Shares

A fully flexible, specialised share trading service

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Share trading with IG

At IG you deal shares via spread betting and CFDs. Both can form part of the complete share trading portfolio.

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Spread betting

No stamp duty or capital gains tax to pay1

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CFDs

Get inside the market spread with DMA

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Our service always includes:

  • No requotes with IG’s own platforms2
  • Leveraged access to the markets
  • Deals executed in less than 0.1 seconds3
  • Greater liquidity with our multi-venue technology
  • Full education and support packages
  • Price improvement service
  • 24-hour support
  • Advanced charts and technical analysis

Extended hours on US stocks

We've extended our trading hours on key US stocks, so you can trade at the most important times - up until 1am Mon-Thurs and 10pm Fri (London time).

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Find your shares

We offer over 6000 global shares, including all the constituents of
popular global indices.

If you know the stock you’re looking for you can search for it, or browse our full range. Can't find the stock you want? Contact us to discuss individual requirements. 

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Charges

At IG we keep our charges low and transparent

  • Spreads from just 0.1% (spread betting)
  • Commission just 0.1% on UK share CFDs
  • Margin from just 5%
  • Premium for guaranteed stops

See our full charges and prices, view our shares bet details and contract details or find out more about our low margins.

Region

Commission per side (CFDs)

Spread per side (spread bets)

UK 0.10% 0.10%
US 2 cents per share 0.10%
Euro4 0.10% 0.10%

 

There is also a competitive daily funding charge for positions held open overnight - see the details.

4 Euro includes: Austria, Belgium, Eire, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain

Shares technology

Multi-venue

Get access to shares at improved prices compared to single-exchange sourcing, with continuous service even if major stock exchanges go down.

Our multi-venue technology sources prices for top UK and European equities from Chi-X and BATS, in addition to traditional exchanges, to give you a better price.

Market data

Get unique information on how IG clients are trading and research and plan your next trade in our Market Insight area.

Get an aggregated view of whether clients are buying or selling particular markets and how those markets have been traded historically. View our market data area.

DMA

Access market depth and assess liquidity with DMA trading within our web-based CFD platform.

Suitable for advanced traders looking to trade within the spread. Find out more about DMA.

Advanced

Get direct market access using our downloadable L2 Dealer platform.

Get greater control and transparency on your trades and drag and drop straight into the order book with this professional platform.

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Shares dealing platforms

Why IG?

We are a trusted, global provider of CFDs and spread bets, with nearly 140,000 clients all over the world.

We’re regulated by the FCA and segregate client funds from our own accounts. 

As the market leader in the UK,5 we’re committed to maintaining our own high standards through our commitment to transparency and constant innovation. 

Advanced traders can benefit from our premium-level service and range of professional dealing tools, including DMA and API solutions.

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  • Deal with £10,000 practice funds for two weeks
  • Access charts and view live prices
  • Deal online or via our mobile apps

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  • Explore our platform with no login
  • Search for your favourite shares and open deal tickets
  • Access charts and technical analysis tools

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

2 Excludes MT4, a third-party platform licensed to IG.

99.32% of trades executed in 0.1 seconds: average per month, IG globally (12 months to March 2014).

5 Number of active accounts – Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report December 2013.

Funding lightbox

How is funding on shares calculated?

Size for CFDs means number of shares.

Size for spread bets means size of bet  

Closing price means underlying market price at 10pm (UK time).

If your deal is in GBP

Size × closing price × LIBOR +/- 2.5% ÷ 365

Based on LIBOR one month overnight rate

If your deal is in USD

Size × closing price × US LIBOR +/–2.5% ÷ 360   

If your deal is in EUR

Size × closing price × EURIBOR +/–2.5% ÷ 365   

The formula uses a 365-day divisor for UK, Singapore and South African shares, and a 360-day divisor for shares in other markets.

 

Shares example detailed

Buying Barclays: detailed

  Spread bet DFB CFD
Underlying market/value

Barclays Plc 289.85/290

Our price 289.56/290.29 289.85/290
Deal

Buy at 290.29

Buy at 290

Deal size £20 per point 2000 shares
Margin required

£580.58

Deal size x price x margin rate (10%)

£580

Number of shares x price x margin rate (10%)

What happens next? By 4.35pm our price has risen to 292.25: this is the level our funding is calculated at. It rises steadily the next day, reaching 295.35 By 4.35 the market has risen to 291.95: this is the price our funding is calculated at. It rises steadily the next day, reaching 295.05
Funding

Overnight funding charge of £0.48

(One-month Libor + 2.5% eg 0.49% + 2.5%) x deal size x price)/365

(2.99% x £20 x 292.25)/365

Overnight funding charge of £0.48

(One-month Libor + 2.5% eg 0.49% + 2.5%) x number of shares x price)/365

(2.99 % x 2000 x 2.9195)/365

Underlying market 294.85/295.05
Close

Sell at 294.55

Sell at 294.85

Gross profit

£85.20

294.55 – 290.29  = 4.26

Value of one point = £20

4.26 x £20 = £85.20

£97

294.85 – 290 = 4.85p

4.85p x 2000 shares = £97

Costs

0.1% spread of price (included)

Funding: £0.48

Commission £ 20

Value of position x 0.10% (Minimum £10)

(2000 x 2.90) x 0.10% = £5.8

(2000 x 2.9485) x 0.10% = £5.90

Funding: £0.48
Net profit

£84.72 profit tax-free*

£76.52 profit subject to tax

What if...

If the underlying market fell to 281.95 instead:

281.95 – 290.29 = -8.34 pts

-(8.34 x £20 + £0.48) 

£167.28 net loss

If the underlying market fell to 282.25 instead:

282.25 – 290 = -7.75p

-(7.75p x 2000 shares + £0.48 + £20) 

£175.48 net loss


Daily funded bets (DFBs) are long-term bets on the cash price of an underlying instrument. DFBs have no expiry date, so we make a cash adjustment to your account to reflect funding charges. 

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

Shares example light

Buying Barclays

  Spread bet DFB CFD
Underlying market/value

Barclays Plc 289.85/290

Our price 289.56/290.29 289.85/290
Deal

Buy at 290.29

Buy at 290

Deal size £20 per point 2000 shares
Margin required

£580.58

£580

What happens next? Our price rises steadily to 295.35 The market rises steadily to 295.05
Underlying market 294.85/295.05
Close

Sell at 294.55

Sell at 294.85

Gross profit

294.55 – 290.29  = 4.26

Gross tax-free* profit = 4.26 x £20 = £85.2

294.85 – 290 = 4.85p

Gross profit = 4.85p x 2000 shares = £97

What if...

If the underlying market fell to 281.95 instead:

-8.34 pts x £20

Gross loss = £166.80

If the underlying market fell to 282.25 instead, and assuming same costs:

-7.75p x 2000 shares

Gross loss = £155

 

To calculate your net profit or loss, you would need to factor in any spread, commission or funding charges. See our detailed example for more information.

Daily funded bets (DFBs) are long-term bets on the cash price of an underlying instrument. DFBs have no expiry date, so we make a cash adjustment to your account to reflect funding charges.

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

Buying Barclays plc light

Buying Barclays

  Spread bet DFB CFD
Underlying market/value

Barclays Plc 289.85/290

Our price 289.56/290.29 289.85/290
Deal

Buy at 290.29

Buy at 290

Deal size £20 per point 2000 shares
Margin required

£580.58

£580

What happens next? Our price rises steadily to 295.35 The market rises steadily to 295.05
Underlying market 294.85/295.05
Close

Sell at 294.55

Sell at 294.85

Gross profit

294.55 – 290.29  = 4.26

Gross tax-free* profit = 4.26 x £20 = £85.2

294.85 – 290 = 4.85

Gross profit = 4.85 x £20 = £97

What if...

If the underlying market fell to 281.95 instead:

-8.34 pts x £20

Gross loss = £166.80

If the underlying market fell to 282.25 instead, and assuming same costs:

-7.75 pts x £20

Gross loss = £155

 

To calculate your net profit or loss, you would need to factor in any spread, commission or funding charges. See our detailed example for more information.

Daily funded bets (DFBs) are long-term bets on the cash price of an underlying instrument. DFBs have no expiry date, so we make a cash adjustment to your account to reflect funding charges.

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

Buying Barclays plc detailed

Buying Barclays: detailed

  Spread bet DFB CFD
Underlying market/value

Barclays Plc 289.85/290

Our price 289.56/290.29 289.85/290
Deal

Buy at 290.29

Buy at 290

Deal size £20 per point 2000 shares
Margin required

£580.58

Deal size x price x margin rate (10%)

£580

Number of shares x price x margin rate (10%)

What happens next? By 4.35pm our price has risen to 292.25: this is the level our funding is calculated at. It rises steadily the next day, reaching 295.35 By 4.35 the market has risen to 291.95: this is the price our funding is calculated at. It rises steadily the next day, reaching 295.05
Funding

Overnight funding charge of £0.48

(One-month Libor + 2.5% eg 0.49% + 2.5%) x deal size x price)/365

(2.99% x £20 x 292.25)/365

Overnight funding charge of £0.48

(One-month Libor + 2.5% eg 0.49% + 2.5%) x number of shares x price)/365

(2.99 % x 2000 x 2.9195)/365

Underlying market 294.85/295.05
Close

Sell at 294.55

Sell at 294.85

Gross profit

£85.20

294.55 – 290.29  = 4.26

Value of one point = £20

4.26 x £20 = £85.20

£97

294.85 – 290 = 4.85

Value of one point = £20

4.85 x £20 = £97

Costs

0.1% spread of price (included)

Funding: £0.48

Commission £ 20

Value of position x 0.10% (Minimum £10)

(2000 x 2.90) x 0.10% = £5.8

(2000 x 2.9485) x 0.10% = £5.90

Funding: £0.48
Net profit

£84.72 profit tax-free*

£76.52 profit subject to tax

What if...

If the underlying market fell to 281.95 instead:

281.95 – 290.29 = -8.34 pts

-(8.34 x £20 + £0.48) 

£167.28 net loss

If the underlying market fell to 282.25 instead:

282.25 – 290 = -7.75 pts

-(7.75 x £20 + £0.48 + £20) 

£175.48 net loss


Daily funded bets (DFBs) are long-term bets on the cash price of an underlying instrument. DFBs have no expiry date, so we make a cash adjustment to your account to reflect funding charges. 

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