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Gold trading

Start trading gold online with Australia's No.1 CFD provider.1

Start trading today. Call 1800 601 799 or email newaccounts.au@ig.com. We’re here 24 hours a day, except from 7am to 5pm Saturdays (AEST).

Contact us: 1800 601 799

Start trading today. Call 1800 601 799 or email newaccounts.au@ig.com. We’re here 24 hours a day, except from 7am to 5pm Saturdays (AEST).

Contact us: 1800 601 799

Why trade gold with us?

Trade gold spot prices

Open short-term positions with our exclusive undated gold market

Speculate on gold futures

Trade long-term gold price movements with futures contracts

Take your capital further

Get full market exposure for a small deposit, called margin

Get the best gold prices

Trade on some of the lowest gold spreads in the market – as little as 0.3 points

Choose to trade or invest

Trade gold with our leveraged products

Manage your gold risk

Protect your capital with guaranteed stops, which only incur a fee if triggered

Ways to trade gold with us

Gold CFD trading Gold share trading
Markets to trade Spot prices, futures, options contracts, shares and ETFs Shares and ETFs
Main benefits Go long or short on gold prices. Take ownership of shares to gain voting rights and dividends if paid
Traded in Contracts Shares
Commission Share CFDs are subject to commission. All other markets are charged via the spread Invest in international shares commission-free, or Australian shares from just A$52
Platforms Web, mobile app and advanced platforms Web and mobile app
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What is gold trading?

Gold trading is a method of speculating on the price of gold online via spot prices, futures, options, shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Trading via CFDs means you don’t have to take ownership or delivery of the commodity.

How to trade gold online in Australia?

  1. Open a CFD account
  2. Find an opportunity
  3. Take your first position
  4. Monitor and close your trade

Gold CFD live price

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Why is gold trading popular?

Gold trading is popular due to the metal’s reputation for being highly desired since ancient times. Coveted for both its cultural and financial value, there are a few benefits that make gold an attractive market, for example:

  • It’s considered a ‘safe haven’ investment in times of financial turbulence
  • It has a wide variety of industrial applications in electronics and computing, as well as jewellery manufacturing
  • It tends to perform strongly in high-inflation scenarios and can therefore be used as a hedging tool

Top tips for trading gold online

Plan your trading

Develop a trading plan before you start, so that you’ll be less inclined to make emotional decisions when it comes to your gold positions. A good trading plan will outline details such as whether you want to trade or invest in gold, how much time and capital you want to spend on your gold trades, your preferred risk management tools, and much more.

Learn what moves gold

Make sure you understand the gold price drivers, such as supply and demand, before you start trading.

Read about what moves the price of gold

Analyse the market

Use charts to get an idea of how gold behaves over different timeframes. Look for patterns, wait for breakouts before trading, and trade with the trend. Compare up to four different timeframes at once with the charts in the IG trading platform, and get free trading signals to help you make your call.

Consider mining stocks or gold ETFs

Gain indirect exposure to gold by investing in individual mining stocks or a gold ETF – short for exchange traded fund. ETFs are baskets of assets that give you broad exposure to the gold market from just a single position. You can buy and sell ETFs by opening a share trading account. If you would rather speculate on the gold price instead of investing, you can use CFDs to go long or short on spot gold or the share price of companies that mine gold.

Trade gold on Australia’s best trading platform4

Trade gold on Australia’s best trading platform4

Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 17,000 global markets, with reliable execution

Trade seamlessly, wherever you are

Trade on the move with our natively designed, award-winning trading app

Feel secure with a trusted provider

With 45 years of experience, we’re proud to offer a truly market-leading service

Gold trading costs and details

  • Spreads
  • Margin

The spread is our charge for executing your trade. It’s the difference between the buy and sell price, which we wrap around the underlying gold price.

Minimum spread for futures Minimum spread for undated markets
Spot gold (100OZ) 0.6 0.3
Alternative gold markets Minimum spread
Daily gold options 0.3
Centamin stock 0.255
Petropavlovsk stock 0.165
ZKB Gold ETF 0.75

The spread will vary, depending on whether you trade futures or our undated contracts. Futures have a wider spread, but no overnight funding charges – so are more cost-effective for longer-term trades.

If you choose to trade gold stocks and ETFs via CFDs or invest with a share trading account, you’ll be charged a commission instead of a spread.

CFDs are leveraged products, which means you can gain full exposure for a small deposit – called margin. This isn’t an extra cost to you, but it can make a big difference to the affordability of your trade.

Remember, leverage will magnify both profits and losses.

Market Retail margin Pro Level 1 margin Pro Level 2 margin
Spot gold (100OZ) 5% 1.00% 0.40%
Petropavlovsk stock 25% 25% 20%
ZKB Gold ETF 20% 10% 8%

When trading gold options, the margin for 'buying' an option is the opening price (or premium) multiplied by the size of the trade. The margin for 'selling' an option is the same as the margin when trading the underlying futures market.

Choose Australia’s No.1 CFD provider1

Seize opportunity on 17,000+ markets, including commodities, major indices and FX.

Choose Australia’s No.1 CFD provider1

Seize opportunity on 17,000+ markets, including commodities, major indices and FX.

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1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published half yearly financial statements, June 2020) Number 1 in Australia by primary relationships, CFDs & FX, Investment Trends December 2020 Leveraged Trading Report CFDs & FX, Investment Trends December 2020 Leveraged Trading Report
2 Place three share trades in the previous month to qualify.
3 As awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2020 and Professional Trader Awards 2019.
4 Our spread for a particular share or ETF is calculated as a percentage of the current price – they are subject to variation, especially in volatile market conditions. Please note: we have tried to ensure that the information here is as accurate as possible, but it is intended for guidance only and any errors will not be binding on us.