Forex trading

As the world’s most-traded financial market, foreign exchange presents a wealth of opportunities for those who can harness its inherent volatility. Open a forex trading account with Australia’s No.1 FX retail provider1 and use our range of powerful platforms to take advantage of movements in currency prices.

Why trade forex with IG?

Give your forex trading an edge with our accessible, easy-to-use platform and apps.

Practise trading forex on a demo account, in an environment with reduced risk.

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

Identify FX opportunities on clear, fast charts as standard, and deepen your analysis with ProRealTime.

Get peace of mind trading with Australia’s No.1 FX provider.1

Open an account quickly and easily – you could be set up and trading forex today.

Ways to trade forex with IG

DMA (Forex Direct)
Accessible to:
All clients.
All clients.
Traded in:
Commission-free for FX.
From $1 per $100 million
Web, mobile apps, MT4, ProRealTime, L2 Dealer, terminals and APIs.
Web, L2 dealer, mobile apps, terminals and APIs.
Demo account:

What is forex trading?

Forex trading, foreign exchange trading or currency trading is the buying and selling of currencies on the forex market with the aim of making a profit.

Forex is the world’s most-traded financial market, with transactions worth trillions of dollars taking place every day.

What are the benefits?

  • Go long or short
  • 24-hour trading
  • High liquidity
  • Regular opportunities
  • Trade on leverage
  • Wide range of FX pairs

How do I trade forex?

  1. Decide how you’d like to trade forex
  2. Learn how the forex market works
  3. Open a forex account
  4. Build a trading account
  5. Choose your forex trading platform
  6. Open, monitor and close your first position

Open an FX trading account today

You could be set up and trading in minutes. Or to practise trading forex in an environment with reduced risk, try a forex demo account.

Fill in a simple online form

We’ll ask a few questions about your trading

Get certified

We can usually verify your ID in just a few seconds

Fund your account and trade

You can withdraw your funds easily, whenever you like

How much does forex trading cost?

Your key payment for trading forex is the spread, essentially our commission for executing your trade. We work to keep our spreads among the lowest in the business.

Spot FX

IG spreads Forex Direct (DMA)
Min. spread Av. spread2 Av. spread3
EUR/USD 0.6 0.75 0.142
AUD/USD 0.6 0.75 0.329
USD/JPY 0.7 0.86 0.212
EUR/GBP 0.9 1.17 0.398
GBP/USD 0.9 1.34 0.639
EUR/JPY 1.5 1.96 0.48
USD/CHF 1.5 2.04 0.489

Learn more about our charges

There's no minimum balance required to open an account, it gives you access to over 80 FX pairs, and carries no obligation to fund or trade.

You can trade in smaller sizes for your first month, to help keep costs down while you get comfortable.

Discover our forex markets

Find your next opportunity in our huge range of over 80 major, minor and exotic forex pairs.

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Or browse live prices for popular forex pairs.

Markets Bid Offer Updated Change

Prices above are subject to our website terms and conditions. Prices are indicative only.

Forex trading platforms

  • Intuitive web platform

    Discover a clear, smart way to trade forex that’s intuitive and requires no downloads.

  • MetaTrader 4

    Build forex trading algorithms to execute automatically, even if your machine is off.

  • L2 dealer

    Get increased control over your forex CFD trades with our DMA platform.

  • Mobile apps

    Trade forex on the move, so you need never miss an opportunity.

Choose Australia's No.1 FX provider1

Find your next opportunity in our huge range of over 80 major, minor and exotic forex pairs. Why trade with anyone but the No.1?

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

2 Average spread (Monday 12am – Friday 10pm UK time) for the 12 weeks ending 24 February 2017. For our minimum spreads, please see our CFD and MT4 details.

3 Time-weighted (10pm – 8pm UK time) average spread by trade (quoted to three decimal places), August 2016. There is also a commission charge for Forex Direct.Time-weighted (10pm – 8pm UK time) average spread by trade (quoted to three decimal places), August 2016. There is also a commission charge for Forex Direct.

Help and support

Get answers

Or ask about opening an account on 1800 601 799, or +61 (3) 9860 1799, or

If you're calling from NZ, you can contact us on 0800 442 150

We're here 24hrs a day from 3pm Saturday to 9am Saturday (AEDT).