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Trade forex with IG through an international account

In order to trade on price movements across thousands of global markets, you need an international account. Find out why.

Our services

  • Fully-integrated charts
  • 24-hour support
  • Full range of currency pairs including EUR/USD, USD/ZAR and more
  • Transparent pricing
  • Automated trading with MT4

Charges and margins

  • Minimum spread from just 0.8 pips 
  • Margin from 0.5%
  • Premium for guaranteed stops 
  • Charge for rolling daily positions
  • Transparent commission for DMA trades

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Minimum spread

Average spread**

Spot FX EUR/USD

0.8

1.08

Spot FX GBP/USD

1.0

1.52

Spot FX USD/JPY

0.8

1.26

Spot FX EUR/GBP

1.0

1.52

Spot FX GBP/JPY

2.5

3.15

Spot FX AUD/USD

0.8

1.26

 

Full CFD details All forex market data

CFDs

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Forex technology

Our technology has been engineered to give you something extra when trading the currency markets.

  • Over 99% of trades executed in 0.1 seconds2
  • Reliable access to the forex markets with 99.95% core platform uptime3
  • Price improvement service can automatically give you a better price if the market moves in your favour as you trade

Advanced charts

We offer MetaTrader and ProRealTime platforms to give you the edge.

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IG charts

Our free charting package gives you a quick market overview with essential technical analysis.

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Forex platforms

We know every trader is different. With IG you can trade from one platform on all your devices, with integrated DMA and Forex Direct access and ProRealTime charting.

Our clients' views on today's key pairs:

These charts show the percentage of IG client accounts who have long and short positions on these markets. This is calculated to the nearest 1%.

Why IG?

We are a trusted, local and global provider of CFDs, with more than 130,000 clients all over the world.

To give you access to international markets, we open two separate trading accounts for you, both with IG.Your international account is held in the UK and gives you access to over 10,000 international markets, which you can trade on in a range of foreign currencies.

We’re regulated by the FCA and segregate client funds from our own accounts. As the market leader,1 we’re committed to maintaining our own high standards through our commitment to transparency and constant innovation. 

Advanced traders can benefit from our premium-level service and range of pro-level trading tools, including DMA and API solutions.

 

 

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  • Trade with £10,000 practice funds
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  • Trade online or via our mobile apps

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  • Search for your favourite pairs and open deal tickets
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* Average spread by trade, August 2013.

** Average spread by deal, November 2013. For our minimum and typical spreads, please see our forex CFD details.

1 Number of active accounts - Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report November 2012. International accounts are offered by IG Markets Limited in the UK (FCA Number 195355), a juristic representative of IG Markets South Africa Limited (FSP No 41393).

2 99.51% of trades executed by IG globally in 0.1 seconds, January 2013 – May 2013.

3 99.95% core platform uptime, January 2010 – April 2013.

South African residents are required to obtain the necessary tax clearance certificates in line with their foreign investment allowance and may not use credit or debit cards to fund their international account.

Example: buying cable (GBP/USD) detailed

Buying GBP/USD: detailed

  CFD
Market Spot GBP/USD
Price 1.55797/1.55805
Trade

Buy 1 contract at 1.55805 (1 contract = £100,000)

Margin required

One contract is £100,000 and the margin rate is 0.5% = £500

What happens next? GBP/USD climbs one hundred points into the next day. 
Funding

Funding = size x (tom-next rate + admin fee of 0.3% pa)

£10 x 0.25 = £2.50

Price

1.5695/1.56958

Close

You sell at 1.5695

Gross profit

£1145

1.5695 – 1.55805 = 0.01145

Number of contracts = 1

Value per contract £100,000

0.01145 x £100,000 = £1145
Costs

0.8 point IG spread (included)

Funding cost = £2.50
Net profit

£1142.50

What if...

If the market dropped 114.5 points instead:

£1145 + £2.50

Net loss = £1147

On a live account overnight funding is calculated on a daily basis

Example: buying cable (GBP/USD) light

Buying GBP/USD

  CFD
Market Spot GBP/USD
Price 1.55797/1.55805
Trade

Buy 1 contract at 1.55805 (1 contract = £100,000)

Margin required

One contract is £100,000 and the margin rate is 0.5% = £500

What happens next? GBP/USD climbs over one hundred points. 
Price

1.5695/1.56958

Close

You sell at 1.5695

Gross profit

Gross profit = £1145


1.5695 - 1.55805 = 0.01145

Value per contract = £100,000

0.01145 x £100,000 = £1145

What if...

If the market dropped 114.5 points instead:

Gross loss = $1145