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Share trading

Trade shares from just $8, using our award-winning trading platform. Buy and sell global shares on any device, all from the one account.

Please note Share Trading is available to Australian tax residents only

Outstanding rates

With commission from just $8 per trade on Australian shares, we're confident we have some of the lowest fees in Australia.

Low currency conversion

We charge a flat rate of just 0.3% on currency conversions. You can also avoid the cost completely by settling into multi-currency accounts.

Collateral service

Use shareholdings as collateral to cover initial deposits on CFD trades.

Access over 11,000 global shares

Trade over 11,000 international shares on major indices from only US$10 per trade.
 

Mobile trading

Trade on the go with dedicated apps for all major devices.
 

24-hour support

Highly trained team available around the clock.


A better share trading service

Exceptional technology

Built on over 40 years’ experience, our technology is engineered for speed, stability and better prices – giving you the edge in a competitive environment.

Transparent pricing

With a simple commission structure and flat, low currency conversion fees, you can rest assured you’re only paying the costs you see up front.

Extended market hours

Take advantage of US results with pre- and post-market trading using our extended market hours.

Available markets

You can trade over 13,000 shares from the following stock indices in local denominations:

  • Australia: ASX 200, ASX 300 and many other small cap Australian stocks
  • US: S&P 500, DOW 30, NASDAQ 100 and many other small cap US stocks
  • UK: FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and many other small cap UK stocks
  • Germany: DAX, HDAX, MDAX
  • Ireland: ISEQ

If you are looking for a specific stock that you can't find on our platform, please call us on 1800 601 799 to discuss your individual requirements.

See all our charges and fees, or view our complete share trading product details list (PDF).

Trade more than 13,000 shares with an IG Share Trading account.

Open an account now

There's no minimum balance to open an account, it takes less than five minutes, and there's no obligation to fund or trade.

FAQs

What is Share Trading?

Share trading is the service of buying and selling shares and other securities for retail or institutional clients, through a stock exchange or over the counter, in return for a fee or commission.

How to buy and sell shares

The most common way to buy and sell shares is by using a stockbroker or a share trading service, such as an online trading platform. Before you begin, be sure to transfer enough funds into your share trading account to cover all costs involved.

You’d buy shares in a given company in the hope that the company would rise in value. As a company’s value increases, so does the price of its shares, which could then be sold for a profit. If the company’s value decreases, shares will drop in price and may have to be sold for a loss.

Sometimes, you might also be eligible to receive a portion of the company’s profits in the form of a dividend.

Learn how to trade by reading our how to buy shares guide for all you need to know.

How do I pick which shares to trade?

Shares move in price due to many different factors, both fundamental and technical factors, world news, earnings and sentiment. These factors can influence the liquidity and volatility of stocks.

Visit the learn to trade section for more on the basics of trading or download our IG Academy app.

Difference between investing and trading

On one hand, investing is trading for the long-term, which is based on lower-risk investments. Whereas trading is centred on short-term speculation of stocks, which is based on higher-risk investments. Individual share traders tend to fall into one of two broad categories:

  • Investors, who focus on long-term value by building a portfolio to deliver returns over several months or years. Investing poses less risk, as the likelihood of generating a positive return on capital is higher. However, you may get back less than what you originally put in.
  • Traders, who try to capitalise on short-term movements, often by making many trades in a single day. Speculation poses greater risk, as the direction of the trade can go one way or another.

If you’re a speculative trader, you can use your share holdings as collateral to cover your CFD trades*. CFDs are a leveraged product, which means you only have to put down a small deposit for a much larger market exposure. Leverage comes with significant benefits and risks, which means your investment capital can go further, but you can also lose more than your initial deposit. You can reduce your risk by using our risk management tools, such as opening a limit risk account or attaching a guaranteed stop on your trades.

*When using IG’s collateral service your share portfolio is at risk. We reserve the right to liquidate any stock held on your share trading account to offset any debit balance incurred on any of your other IG accounts.

Can I transfer my existing stockholdings to IG?

Transferring your existing investments to IG is a quick and easy process. You need to have an IG Share Trading account to share transfer, there are no charges involved and there is one short form to complete.

Why is IG offering Share Trading?

Our vision at IG is to become the default choice for active traders. Share trading is the latest step towards achieving that goal.

We believe our experience and expertise in online financial derivatives trading equips us very well to offer share trading to our existing client base, and we hope to attract a new audience with the addition of a more mainstream product like share trading.

We are confident we can offer a premium product within the existing market, and have no doubt that clients will find our prices, our platform and our people all of the highest quality.

Can I use my cash equities to margin other trades?

Yes. If you have both a margined IG account and a share trading account you can use up to 95% of the value of your shareholdings to cover margin requirements on CFDs.

See our collateral service page for more and to learn how to set up collateral.

Which stock market indices do you quote from?

We quote shares from the following stock indices in local denominations.

Region

Index

Australia ASX 200, ASX 300 and many other small cap Australian stocks

US

S&P 500, DOW 30, NASDAQ 100 and many other small cap US stocks
UK FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and many other small cap UK stocks
Germany DAX, HDAX, MDAX
Ireland ISEQ

 

If you are looking for a specific stock that you can't find on our platform, please call us on 1800 601 799 to discuss your individual requirements.

What fees and charges are there?

We offer low brokerage fees and charges. Just to mention a few, you can trade Australian shares from as low as $8, US shares from US$10 and UK shares from £10. 

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When using IG’s collateral service your share portfolio is at risk. We reserve the right to liquidate any stock held on your share trading account to offset any debit balance incurred on any of your other IG accounts.

Contact us

We're here 24hrs a day from 7pm Saturday to 9am Saturday (AEDT).

1800 601 734

You can also call +61 (3) 9860 1799
email helpdesk.au@ig.com or tweet us at @IGClientHelp

 

Leverage your portfolio

Make the most of your shares with our collateral service. Use up to 95% of your portfolio to cover CFD trading and maximise potential profits.