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Between 54-87% of retail CFD accounts lose money. Based on 69 brokers who display this data.

The Ultimate Guide to

The CAC 40 Index

The CAC 40 (Cotation Assistée en Continu 40) is a market index that tracks the performance of the 40 largest, most actively traded companies on the Euronext Paris exchange (previously known as the Paris Bourse). It is one of the most influential and well-known indices in Europe.

The CAC 40 index was founded on the 31st of December 1987 and is currently operated and compiled by Euronext NV, a financial services company providing market solutions and serving as a marketplace. This pan-European group operate exchanges in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Lisbon.

The CAC 40 is weighted according to free float adjusted market capitalisation, which means that larger companies within the index carry more weight than those with smaller market caps. A free float weight is used to ensure the shares included in the calculation are tradeable.

A broad range of industries representing much of the French economy are included in the CAC 40. The index is therefore widely used as a means to gauge economic growth as well as investor confidence. Just some of the sectors represented include banks, healthcare, oil & gas, construction & materials, food & beverage, and technology, amongst others.

Companies listed on the CAC 40

Components are selected from stocks listed on the regulated Euronext Paris stock exchange. Only one listing is accepted per company, and companies must fulfill certain criteria regarding their trading form, trading currency (which should be Euros) and classification, for example. Employing a high proportion of French citizens and high trading volumes also serve as positives when entry is being considered.

The Independent Conseil Scientifique oversee the index and hold quarterly reviews of its composition on the third Friday in March, June, September, and December, as well as annual reviews in September.

Top ten current components by weight:

Company Cnty Sector (ICB) Weight (%)
TOTAL FR Oil & Gas 9.1
SANOFI FR Health Care 8.59
BNP PARIBAS ACT.A FR Banks 6.26
LVMH FR Personal & Household Goods 5.39
AXA FR Insurance 4.11
L’OREAL FR Personal & Household Goods 4.06
AIR LIQUIDE FR Chemicals 3.72
AIRBUS FR Industrial Goods & Services 3.69
VINCI FR Construction & Materials 3.54
DANONE FR Food & Beverage 3.44

 

Source: Euronext CAC 40 Factsheet June 2017

How is the value of the CAC 40 derived?

The CAC 40 index is a free float market capitalisation index, with the total market value of all the available shares determining the index weight for each company. The index value at the time of calculation is arrived at by taking the number of equities comprising the index, the number of shares of the equities included in the Index, the free float factor of the equities, a capping factor – which ensures that no individual component has more than a 15% weight, and the price of the equity. These elements are incorporated into a formula to calculate the value against a base value of 1000, using a base date of 31st December 1987.

How to trade the CAC 40

Indices differ from stocks in the fact that they can not be traded directly. They can, however, be traded using a number of instruments such as Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), futures contracts and Contracts for Differences (CFDs). These products are offered by brokers as products that use the CAC 40 as their underlying instruments. Their price is therefore affected by movements in the index.

Advantages of trading CAC 40 as a CFD

As the trader does not need to take ownership of any stocks, this is an easy and convenient way to trade the companies that comprise the index. Also, the risk is spread across many companies which can also serve as a buffer, potentially reducing the volatility that can be present when trading a single stock.

Generally speaking, brokers will not charge a commission for a CFD, and will instead obtain compensation for their services through the spread.

As an example, when placing a buy order in the France 40 CFD from London Capital Group, which uses the CAC 40 index as the underlying, a minimum contract value can be calculated as follows: (Minimum spread of 1) x (minimum trade size 0.1 lot) x (value of one lot of €10) x price of stock at time of buying – in this case, 5128.4) x Margin requirement of 0.40%) = €20.51.

*All information collected from LCG as at 20:30, 29th July 2017. Please refer to the LCG website for full terms and conditions.

In contrast, when taking a buy order of the France 40 CFD from IG, a minimum contract value would be as follows: (Minimum spread of 1) x (minimum trade size 0.1 lot) x (value of one lot of €10) x price of stock at time of buying – in this case, 5134.2) x Margin requirement of 0.40%) = €20.54.

*All information collected from IG Markets as at 20:30, 29th July 2017. Please refer to the IG website for full terms and conditions.

Summary

In conclusion, the CAC 40 is one of the world’s most recognised indices, and represents the top companies in France by market capitalisation, and covering all sectors. For traders wishing to increase their exposure to the index using leverage, CFDs can be an appropriate product. It is important to be aware, however, that leverage can also amplify losses. Regulated brokers such as London Capital Group (LCG) and IG Markets provide traders with access to a variety of different underlying instruments on a single platform.

Between 54-87% of retail CFD accounts lose money. Based on 69 brokers who display this data.