CFDs are complex financial instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. CFDs are complex financial instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Margin rates

Our tiered margining system means we can offer rates that remain competitive while reflecting the size of your position and associated liquidity of the market.

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What is margin?

CFDs are a leveraged product, meaning you don’t have to pay the full value of your exposure to deal. Instead, you only need to put up a fraction of your trade’s total value to open your position. This opening amount is called initial margin – it is also sometimes referred to as deposit margin.

Our margin rates

At IG, we offer tiered margining, applying different margin requirements at different levels of exposure. Smaller deal sizes generally benefit from better market liquidity, so these positions attract our lowest margin rates. Our tiers start at one, with the lowest margin rates, and go up to four, with the highest margin rates.

You can see a summary of tier one margins for some of our most popular markets below.

  • Indices
  • Forex
  • Commodities
  • Shares
  • Cryptos

CFDs

Stock index Retail Leverage equivalent Professional* Leverage equivalent
FTSE 100 5% 1:20 0.45% 1:222
Wall Street 5% 1:20 0.45% 1:222
Germany 40 5% 1:20 0.45% 1:222
US 500 5% 1:20 0.45% 1:222
US Tech 100 5% 1:20 0.45% 1:222

* Margin per contract

CFDs

Forex Retail Leverage equivalent Professional Leverage equivalent
EUR/USD 3.33% 1:30 0.45% 1:222
GBP/USD 3.33% 1:30 0.45% 1:222
AUD/USD 3.33% 1:30 0.45% 1:222
EUR/JPY 3.33% 1:30 0.45% 1:222
USD/CHF 3.33% 1:30 1.35% 1:74

CFDs

Commodities Retail Leverage equivalent Professional* Leverage equivalent
Spot Gold 5% 1:20 0.45% 1:222
Spot Silver (5000oz) 10% 1:10 1.80% 1:55
High Grade Copper 10% 1:10 1.80% 1:55
Oil - US Crude 10% 1:10 1.35% 1:74
Oil - Brent Crude 10% 1:10 1.35% 1:74

* Margin per contract

CFDs

Shares Retail Leverage equivalent Professional Leverage equivalent
Apple 20% 1:50 4.5% 1:22
Barclays PLC 20% 1:50 4.5% 1:22
BHP Group PLC (LSE) 20% 1:50 4.5% 1:22
GlaxoSmithKline PLC 20% 1:50 4.5% 1:22
Vodafone Group PLC 20% 1:50 4.5% 1:22

CFDs

Cryptocurrencies Retail Leverage equivalent Professional Leverage equivalent
Bitcoin (USD) 50% 2:1 18% 1:5.55
Ether (USD) 50% 2:1 18% 1:5.55
Bitcoin Cash (USD) 50% 2:1 18% 1:5.55
Litecoin (USD) 50% 2:1 18% 1:5.55

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Margin for professionals

Professional clients are exempt from regulatory limits on leverage that are in place for retail clients. If you qualify as a professional client, you won’t have to commit as much of your capital to the initial margin deposit as a retail client would.

For example, if a retail client wanted to take a position on the FTSE 100, a margin of 5% would be required. A professional client, on the other hand, would only need to put down a margin of 0.45%.

You can find out more, and check if you are eligible for professional status, on our professional trading page.

Maintenance margin

Maintenance margin, also known as variation margin, is extra money that we might need to request if the market moves against you. It ensures that you have enough money in your account to fund the present value of the position – covering any running losses.

Maintenance margin is charged via a margin call, which is a status applied to your account when it has fallen below the minimum required to keep a position open.

Find out more about margin calls and how they work

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