Welcome to IG’s premium service

Gain direct access to our widely-recognised market analysts, as well as dealing execution and account support from IG's dedicated premium client managers.


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Our premium client managers provide you with:

  • A combined 60+ years of experience providing dealing execution and account support

  • Potential for better margin rates and premium clients can apply for select accounts with flexible margin deadlines and leniency on margin calls

  • Exclusive client entertainment, including premier sporting and social events

Our research team gives you exclusive insights into:

  • How professional traders evaluate trading opportunities

  • What's driving markets, including current market trends and chart patterns

  • Views on what could happen in the future

Becoming a premium client

To qualify as a premium client you must meet one or more of the following thresholds:

  • Equity volume: $5m per month
  • Futures volumes: 250 contracts per month
  • DMA FX volumes: $250m notional per month
  • OTC FX volumes: 2500 lots per month

Premium Client Managers

Doug Picken

Head of Premium Client Management

Doug has worked in financial markets for over 13 years in London, New York and Melbourne. He predominately focused on providing institutions with advice on global equity markets before taking on responsibility for IG’s Premium Clients.

He has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Applied Finance & Investment (FINSIA).

Craig Thiessen

Premium Client Manager

Craig has over 28 years’ experience working in stockbroking and CFDs in Australia. Before starting at IG in 2002 he worked in institutional and wholesale broking for UBS, Lonsec, and Citi.

Craig deals with UHNWs, hedge funds and money market managers. He has vast knowledge across all asset classes and has worked on both the stock exchange floor and institutional dealing rooms.

Shane Cummins

Premium Client Manager

Shane is a financial market professional with over 10 years’ experience. He spent 6 years specialising in OTC derivatives across a broad range of products including FX, shares, indices and futures. Prior to IG, Shane personally traded various markets for 4 years full time, meaning he understands both sides of the broker relationship.

He was previously a Chartered Accountant (CA) with Ernst & Young with a Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Computing degree from La Trobe University.

Research Team

Chris Weston

Chief Market Strategist

Chris joined IG in 2006, having previously worked at Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch, gaining exposure to both institutional equity and fixed income trading.

Chris is an established figure in the media, discussing global macro-economic trends and the impact on financial markets across a range of global television and radio channels, including Sky News Business and Bloomberg TV. He also writes regular articles for a number of daily newspapers.

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Evan Lucas

Market Analyst

Evan joined IG from RBS Morgans in 2013 and has been working in financial markets and the banking sector for over seven years.

He started his career in Amsterdam with the former ABN AMRO before transferring to The Royal Bank of Scotland and then moving back to continue working in Australia. Having completed a Masters in Business Administration, Evan specialises in market analysis and equities strategy, particularly in the Australian markets.

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Angus Nicholson

Market Analyst

Angus Nicholson joined IG in 2015. He has a First Class Honours in Chinese from SOAS, University of London. He also spent a number of years living in Beijing and working in political and economic analysis. Previously, he was working at the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.

Angus provides insight and analysis on Asian market developments to both clients and the wider media. His speciality is global macro, and he focuses his analysis on global markets, FX and commodities.

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