About IG

What we do

  • World-leading provider of contracts for difference (CFDs) and financial spread betting*
  • Low-cost stockbroking* on international shares
  • The UK's largest retail forex provider**

We give retail investors leveraged access to over 10,000 financial markets through our award-winning dealing platform and mobile apps.

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A global presence

  • Offices in 17 countries across five continents
  • 126,100 clients worldwide (May 2014)
  • Average of over four million transactions globally per month (Apr-Jun 2015)
  • FTSE 250 company with market capitalisation of £2.2 billion (May 2014)
  • Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • Net global trading revenue of £370.4 million (May 2014)
  • Over 1000 staff around the world (May 2014)

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Why choose IG?


We began in 1974 as IG Index, providing an innovative way for retail investors to speculate on the price of gold.

Since then we have continued to change the face of trading, establishing ourselves as a market leader around the world.

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As a large multinational organisation we have strength in resources and stability, with a well-capitalised, debt-free balance sheet and consistently strong growth.1

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Market Leader

With 40 years’ experience we are the No.1 global provider of financial spread betting and CFDs*, and hold a market-leading position in many countries, including the UK, Australia, Singapore and France.


Dedicated to making financial markets more accessible, our breakthroughs include the first online trading service in 1998, and the first to allow trading via an iPhone in 2008.

FSB and FCA regulated

We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Board (FSB) in South Africa and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK.

 FSP No 41393 (IG Markets South Africa), register number 195355 (IG Markets Limited) and register number 114059 (IG Index Limited).

Fund segregation

We place the full balance of individual's funds into segregated bank accounts, ensuring your funds are returned in the event our financial circumstances change.

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Our clients

The vast majority of our clients are not City traders, they are often professional men and women who are interested in the financial markets. 

We pride ourselves on our high standard of customer service - providing 24-hour telephone support (speaking to real people), as well as a comprehensive range of education, training tools, trading tips and market commentaries online.

Our technology combines superior features with high-speed execution, designed to meet the needs of the most demanding trader and provide an outstanding experience on all devices.

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IG UK Official Sponsor of Harlequins

Pride, passion and teamwork – the values that drive Harlequins to success on the pitch are the same as the ones that underpin IG’s commitment to clients.

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* Please note: Spread betting and stockbroking is not available in South Africa

** September 2015

1 Profit before taxation was up 1.3% in the year ending May 2015

IG Group Holdings Plc, as at 31 May 2015

3, 4 Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report September 2015

5 IG globally, April 2016

6 IG globally, year ending 31 May 2015

7 Average per month, IG globally (12 months to May 2015)

8 IG globally, year ending 31 May 2015

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Contact us

We're here 24 hours a day from 9am Sunday to 10pm Friday, and 10am to 6pm Saturday:

Email: helpdesk.za@ig.com
Helpdesk: +27 10 344 0053

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