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Podcast: Everything you need to know about the FTSE 100 Index

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In this podcast, we speak with Patrick Munnelly, Market Analyst at Tickmill about the FTSE 100 Index. We thought it high time we recorded an introduction for traders on what remains one of the most popular indexes to trade. Many brokers use the FTSE 100 as a starting index for teaching CFD trading, but what it is, how is it composed, and what sectors are actually represented in the index?

Patrick and I talk about the composition and calculation of the FTSE 100 and whether it represents the real performance of the UK economy for investors. We also cover the quarterly re-balancing of the FTSE 100 and why this can be an attractive time for some short term traders of FTSE stocks.

Also up for discussion are the advantages of trading the FTSE 100 versus the S&P 500, and some of the FX implications that are inherent in the stocks within the index. It is well worth a listen if you are thinking of trading this index.

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