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About

History

Differences between Investing vs Trading

About

History

Differences between Investing vs Trading

The US100 Index tracks the US100 stock exchange, a US-based exchange. This means it tracks the stocks listed in an exchange that’s been active since 1971. Based on trading volume and market capitalisation, US100 is among the largest exchanges in the world. As such, the US100 Index share price is the focus for a lot of traders. In fact, such is its popularity that it is split into two parts: the Composite Index and the US100.

The US100 is a capitalization-weighted index that tracks the top 100 non-financial companies on the exchange. These securities focus on a variety of sectors, including biotech, retail, tech, and computer hardware/software. Therefore, when you trade US100, you’re taking an interest in US companies that serve industries with global significance.

The history of the US100 Index (IXIC) goes back to 1971. It had a starting value of 100 and because the US100 exchange features a large number of technology companies, the US100 accounts for 90% of the Composite Index’s value. That’s important when it comes to assessing the US100 Index price because many of its most significant movements have come during pivotal times for the technology sector.

For example, on July 17, 1995, when companies such as Sun Microsystems were releasing JavaScript, the Index value closed above 1,000 for the first time. The next major milestone for US100 price was the dot-com boom. Between 1995 and 2000, the US100 Index value increased 400% before coming back down during the dot-com crash.

Why trade the US100 index share price?
The Index and US100 are a great way to take a broad interest in the technology and retail sectors. By tracking 100 of the largest non-financial companies in the US, the US100 has the potential to rise in line with major technological innovations of a generation.

Trading and investing are two sides of the same coin. Trading the US100 Index allows you to speculate on its price movements without owning the underlying asset. Investing is where you buy the underlying asset and, therefore, have a direct stake in its fortunes. Both have their benefits, but trading US100 shares can be useful because you can go long or short.

As shown in the history of the US100 Index and the dot-com boom, the value of US100 can increase and decrease sharply over a period of time. This is why having the ability to speculate on the share price rising and falling can be a positive.

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* The spreads provided are a reflection of the time-weighted average. Though Skilling attempts to provide competitive spreads during all trading hours, clients should note that these may vary and are susceptible to underlying market conditions. The above is provided for indicative purposes only. Clients are advised to check important news announcements on our Economic Calendar, which may result in the widening of spreads, amongst other instances.

The above spreads are applicable under normal trading conditions. Skilling has the right to amend the above spreads according to market conditions as per the 'Terms and Conditions'.

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FAQs

How is the US100 Index calculated?

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The US100 Composite Index is a broad-based index of all the stocks listed on the US100 stock exchange. It is calculated by taking the weighted average of all the common stocks listed on the exchange, giving each issue an equal weighting. The value of this index changes daily based on market activity, and is seen as a good indicator of the overall performance of the US100 stock exchange. It is an important tool for any trader looking to keep track of the market and make informed decisions about their investments.

What is the best time to trade US100?

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The best time to trade US100 is during the US market hours, which are 9:30am to 4:00pm Eastern Time (ET) Monday through Friday. This is when there is typically the most liquidity, meaning that it's easier to buy and sell stocks without facing large spreads or price jumps. Outside of these hours, trading volume tends to decrease significantly, making it harder to find buyers or sellers in a timely manner. To take advantage of the best liquidity and price movements in the market, plan your trades during US market hours.

What is the difference between US100 and the US30?

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The US100 and the US30 are two of the most well-known stock exchanges in the world. However, there are some major differences between them. The US100 is a computer-operated system that trades over 3,000 different stocks from various companies across all sectors. It also provides a real-time listing of prices for stocks, options and other securities.

On the other hand, the US30 Industrial Average (DJIA) is a stock index which tracks 30 of the biggest publicly traded companies in America. It only includes stocks from large industrial companies such as Boeing, Microsoft and UnitedHealth Group. In addition, it uses a weighted average of the stocks' prices to calculate its value, thus making it more volatile but also more representative of the stock market as a whole.

Why Trade [[data.name]]

Make the most of price fluctuations - no matter what direction the price swings and without capital restrictions that come with buying the underlying asset.

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Capitalise on rising prices (go long)

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Hold larger positions than the cash you have at your disposal

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