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Ether trading product details

Our ether spreads are variable depending on underlying market prices. In most conditions we can usually offer our minimum spread, but when market prices go wider, our spread will increase. In the tables below you will find our minimum spreads and our average spread for a given period:

  • Minimum spread – our tightest possible spread
  • Average spread – the average spread over a given period of time

Ether CFD

For each pair we offer a main contract which is equivalent to 100 ethers, and a mini contract which is equivalent to 10 ethers.


Dealing hours

Value per point

Minimum spread 

Average spread*

Limited risk premium

Margin required

Standard Mini
Ether USD 24 hours $100 $10 2 2.22 2 20%

* Average spread (Monday 00:00 - Friday 22:00 GMT) for the two weeks ending July 10th 2017. 

Ether funding will be 0.0556% daily for short and long positions.

Please note that for any position opened before 10pm (London time) Wednesday that is still open after 10pm (London time) Wednesday, the daily interest credit or debit will be made for three days as opposed to one. This three-day adjustment covers settlement of trades over the weekend period. Adjustments will also be made in advance of Christmas and New Year holidays. 

IG policy on blockchain forks

We base the price of our bitcoin and ether contracts on the underlying market, made available to us by the exchanges and market-makers with which we trade.

There is currently one accepted decentralised ledger which records all bitcoin transactions – as well as an equivalent for ether – called the blockchain. When the software of different miners becomes misaligned, a split, or ‘fork’, in the blockchain may occur, resulting in the existence of two different blockchains. 

In the past, cryptocurrency users have quickly agreed which version to accept as valid and continue to use, causing minimal disruption. In these instances, the old version of the blockchain has then been discontinued.

In the event that one version isn’t discontinued – known as a hard fork – we will generally follow the blockchain that has the majority consensus of cryptocurrency users, and will therefore use this as the basis for our bitcoin and ether contracts. IG reserves the right to determine which blockchain and cryptocurrency unit has the majority consensus behind them. If the hard fork results in a viable second cryptocurrency becoming tradeable on exchanges we have access to, then in our absolute discretion, we may create an equivalent position or cash adjustment on client accounts to reflect its value, however we will have no obligation to do so.

When a hard fork occurs, there may be substantial price volatility around the event, and we may suspend trading throughout if we do not have reliable prices from the underlying market.

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