What is margin?
CFDs are leveraged products, meaning you don’t have to pay the full value of your exposure to deal. Instead, you only need to put up a fraction of your trade’s total value to open your position. This opening amount is called initial margin – it is also sometimes referred to as deposit margin.
Our margin rates
At IG, we offer tiered margining, applying different margin requirements at different levels of exposure. Smaller deal sizes generally benefit from better market liquidity, so these positions attract our lowest margin rates. Our tiers start at one, with the lowest margin rates, and go up to four, with the highest margin rates.
You can see a summary of tier one margins for some of our most popular markets below. Adding a stop can help limit your potential losses and, for Pro clients, may reduce your margin requirement.
1 Margin per contract
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Margin for Pro
If you qualify as a wholesale client and therefore for Pro , you won’t have to commit as much of your capital to the initial margin deposit as a retail client would.
You can learn more about Pro, along with the risks and benefits, on our Pro trading page.
Maintenance margin, also known as variation margin, is extra money that we might need to request if the market moves against you. It ensures that you have enough money in your account to fund the present value of the position – covering any running losses.
Maintenance margin is charged via a margin call, which occurs when your account equity has fallen below the minimum required to keep a position open. You should monitor your account balance and ensure that it is sufficiently funded at all times.