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How to apply

Our account opening process is designed to get you started as soon as possible.

Complete the form

Apply for an account via our online form. You can also apply by post.

Simply enter your details and select a user name and a password.

We confirm your identity

There are different ways to verify your identity, please refer to here for all the different options available.

This step is required to protect against fraud. Due to regulatory requirements we are obliged to request written proof of ID. 

Appropriateness check

We ask about your trading experience and financial status to assess if CFD trading is suitable for you.

All information is held securely in accordance with our Privacy Policy and we never contact your employer as part of the application.

Before you apply

Requirements checklist

  • You must be over 18
  • 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.
  • Go to our IG Services tab to learn how to log in, fund and get started

Setting up your account:

  • Your account manager will call to talk you through the platform and help you place your first trade.
  • You’ll need to fund your account to start trading.
  • Learn more about how to use the platform and improve your trading skills, including video guides, tips and walkthroughs
  • Set your preferences within the platform – advanced traders can choose to activate ProRealTime charts, one-click trading and more

Safe, secure online process

Short, easy-to-use online form

Fully regulated and authorised


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.

Can I apply by post?

Yes. Download and fill out the relevant PDF form:

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

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.

Do I need to deposit funds to open an account?

No, you don't need to send any money to open your account, though you will have to deposit funds before you start trading.

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.

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.

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