CFDs on Stocks represent fractional ownership of companies that are publicly traded. Stock markets are simply the venues that facilitate the trading of these companies’ shares between individuals and institutions. Stocks are normally categorized by the country where a company is based. So, for example, Apple is considered a US stock and Adidas is considered a German stock.
The combined market cap of all the world’s stock markets combined is in excess of $80 trillion. This is a staggering amount, especially considering that the entire world’s GDP (gross domestic product) in 2017 was around $80 trillion. The largest stock market in the world by far belongs to the United States, which accounts for over 30% of the global market cap on its own.
Trading involves significant risk of loss