Invest in Indices

A beginners’ guide to investing in indices, along with up-to-date price data and the latest news.

This page guides you step-by-step through the process of investing in a stock index. If you’re a beginner then you’re in the right place, and those with more experience can find a range of resources to improve their knowledge; from in-depth guides to detailed market analysis.

By: Max Adams
Max Adams
Max has a keen interest in the transformative power of technology and is the founder of a platform called Current Frequencies.… read more.
Updated: May 25, 2021

Ways to invest in indices

If you want to invest in a stock index – or multiple stock indices – the first thing you will need to do is open an account with an online broker. These platforms allow their users to invest in many different ways, including buying a range of shares included in an index, placing trades using CFDs, and using other financial instruments such as ETFs.

A beginners’ guide to investing in stock indices

What is a stock index?

A stock index is a collection of stocks that have been grouped together; indices are used by investors to assess the overall performance of a stock market. As thousands of stocks are often traded on each exchange, it’s no use looking to just one company’s share price when looking for broader trends. Stock indices solve this problem by following the prices of many different stocks – usually those of the largest companies on the exchange.

It’s helpful to think of a stock index as an imaginary investment portfolio. If there are 1,000 stocks that trade on an exchange, then the index that tracks its performance might include the top 100 most valuable ones. Broadly speaking, if these companies do well then the exchange is performing well and the value of the index will rise, and if they perform badly the inverse will happen.

Unlike with a real investment portfolio, however, the performance of a stock index is not given as a monetary value. Instead, the level of each index is represented simply as a number, the level of which is determined by an algorithm designed to give the best indication of the performance of the stock exchange as a whole.

How can I invest in an index?

As an index is not a directly tradeable asset such as a stock or commodity, you cannot buy and sell one directly. Instead, there are a variety of ways you can invest your money to follow the performance of a specific stock index over time, with the most prominent methods being with ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds) and mutual funds.

Latest index news >

Keep up-to-date with the markets, and the major events impacting stock indices around the world. Our team publishes the latest news as it happens so you can make investments with the right information.

Market analysis >

Our experts regularly publish market analysis for every major stock index. To cut through the noise and spot great investment opportunities, have a read of our most recent features.

Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq continue to trade in a bull market ahead of the FED meeting
June 13, 2021
DAX index continues to trade near its record highs
June 13, 2021
Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq continue to trade in a bull market as tepid U.S. monthly jobs report cooled tightening expectations
June 6, 2021
DAX index advanced to its record highs above 15,700 points on Friday. Here are the next targets
June 5, 2021

Index live prices & data >

Find out which stock indices are on the rise, and which have fallen in value. You can access the latest performance data from each index right here.

Gainers

Value Change % Change
^IXIC 14161.351 +121.67 +0.87%
NASDAQ Composite
^MERV 38390.84 +233.89 +0.61%
MERVAL
^HSI 28725.79 +167.20 +0.59%
HANG SENG INDEX
^AXJO 7382.2 +23.20 +0.32%
S&P/ASX 200
^N225 29107.98 +89.65 +0.31%
Nikkei 225
^NZ50 12580.46 +39.26 +0.31%
S&P/NZX 50 INDEX GROSS ( GROSS
^FCHI 6666.26 +13.61 +0.20%
CAC 40
^AEX 734.89 +1.39 +0.19%
AEX-INDEX
^N100 1291.31 +2.29 +0.18%
EURONEXT 100
^KS11 3270.07 +5.11 +0.16%
KOSPI Composite Index

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