The Future of Trading


A time traveller’s guide to the future of trading’ is brought to you by IG.

About IG

IG is an award-winning, multi-platform trading company, the world’s No.1 provider of CFD trading,1 and a global leader in forex. It provides leveraged trading products across all its markets, and an execution-only share dealing service in the UK, Australia, Germany, France, Ireland, Austria and the Netherlands.

The company is a member of the FTSE 250, and has offices across Europe, North America, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. It also offers on-exchange limited risk derivatives via the Nadex brand in the US.

About the project

Thirteen of IG’s financial writers and analysts took a survey in which they submitted predictions describing what trading technology might look like in 2069.

In the first instance, respondents were asked to give their general assessments of possible developments in trading technology over the next 50 years. They then submitted additional predictions regarding potential developments in six more specific categories: emerging technologies (eg blockchain and quantum computing), alerts and signals, risk management tools, platform technology, trading accessibility, and other enhancements.

Our writers and analysts voted for the predictions which they thought were the most plausible based on their in-depth industry knowledge, with the most popular ideas being written up as articles.


The ideas presented remain purely hypothetical and are in no way to be taken as a definitive or certain assessment of what trading in 2069 will be like.

1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published half-yearly financial statements, June 2019); for forex based on number of primary relationships with FX traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released August 2018).