Standard & Poor’s 500, also known as S&P 500, is the most significant index on the U.S. stock market and includes the 500 most capitalized U.S. companies. This index includes the shares of large companies listed on the NYSE, Amex, and Nasdaq. In recent years, the S&P 500 index has reached its all-time high driven by US economic expansion and Federal Reserve policy. The S&P 500 Index Future is the most important instrument for hedging the US market and is traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). At the CME, this will come later.
Trading on the S&P500 index can be done via Plus500.
Trading on S&P 500
To trade on S&P 500 online, you can use the CFD trading platforms. Trading CFDs on the S&P 500 Index online is trading futures derivatives with the nearest quarterly maturity. For S&P 500 futures, maturities are in March, June, September, and December. For example, if you trade on 12 December, you will trade with S&P 500 futures that expire on 31 December.
Below is a real-time chart of SP500 CFDs provided by Plus500, the world’s largest CFD provider. As you can see, clicking “full details” will take you to the description page of this product.
Then, by clicking on “Future-CME” you will get to this page (link missing) where you can get more information about maturities and more. This is the official page of the CME.
All these details are not fundamental to the purposes of trading, but rather for the understanding of the product with which it operates. What matters is above all to use a good trading platform that allows you to trade safely and conveniently.
How do I trade on the S&P 500 index?
Note: with CFD brokers, you get economic results based on the price change that occurs in the market. With binary options, however, you can make a profit by predicting the right direction (high or low) of the index price within a predetermined time frame.