CFD account details

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Our charges

There's no minimum balance to open an account with IG Bank. Once you've funded your account and started trading, our main charge on each trade is the spread or a small commission for shares trades.

You choose your price per contract (we offer lower minimum contract sizes for new clients), and put down a margin payment. This allows you full exposure to a market with only a fraction of the total capital you'd normally need. Other charges can apply – see our charges and fees for more details.

View shares example

Buying UBS: detailed

Underlying market/value UBS AG 16.83/16.86
Our price UBS

Buy at 16.8600

Trade size 1000 shares
Margin required

CHF 1686 
Number of shares x price x margin rate (10%)

What happens next? By 4.35 (London time) the market has risen to CHF18.81: this is the price our funding is calculated at. 

Overnight funding charge: CHF 1.56
(One-month Libor + 2.5%) x number of shares x price)/360
(2.99% x 1000 x 18.8100)/360

Underlying market

UBS rises steadily the next day and we quote 18.8800/18.8900


Sell at 18.8800

Gross profit

CHF 2020
18.8800 - 16.8600 = CHF 2.02
CHF 2.02 x 1000 shares = CHF 2020


Commission CHF35.74
Value of position x 0.10% (Minimum CHF10)
(1000 x 16.86) x 0.10% = CHF16.86
(1000 x 18.88) x 0.10% = CHF 18.88
Funding: CHF 1.56 

Net profit

CHF 1982.70 subject to tax

What if...

the market fell and you sold at 15.44 instead

15.44-16.86 = -CHF 1.42

(-CHF 1.42 x 1000 shares + CHF1.56 + CHF 32.30)
Net loss = CHF 1453.86


View indices example

Selling the Swiss Blue Chip: detailed

  Cash CFD
Underlying market/value SMI Futures
Our price

Swiss Blue Chip


Sell at 9229

Trade size

1 contract
10 CHF

Margin required

0.75% x Index value x Value per point x Number of contracts

0.75% x 9229 x 10 x 1 = 692.18 CHF margin

What happens next? The market collapses, reaching 9183 at 11pm when funding is calculated.

Funding = CHF 4.43
(One-month LIBOR e.g. -0.825% - 2.5% x 10 CHF x 9229) / 360


Our price is now 9179/9183. You decide to buy at 9183

Overall market movement & profit/loss

Gross profit subject to tax = 460 CHF
9229 – 9183 = 46
One contract is worth 10 CHF per point


2-point IG spread (included)
Funding cost: CHF 4.43

Net profit

451.48 CHF

What if...

If the market rose 46 points instead:
46 x 10 CHF
460 CHF gross loss


Account benefits

When you open an IG Bank account you're joining the world's No. 1 CFD provider*

All our clients benefit from:

  • Tight spreads, low commissions and low margins on over 15,000 markets
  • A superior trading platform, available across the web and mobile devices
  • Expert charting packages
  • Free educational videos and resources
  • Friendly, helpful customer support1
  • Free data, research and analysis tools
  • Security of a financially strong, FINMA regulated, FTSE 250 company, founded in 1974

What you need to know

Like all financial products, CFD trading carries risk. If the market moves against you, you lose money. However, as CFDs are a leveraged product, the risks can be greater – with the possibility of losses exceeding deposits.

With an IG CFD trading account, you can manage your exposure using a range of risk management tools, including stops and automated alerts. We’ll also help you learn the essentials of risk management, and you can practise your strategies using a demo account.

It's also important to read and understand our account information documents before you get started, including the PDS and Customer agreement (PDF).

Account essentials

Account charges

Setup charge No fee
Annual charge No fee
Inactivity fee 18 CHF fee on the first of every month, if no dealing activity has occurred for two years or more
Account closure No fee

Trading details

Markets Over 15,000 global markets
Commission Yes, on shares markets
Overnight funding Yes, charges apply
Traded in Contracts
Minimum trade size 50% of standard contract for first two weeks2
Margin/leverage From 0.5% for forex, 5% for shares and margin factor for indices
Trading by phone Yes
Risk management Full range of tools available

Platforms and tools

Platforms available All platforms
Demo account Yes
Live streaming IG charts Yes
Advanced charting packages Yes (free to active account holders3
Technical analysis tools Yes
Economic calendar Yes
Live Reuters news Yes
Free market data Yes (refundable fees apply for some shares data4)

Support and education

24 hour phone support5 Yes
Educational videos and guides Yes
In-person seminars Yes
Live webinars Yes
Introductory programme


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* The world's largest retail CFD provider based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, February 2018).

1,5 Please note that the Swiss helpdesk is available from 8am to 7pm CET. Outside of those hours our English-speaking staff from our global offices will be available for your support. Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 - 18.00 CET.

2 Introductory offer. See more details.

3,4 See more about our charges and fees


Requirements checklist

  • You must be over 18
  • You must successfully meet our appropriateness assessment (within the application form) to see if CFD trading is appropriate for you – this is a regulatory requirement

Information checklist

  • It’s important to understand the basics of CFD trading
  • Do you understand the risks?

Full terms and agreements

What we ask you

  • We need your name and address to establish your identity – this protects against possible fraud
  • We ask about your financial trading experience to assess if CFD trading is appropriate for you – this is a regulatory requirement

Peace of mind

  • We’ll never contact your employer as part of the application
  • Your data is kept securely in line with our privacy policy and the Data Protection Act
  • We’ll never ask for a deposit to open an account

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