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Leading FX provider
We're the UK's No.1 retail forex provider1
Best forex range
UK's most popular range of currency pairs3
Spreads from 0.8 pips on EUR/USD and AUD/USD
Direct market access
Full market transparency with Forex Direct
Fast, precise execution
One-click dealing, with deals executed in 0.1s2
Unique range of charts
Essential and pro charts on desktop and apps
|IG spreads||MetaTrader 4||Forex Direct (DMA)||
|Min. spread||Av. spread4||Min. spread||Av. spread5||Av. spread6|
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Forex (or sometimes just FX) is short for foreign exchange, and is the largest financial market in the world. Simply put, it’s how individuals and businesses convert one currency to another.
FX transactions worth trillions of dollars take place every day, and unlike stocks or commodities there’s no central exchange. Instead, currencies are traded by a global network of banks, dealers and brokers, which means you can trade any time, day or night, Monday to Friday.
FX prices are influenced by a range of different factors, including interest rates, inflation, government policy, employment figures and demand for imports and exports.
And because of the sheer volume of currency traders and the amount of money exchanged, price movements can happen very quickly, making currency trading not only the largest financial market in the world, but also one of the most volatile.
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1 UK's largest retail FX provider based on number of active accounts, Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report December 2013.
2 99.18% of trades executed in 0.1 seconds: average per month, IG globally (12 months to June 2014).
3 Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report December 2013.
5 Average spread by deal, March 2014. For our minimum and typical spreads, please see our forex MT4 spreads.
6 Time-weighted (22:00-20:00 GMT) average spread by trade (quoted to three decimal places), August 2014.
7 Percentage of attached and unattached orders filled at the requested level, August 2014