A specialized average. Stock indexes may be calculated by establishing a base against which the current value of the stocks, commodities, bonds, etc., will change; for example, the S&P 500 index uses the 1941 - 1943 market value of the 500 stocks as a base of 10. The CENTER ONLINE Futures Glossary
A benchmark upon which the payment rate or accrual rate for an adjustable-rate loan or investment is based. For example, a business loan may pay interest at the prime rate plus 1 percent. In that example, the prime rate is the index. For adjustable-rate residential mortgage loans, federal law requires that indexes must move independently (not controlled by the lender) and that indexes must be easily confirmed by borrowers.
See margin and reset date. American Banker Glossary
Statistical composite that measures changes in the economy or in financial markets, often expressed in percentage changes from a base year or from the previous month. Indexes measure the ups and downs of stock, bond, and some commodities ( commodity) markets, in terms of market prices and weighting of companies the index. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary
An indicator that is representative of a whole market or market segment, usually computed by a sum product of a list of instruments' current prices and a list of weights assigned to these instruments. The index variations give trends of the market/market segment measured. Chicago Mercantile Exchange Glossary
A number that measures changes in financial markets. Some indexes are used as benchmarks that financial performance is measured against. Exchange Handbook Glossary
A statistical measure of the changes in a portfolio of stocks representing a portion of the overall market. For instance, the FTSE 100 and the S&P500 are examples of indices. London Stock Exchange Glossary
Statistical indicator of the economic performance of a region, country or sector. A stock index comprises the most representative and actively traded shares. NYSE Euronext Glossary

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I. index in‧dex 1 [ˈɪndeks] noun indexes PLURALFORM or indices PLURALFORM [-dɪsiːz]
1. [countable] something such as a price, amount, level etc that shows the general level of related prices etc:

• The price of gold bullion on the exchange remains a sensitive index of confidence in the international market.

2. [countable] ECONOMICS a figure showing the level of something, for example prices, in relation to earlier levels. Indexes often use the figure 100 as the base in a particular year and figures for later years are given in relation to this base
ˌaverage ˈearnings ˌindex abbreviation AEI [countable usually singular] ECONOMICS
an index that shows the increase in the average amount of money earned by a worker in a year:

• The latest average earnings index showed that average earnings in the whole economy rose by 3.5 per cent in the past year.

ˈbrand deˌvelopment ˌindex abbreviation BDI [countable usually singular] ECONOMICS MARKETING
a brand's sales in an area in relation to the percentage of the country's population there is in that area
conˌsumer conˈfidence ˌindex [countable usually singular] ECONOMICS
in the US, an index of whether people feel the economy will get better or worse:

• The consumer confidence index rose to 81 in March from 59.4 in February.

conˌsumer ˈprice ˌindex abbreviation CPI [countable usually singular] ECONOMICS
an index of prices paid for goods and services by the public in shops etc. The CPI is one measure of inflation:

• The nation's consumer price index measures changes in a fixed market basket of goods and services.

ˌcost of ˈliving ˌindex [countable usually singular] ECONOMICS
an index that shows the rate by which the cost of living is changing. It works by comparing the current price of particular goods, for example food or clothing, against the cost of the same goods in previous years:

• Earnings per employee rose over four times in that period, while the cost of living index rose only three times.

ˈDodge ˌindex [singular] ECONOMICS
an index of activity in the construction in the US, produced by McGraw Hill, an information services company:

• The Dodge index fell again last month, reflecting continued depression in the construction of new homes.

ˌindex of coˌincident ˈindicators [countable] ECONOMICS
in the US, a combination of indicators that show what is happening in the economy now rather than what will happen later:

• The Commerce Department's index of coincident indicators fell 0.8% in November because of declines in employment, personal income and industrial production.

ˌindex of ˌleading ˈindicators [countable] ECONOMICS
in the US, a combination of indicators that give early signs about what is going to happen in the economy later, including stock prices, orders for machinery etc:

• The index of leading indicators fell 1.2% in November, yet another sign of economic weakness.

inˌdustrial ˈoutput ˌindex also inˌdustrial proˈduction ˌindex
[countable] ECONOMICS an index of the level of activity in the production of raw material S (= materials used in manufacturing) and in manufacturing
Inˌdustrial ˈSentiment ˌindex
[singular] ECONOMICS an index produced in the US by Dun & Bradstreet, a business information services company, showing how people in industry feel about the economic state of their industry, future growth etc
ˈmisery ˌindex noun [singular] ECONOMICS
the rate of unemployment added to the rate of inflation:

• The misery index reached new heights.

ˈorder-book ˌindex [countable] ECONOMICS
an index showing the general level of orders that have been received by companies in a particular area, industry etc:

• The monthly order-book index for the construction industry rose to 151 in February.

proˌducer ˈprice ˌindex
[countable] ECONOMICS in Britain, an index of the prices paid by companies for raw materials and of prices charged by producers of goods:

• Producer price indices are useful indicators of the likely future trend of inflation.

ˈPurchasing ˌManagers' ˌindex
[singular] ECONOMICS an index of prices paid by US companies for goods and services, produced by the National Association of Purchasing Managers:

• The purchasing managers' index, a measure of manufacturing activity, is expected to rise.

ˌRetail ˈPrice ˌIndex abbreviation RPI
[singular] ECONOMICS the official consumer price index in Britain:

• Price increases for food, alcohol and petrol helped to drive the retail price index 0.7% higher in October.

ˈtrade-weighted ˌindex
[countable usually singular] ECONOMICS an index showing the value of a country's currency in relation to the currencies of a group of countries with which it trades. In the index, each country's currency is given an importance in relation to the amount of trade it does:

• The trade-weighted index measures the Australian dollar's value against a basket (= group ) of 24 currencies.

3. [countable] FINANCE also share index, stock index an official list of the average price of shares in a group of companies on a particular stockmarket:

• Milan's Stock Index fell 2% in the year.

• the Nikkei share index

ˈbenchmark ˌindex [countable] FINANCE
one of the main indexes for a particular stockmarket:

• The S&P 500 is a benchmark index for larger stocks.

ˌFTSE 30 ˈShare ˌIndex [singular] FINANCE
the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 30-share index; an average of share prices in 30 large companies on the London Stock Exchange, calculated since 1935, but now less used than some of the other indices
ˌFTSE 100 ˈShare ˌIndex [singular] FINANCE
the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 share index; an average of share prices in the 100 largest, most actively traded companies on the London Stock Exchange; = FOOTSIE:

• Banks and insurers were among the worst performers in the FTSE 100.

ˌFTSE ˈAll-Share ˌIndex [singular] FINANCE
the Financial Times-Stock Exchange All-Share index; an average of share prices of all companies on the London Stock Exchange, about 1,000 companies, often used as a guide to compare the performance of different companies and industries:

• ICI's share price outperformed the FTSE All Share Index (= performed better than the average ) by 7% during the week.

ˌFTSE ˌEurotop ˈ100 ˌIndex [singular] FINANCE
an average of the share prices of 100 of the largest, most actively traded companies on European stockmarkets
ˌFTSE ˌEurotop ˈ300 ˌIndex [singular] FINANCE
an average of the share prices of 300 of the largest, most actively traded companies on European stockmarkets
ˌFTSE ˈFledgling ˌIndex [singular] FINANCE
an average of the share prices of very small British companies on the London Stock Exchange
ˌFTSE Mid ˈ250 ˌIndex [singular] FINANCE
an average of the share prices of 250 middle-size companies on the London Stock Exchange:

• Companies in the FTSE Mid 250 Index are less export-oriented and therefore represent a more concentrated investment in the UK.

ˌFTSE ˈSmall Cap ˌIndex [singular] FINANCE
an average of the share prices of fairly small companies on the London Stock Exchange
ˌHang ˈSeng ˌIndex also Hang Seng [singular] FINANCE
an index of the shares of Hong Kong's 100 largest companies:

• The Hang Seng Index closed 315.29 points down.

ˌIPO ˈ100 ˌIndex [singular] FINANCE
an index of the share prices of companies that have recently issue d shares on a stockmarket for the first time:

• The collapse led to a 9.1% drop in the IPO 100 Index.

ˈNikkei ˌindex also ˈNikkei ˌaverage [singular] FINANCE
the main share index of shares in companies on the Tokyo stockmarket:

• The Nikkei index fell by 40% during the year.

ˌRussell ˈ2000 ˌIndex [singular] FINANCE
an index of 2,000 smaller US companies
ˌStandard & ˈPoor's ˌIndex also ˌStandard & ˌPoor's 500 ˈstock ˌindex abbreviation S&P 500 [singular] FINANCE
a measure of changes on the stockmarket, based on the performance of shares in 500 large US companies:

• The Standard & Poor's index of 500 stocks was down 0.17 point to 396.47.

suˌstainaˈbility ˌindex
[countable] FINANCE a share index of companies that are managed in a way which respects the environment and the future interests of society and does not try to obtain immediate profits:

• Created in 1999, DJSI indexes were the first of its kind, listing companies according to their sustainable development performance.

ˌThirty-ˈShare ˌIndex [singular] FINANCE
another name for the FTSE 30 Share Index
ˌweighted ˈindex [countable] FINANCE
a share index in which certain important shares have value added to them so that when they are compared, their true effect on prices is shown — see also CAC 40, DAX, Dow Jones averages
  [m0] II. index index 2 verb [transitive]
1. ECONOMICS FINANCE to arrange for the level of payments such as wages or pension S to go up at the same rate as something else, usually prices:
index something to something

• Tax exemptions should be indexed to the purchasing power of the pound.

2. if an investment is indexed to something, for example a currency or a stock its value rises and falls in relation to the currency etc:

• The yield of Ukrainian treasury bills is indexed to the value of the local currency, the hryvnia, in terms of the dollar.

— indexation noun [uncountable] :

• The government has so far resisted claims for a return to wage-price indexation despite a wave of strikes.

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   A composite of values that is designed to measure change in a market or an economy. Indices are usually created by measuring the value of a number of securities, or an economic indicator, at a certain date and letting that value be represented by 100. Subsequent changes in the index can be easily perceived in comparison with that 100 base number.

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index UK US /ˈɪndeks/ noun [C]
(plural indices, indexes) FINANCE, ECONOMICS a system that measures the present value of something when compared to its previous value or a fixed standard: »

The house price index estimates the change in the value of the nation's housing stock.


a bond/share/stock index

an index of sth »

The fund tracks an index of the UK's top 350 UK shares.

(plural indices) a sign or measure of something: an index of sth »

Unemployment levels provide a useful index of the state of the economy.

(plural indexes) an alphabetical list that shows you where information is found in a book, on a website, etc.: »

a searcheable index


online indexes to articles and reports

(plural indexes) a collection of information that is stored in alphabetical order: »

I keep an index of all my clients' contact details.

See also ALL-SHARE INDEX(Cf. ↑All-Share index), ALL-STOCK INDEX(Cf. ↑All-Stock index), AVERAGE EARNINGS INDEX(Cf. ↑average earnings index), BENCHMARK INDEX(Cf. ↑benchmark index), BRAND DEVELOPMENT INDEX(Cf. ↑Brand Development Index), CARD INDEX(Cf. ↑card index), CONSUMER CONFIDENCE INDEX(Cf. ↑consumer confidence index), CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(Cf. ↑consumer price index), COST OF LIVING INDEX(Cf. ↑cost of living index), DIFFUSION INDEX(Cf. ↑diffusion index), THE DODGE INDEX(Cf. ↑the Dodge index), THE EUROSTOXX 50 (INDEX)(Cf. ↑the Eurostoxx 50 ), FTSE™ 100(Cf. ↑FTSE™ 100), FTSE™ 250(Cf. ↑FTSE™ 250), FTSE™ ALL-SHARE INDEX(Cf. ↑FTSE™ All-Share Index), FTSE EUROTOP™ 100 INDEX(Cf. ↑FTSE Eurotop™ 100 Index), FTSE FLEDGLING INDEX(Cf. ↑FTSE Fledgling Index), FTSE SMALLCAP INDEX(Cf. ↑FTSE SmallCap Index), GOLDMAN SACHS™ COMMODITY INDEX(Cf. ↑Goldman Sachs™ Commodity Index), THE HANG SENG (INDEX)(Cf. ↑the Hang Seng ), INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT INDEX(Cf. ↑industrial output index), INDUSTRIAL SENTIMENT INDEX(Cf. ↑industrial sentiment index), THE IPOX 100 INDEX(Cf. ↑the IPOX 100 Index), MISERY INDEX(Cf. ↑misery index), NIKKEI INDEX(Cf. ↑Nikkei index), PRICE INDEX(Cf. ↑price index), PRODUCER PRICE INDEX(Cf. ↑producer price index), PURCHASING MANAGERS' INDEX(Cf. ↑Purchasing Managers' index), RETAIL PRICE INDEX(Cf. ↑retail price index), RUSSELL 2000 INDEX(Cf. ↑Russell 2000 index), SHARE INDEX(Cf. ↑share index), STOCK INDEX(Cf. ↑stock index), SUSTAINABILITY INDEX(Cf. ↑sustainability index), TARGET GROUP INDEX™(Cf. ↑Target Group Index™), THIRTY-SHARE INDEX(Cf. ↑Thirty-Share Index), ALL-SHARE INDEX(Cf. ↑All-Share index), WEIGHTED INDEX(Cf. ↑weighted index), WHOLESALE PRICE INDEX(Cf. ↑wholesale price index)
index UK US /ˈɪndeks/ verb [T, usually passive]
FINANCE to connect the value of a price or payment to the value of something else such as the rate of inflation: be indexed to sth »

The pension is indexed to earnings.


The unions are demanding wage rises indexed to prices.

to provide a book or website with an index: »

All content held in the site is fully indexed.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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