Indices

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 0.5%
Long and Short positions in indices YES
Automatic execution YES
Hedging without margin YES
Experts YES, without restrictions

Margin groups

BenchMark applies different margins and stop-out conditions according to the client's categorization as retail or professional and the amount of the equity on the client's trading account. You can change your margin group by sending a request trough the client area. The conditions for each individual group are described in the table below:

Margin group Client's equity Leverage Stop-out level
Retail Not applicable 1:30 50%
Professionals group 1 <10 000 €/$ 1:400 30%
Professionals group 2 10 000 - 50 000 €/$ 1:200 30%
Professionals group 3 50 000 - 200 000 €/$ 1:100 30%
Professionals group 4 >200 000 €/$ 1:50 50%
  • Switching from one margin group to another is not automatic. When switching to a higher group (increased client's equity), the client is notified of the change via a platform message or by a phone call. If client has more than one account, the margin group is applied on the basis of the sum of client's equity in all client's accounts in MetaTrader 4 and 5 platforms.
  • BenchMark is not responsible for the stop-out of positions due to a transition to a higher group. It is client's duty to maintain a sufficient level of free margin to withstand the transition to a higher group.
  • If client's equity becomes lower and this allows client's account to be moved to a lower group, the client must notify BenchMark that he/she is eligible to move to a lower group.

Indices trading conditions

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 Spread Min.volume Margin
Group 1
Margin
Group 2
Margin
Group 3
Margin
Group 4
Margin 
Retail
US30 1.2 points (2.2 points)¹ 0.1 indices 0.5% 1% 2% 4% 5%
SPX500 0.5 points 1 index 0.5% 1% 2% 4% 5%
NAS100 1.2 points 0.1 indices 0.5% 1% 2% 4% 5%
GER30 1.2 points (7.2 points)² 0.1 indices 0.5% 1% 2% 4% 5%
UK100 1.4 points (5.4 points)³ 0.1 indices 2.0% 4% 8% 16% 5%
FRA40 1.2 points 0.1 indices 2.0% 4% 8% 16% 5%
ESP35 30 points 0.1 indices 2.0% 4% 8% 16% 10%
EUSTX50 2.2 points 0.1 indices 2.0% 4% 8% 16% 5%
HKG50 16 points 0.1 indices 2.5% 5% 10% 20% 10%
JNP225 10 points 10 indices 0.5% 1% 2% 4% 5%
AUS200 2 points 0.1 indices 2.0% 4% 8% 16% 5%

¹Spread between 21:00 - 14:30 GMT
²Spread between 21:00 - 07:00 GMT
³Spread between 21:00 - 07:00 GMT

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 23:00 - Fri 22:00 Daily from 21:15 until 21:30 and from 22:00 untill 23:00
SPX500 Sun 23:00 - Fri 22:00 Daily from 21:15 until 21:30 and from 22:00 untill 23:00
NAS100 Sun 23:00 - Fri 22:00 Daily from 21:15 until 21:30 and from 22:00 untill 23:00
UK100 Sun 23:00 - Fri 21:15 Daily from 21:15 until 21:30 and from 22:00 untill 23:00
GER30 Sun 23:00 - Fri 21:15 Daily from 21:15 until 21:30 and from 22:00 untill 23:00
FRA40 Sun - Fri 07:00 - 21:00 None
ESP35 Sun - Fri 07:00 - 19:00 None
EUSTX50 Sun - Fri 07:00 - 21:00 None
HKG50 Sun - Fri 01:15 - 17:00 Daily from 04:00 until 05:00; 8:30 until 9:15
JNP225 Sun - Fri 23:00 - 22:00 None
AUS200 Sun - Fri 22:50 - 21:00 Daily from 05:30 until 06:10 

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.

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