CFD trading

Contracts for difference (CFDs) with IG –the flexible way to trade the financial markets

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Why trade CFDs with IG?

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

Choose from more than 10,000 markets

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.*

  • Indices

    FTSE 100, Wall Street, Germany 30 and more

  • Shares

    Competitive rates on over 6000 shares, plus DMA trading

  • Forex

    Choose from over 60 currency pairs with the UK's No.1 retail forex provider*

  • Commodities

    Trade on gold, silver, oil and dozens more commodity markets

  • Binaries

    Huge range of binary types, timescales and markets, from the original provider

  • Options

    Trade volatility with our comprehensive, flexible options

  • Other markets

    Deal on interest rates, bonds, sectors, ETPs and more

  • IPOs

    Take a position before and after key Initial Public Offerings

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What are CFDs?

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. 

  • Importantly, CFDs are a leveraged product. This means you only have to put down a small deposit for a much larger market exposure.
  • Leverage comes with significant benefits and risks: your investment capital can go further, but you can also lose more than your initial deposit.

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.

Top FAQs

How do I trade CFDs?

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').

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How much does it cost to trade CFDs?

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.

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Is it risky?

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.

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* No.1 CFD provider: for CFDs, based on revenue excluding FX, published financial statements, July 2014; number of active spread betting accounts (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report October 2014).

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