Margin rates

Our tiered margining system means we can offer rates that remain competitive while reflecting the size of your position and associated liquidity of the market.

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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 reduces your exposure by limiting your potential losses and may reduce your margin requirement.

  • Indices
  • Forex
  • Commodities
  • Shares
  • Cryptos


Stock index Retail1 Leverage equivalent IG Pro1 Leverage equivalent
FTSE 100 0.5% 1:200 0.40% 1:250
Wall Street 0.5% 1:200 0.40% 1:250
Germany 30 0.5% 1:200 0.40% 1:250
US 500 0.5% 1:200 0.40% 1:250
Australia 200 0.5% 1:200 0.40% 1:250

1 Margin per contract


Forex Retail1 Leverage equivalent IG Pro1 Leverage equivalent
EUR/USD 0.5% 1:200 0.40% 1:250
GBP/USD 0.5% 1:200 0.40% 1:250
AUD/USD 0.5% 1:200 0.40% 1:250
EUR/JPY 0.5% 1:200 0.40% 1:250
USD/CHF 0.5% 1:200 0.40% 1:250

1 Margin per contract


Commodities Retail1 Leverage equivalent IG Pro1 Leverage equivalent
Spot Gold 0.5% 1:200 0.40% 1:250
Spot Silver (5000oz) 2% 1:50 1.60% 1:62
High Grade Copper 2% 1:50 1.60% 1:62
Oil - US Crude 1.5% 1:67 1.20% 1:83
Oil - Brent Crude 1.5% 1:67 1.20% 1:83

1 Margin per contract


Shares Retail1 Leverage equivalent IG Pro1 Leverage equivalent
Apple 5% 1:20 4% 1:25
Tesla Motors Inc (All Sessions) 5% 1:20 4% 1:25
BHP Billiton Ltd 5% 1:20 4% 1:25
Commonwealth Bank of Australia 5% 1:20 4% 1:25 Inc (All Sessions) 5% 1:20 4% 1:25

1 Margin per contract


Cryptocurrencies Retail1 Leverage equivalent IG Pro1 Leverage equivalent
Bitcoin (USD) 10% 1:10 4% 1:25
Ether (USD) 10% 1:10 4% 1:25
Ripple (USD) 10% 1:10 4% 1:25
Bitcoin Cash (USD) 10% 1:10 8% 1:12
Litecoin (USD) 10% 1:10 8% 1:12

1 Margin per contract

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Margin for IG Pro

If you qualify as a wholesale client and therefore for IG Pro, you won’t have to commit as much of your capital to the initial margin deposit as a retail client would.

For example, if a retail client wanted to take a position on the Australia 200, a margin of 0.5% would be required. As an IG Pro client, on the other hand, would only need to put down a margin of 0.45%.

You can find out more, and check if you are eligible for IG Pro, on our professional trading page.

Maintenance margin

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.

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