BenchMark offers online trading on the most popular spot indices from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, such as US30, SPX500, NAS100, GER30, UK100 and others. Spot indices are offered in the MetaTrader platform as CFDs. Competitive spreads and no commission trading are offered on all Spot indices.

World indices are an incredibly important part of the financial markets, representing the top shares of a particular exchange. The value of each spot index rises as the share prices of the respective companies increase, while a drop in share prices results in a drop in the specific index price as well.

Commissions and other taxes NO, only spread
Min. trading volume from 0.1 index (0.1 lot)
Margin requirement from 1.5%
Long and Short positions in indices YES
Automatic execution YES
Hedging without margin YES
Experts YES, without restrictions

BenchMark offers trading with CFDs on 11 cash indices. CFDs trade on tight spreads, are commission-free, and allow opening long and short positions.

Spreads and margins

Trading with indices in MetaTrader 4 and 5 is free of commissions. Spreads and margin shown in the following table can vary with the market changes:

Code Index Spread Min.volume Margin professional Margin retail
US30 US 30 Wall Street 1.2 points* 0.1 indices 1.5% 5%
SPX500 S&P 500 0.5 points 1 index 1.5% 5%
NAS100 US Tech 100 NAS 1.2 points 0.1 indices 1.5% 5%
UK100 UK 100 1.2 points 0.1 indices 3.0% 5%
GER30 Germany 30 1.3 points 0.1 indices 1.5% 5%
FRA40 France 40 1.2 points 0.1 indices 3.0% 5%
ESP35 Spain 35 30 points 0.1 indices 3.0% 10%
EUSTX50 EU Stocks 50 2.2 points 0.1 indices 3.0% 5%
HKG33 Hong Kong 33 8 points 1 index 10% 10%
JNP225 Nikkei 225 10 points 10 indices 1.5% 5%
AUS200 Australia 200 2 points 0.1 indices 3.0% 5%

*Standard spred during US session.

Please note that BenchMark strives to provide traders with tight, competitive spreads, however, there might be instances when market conditions cause spreads to widen beyond the spreads displayed here. For indexes with minimum trading volume of 0.1 index, this is equal to a deal of 0.1 lots. For SPX500 and HGK33, the minimum volume is 1 index, which is equivalent to a deal of 1 lot. For JPN225, the minimum trading volume is 10 indexes, which is equivalent to a deal of 10 lots.

The given margin requirements are related to the announced minimum volumes.

Trading hours

BenchMark offers trading with indices through the MetaTrader platform with the following trading hours (GMT):

Code Trading hours Interruption
US30 Sun 22:00 - Fri 21:00 Daily from 20:15 until 20:30 and from 21:00 untill 22:00
SPX500 Sun 22:00 - Fri 21:00 Daily from 20:15 until 20:30 and from 21:00 untill 22:00
NAS100 Sun 22:00 - Fri 21:00 Daily from 20:15 until 20:30 and from 21:00 untill 22:00
UK100 Sun - Fri 06:00 - 20:00 None
GER30 Sun - Fri 06:00 - 20:00 None
FRA40 Sun - Fri 06:00 - 20:00 None
ESP35 Sun - Fri 06:00 - 18:00 None
EUSTX50 Sun - Fri 06:00 - 20:00 None
HKG33 Sun - Fri 01:15 - 08:15 Daily from 04:00 until 05:00
JNP225 Sun - Fri 23:00 - 20:15 None
AUS200 Sun - Fri 00:50 - 21:00 Daily from 07:30 until 08:10 

Rollover interest for CFDs on cash indices

All open Index CFD positions at 22:00 GMT are rolled forward to the next trading day:

  • If you hold a long (buy) position, then you will be charged financing based on LIBOR plus 2.5% to roll the position;
  • If you are short (sell), you may receive/charged financing based on LIBOR minus 2.5%.

Dividends on CFDs on cash indices

Dividends are paid to the client's account for long positions in CFD on indices, pro rata to the weight of the shares, announced dividend payments in the aggregate index. Dividends are paid, net of all taxes due. Owners of short positions in CFD on indices will owe dividend, pro rata to the weight of the shares, in the aggregate index, which will be deducted from their trading accounts. In MetaTrader, dividend corrections are charged along with the Rollover interest in the "Swap" field. You can find the exact amount of the applicable swap in the MetaTrader 4 and 5 platforms. 

Verification of the daily applied dividends and swap rates

The applied daily swap rates for both long and short position in indices can be checked on this link.

Note: Swap rates, which will be applied for the next day, are updated in the calculator after 16:00 GMT.

The rates are calculated at the beginning of the next business day (17:00 New York time). When opening and closing a position within the same business day, the position will not be swaped.