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World stock market indices

Stock markets around the world are constantly changing and this is reflected in the price of their respective benchmark indices. Although you can’t invest directly into global indices, with us you can spread bet or trade CFDs on financial instruments based on the FSTE 100 and more, giving you exposure to the country’s economic performance.
Check back to this page for live updates on the stock market and world indices across Europe, North America and Asia. We explore news, trending themes and ways you can get involved with global equities.

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All world indices - forwards

Our forward contracts are based on prices of the underlying futures market. When you trade a forward, you’re speculating that the index’s value will either rise or decline in the near future.

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Global index ETFs

Traders can also gain access to the stock market through index funds, including major issuers Vanguard, BlackRock and Invesco.

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FAQs

What are the 5 major stock indices?

Three of the most popular benchmark indices in the US to follow are the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average. In Europe, the benchmark index for the UK is the FTSE 100 and for Germany, it’s the DAX.

Is there a world index?

Yes, the MSCI World Index tracks over 1,500 stocks across 23 developed markets. It represents both mid- and large-cap companies, accounting for around 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalisation in each country.

How many indices are there in the world?

According to Interactive Investor, there are approximately 3.3 million stock market indices around the world, which is 70 times the number of individual shares listed on stock exchanges.

What are the average returns for stock market indices?

According to data from Goldman Sachs, the average 10-year stock market return is around 9.2%, although this is an average and the actual percentage fluctuates each year. The S&P 500 has reportedly performed better than this average with annual returns of 13.6%.

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