CFDs are a leveraged product and can result in losses that exceed deposits. Trading CFDs may not be suitable for everyone, so please ensure you fully understand the risks and take care to manage your exposure.
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CFD account details

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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.

Our charges

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.

Take a look at a CFD  share trading example, or a more detailed CFD indices trading example.

Account benefits

When you open an IG account you're joining the world's No. 1 CFD provider*

All our clients benefit from:

  • Tight spreads, low commissions and low margins on over 10,000 markets
  • A superior trading platform, available across the web and mobile devices
  • Expert charting packages
  • Free educational videos and resources
  • Friendly, helpful customer support
  • Free data, research and analysis tools
  • Security of a financially strong, FTSE 250 company, founded in 1974


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.

Account essentials

 Account charges

  • No setup charge
  • No annual charge
  • No account closure fee
  • Inactivity fee of $18 on the first of every month, if no dealing activity has occurred for two years or more

Trading details    

  • Over 10,000 global markets
  • Exempt from stamp duty (but not tax-free*)
  • Traded in shares through CFDs
  • Commissions on certain markets
  • Lower minimum online comission on UK shares for first six weeks1
  • Overnight funding available (charges apply)
  • Minimum trade size 50% of normal for first two weeks3
  • Margin/leverage from 0.5% for forex, 5% for shares and margin factor for indices
  • Trading by phone available
  • Full range of risk management tools available

Platforms and tools  

  • Access to all platforms 
  • Demo account available
  • Live streaming of IG charts 
  • Advanced charting packages available2
  • Technical analysis tools 
  • Economic calendar 
  • Live Reuters news 
  • DMA available with download of L2 Dealer platform 

Support and education

  • 24/7 phone support Monday to Friday
  • Educational videos and guides
  • In-person seminars
  • Live webinars

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It's free to open an account, and there's no obligation to fund or trade.

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* Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, February 2018).

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Buying Barclays plc light

Buying Barclays

Underlying market/value

Barclays Plc 289.85/290

Our price 289.85/290

Buy at 290

Deal size 2000 shares
Margin required


What happens next? The market rises steadily to 295.05
Underlying market 294.85/295.05

Sell at 294.85

Gross profit

294.85 – 290 = 4.85p

Gross profit = 4.85p x 2000 shares = £97

What if...

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.

Selling the FTSE 100 Cash CFD and FSB Detailed

Selling the FTSE 100: detailed

  Cash CFD
Underlying market/value

FTSE 100 JUN13 Future 6400

Our market and price 

FTSE 100 Cash


Sell at 6441.05

Deal size

1 contract

£10 per contract
Margin required


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

Net profit

£1302.03 net profit

What if...

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.


Requirements checklist

  • You must be over 18
  • You must successfully meet our appropriateness assessment (within the application form) to see if CFD trading is appropriate for you – this is a regulatory requirement
  • We can open a CFD trading account for people from most countries, but it may be more convenient for you to deal with an office closer to home

Information checklist

  • It’s important to understand the basics of CFD trading
  • Do you understand the  risks?

Full terms and agreements

What we ask you

  • We need your name and address to establish your identity – this protects against possible fraud
  • We ask about your financial trading experience to assess if CFD trading is appropriate for you – this is a regulatory requirement

Peace of mind

  • We’ll never contact your employer as part of the application
  • Your data is kept securely in line with our privacy policy and the Data Protection Act
  • We’ll never ask for a deposit to open an account

Contact us

Our office is open 5 days a week, Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 7pm (Dubai time). Support line is available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, except for Saturday from 1am to 11am (Dubai time).

+971 (0) 4 559 2108

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CFDs are a leveraged product and can result in losses that exceed deposits. Trading CFDs may not be suitable for everyone, so please ensure you fully understand the risks and take care to manage your exposure.

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