Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dollar Index Trading

The dollar index is much like any stock market index and is conceived from a group of currencies valued against the dollar itself in a price weighted format. The forex currencies involved are the Euro,  British Pound,  Japanese Yen, Swedish Krona, Canadian Dollar and the Swiss Franc. However there were far more currencies in the European Union before the establishment of the Euro single currency, the Euro carries the greatest price weighting in the dollar index which is understood by traders, which is 57.6% of the entire index with 13.6% to the Yen, 11.9% to the Pound, 9.1% to the Canadian Dollar, 4.2 to the Krona and 3.6% to the Swiss Franc.
The contract is called  the Dollar Index Futures and the trading symbol is DX. The contract itself trades on ICE exchange Intercontinental Exchange and is valued at any given time as shown: $1000 x The Index Value.  This would be an example if the DX was trading at 80.89, this would make the value of 1 contract to be $80,809. The margin required to trade this product on ICE, is set by the exchange itself and at the present time $880 per contract, this will give traders some leverage to trade with.  A single tick up or down is worth $5.00 profit or loss.
Dollar Index Trading