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Indices Trading for Small Businesses

Staff writer | 20 February 2023 | 1 year ago

Trading indices, or index trading as it is otherwise called, is an accessible route for online trading that involves the buying and selling of assets based on stock market indices. Indexes typically track the performance of groups of assets, as opposed to individual companies or stocks and involve index-tracking funds or baskets of shares.

A closer look at index trading

When small businesses use index trading, they will be basing their positions on large groups of shares that are doing well in the wider market and economy – and this offers more diversity for more experienced traders, as well as accessibility for those new to trading.

When it comes to the world’s major financial markets, there will be an index that will track the efficiency and operation of the leading companies in the country it is linked to (for example, the FTSE 100 lists the top 100 companies trading with the highest market capitalisation in the UK). This means that positive and negative movements in these indices will provide a benchmark for the value of businesses, and even wider sectors, and acts as an indication of how well the economy or industry is doing.

There are a host of online platforms and brokerages, like CMC markets for example, that facilitate trading endeavours for small businesses wanting to get into this niche.

How is index trading different from stock trading

At its core stock trading requires businesses to either buy or speculate on the shares of specific companies and these will typically have individual prices. When it comes to index trading however, individuals will trade a collection of stocks, known as a basket, and information regarding the trades with the most potential can be gathered from the relevant stock market index.

How to trade indices for small businesses

Many small businesses use derivative trading instruments like CFDs (contracts for difference) to trade indices. It can be a good idea to select an individual with some experience in trading to undertake efforts of the company’s behalf. Let’s take a look at this popular method.

A bit about CFD trading

Businesses will enter into a financial contract with a brokerage to place positions on indices whether they expect market values to rise or fall. Your chosen trader will open a short (sell) position if they think a drop in the index is likely or a long (buy) position if they think it will go up. This is typically done using index futures or cash indices.

Those hoping to trade with the long-term market in mind may prefer index futures, whereas short-term efforts will likely better suit cash indices. Getting financial advice or insights can be a worthwhile idea.

It will be important to note that different indices will be traded at different times and this will be dependent on the exchange you use. Indexes aren’t open 24 hours a day, so it can be worthwhile to do some research on the best times to trade to suit your business hours.

Benefits of trading indices for small businesses

  • Indices typically have lower leverage margins, meaning less outlay for small businesses
  • Consolidation avoids the risks typically associated with stocks
  • The ability to go long or short
  • Lower trading costs, so small businesses can minimise outgoings
  • The potential for portfolio diversity


Is indices trading a worthwhile idea for small businesses?

When it comes to index trading, many believe that the financial risks are lower than when using other financial instruments, as the global stock indices are well-appointed and provide strong market indicators for both country-specific and global economies. While this may or may not be true, there are a host of advantages to trading indices for businesses, but as with any trading type, there will be pitfalls. No trader has a trading portfolio that is 100% successful, so it can be a good idea to partner with the right broker, do your research and practice risk management to minimise losses where possible.

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. The vast majority of retail client accounts lose money when spread betting and/or trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Marketing for CFDs and spread betting is not intended for US citizens as prohibited under US regulation.

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