HOW TO TRADE SHARES

Stock & Share Trading

Join Bensontrading and go long or short on company Shares like Barclays, Amazon and Apple.
Speculate on price movements of thousands of global Shares with a Spread Betting or CFD Trading account.
Spreads from 0.1% on UK Shares
Trade on 4500+ global Shares
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Major Shares Market Information

Amazon.com DFT

Lloyds banking group dft

BARYLAYS[UK]DFT

GLENCORE PLC DFT

APPLE INC DFT

171068.0,171129.0

62.38,62.52,14.0

186.46,186.89

328.57,329.33

18793.0,18805.0

Bensontrading to trade Shares with tight spreads

Customisable charts

16 chart types with 80+ indicators designed to help you perform technical analysis

Actionable trade ideas

Our research portal highlights trade ideas using fundamental and technical analysis

Award-winning platform

Our powerful technology is designed to suit you, whatever your level of trading expertise

Trade anytime, anywhere

Follow the markets on native apps built specifically for your smartphone and tablet

Ready to trade? Open a live account in minutes

Spread Betting and CFD Trading

City Index offers Spread Betting and CFD Trading on Indices. Typically UK investors choose 
Spread Betting because any profits are free from UK Capital Gains Tax (CGT)*.

SPREAD BETTING

Best for Tax-free trading in UK*

  • Trade type £ per point
  • Tax No UK Capital Gains Tax (CGT) or Stamp Duty*
  • Trade on Global Indices, FX, Shares, Commodities & more
  • Commission Commission free

CFD TRADING

Best for Hedging

  • Trade type Buy/sell CFDs
  • Tax No UK Stamp Duty. You do pay UK CGT but losses can be offset against tax*
  • Trade on Global Indices, FX, Shares, Commodities & more
  • Commission Share CFDs only

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GLOBAL ANALYSIS

Why Spread Bet on Indices?

Trade with low margins from 0.5%

DFTs, Futures and Options

24 hour trading with breaks

No commission on Spread Betting

No UK Capital Gains Tax on any profits*

Fixed spreads from 1 point†

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Trade wherever you are, on our fast, reliable platforms

Customisable charts

16 chart types with 80+ indicators designed to help you perform technical analysis The design and structure of employee equity programs presents a complex pattern of accounting and reporting responsibilities.
Slight differences in structures and plan designs can result in dramatically different results in terms of the financial reports that are required.
Plans that reward staff based on the performance of the company or the performance of the individual themselves may often fall into different reporting sets.

Award-winning platform

Our powerful technology is designed to suit you, whatever your level of trading expertise.

Bensontrading has designed our Financial Reporting Software Solutions from the point of view of our users but also with the requirements they may have for ad hoc, on demand and interactive financial reporting at any given time.

Our goal is to empower our business users with the ability to reshape information in real time

Actionable trade ideas

Our research portal highlights trade ideas using fundamental and technical analysis. 

Having access to our software to automate your financial reporting is one thing, but the Bensontrading team go beyond that when it comes to your financial reporting software solutions.

Our specialist team will help implement your historic data, as well as providing guidance on how to utilize the software best, going forward.

Test drive a trading account Trade Indices risk free with a demo account

Over 30 years' experience in Spread Betting, FX and CFD Trading

Trade on multiple platforms and devices

Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Actionable buy/sell trade ideas from our research portal

Risk management tools to help protect your positions

Fast, easy payments and secure withdrawals

Why trade Bensontrading?

24 hour trading

Many Indices are open 24 hours and do not have restricted trading hours

Short the markets

Trade on falling markets (going short) as well as rising markets

Trading opportunities

Media and analysts present regular trading opportunities on Indices

Trade anytime, anywhere

Trade on desktop, close on mobile, our accounts work on multiple devices

Trade on diverse sectors

Indices benefit from market movement across a greater variety of sectors

Global opportunities

Trade on price movement of major Indices from the US, Europe and Asia

How to trade Indices

If you believe that an Index such as the FTSE 100 will rise, you can place a buy trade on Bensontrading's equivalent market, the UK 100. If the prices rise, you will make a profit for every point that the index rises. If the market falls, then you will make a loss for every point the index moves against you. Our trading platform tells you in real-time how much profit or loss you are making.

Trading Support Service

We provide detailed information about every aspect of our service with ongoing account support for every client.

Welcome Pack

We will post you a welcome letter with key account information

Platform Walkthroughs

We will call you to introduce our award-winning platform and features

Ongoing Support

We will email and call you about changes impacting your account, pricing and services

Market Intelligence

We will email you monthly market news and trends from our expert analysts

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Learn to trade Indices

The composition of an index will change from time to time, based on the rules the index calculator has established

What is Spread Betting?

Learn how to trade Indices using this Spread Betting tutorial

How to analyse markets

How to identify trading opportunities using City Index's research tools

Managing risk

Learn techniques to improve your trading and manage risk effectively

Test drive a trading account Trade Indices risk free with a demo account

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What is an index?

An index measures the collective price performance of a group of Shares, usually from a particular country. Indices are often used to track and compare the performance of stock markets.

The performance of each index is dictated by the performance of the underlying share prices that make up that index. An index is constructed and calculated independently, sometimes by a bank or by a specialist index provider like the FTSE Group. The choice of the companies included in the index is determined by index calculation rules or by a committee. Not all indices use the same rules, however.

DNA of a stock market index

Price-weighted Indices
The index is calculated by adding together the share price of each stock in the index and then divided by the number of stocks in that index. Higher priced stocks exert more influence on the performance of the index. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an example of a price-weighted index.

Market capitalisation weighted Indices

The index is calculated by adding up the market capitalisation of each stock and then dividing by the amount of companies. Larger companies with a higher market cap will exert more influence on the performance of the index. The FTSE 100 is an example.

Composite Indices

Composite Indices provide a statistical measure of a market or sector’s performance over time. They are useful for measuring an investor’s portfolio performance. They may be price-weighted or market capitalisation weighted. The NASDAQ is an example of a composite index as it measures the performance of an index that is heavily weighted towards technology stocks.

Not all companies in an index are created equal

The composition of an index will change from time to time, based on the rules the index calculator has established. Some companies can be given a larger weighting than others. This means they make up more of the index, and their share price will have more influence over the performance of the index.

Benchmark Indices

Sometimes you will hear journalists and analysts refer to a market’s benchmark index – this is the index most commonly used to track where a particular market is heading. A few of the main ones include The price of an index is changing all the time, as the prices of the underlying shares change.Not all Indices cover the largest stocks, some, like the FTSE 350 and the Russell 2000, are calculated to measure the performance of smaller companies.

Consider for each index

Which companies are included

What are the rules for companies to be added or removed?

How often is the index changed?

This is sometimes referred to as rebalancing; some companies will be removed and others added on a periodic basis.

What area of the market is covered?

Not all Indices cover the largest stocks, some, like the FTSE 350 and the Russell 2000, are calculated to measure the performance of smaller companies.

The Dow (UK 100)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the original stock market index, was created by Charles Dow in 1884. It follows the price of the 30 biggest companies on the New York Stock Exchange.

Standard & Poor’s 500 (Wall Street)

This is the most widely tracked measure of the US stock market. It tracks the prices of the biggest 500 companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ.

FTSE 100 (UK 100)

Launched in 1984, the FTSE tracks the prices of the biggest companies by market capitalisation listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Nikkei 225 (Japan 225)

This is the main stock market index for Japan, tracking the shares of 225 companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Euro Stoxx 50 (EU Stocks 50)

This index was created to follow the prices of the biggest 50 shares in the Eurozone countries. DAX (Germany 30) – founded in 1988, the DAX follows the shares of the largest 30 companies listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

ASX (Australia 200)

The benchmark index for the Australian stock market is the ASX 200, which follows the prices of the 200 largest companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, ranked by market capitalisation.

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What Moves Indices?

Indices tend to be affected by broader market movement which affects the price of many companies. Typical examples include:

Political unrest or uncertainty

Economic data – e.g. inflation statistics or unemployment numbers

Changes to interest rates

Good or bad news affecting several big companies in the same industry– e.g. mining or banking

The performance of the shares within that index

Start trading indices with City Index

At Bensontrading we provide a wide range of global Indices

We use our own names for the many Indices – for example, we call the FTSE 100 the UK 100, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is called Wall Street

Indices DFTs vs Futures

Bensontrading offers two popular ways to Spread Bet Indices: Daily Funded Trades (DFTs) and Futures.

INDICES DFTS

  • Ideal for Shorter-term trading
  • Spreads Tightest spreads of all Indices markets
  • Expiry dates None
  • Financing charge Incurs a finance charge for positions held overnight
  • Dividend adjustments A dividend adjustment may be applicable to some Indices
  • Profit and loss P&L crystallised only when positions are closed or partially closed
  • Trading Cash Indices labelled as DFT in the platform
  • Ideal for Longer-term trading
  • Spreads Wider spreads than DFT Indices
  • Expiry dates Fixed monthly/quarterly expiry date
  • Financing charge No overnight financing charge applied as contained within price
  • Position rollover Positions may be rolled over to next month/quarter
  • Profit and loss P&L realised when trade closed or expiry date
  • Trading Trades can be closed before expiry