How does IG Bank make money?
We make our money primarily through our spreads, with other fees making up a small proportion of our revenue. We aim to build lasting relationships with our clients, and provide a range of tools to support their trading.
Your money and assets are ring-fenced from creditors in the unlikely event that IG goes into liquidation. Client assets are protected under the Esisuisse Deposit Protection Scheme and according to the rules laid down in the articles 37h and following of the Swiss Banking Act.
Your money and assets (shares, for example) are never merged with IG Bank own money or assets. IG Bank doesn’t use your money or assets for business activities, including for hedging trades with other counterparties (or as margin for our own hedging trades).
We are a bank with a banking and security dealer´s licence. Authorised and regulated by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).
Where does IG Bank income come from?
The main way we earn money on our leveraged product – eg CFDs – is through the spreads that we wrap around the market price.
The costs of any given trade are factored into these two prices (known as the offer and the bid), so you will always buy slightly higher than the market price, and sell slightly below it.
If the Switzerland Blue Chip is trading at 8815.5 and has a one point spread, for example, it might have an offer price of 8816 and a bid price of 8815.
Does IG Bank aim to profit from client losses?
No. Our business model is based on providing individuals with the opportunity to trade the world’s financial markets, in exchange for fair and proportionate transaction fees. It is a well-known fact that trading successfully is difficult, and most speculative traders tend to lose. However, we do not typically benefit from trading losses that an unsuccessful client may experience.
Mostly, our clients offset each other’s positions. For example if client A buys one lot of the DAX and client B sells one lot of the DAX, both sides of the trade are covered. This means IG is not exposed to the profit or loss of either client. Instead, we make our money via the spread (i.e. the transaction fee) that each client pays to trade.
Sometimes, a large majority of clients will trade in one direction. When this happens, we will protect our exposure to risk by hedging in the underlying market. For example, if client A and client B buy the DAX, we may buy actual DAX futures. This then covers the amount we will pay out if both clients are successful.
Resources to assist your trading
We’ve invested in plenty of resources to ensure we offer the right balance of educational tools and personal support for your trading.
You’ll have a dedicated account manager on hand during your initial time with us
Find answers to your general account queries in our on-site answers bank
Our friendly team is available from Monday to Friday 24 hours a day, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 6pm.
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