Invest in instruments that represent the performance of a particular market or segment
Indices are a measurement of the price performance of a group of shares from an exchange. There are three types of stock market indices - global, regional and national. The S&P 500 (SPX), Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) and Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) are the world's largest indices based on the market capitalization of their constituents.
The VIX is a index that tracks the market’s expectations of changes in the S&P 500. You can use the VIX as part of a trading strategy as it can give indications of whether the S&P 500, and stock market in general, is going to reverse from its current trend. When the VIX hits highs, it’s often seen as a time to buy the market, and when it makes lows, it’s seen as a bullish signal.
The USDX is a measure of the value of the United States Dollar against six global currencies: the euro, Swiss franc, Japanese yen, Canadian dollar, British pound, and Swedish krona. If the USDX is rising then the USD is likely rallying against most of the other currencies. The USDX also has some known relationships with commodities like Gold and Oil. Generally, Dollar weakness is accompanied by rising commodity prices and vice versa.
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