Shares

Trade more than 7500 shares on margin, or buy and sell stocks,
with the world's No.1 CFD*

  • A fully flexible, specialised shares trading service
  • Take advantage of rising and falling markets
  • Get exposure to over 140 local shares at just 0.2% commission
  • Gain greater market exposure with margins from 5%
  • Advanced traders can use DMA to benefit from full market depth
  • You can also trade over 6000 global shares with an international account.

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Shares trading with IG

CFDs have gained in popularity across the globe as cost effective alternative to conventional share trading.

Unlike conventional trading, CFDs are a leveraged product. You trade on margin and provide only a small deposit to gain greater exposure to the market. It's important to make sure you fully understand the risks involved before you start trading, as CFDs may not be suitable for everyone.

New to CFDs?

Learn about trading share CFDs in our trading skills section. 

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DMA trading

Get inside the market spread and view added market-depth with DMA.

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Our service includes:

  • Trades executed in less than 0.1 seconds1
  • Leveraged access to the markets
  • Greater liquidity with our multi-venue technology
  • Full education and support packages
  • Price improvement service
  • 24-hour support
  • No requotes on IG's own platforms
  • Advanced charts and technical analysis

Extended hours on US stocks

We've extended our trading hours on key US stocks, so you can trade at the most important times - up until 2am Mon-Thurs and 11pm Fri (SA time).

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Range of markets

Local shares

We offer over 140 local shares, which you can trade at just 0.2% commission with major local stocks available at margin rates from 5%. 

Our pricing is also transparent, we offer share CFDs at the underlying market price with no added spread. 

Some of the shares available on a domestic account:

SHARES

MARGIN RATE FROM

Impala Platinum 5%
Anglo Platinum 5%
Kumba 5%
AngloGold Ashanti 5%
Sasol 5%

 

Find shares you're interested in

Enter the name or code of the share you're looking for to see the trading status and deposit requirements:

Global shares

You can trade share CFDs on over 6000 major US, UK, European and global stocks with low commissions and margin requirements from just 5%.

Also available is our wide range of market research and platform tools to help you identify opportunites. 

Some of the shares available on an international account:

SHARES

MARGIN RATE FROM

Apple 5%
Facebook 5%
Google 5%
Rio Tinto 5%
Vodafone 5%

 

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Charges

At IG we keep our charges low and transparent

  • Commission just 0.2% on local shares, from 0.1% on global shares
  • Margin from just 5%
  • Premium for guaranteed stops

See our full charges and prices, view our shares CFD details and contract details or find out more about our low margins.

Region

Commission per side

SA 0.2%
UK
0.10%
US
2 cents per share
Euro4
0.10%

 

There is also a competitive daily funding charge for positions held open overnight - see the details.

4 Euro includes: Austria, Belgium, Eire, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain

Shares technology

DMA

Access market depth and assess liquidity with DMA trading within our web-based CFD platform.

Suitable for advanced traders looking to trade within the spread. Find out more about DMA.

Market data

Get unique information on how IG clients are trading and research and plan your next trade in our Market Insight area.

Get an aggregated view of whether clients are buying or selling particular markets and how those markets have been traded historically. View our market data area.

Multi-venue

Get access to shares at improved prices compared to single-exchange sourcing, with continuous service even if major stock exchanges go down.

Our multi-venue technology sources prices for top UK and European equities from Chi-X and BATS, in addition to traditional exchanges, to give you a better price.

*Available on an international account

Advanced

Get direct market access using our downloadable L2 Dealer platform.

Get greater control and transparency on your trades and drag and drop straight into the order book with this professional platform.

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Shares trading platforms

Why IG?

We are a trusted, global provider of CFDs, with nearly 140,000 clients all over the world.

We are regulated by the FSB (South Africa) and the FCA (United Kingdom) and segregate client funds from our own accounts. 

As the market leader, 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 professional trading tools, including DMA and API solutions.

Try our platform

Follow one of the links below for a quick look at our web-based platform and the range of markets on offer.

Domestic account

  • Explore our platform with no login
  • Search for your favourite shares and open deal tickets
  • Access charts and technical analysis tools

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International account

  • Explore our platform with no login
  • Search for your favourite shares and open deal tickets
  • Access charts and technical analysis tools

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Open a demo

If you're interested in finding out more about the range of markets available and the functionality of our trading platform, you can open a demo account. 

Domestic account

  • Trade with R100,000 practice funds for two weeks
  • Access charts and view our range of local markets
  • Trade online or via our mobile apps

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International account

  • Trade with £10,000 practice funds for two weeks
  • Access charts and view live prices
  • Trade online or via our mobile apps

Open a demo account

World's No.1 CFD provider: for CFDs, based on revenue excluding FX, published financial statements, July 2014; (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report October 2014).

1 99.05% of trades executed in 0.1 seconds: average per month, IG globally (12 months to November 2014).

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.

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How is funding on shares calculated?

Size for CFDs means number of shares.

Closing price means underlying market price at 10pm (UK time).

If your trade is in Rand

Size × closing price × SABOR +/- 2.5% ÷ 365

Based on SABOR overnight rate

If your trade is in GBP

Size × closing price × LIBOR +/- 2.5% ÷ 365

Based on LIBOR one month overnight rate

If your trade is in USD

Size × closing price × US LIBOR +/–2.5% ÷ 360   

If your trade is in EUR

Size × closing price × EURIBOR +/–2.5% ÷ 365   

The formula uses a 365-day divisor for UK, Singapore and South African shares, and a 360-day divisor for shares in other markets.

 

Shares example detailed

Buying Discovery: detailed

  CFD
Underlying market/value Discovery Ltd 8526/8592
Our price 8526/8592
Trade

Buy at 8592

Trade size 5000 shares
Margin required

R42,960

Number of shares x price x margin rate (10%)

What happens next? After a day of gains Discovery closes at 8800. The following morning the price has risen to 8827/8894, and you decide to take your profit
Funding

*Total overnight funding charge is R96.44

Number of shares x share price x (SABOR + 2.5% e.g. 5.5% + 2.5%)/365

(5000 x R88.00 x 8%)/365

Underlying market

8827/8894

Close

Sell at 8827

Gross profit

R11,750

8827 - 8592 = 235c

235c x 5000 shares = R11,750

Costs

Total commission R1,741.90

Value of position x 0.20% (Minimum R100)

(5000 x 85.92) x 0.20% = R859.20

(5000 x 88.27) x 0.20% = R882.70

Total overnight funding: R96.44
Net profit

R9,911.66

What if...

If the underlying market fell to 8200 instead:

8592 - 8200 = 392c

392c x Number of shares + Total overnight funding + Total commission

(392c x 5000 shares + R96.44 + R1,741.90)

R21,438.34 net loss

*Overnight funding is calculated on the closing price

Shares example light

Buying Discovery

  CFD
Underlying market/value Discovery Ltd 8526/8592
Our price 8526/8592
Trade

Buy at 8592

Trade size 5000 shares
Margin required

R42,960

Number of shares x price x margin rate (10%)

What happens next? The market rises steadily to 8894
Underlying market

8827/8894

Close

Sell at 8894

Gross profit

8827 - 8592 = 235c

Gross profit = 235c x 5000 shares = R11,750

What if...

If the underlying market fell to 8200 instead, and assuming same costs:

392c x 5000 shares

Gross loss = R19,600

 

Buying Discovery Ltd light

Buying Discovery

  CFD
Underlying market/value Discovery Ltd 8526/8592
Our price 8526/8592
Trade

Buy at 8592

Trade size 5000 shares
Margin required

R42,960

Number of shares x price x margin rate (10%)

What happens next? The market rises steadily to 8894
Underlying market

8827/8894

Close

Sell at 8827

Gross profit

8827 - 8592 = 235c

Gross profit = 235c x 5000 shares = R11,750

What if...

If the underlying market fell to 8200 instead, and assuming same costs:

392c x 5000 shares

Gross loss = R19,600

 

Buying Discovery Ltd detailed

Buying Discovery: detailed

  CFD
Underlying market/value Discovery Ltd 8526/8592
Our price 8526/8592
Trade

Buy at 8592

Trade size 5000 shares
Margin required

R42,960

Number of shares x price x margin rate (10%)

What happens next? After a day of gains Discovery closes at 8800. The following morning the price has risen up to 8827/8894, and you decide to take your profit
Funding

*Total overnight funding charge is R96.44

Number of shares x share price x (SABOR + 2.5% e.g. 5.5% + 2.5%)/365

(5000 x R88.00 x 8%)/365

Underlying market

8827/8894

Close

Sell at 8827

Gross profit

R11,750

8827 - 8592 = 235c

235c x 5000 shares = R11,750

Costs

Total commission R1,741.90

Number of shares x opening/closing price x 0.2% (Minimum R100)

(5000 x 85.92) x 0.2% = R859.20

(5000 x 88.27) x 0.2% = R882.70

Total overnight funding R96.44

Net profit

R9,911.66

What if...

If the underlying market fell to 8200 instead:

8592 - 8200 = 392c

392c x Number of shares + total overnight funding + total commission

(392c x 5000 shares + R96.44 +1,741.90)

R21,438.34 net loss

*Overnight funding is calculated on the closing price