Professional trading

As an experienced trader, you may be eligible to be classed as a professional - gaining exemption from leverage limits and product restrictions.

Lower margin rates

The regulatory landscape is changing, but leverage restrictions don't apply to professional traders. Qualify for a professional account, and your margin rates will decrease on many markets.

retail trading rates Leverage equivalent minimum professional trading rates Leverage equivalent
Major FX 2% 1:50 0.45% 1:222
Major indices 2% 1:50 0.45% 1:222
Gold 2% 1:50 0.63% 1:158
Other commodities 5% 1:20 1.35% 1:74
Cryptocurrencies 10% 1:10 4.5% 1:22
Shares 10% 1:10 0.45% 1:222

How much margin will you need as an IG professional client?

If you trade 1 contract of EUR/USD, at a price of 1.13626:

Your retail margin requirement would be $2272.52

With a professional account, it would be $568.13

Pro features

  • 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

  • Dedicated support

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

  • Exclusive experience

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

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 the financial sector in a professional position, requiring knowledge of derivatives trading, for at least 2 years?

The benefits of choosing 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.

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Intuitive platforms

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

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Greater opportunity

Choose from over 16,000 markets, with many available for out-of-hours dealing.

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Friendly, expert support

Get help 24 hours a day, except for Saturday from 2:00am to 12:00pm.

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Effective risk management

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

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Timely news and analysis

Inform your decisions with in-platform market insight.

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Not eligible?

You can still trade over 16,000 markets on our award-winning platform with a retail account.

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.

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. With a professoinal client account you will also be able to fund using a Credit card.

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 questions.

Why is CFD leverage being restricted?

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) imposed a range of leverage restrictions aimed at retail traders in 2017 to increase conduct standards across the industry.

What is included in my ‘financial instrument portfolio’?

A ‘financial instrument portfolio’ includes:

  • Cash
  • Stock portfolios
  • Trading accounts
  • Mutual funds
  • SIPPs (excluding non-financial instruments)
  • Property

It does not include:

  • Company pensions
  • Non-tradeable assets

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1 Based on number of primary relationships with CFD traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released August 2018).

Help and support

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All trading involves risk and losses can exceed deposits. Trading CFDs may not be suitable for everyone so please ensure that you fully understand the risks involved. All trading involves risk and losses can exceed deposits.