Contracts for difference (CFDs) with IG – the flexible way to trade the financial markets
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It takes less than five minutes to complete the form and open a CFD trading account, and you get reduced commissions for your first two weeks.1
Join Australia's No.1 CFD provider2 for superior service and support
Competitive rates: FX from 0.6 pips, indices from 0.4 points, Australian shares from 0.1% commission with a minimum of $8
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Opportunities in over 15,000 markets: global indices, forex, shares, commodities and more
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We’re proud to offer a huge range of trading options across the financial markets. It's another reason why we're the World's No. 1 CFD provider,3 with over 152,600 clients worldwide.4
Australia 200, Wall Street, FTSE 100, Germany 30 and more
Competitive rates on over 7500 shares, plus DMA trading
Choose from over 90 currency pairs with Australia's No.1 retail forex provider5
Trade on gold, silver, oil and dozens more commodity markets
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Trade volatility with our comprehensive, flexible options
Contracts for difference (CFDs) allow you to open a contract for the difference in price of an asset, from the point of opening to when you close.
CFD trading allows you to take a position on the future value of an asset whether you think it will go up or down. While this means the product is very flexible, it also requires a high level of risk management.
It's important to remember you're trading contracts with IG, not physically trading in the underlying market. This means you don’t actually own any assets.
How do I trade CFDs?
We set a price for a contract based on the underlying market, which you can buy or sell.
With each market you are given a 'buy' and 'sell' price either side of the underlying market price. You can trade on a market to go up (known as 'buying' or 'going long'), or you can trade on it to go down (known as 'selling' or 'going short').
How much does it cost to trade CFDs?
It depends on the market you choose. Generally you only pay a commission charge for share CFDs, or a spread (the difference between the buy and sell prices) for all other markets. There is a small charge to fund positions overnight, a small premium for guaranteed stops, and other fees.
Is it risky?
Yes, CFDs do carry risk - if the market moves against you, you lose money. And because CFDs are leveraged products, you could lose more than your deposit.
IG offers a full range of tools to help you manage your risk.
1 Introductory offer. See more details.
2 Number 1 in Australia by primary relationships, Investment Trends May 2016 CFD Report.
3 World's largest retail CFD provider by revenue (excluding FX). Source: Published financial statements, as at October 2016.
4 IG globally, year ending 31 May 2015