Costs and margins
Our technology is engineered for speed, stability and better prices – giving you the edge in a competitive environment.
Our systems are built to cope with a huge number of trades very quickly:
And our robust platforms are engineered to cope with large volumes of traffic:
We source our prices from a large number of venues to make sure we give you the best price we can:
The majority of our prices are live for active clients.
For share CFDs and certain spread betting markets, prices will be delayed by 15 minutes. Clients have to subscribe to these prices from within the platform – this does incur a fee from any exchange you subscribe to, but exchange fees are refunded if a minimum number of transactions are made in a month.
ProRealTime chart prices are also live, and incur a fee of £30 per month if clients subscribe. Again, this fee is refunded if at least four trades are transacted in a given month.
Live DMA price feeds are also chargeable, but refunded in the same manner.
When you are trading share CFDs and you click on one of the prices in our DMA platforms, our smart order routing technology immediately routes your order to the relevant venue. By routing your order across multiple order books it's more likely that your order will be filled, but you will only ever be charged one commission per order.
If your requested size and price is not available, your order will be routed to the primary exchange, where the greatest level of liquidity is generally available.
Multilateral Trading Facilities (MTFs) provide visible order books in the same way primary exchanges do, so you can see the price and size of all orders and judge where you want to place yours. We combine these MTF lit books and the primary exchange order book to display a single, aggregated order book.
If you are using our L2 Dealer platform, you can view the individual order books for each exchange and MTF.
Our technology also connects you to the dark pools provided by MTFs like Chi-X’s Delta or BATS Europe’s Dark Pool. These are orders not displayed on the lit books but are available for you to trade against. Dark liquidity pools are often used by institutional investors who do not wish to reveal the price, size and origin of their orders.
This means that as well as the liquidity visible on the lit order books, trading share CFDs with IG gives you unparalleled access to the non-displayed liquidity found in the dark pools. This means you can take advantage of even greater levels of liquidity, increasing the likelihood of your orders being filled and the potential for better prices.
Previously, MTF lit and dark liquidity was only available to large institutional investors; we enable all CFD traders to access these new venues through our DMA trading solutions: shares DMA and Forex Direct.
All our platforms use top-level web security, so you can trade with confidence.
We utilise 256-bit SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption, which is the industry standard for online financial transactions, from PayPal and eBay to high street banks.
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* 99.47% of trades executed by IG globally in 0.1 seconds, January 2013 – November 2013.