The risks of loss from investing in CFDs can be substantial and the value of your investments may fluctuate. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. You should consider whether you understand how this product works, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. IG International Limited is licensed to conduct investment business and digital asset business by the Bermuda Monetary Authority. The risks of loss from investing in CFDs can be substantial and the value of your investments may fluctuate. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. You should consider whether you understand how this product works, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. IG International Limited is licensed to conduct investment business and digital asset business by the Bermuda Monetary Authority.

Margin rates

Our tiered margining system means we can offer rates that remain competitive while reflecting the size of your position and associated liquidity of the market.

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What is margin?

CFDs are leveraged products, meaning you don’t have to pay the full value of your exposure to trade. Instead, you only need to put up a fraction of your trade’s total value to open your position. This opening amount is called initial margin – it is also sometimes referred to as deposit margin.

Our margin rates

At IG, we offer tiered margining, applying different margin requirements at different levels of exposure. Smaller deal sizes generally benefit from better market liquidity, so these positions attract our lowest margin rates. Our tiers start at one, with the lowest margin rates, and go up to four, with the highest margin rates.

You can see a summary of tier one margins for some of our most popular markets below. Adding a stop reduces your exposure by limiting your potential losses and may reduce your margin requirement.

  • Indices
  • Forex
  • Commodities
  • Shares
  • Cryptos

CFDs

Stock index Retail1 Leverage equivalent
FTSE 100 0.5% 1:200
Wall Street 0.5% 1:200
Germany 30 0.5% 1:200
US 500 0.5% 1:200
Australia 200 0.5% 1:200

1Margin per contract

CFDs

Forex Retail1 Leverage equivalent
EUR/USD 0.5% 1:200
GBP/USD 0.5% 1:200
AUD/USD 0.5% 1:200
EUR/JPY 0.5% 1:200
USD/CHF 0.5% 1:200

1Margin per contract

CFDs

Commodities Retail1 Leverage equivalent
Spot Gold 0.5% 1:200
Spot Silver (5000oz) 2% 1:50
High Grade Copper 2% 1:50
Oil - US Crude 1.5% 1:67
Oil - Brent Crude 1.5% 1:67

1Margin per contract

CFDs

Shares Retail1 Leverage equivalent
Apple 10% 1:10
Tesla Inc (All Sessions) 10% 1:10
BHP Billiton Ltd 10% 1:10
Commonwealth Bank of Australia 10% 1:10
Amazon.com Inc (All Sessions) 10% 1:10

1Margin per contract

CFDs

Cryptocurrencies Retail1 Leverage equivalent
Bitcoin (USD) 10% 1:10
Ether (USD) 10% 1:10
Ripple (USD) 10% 1:10
Bitcoin Cash (USD) 10% 1:10
Litecoin (USD) 10% 1:10

1Margin per contract

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Maintenance margin

Maintenance margin, also known as variation margin, is extra money that we might need to request if the market moves against you. It ensures that you have enough money in your account to fund the present value of the position – covering any running losses.

Maintenance margin is charged via a margin call, which occurs when your account equity has fallen below the minimum required to keep a position open. You should monitor your account balance and ensure that it is sufficiently funded at all times.

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