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The Ultimate Guide to
Choosing a Broker
For Trading NIKKEI 225
Not sure which broker is right for you?
Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. In this guide, you’ll learn:
- Why Markets.com scored high for trading nikkei 225 (Jump to section)
- Who Markets.com is (and isn’t) suitable for (Jump to section)
- An in-depth feature comparison of the top #3 brokers (Jump to section)
- An overview on trading nikkei 225 (Jump to section)
What is the Best Trading Platform
for Trading NIKKEI 225?
Markets.com scored best in our review of the top brokers for trading nikkei 225, which takes into account 120+ factors across eight categories. Here's the full list of all the brokers we considered.
The following brokers allow trading nikkei 225 on their platform:
Here are some areas where Markets.com scored highly in:
- 10+ years in business
- Offers + instruments
- A range of platform inc. MT4, MT5, Web Trader, Tablet & Mobile apps
- 24/7 customer service
- Tight spreads from pips
- Used by + traders
- Allows hedging
- 2 languages
- Leverage up to 100:1
Markets.com offers two ways to trade: Forex, CFDs. If you wanted to trade NIKKEI225 through copy trading or other means, skip to part two.
The two most important categories in our rating system are the cost of trading and the broker’s trust score. To calculate a broker’s trust score, we take into account a range of factors, including their regulation history, years in business, liquidity provider etc.
Markets.com have a B trust score, which is good. This is largely down to them being regulated by CySEC, Financial Services Board, segregating client funds, being established for over 10 years, and much more. For comparison:
Trust Score comparsion
|Regulated by||CySEC, Financial Services Board|
|Uses tier 1 banks|
|Segregates client funds|
The second thing we look for is the competitiveness of the spreads, and what fees they charge. We've compared these in detail in part three of this guide.
Who Markets.com is (& Isn’t)
As mentioned, Markets.com allows you to trade in two ways: Forex, CFDs.
- CFD Trading
- Forex Trading
Markets.com offer a wide range of instruments to trade including forex pairs, stocks, indices, and cryptocurrencies . In fact, they’re one of the few brokers to offer not only Bitcoin trading but also Ripple, and many more. In the following section we’ve listed Markets.com’s spreads for a range of popular instruments. You can also see a more detailed breakdown of how Markets.com’s spreads compare in this Markets.com review
Finally, Markets.com isn't available in the following countries: AF, DZ, AS, AO, AU, BE, BA, BR, KH, CA, CN, CU, KR, GU, GY, HK, ID, IR, IQ, IL, JP, LA, MO, MY, MM, NZ, MP, PA, PG, PH, PR, RU, SG, KR, SD, SY, TW, TH, TR, UG, VI, VU, USA, VN, YE.
A Comparison of Markets.com vs. vs.
Want to see how Markets.com stacks up against and ? We've compared their spreads, features, and key information below.
Spread & fee comparsionThe spreads below are illustrative. For more accurate pricing information, click on the names of the brokers at the top of the table to open their websites in a new tab.
|FTSE 100 Spread||2|
Comparison of account & trading features
|Accounts offered||Mini account, Islamic account, standard account, VIP account|
|Platforms||MT4, MT5, Web Trader, Tablet & Mobile apps|
|Risk management features||Limit order, one click trading, trailing stops, price alerts and negative balance protection|
|Funding methods||Payoneer, Credit cards, Bank transfer, PayPal, WebMoney, DebitCard,|
Trading the Nikkei 225 Index: What is the Nikkei 225
It is the most popular and quoted indices of Japanese equities and its name is derived from the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper which has been responsible for the calculation of the index since 1950.
It is the Japanese equivalent of the American Dow Jones Industrial Average, and for a while (from 1975 to 1985), it has even been referred to as the Nikkei Dow Jones Industrial Average.
The Nikkei 225 Constituents
The 225 components of the Nikkei Index as at February, 2017 include 11 food companies, 10 automotive companies, 5 textiles and apparel companies, 5 precision instrument companies, 3 pulp and paper companies, 3 manufacturing companies, 17 chemical companies, 2 fishery companies, one mining company, 9 construction companies, 7 trading companies, 8 pharmaceutical companies, 8 retail companies, 2 oil and coal product companies, 11 banks, 2 rubber product companies, 8 glass and ceramic companies, 3 securities companies, 6 steel product companies, 6 insurance companies, 12 non ferrous metal companies, 5 real estate, 1 other financial service company, 8 railway companies, 16 machinery companies, 2 other land transport companies, 3 marine transport companies, 1 air transport company, 1 warehousing company, 28 electrical machinery companies, 6 communication companies, 3 electrical power companies, 2 gas companies, 9 services companies and 2 shipbuilding companies.2
Due to the large number of components, the Nikkei Index can be used as a reliable indicator of the state of the Japanese economy and as a measure of investor sentiment.
Nikkei 225 Selection Criteria
Components could be changed during an annual review called a Periodic Review, or upon delisting of a component company through an Extraordinary Replacement. The constituents of the Nikkei are reviewed on an annual basis every autumn and if a change is decided, it normally takes place in October.
The selection criteria is based on two main factors:
- Sector Balance
Additionally, to be considered for selection, the constituent must be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section and must be an ordinary share.
*The top 5 performing stocks in the Nikkei Index:
1. T&D with a price of 1924, an increase of 5.02%
2. Alps Electric with a price of 3490, an increase of 3.87%
3. Sony with a price of 3661, an increase of 3.65%
4. Nomura with a price of 767, an increase 3.58%
5. All Nippon Airways with a price of 348.90, an increase of 3.56% 5
*as at time of writing: April 2017
How Is The Nikkei 225 Calculated
The Nikkei Index is price weighted, which means that each stock proportionately affects the value of the index according to its price.
The index value is calculated by adding up the prices of the components and dividing them by the total number of components, in this case, 225.
How To Trade The Nikkei 225
While it is not possible to trade directly on the Nikkei Index, investors can make use of either Futures, Options, Contract for Difference (CFDs) or by charting the market.
Trading Nikkei 225 With A CFD Broker
CFDs are tradable instruments that represent the difference between when a contract is entered and when it is exited, this allows for gains or losses when the underlying index (in this case, the Nikkei Index) moves.
The advantages of trading the Nikkei Index as a CFD include, a higher leverage as CFDs traditionally have lower margin requirements than other methods of trade, access to a variety of markets on the same platform, a variety of trading options and little or no brokerage fees.
For example, Plus500 currently offer the Nikkei 225 CFD (Japan 225 (NIY)) for a 19,686 Buy price and a 19,668 short price and up to 1:300 leverage.
This means that a trader would only require an account size 65.62 to purchase one contract of the Nikkei 225 Index. (19,686/300=65.62)
It is important to note however that leverage can go both ways and amplify both losses and profits.
In summary, trading the Nikkei 225 as a CFD has one the lowest capital requirements for a trader.
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