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 can help limit your potential losses and, for Pro clients, may reduce your margin requirement.

  • Indices
  • Forex
  • Commodities
  • Shares
  • Cryptos


Stock index Retail1 Pro Level 11 Pro Level 21
FTSE 100 5% 1.0% 0.4%
Wall Street 5% 1.0% 0.4%
Germany 30 5% 1.0% 0.4%
US 500 5% 1.0% 0.4%
Australia 200 5% 1.0% 0.4%

1 Margin per contract


Forex Retail1 Pro Level 11 Pro Level 21
EUR/USD 3.33% 1.0% 0.4%
GBP/USD 3.33% 1.0% 0.4%
AUD/USD 3.33% 1.0% 0.4%
EUR/JPY 3.33% 1.0% 0.4%
USD/CHF 3.33% 1.0% 0.4%

1 Margin per contract


Commodities Retail1 Pro Level 11 Pro Level 21
Spot Gold 5% 1.0% 0.40%
Spot Silver (5000oz) 10% 2.5% 1.2%
High Grade Copper 10% 2.5% 1.2%
Oil - US Crude 10% 2.5% 1.2%
Oil - Brent Crude 10% 2.5% 1.2%

1 Margin per contract


Shares AU retail1 NZ retail1 Pro Level 11 Pro Level 21
Apple 20% 5% 10% 4%
Tesla Motors Inc (All Sessions) 20% 5% 10% 4%
BHP Billiton Ltd 20% 5% 10% 4%
Commonwealth Bank of Australia 20% 5% 10% 4% Inc (All Sessions) 20% 5% 10% 4%

1 Margin per contract


Cryptocurrencies AU retail1 NZ retail1 Pro Level 11 Pro Level 21
Bitcoin (USD) 50% 10% 25% 8%
Ether (USD) 50% 10% 25% 8%
Ripple (USD) 50% 10% 25% 8%
Bitcoin Cash (USD) 50% 10% 25% 8%
Litecoin (USD) 50% 10% 25% 8%

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

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.

Find out more about margin calls and how they work

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