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.
Established in 1974
Clients across 156 countries
15,000 markets worldwide

Execution and pricing technology

Our technology is engineered for speed, stability and better prices – giving you the edge in a competitive environment.

How we provide fast, reliable execution

Our systems are built to cope with a huge number of trades very quickly:

  • Over 22 million orders accepted (Apr-Jun 2016)

And our robust platforms are engineered to cope with large volumes of traffic:

  • More than 42,000 unique daily web users (August 2016)
  • More than 52,000 unique daily mobile users (August 2016)

How we give you the best price

Markets can move in milliseconds, meaning the price you click to trade on may have changed by the time your order reaches us.

IG's order management system will never fill you at a level worse than the one you requested – however your order may be rejected.

  • A symmetrical tolerance level is set a certain distance either side of your requested price – if the market stays within this range by the time we receive your order, your order will be executed at the level you requested. If you submit a market order it will be filled in the size and price available when we receive it.

Should the price move outside this range, we will do one of two things:

  • If the market moves to a better level for you, our price improvement technology will ensure you receive it. We've saved our clients over £55 million in this way since January 2013.
  • If the price moves beyond our tolerance in the opposite direction, we'll reject the order and ask you to resubmit at the current level

We do these checks to ensure the price your order is filled at is consistent with the current price that is available to our clients.

 

Two new ways to trade

We now offer you even more control over your order execution, with partial fills and points through current. These new features will be available in the dealing platform and the latest version of the IG mobile trading app. For full terms see our customer agreement page.

Partial fills

We'll be the first in the industry to offer clients partial fills on their online trades. If you are a client who trades in large size you will be able to accept a partial fill to increase your chance of a successful execution.

If you choose to use this feature, IG will only ever partially fill your order as an alternative to an outright rejection. IG will never partially fill your order as an alternative to filling it in its entirety. So if you trade in a size so large that we cannot fill your entire order rather than reject your entire order IG will be able to fill you in the maximum size possible. 

If you have selected the partial fill feature, the next time you trade through the same device it will be retained as your default option. It will, however, need to be activated independently on different devices e.g. going from your desktop trading platform to using your account through an app.

Are partial fills for me?
If you are a client who wants as much of your order filled as possible at the current price, and do not want a size rejection just because IG cannot fill the entire order.

Example

IG’s current FTSE price is 6799-6800. You want to buy up to $2000 per point at 6800, but you are worried your order may be size rejected as it is so big.

You submit an order to buy $2000 per point at 6800, and select ‘accept partial fill’ on the deal ticket

IG tries to fill you in the whole $2000 per point, but as the order is so big you receive a partial fill in $1700 per point. If you had not ‘accepted partial fill’ your entire order would have been rejected. The remaining part of your order ($300) will be cancelled.

How we source the best prices

We source our prices from a large number of venues to make sure we give you the best price we can:

  • Our forex and some other market prices are sourced from top global banks and exchanges
  • We use primary exchanges like the LSE and our multi-venue technology to source share prices from two of Europe’s leading exchanges, Chi-X and BATS
  • This means you get greater liquidity and can access the best prices from around the globe, and it means we can continue to quote even if an exchange goes down
  • For some illiquid shares we use market-maker prices
  • We make our own prices for markets such as digital 100s and for out-of-hours markets

Which prices are live?

The majority of our prices are live for active clients.

For share CFDs, prices will be delayed by 20 minutes, but within deal tickets prices will be shown live at the point of dealing. Clients have to subscribe to get continual live prices from within the platform – this does incur a fee from any exchange you subscribe to.

You can get access to ProRealTime chart at no extra cost if you transact at least four times in a given month. However, if you don't meet this requirement, or your trading activity is of extremely low value, then a £30 per month fee will apply on the last day of every calendar month.

 

We display delayed prices by default on all equity markets, unless we can offer another free data option, such as pricing from multilateral trading facilities (MTFs) or derived prices.

You can see raw exchange prices if you upgrade your data feeds or use our DMA platform. Upgrading does incur a fee from any exchange you subscribe to. 

Please note that execution is always against the true exchange price, and will be at the best price that we can source from multiple trading venues. 

You can get access to ProRealTime chart at no extra cost if you transact at least four times in a given month. However, if you don't meet this requirement, or your trading activity is of extremely low value, then a £30 per month fee will apply on the last day of every calendar month.

DMA pricing technology

  • Best possible prices due to aggregated prices from multiple exchanges
  • Better execution thanks to increased liquidity
  • Technology that automatically hunts down the optimum prices
  • Free live price feeds from MTFs

How does it work?

MTF lit books

Multilateral Trading Facilities (MTFs) provide visible order books in the same way primary exchanges do, so you can see the price and size of all orders and judge where you want to place yours. We combine these MTF lit books and the primary exchange order book to display a single, aggregated order book.

If you are using our L2 Dealer platform, you can view the individual order books for each exchange and MTF.

Dark pools

Our technology also connects you to the dark pools provided by MTFs like Chi-X’s Delta or BATS Europe’s Dark Pool. These are orders not displayed on the lit books but are available for you to trade against. Dark liquidity pools are often used by institutional investors who do not wish to reveal the price, size and origin of their orders.

This means that as well as the liquidity visible on the lit order books, trading share CFDs with IG gives you unparalleled access to the non-displayed liquidity found in the dark pools. This means you can take advantage of even greater levels of liquidity, increasing the likelihood of your orders being filled and the potential for better prices.

Better prices

Previously, MTF lit and dark liquidity was only available to large institutional investors; we enable all CFD traders to access these new venues through our DMA trading solutions: shares DMA and Forex Direct.

Security

All our platforms use top-level web security, so you can trade with confidence.

We utilise 256-bit SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption, which is the industry standard for online financial transactions, from PayPal and eBay to major banking institutions.

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Contact us

Our office is open 5 days a week, Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 7pm. Support line is available 24hrs a day from 12pm Saturday to 2am Saturday (UAE time).

+971 (0) 4 559 2108

You can also email us at: helpdesk.ae@ig.com

 

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.