CFD trading

CFD trading offers you the chance to find opportunity in a huge variety of financial markets – whether they’re moving up or down in price. Trade CFDs with IG, and you’ll have all the expertise of Australia’s No.1 CFD provider at your disposal.1

Why trade CFDs with IG?

Mitigate against risk with our extensive range of stop and limit orders

Keep your costs down with our competitive spreads

Get expert support, 24 hours a day from 3pm Saturday to 9am Saturday (AEDT)

Rest assured that you’re trading with a regulated FTSE 250 company

Trade at your desk or on the move with our easy-to-use platforms and apps

Become a better trader whatever your skill level, with our educational resources

What is CFD trading?

Trading CFDs, or ‘contracts for difference’, allows you to speculate on whether an asset’s price will move up or down – without having to own the asset.

What are the benefits?

  • Massive market choice
  • Free up your capital
  • Go short or long
  • Mirror the underlying

How do I trade CFDs?

  1. Open a trading account
  2. Find an opportunity
  3. Take a position
  4. Monitor your trade

Open a CFD account

Fill in a simple online form

We’ll ask a few questions about your trading experience

Get instant ID verification

We can usually verify your identity in just a few seconds

Fund and start trading

Or practise in an environment with reduced risk, using our demo if you’d prefer

What markets can I trade with CFDs?

  • Forex

    Get spreads from just 0.6 points on pairs like EUR/USD with Australia’s No.1 FX provider.2

  • Indices

    Trade on the world’s major stock indices CFDs, with more 24-hour markets than any other provider.

  • Shares CFDs

    Discover opportunity in rising and falling prices across over 10,500 international share CFD markets.

  • Commodities

    Trade on a wide range of metals, energies and soft commodity CFDs, with Spot Gold spreads starting at 0.3 points.

  • Cryptocurrency CFDs

    Take advantage of movement on bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and ripple pairs, with no wallet needed.

  • Other markets

    Trade CFDs on interest rates, bonds, sectors and more.

How much does it cost?

Your key payment for trading CFDs is the spread (or commission, in the case of share CFDs) – our charge for executing your trade. We benchmark our fees to try and keep them among the lowest in the business.

Market Number of individual markets Minimum spread Margin rates from
Retail clients Professional clients
68 0.6 0.50% 0.40%
100+ 0.1 0.50% 0.40%
Share CFDs
10,500+ 0.1 5% 4%
47 0.3 0.7% 1.2%
Cryptocurrency CFDs
6 1 15% 12%

Depending on your position, you may need to pay overnight funding. Learn more about our charges.

There’s no minimum balance required to create a CFD trading account with us. Open one today, and you’ll get access to over 15,000 financial markets.

When you’re ready, you choose your trade size. What’s more, new CFD traders get lower minimums for one month.

Choose the world’s No.1 CFD provider

Why open a trading account with anyone but the best CFD provider? More traders around the world choose to trade CFDs with us than anyone else, making us the world’s No1.3

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1 Number 1 in Australia by primary relationships, Investment Trends August 2017 CFD Report.

2 Number 1 in Australia by primary relationships, Investment Trends December 2017 FX Report.

3 World's largest retail CFD provider by revenue (excluding FX). Source: Published financial statements, as at February 2018.

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