Applies to spread bets, CFDs and forex trades for the next 30 days.
See below for details. Losses can exceed deposits.
24 Hour Stock Market TradingReaders should note that modern trading has moved on from the strict trading hours listed below.
You can trade outside the normal market hours using spread bets and CFDs on markets like:
- FTSE 100 (UK 100)
- Dow Jones (Wall Street 30)
- S&P 500 (US SPX 500)
- NASDAQ 100 (US Tech 100)
- DAX 30 (Germany 30)
- ASX 200 (Australia 200)
- Nikkei 225 (Japan 225)
Stock Market Opening and Closing Times
In France, the CAC 40 market hours commence. The CAC is an index of 40 companies listed on the Paris Bourse. Along with the FTSE 100, DAX, and Dow Jones Index, the French CAC is one of the most popular indices in spread betting.
As the Hong Kong index closes, the FTSE 100 and DAX both open for trading. As London is the financial centre of Europe, the FTSE is seen as Europe’s most important index. The DAX is an index of 30 selected German blue chip stocks which are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
DAX market hours close in Germany. On the other side of the Pacific, the Dow Jones Index opens for trading. The ‘Dow’ is an American index based on 30 large publicly owned companies.
The FTSE closes for business after eight and a half hours of trading.
In France the CAC closes, ten hours and 15 minutes after opening at 7:00.
After 7 hours of trading, the US Dow Jones closes for the day.
On the other side of the world, the Australia 200 opens in Sydney. As the name suggests, this index is an average of the top 200 stocks in Australia.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 opens. This is the most widely quoted average of Japanese shares, it is updated every 15 seconds during market hours.
As the Hang Seng index of Hong Kong stocks opens, the Nikkei 225 closes.
After closing for 90 minutes at 2:00, the Nikkei 225 re-opens in Tokyo.
The Australia 200 closes, 6 hours after opening.
The Japanese Nikkei 225 closes following a total of 4.5 hours of trading.
25% Trading Rebate: All Spread Betting, CFD and Forex Trades for the Next 30 Days
- APPLY – Apply for a Financial Spreads account
- DEPOSIT – Make a “Qualifying Deposit” in your Financial Spreads account, i.e. deposit £250 ($300, €300) between 1 January and 31 May 2018
- TRADE – Once you have made a Qualifying Deposit, trade as normal over the next 30 days and then just claim your rebate
Just contact Financial Spreads within 60 days of making your Qualifying Deposit to claim your 25% rebate bonus.
The trading rebate is 25% of the spread of all your trades made during the 30 days after your Qualifying Deposit.
When the rebate bonus has been added to your Financial Spreads account, there are no further release criteria and you can withdraw the rebate.
Multiple Deposits Are OK
Multiple deposits in 2018 will count towards the £250250 ($300, €300300) qualifying deposit.
E.g. if you make a £250150 deposit and then a £250100 deposit at a later date (but before 1 June 2018), the 30 days will start from when your total 2018 deposits are at least £250.
See full examples, terms and conditions. Losses can exceed deposits.
How to Trade a Stock Market Index
For details and worked examples, please see “How to Spread Bet on Indices“.
Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk to your capital and you may lose more than your initial investment. Spread betting and CFD trading may not be suitable for all investors. Only speculate with money that you can afford to lose. Please ensure you fully understand the risks involved and seek independent financial advice where necessary.