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It's free to open an account with us - and there's no obligation to fund or trade. Or, open a demo to try out our platform.
There's no minimum balance to open an account with IG. Once you've funded your account and started trading, our main charge on each trade is the spread or a small commission for shares trades.
You choose your price per contract (we offer lower minimum contract sizes for new clients), and put down a margin payment. This allows you full exposure to a market with only a fraction of the total capital you'd normally need. Other charges can apply – see our charges and fees for more details.
When you open an IG account you're joining the world's No. 1 CFD provider*
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Our trading services in Contracts for Difference (CFD) are leveraged products and can result in losses that exceed your initial margin.
CFDs are not suitable for everyone, and it is important that you fully understand and remain aware of the risks involved, that you have adequate financial resources to deal with them and that you monitor your positions closely. You have to read and understand the Risk disclosure notice before you apply to begin trading with us.
What you need to know
With an IG CFD trading account, you can manage your exposure using a range of risk management tools, including stops and automated alerts. We’ll also help you learn the essentials of risk management, and you can practise your strategies using a demo account.
It's also important to read and understand our account information documents before you get started.
Platforms and tools
Support and education
Barclays Plc 289.85/290
Buy at 290
|Deal size||2000 shares|
|What happens next?||The market rises steadily to 295.05|
Sell at 294.85
294.85 – 290 = 4.85p
Gross profit = 4.85p x 2000 shares = £97
If the underlying market fell to 282.25 instead, and assuming same costs:
-7.75p x 2000 shares
Gross loss = £155
To calculate your net profit or loss, you would need to factor in any spread, commission or funding charges. See our detailed example for more information.
FTSE 100 JUN13 Future 6400
|Our market and price||
FTSE 100 Cash6441.05/6442.5
Sell at 6441.05
1 contract£10 per contract
Margin requirement per contract x number of contracts
£250 x 1
|What happens next?||The market drops dramatically, reaching 6300 at 10pm, when funding is calculated. It rises a little overnight, to 6310|
Funding = £3.47
(One-month LIBOR eg 0.49% minus 2.5% x £10 x 6300)/365
Buy at 6310.5
|Overall market movement & profit/loss||
Gross profit = £1305.50
6441.05 – 6310.5 = 130.55
Each contract is worth £10 per point
1-point IG spread (included)
Funding cost: £3.47
£1302.03 net profit
If the market rose 130.5 points instead:
130.5 x £10 + £3.40£1308.40 net loss
Please note we make a cash adjustment to your account to reflect funding charges for any Cash CFD held open overnight.
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Peace of mind
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