How to apply

Open a CFD account and start trading instantly on shares, indices, forex and more.

Get set up with the following steps

1. Fill in a simple form

We’ll ask about your trading knowledge to ensure you get the best experience

2. Identity verification

We can verify your identity through 6 different ways.

3. Fund and start trading

You can also withdraw your money easily, whenever you like

Apply by mobile or tablet

If you have downloaded our app for iPad, iPhone or Android, you can open an account from the app's sign-in page.

Download the app by searching for 'IG Trading' in your device's app store.

Apply by post

If you'd prefer to apply by post, download and fill out the relevant pdf forms:

Once complete, send via post to (remembering to enclose proof of your identity as described on the form itself):

Account opening
IG Bank SA
Rue du Rhône 42
1204 Geneva

Corporate account

You can find out more about a corporate account on the dedicated page.

Before you apply

Requirements checklist

  • You must be over 18
  • You must be non-U.S. resident
  • You must successfully meet our suitability assessment to see if CFD trading is appropriate for you
  • We can open a Swiss CFD trading account for people from most countries, but it may be more convenient for you to trade with an office closer to home.

Information checklist

  • It’s important to understand the basics of CFD trading
  • Do you understand the risks?
  • Have you read the following important information:

Full terms and agreements

What happens next?

After you apply:

  • Once we confirm your identity, you will be able to fund your account and start trading CFDs.
  • Learn more about how to use the platform and improve your trading skills with our online trading courses, including videos, interactive exercises and quizzes, or learn directly from our experts at live webinars and in-person seminars.

Setting up your account:

  • Your account manager will call to talk you through the platform and help you place your first trade.
  • Set your preferences within the platform – advanced traders can choose to activate ProRealTime charts, one-click trading and more

Peace of mind

  • We’ll never contact your employer as part of the application
  • Your data will be held in accordance with our Privacy Policy
  • We’ll never ask for a deposit to open an account

If you have any questions or you’d like help opening an account, get in touch.

+41 (0) 58 810 77 42

Why IG

  • The world’s No.11

    We have been a market leader since establishing the original IG Group company in 1974.

  • Competitive spreads

    Trade popular markets like EUR/USD from 0.6 points, FTSE 100 from 1 point and Gold from 0.3 points.

  • Easy-to-use platforms

    Identify and respond to opportunity quickly and securely on fast, powerful platforms and natively designed apps.

  • Fully regulated and authorised

    In Switzerland, we are authorised and regulated by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).

  • Friendly support

    We’re on hand to help you achieve your trading goals, right from the moment you join – 24 hours a day from 9am Saturday to 11pm Friday.

  • Effective risk management

    Help protect your capital in-platform with our range of stop and limit orders, and keep track of your funds with an always-visible snapshot of your profit and loss.


How long does the application process take?

As soon as we have verified your identity and your account has been funded, you will be ready to trade.

Do you offer a demo account or platform?

Yes, you can try our interactive platform preview or open a demo account.

Do I need to download any software?

Our main platform is browser-based, so you don’t have to download anything. If you want to use our mobile or tablet apps, you will need to download them from the relevant app stores. Clients using the advanced L2 Dealer platform will also need to download software.

Do I need to send any documents?

Yes, we will require a certified copy of an ID document. The simplest method is to obtain the “Yellow Identification” from the Swiss Post – please send us the original by post.

How do I deposit funds?

You can fund your account using most major credit cards or bank transfer. You’ll need to log in to your account and go to the My Account tab within the web-based trading platform.

I’d like someone to trade on my behalf; can I appoint a power of attorney to trade for me?

Yes. Initially, please open an account in the usual way. Once your account is open, you can fill in a power of attorney form which will allow a nominated third party to access your account. You will have to deposit funds before you start trading.

How secure is IG/your platform?

Like any Bank or securities dealer in Switzerland, IG Bank S.A. is required to sign the Agreement by Swiss banks and securities dealers on depositor protection. This means clients’ deposits are protected up to a maximum of CHF 100 000 per client. Medium-term notes held in the name of the bearer at the issuing Bank are also considered deposits.

Depositor protection in Switzerland is provided by esisuisse, and the depositor protection system is explained in detail at

Our platforms use industry-standard 256-bit SSL encryption – the same as PayPal or major banks.

1Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, June 2020).

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