Forex trading

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Key benefits

Leading FX provider
We're the No.1 retail forex provider1

Best forex range
The most popular range of currency pairs3

Low spreads
Spreads from 0.8 pips on EUR/USD and AUD/USD

Direct market access
Full market transparency with Forex Direct

Fast, precise execution
One-click dealing, with deals executed in 0.1s2

Unique range of charts
Essential and pro charts on desktop and apps

Forex CFD details

Full FX CFD details, including currency pairs, spreads and margins. Learn more

Forex Direct (DMA)

Get full market transparency when you trade FX CFDs with our in-house DMA service. Learn more

FX spreads and slippage rates

Spot FX

IG spreads Forex Direct (DMA)

Percentage 

of orders 

filled without 

slippage6

Min. spread Av. spread4 Av. spread5
EUR/USD 0.8 0.95 0.180 99.01
AUD/USD 0.8 1.25 0.313 98.59
EUR/GBP 1.0 1.47 0.283 99.83
GBP/USD 1.0 1.57 0.440 98.16

 

See our full list of currency pairs and live prices.

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FX charting packages

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New to forex?

Forex (or sometimes just FX) is short for foreign exchange, and is the largest financial market in the world. Simply put, it’s how individuals and businesses convert one currency to another.

FX transactions worth trillions of dollars take place every day, and unlike stocks or commodities there’s no central exchange. Instead, currencies are traded by a global network of banks, dealers and brokers, which means you can trade any time, day or night, Monday to Friday. 

FX prices are influenced by a range of different factors, including interest rates, inflation, government policy, employment figures and demand for imports and exports.

And because of the sheer volume of currency traders and the amount of money exchanged, price movements can happen very quickly, making currency trading not only the largest financial market in the world, but also one of the most volatile.

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1 UK's largest retail FX provider based on number of active accounts, Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report October 2014.

2 ​99.18% of trades executed in 0.1 seconds: average per month, IG globally (12 months to June 2014).

3 ​Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report October 2014.

4 Average spread by deal, March 2014. For our minimum and typical spreads, please see our forex CFD details.

5 Time-weighted (22:00-20:00 GMT) average spread by trade (quoted to three decimal places), August 2014. 

6 Percentage of attached and unattached orders filled at the requested level, September 2014

7 Percentage of attached and unattached orders filled at the requested level, February 2015