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Why trade forex with IG?

  • Leading FX provider

    IG is the UK's No.1 retail forex provider1

  • Low spreads

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

  • Trade on bitcoin prices

    Without having to buy and store actual bitcoins

  • Direct market access

    Full market transparency with Forex Direct (DMA)

  • Unique range of charts

    Essential and pro charts on desktop and apps

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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of orders 

filled without 


Min. spread Av. spread3 Av. spread4
EUR/USD 0.8 0.95 0.180 98.87
AUD/USD 0.8 1.25 0.313 99.46
EUR/GBP 1.0 1.47 0.283 99.48
GBP/USD 1.0 1.57 0.440 98.74


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1 UK's largest retail FX provider based on number of active accounts (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report September 2015).

Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report September 2015.

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

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

5 Percentage of attached and unattached orders filled at the requested level, September 2015

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