price of the US S&P500. For that reason, you go long (buy) 3 contracts at the price of 2.288. Despite some initial volatility, the market pushes up and half an hour before market close the index is trading at 2.319. You decide to close the position and secure your profits. The profit made on this trade is 2.319 – 2.288 = 21 points. With 3 contracts, each point is worth $30, so your total profit is 21 x $30 = $630.
TF Global Markets (Aust) Limited is the holder of Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) number 424700. Registered address: Level 18, 357 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia. ABN: 69158361561.
Risk Warning: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Please ensure you fully understand the risks and take care to manage your exposure and seek independent advice if necessary. It's important for you to consider relevant legal documents (Product Disclosure Statement and Financial Services Guide) before you decide whether or not to acquire any of our products. This AFSL authorises us to provide our services to people or businesses that are located in Australia.
TF Global Markets Equities (Aust) Pty Limited (ThinkMarkets) ABN 63 636 447 099 is a Corporate Authorised Representative (No. 1280662) of Sanlam Private Wealth Pty Ltd (AFS License No. 337927).
The ThinkMarkets website provides general information as well as general advice about investing. Where we provide general advice, that information or advice does not take into account your personal and financial circumstances, needs and objectives. Because of that you should consider the appropriateness of the advice with regards to your personal & financial circumstances before acting on that advice.
Investment in financial products involves risk.
The information on this site is not directed to residents of the United States, Canada and Japan and is not intended for distribution to, or use by, any person in any country or jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation.
© 2020 This website is owned and operated by ThinkMarkets Group.