Why IG?

Choose the market leader

By opening an account with IG, you’re putting your trust in an organisation that’s been creating opportunity for retail investors since 1974.

In that time, we have grown to become the leader in our field, consistently providing transparency in trading, innovative technology and superior levels of service.

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Reasons to join IG

  • Nearly 40 years of industry know-how
  • Protection for your money
  • Access to over 10,000 markets
  • Award-winning trading tools, backed by powerful technology
  • Low margins and competitive charging
  • Expert analysis and insights
  • Client skills training and ongoing support

Established and secure

Part of IG Group Holdings Plc, we are a globally successful business, generating net global trading revenue of £366.8 million last year alone.1 We currently have offices in 16 countries and more than 143,000 active clients worldwide.2


We are committed to protecting your money by segregating all individual clients’ funds, whether retail or professional. This is over and above what is required by the FCA.

We have been voted as South Africa's leading CFD provider for the last two years. 

We also hold a market-leading position in many other countries, including the UK, Australia, Singapore and France, and are the No.1 global provider of CFDs.


We have been a market leader since establishing the original IG Group company in 1974.

We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Board (FSB) in South Africa (FSP no. 41393).

We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK (FCA no. 195355).

Part of IG Group Holdings, a member of the FTSE 250 with a market cap of £2.1 billion.3

Market-leading technology

As pioneers of financial derivatives trading online, we are committed to providing technology that helps you identify and respond to opportunities more quickly and securely than ever before.

We have won multiple awards in recognition of the security, reliability and speed of our trading technology. Recent accolades in the UK include: Shares Awards 2012 Best Online Trading Platform.




You can rely on the speed and power of our trading platforms and apps, even during periods of intense activity.

We facilitate over a million transactions every month, executing 99.39% of trades in under 0.1 seconds, with a core platform uptime of 99.95%.5


Over the last two years we have invested £17 million in IT resources. We now have almost 300 in-house developers continuously working to deliver such advances and enhancements as:

  • IG Trading Chrome browser extension
  • Client activity and sentiment indicators
  • Mobile price alerts
  • Price improvement technology

Award-winning service

24-hour support

Our helpdesk is available around the clock Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm at the weekend.

Skills development

We have a range of training options, including seminars to suit all levels of experience.

Market insight

We provide up-to-the minute news, data and analysis – everything you need to plan your next trade.

Risk management

Let us help you limit your potential losses with our range of risk management tools and services.



Continuous opportunity

Our 10,000 markets provide opportunities to trade 24 hours a day.

Popular indices, including FTSE 100 and Wall Street, are available even when the underlying index is closed. You can trade on over 6000 shares from the world’s leading stock exchanges. And major, minor and exotic forex pairs are ready to trade at all times.



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1 IG globally, March 2013

2 with IG globally, March 2013

3 IG Group Holdings Plc, as at 31 May 2013

Largest retail CFD provider by revenue (excluding FX). Source: Published financial statements. As at August 2012.

5 IG globally, 99.95% core platform uptime,  January 2010 – April 2013; 99.51% of trades executed in 0.1 seconds, January 2013 - May 2013.