Your capital is at risk. CFDs can result in losses that exceed your initial deposit. Please ensure you fully understand the risks involved.

What is margin?

Margin trading gives you full exposure to a market using only a fraction of the capital you’d normally need.
Margin is the amount of money you need to open a position, defined by the margin rate.

As CFDs are leveraged product, you don’t need to pay the full value of your exposure in order to trade. Instead, you’ll only need to put up a fraction of your total exposure to open your position.

There are two types of margin to consider:

Initial margin

The initial margin is the minimum amount you’ll need to put up to open a position. It is sometimes called the deposit margin, or just the deposit.

Maintenance margin

The maintenance margin, also known as variation margin, is extra money that we might need to request from you if your position moves against you. Its purpose is to ensure you have enough money in your account to fund the present value of the position at all times – covering any running losses.

Things to remember

  • You should ensure that you have enough funds in your account to cover both margin and losses. If there isn't, you may be put on margin call
  • CFD accounts are margined independently: funds in one account will not cover the margin requirement or losses in another
  • IG will attempt to contact you in the case of margin call however there is no obligation to do so and we cannot guarantee that you will receive notification before your positions are closed