Forex trading

Low spreads and fast execution with the UK's No.1 retail FX provider1

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Key benefits

Leading FX provider
We're the UK's No.1 retail forex provider1

Best forex range
UK's most popular range of currency pairs3

Low spreads
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

Forex spread bet details

Full FX spread betting details, including currency pairs, spreads and dealing hours. Learn more

Forex CFD details

Full FX CFD details, including currency pairs, spreads and margins. Learn more

Forex MT4 details

Full FX MT4 contract details, including currency pairs, spreads and margins. Learn more

Forex Direct (DMA)

Get full market transparency when you trade FX CFDs with our in-house DMA service. Learn more

Summary of FX spreads

Spot FX

OTC MetaTrader 4 Forex Direct (DMA)
Min spread Av. spread4 Min spread Av. spread5 Av. spread6
EUR/USD 0.8 0.95 1.2 1.35 0.180
AUD/USD 0.8 1.25 1.2 1.65 0.313
EUR/GBP 1.0 1.47 1.4 1.87 0.283
GBP/USD 1.0 1.57 1.4 1.97 0.440

 

See our full list of currency pairs and live prices.

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Execution and pricing

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Our technology

FX charting packages

Use IG charts, plus advanced ProRealTime and Autochartist packages

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MetaTrader 4

Fully integrated MT4 functionality for fast, reliable currency trading

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New to forex?

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.

4 Average spread by deal, March 2014. For our minimum and typical spreads, please see our forex spread bet and CFD details.

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.