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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.

Professional trading

Professional clients gain exemption from leverage limits, benefit from superior account features, greater flexibility and may be eligible for cash rebates on selected markets.

For professionals only. Losses can exceed deposits. Negative balance protection is not available for professional accounts.1

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Am I eligible to be an IG professional client?

If you answer ‘yes’ to the following, you could be eligible to be classified as a professional trader.


  • Has your trading averaged 40 significantly sized leverage transactions with a minimum notional value of $50,000 each over the last year? or Have you worked in a relevant professional position of a DIFC firm that is regulated by the DFSA or any other firm abroad that is regulated by a financial services regulator in the last 2 years?

Professional account features

Professional traders also gain access to a range of choices not available to retail clients.

Cash rebates

If you trade in high volumes, you may be eligible to receive a rebate on your spread each month.

Exclusive experience

Invitations to premium hospitality and events, allowing you to socialize with like-minded traders in luxurious surroundings.

Dedicated support

A personal account manager, on hand to offer one-to-one support.

Greater flexibility

Your margin could decrease by up to 50% and you can fund your account using a Credit card, Debit card or through a bank transfer

What should you be aware of?

You will forgo some protections afforded to retail clients.

Higher leverage

Professional traders get higher leverage.

Assumed experience

We expect pro traders to have a certain level of knowledge and understanding.

Sophisticated language

We won't necessarily use simple language in our communications to pro clients.

The benefits of trading with IG

Founded in 1974 as the first company of our kind, we’ve been at the forefront of our industry ever since. More traders trust us with their money than anyone else, making us the world’s No.1 choice for CFD trading.1

Protected funds

Rest assured that when you trade with us, your funds are safeguarded in a range of ways.

Intuitive platforms

Find the perfect vehicle for your trading from our range of platforms and apps.

Greater opportunity

Choose from over 17,000+ markets, with many available for out-of-hours dealing.

Friendly, expert support

Get help 24 hours a day, except for Saturday from 1am to 11am.

Effective risk management

Use our range of stop and limit orders to help protect your interests.

Timely news and analysis

Inform your decisions with in-platform market insight.

Not eligible?

You can still trade over 17,000+ markets on our award-winning platform with a retail account, with the added bonus of negative balance protection.

Choose a true industry leader

More traders trust us with their money than anywhere else, making us the world's No.1 CFD provider.1

IG professional client FAQs

What if I’m not eligible to become a professional trader?

Not a problem – you can trade as a retail client with us. You’ll have access to the same powerful platforms and great customer service we offer our professional clients. Legally, as a retail client, that also means you’ll receive negative balance protection (see more in the next FAQ).

What’s the difference between an IG trading account and an IG professional account?

With an IG trading account, you’ll need to hold more margin to cover your positions than an IG professional client would. Your account will also have negative balance protection, meaning that the balance on your account can’t go below zero. Therefore, due to Dubai regulation, we’re obliged to bring your funds back up to zero (if they drop below) at no extra charge to you.

What protections do IG professional clients not get?

There are a few protections afforded to retail clients that professional clients don’t receive.

  • Negative balance protections are only a regulatory requirement for retail traders and don’t apply to professional clients, who have an obligation to make additional payments if their account falls into a negative balance.
  • We need to use clear language when talking to retail clients, but we can use more sophisticated language when talking to our professional clients.
  • We may assume a level of knowledge and experience when assessing whether our products are appropriate for professional clients.
  • We owe our clients a duty of best execution when executing orders. For retail clients we must prioritise overall prices and cost of a transaction in doing this. For professional clients we may prioritise other factors such as speed and likelihood of execution, if we determine they are equally or more important than overall price. In practice, it won’t change the way we execute your orders
What if I already have an IG trading account?

If you’d like, you can request that your account be reclassified as ‘professional’, by following the prompts in My IG. To check whether you could be eligible, see if you can answer ‘yes’ to these two questions.

Why is CFD leverage being restricted?

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) imposed a range of leverage restrictions aimed at retail traders towards the end of 2021, to try to increase conduct standards across the industry and improve outcomes for investors.

What is included in my ‘financial instrument portfolio’?

A ‘financial instrument portfolio’ includes:

  • Cash
  • Stock portfolios
  • Stocks and shares ISAs
  • Trading accounts
  • Mutual funds
  • SIPPs (excluding non-financial instruments)

It does not include:

  • Company pensions
  • Non-tradeable assets
  • Property

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1 As an IG professional client, you’ll be responsible for ensuring that your account doesn’t fall into a negative balance. If it does, you’ll need to make additional payments to bring your balance back above zero.
Based on revenue (published financial statements, 2022).