Contracts for difference (CFDs) with IG –the flexible way to trade the financial markets
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You get reduced commissions for your first two weeks1 when you open a CFD trading account.
Join the UK's No.1 CFD provider* for superior service and support
Competitive rates: FX from 0.8 pips, indices from 0.4 points, shares from 0.1% commission
Never miss an opportunity, wherever you are, with our mobile trading app
Opportunities in over 10,000 markets: indices, forex, shares, commodities and more
Take control with our extensive range of stops, limits and alerts
Access our free research tools to become a better-informed trader
We’re proud to offer a huge range of trading options across the financial markets. It's another reason why more than one in three UK CFD traders have an account with us.*
FTSE 100, Wall Street, Germany 30 and more
Competitive rates on over 6000 shares, plus DMA trading
Choose from over 60 currency pairs with the UK's No.1 retail forex provider*
Trade on gold, silver, oil and dozens more commodity markets
Huge range of binary types, timescales and markets, from the original provider
Trade volatility with our comprehensive, flexible options
Contracts for difference (CFDs) allow you to open a contract for the difference in price of an asset, from the point of opening to when you close.
CFD trading allows you to take a position on the future value of an asset whether you think it will go up or down. While this means the product is very flexible, it also requires a high level of risk management.
It's important to remember you're trading contracts with IG, not physically trading in the underlying market. This means you don’t actually own any assets.
We set a price for a contract based on the underlying market, which you can buy or sell.
With each market you are given a 'buy' and 'sell' price either side of the underlying market price. You can trade on a market to go up (known as 'buying' or 'going long'), or you can trade on it to go down (known as 'selling' or 'going short').
It depends on the market you choose. Generally you only pay a commission charge for share CFDs, or a spread (the difference between the buy and sell prices) for all other markets. There is a small charge to fund positions overnight, a small premium for guaranteed stops, and other fees.
Yes, CFDs do carry risk - if the market moves against you, you lose money. And because CFDs are leveraged products, you could lose more than your deposit.
IG offers a full range of tools to help you manage your risk.
* World's No.1 CFD provider: for CFDs, based on revenue excluding FX, published financial statements, September 2015; (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report September 2015).
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