All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.

Share trading

Go long or short on over 8000 international shares with CFDs or spread betting, or buy and sell shares via our share dealing service

All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.

Leveraged trading

Gain full exposure to a market while only putting down a fraction of the cost. Your profit or loss is based on the full value of the position, so you could gain or lose more than your initial outlay.

  • Spread betting

    Speculate on the direction the price of an asset will move, with profit or loss determined by how far the market goes. Profits are tax free and there’s no stamp duty to pay.1

  • CFDs

    Contracts for difference (CFDs) enable you to open a contract for the difference between the opening and closing price of an asset, with no stamp duty on your returns.1

Non-leveraged trading

Buy and sell shares and ETFs outright with our share dealing account, tax-efficient ISA and SIPP.2 Unlike leveraged trading, you’ll have to pay the full value of the assets to open the position.

  • Share dealing

    Invest in shares and ETFs, with commission starting at just £5 on UK stocks.2

  • Stocks and shares ISA

    Add an ISA to your share dealing account and take advantage of our great share dealing rates, without paying capital gains tax or income tax.1

  • IG SIPP

    Take advantage of our great rates when investing for your retirement. No capital gains tax to pay, and tax relief on contributions.1 IG SIPPs are administered by James Hay.

We are continuing to reduce margins after last week's UK vote on EU membership. From Tuesday 28 June margin rates on major FX crosses and major indices will be reduced to 1%, and UK equities will return to their pre-Brexit levels starting from 5%. For a list of affected markets and the most accurate margin rates, please click here.

Why trade shares with IG?

  • Tax-efficient share trading1

    Spread bet, trade CFDs or open a stocks and shares ISA to maximise your tax efficiency

  • Access over 8000 markets

    Low margins and competitive spreads on a wide range of popular, global stocks

  • Direct market access (DMA)

    View market depth and interact with the order book. Benefit from greater control, functionality and liquidity.

  • Trade shares on margin

    Gain full exposure with a small initial deposit when you spread bet or trade CFDs, but remember trading on leverage entails increased risk.

  • Low currency conversion fee

    Trade international shares with a 0.3% transfer fee on foreign currency balances.

  • Share DMA

    See and interact with market depth with our share DMA technology

  • Extended hours on US stocks

    Spread bet and trade CFDs on key stocks until 1am Mon-Thurs and 10pm Fri (London time)

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Find a share to trade

Use our market finder tool to find news, videos, analysis and data on the shares you want to trade, or browse our shares list as a PDF or XLS document.

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It's free to open an account, takes less than five minutes, and there's no obligation to fund or trade.

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What is share trading?

Shares are one of the most popular and well-known financial instruments. When you buy a share, you’re buying a small part - or ‘unit of ownership’ - in a company. So if you’re considering trading shares, it’s extremely important to research both the company and the industry that it’s in.

An added benefit of owning shares is receiving dividends. They represent your share of the company’s profits and are usually paid out twice a year. The amount you receive depends on how much the management distributes to shareholders, and how much it reinvests back into the business.

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1 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.

2 If your stockbroking account is accessible under the same login as your active spread betting or CFD account, you can qualify for our lowest commission rate if you have placed at least one spread bet or CFD trade in the previous calendar month. See our full charges and fees.

Contact us

We're here 24hrs a day from 8am Sunday to 10pm Friday,
and 9am to 5pm Saturday.

0800 409 6789

You can also call 0207 896 0079 or
email helpdesk.uk@ig.com

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