What we do with your money

  • In accordance with the governing legislation, we protect all our clients' funds and we do not use client money for hedging purposes

  • All money, including net-running, unrealised profits are held on behalf of clients in separate bank accounts

IG welcomes Government legislation to better protect client monies in the Contracts for Difference (CFD) and Foreign Exchange (FX) retail derivatives sectors

IG welcomes the introduction of legislation to better protect client monies, thereby lifting investor confidence and enhancing Australia’s standing as a well-regulated financial centre with best practice investor protection legislation.

IG along with the CFD and FX Forum of which IG is a founder member has lobbied for the introduction of the legislation for a number of years. The legislation — which became effective on 4 April 2018 — increases investor confidence in the industry and helps promote competition, giving clients more alternatives.

IG co-founded The Australian CFD and FX Forum to continually raise standards in our industry. We were the first provider to enter discussions with ASIC and have been actively lobbying government since 2008. The forum is designed to offer investors greater protection while educating them on risk mitigation. As with other members of the forum, IG ensures all client money is held safely in a segregated bank account and is never used for hedging or any other operational purpose. IG was the first provider to offer CFDs in Australia in July 2002.   

Our client money protection

IG only uses its own funds for hedging
IG does not pass segregated client money through to hedging counterparties
All client money is held in segregated client bank accounts in approved, AA-rated top-tier banks
IG also segregates net unrealised profits, which is above and beyond ASIC requirements
IG is not an investment bank
IG does not initiate speculative positions in the market
IG has no exposure to corporate debt
IG is regulated by ASIC
IG is owned by IG Group Holdings plc – a FTSE 250 company listed on the LSE, with a market capitalisation of £3.1 billion (31 May 2018)
IG was founded 42 years ago and was the first Australian CFD provider, established in 2002


How does your provider use your money?

IG encourages you to trade with a safe and secure CFD provider. To understand how your money is protected, you should ask your broker these questions:

  • Do they use client money for hedging purposes?
  • Do they hold client money in an AA-rated ADI?
  • Do they segregate net unrealised profits?

How does IG protect client funds?

IG is debt-free, with substantial liquidity and capital reserves significantly in excess of regulatory requirements.

  • IG also has a ‘Client Money Committee’ which ensures and reviews the adherence to regulations in all IG Group entities.
  • We have engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to conduct an independent review of our client money calculation procedures and segregation. By commissioning this report we have taken an additional step, over and above standard audit checks and our regulators’ requirements.

What happens if IG goes into liquidation?

As all deposits lodged with us are held on trust for you in a regulated trust account, in such circumstances those deposits would attract all the legal protections afforded to trust money.

Net unrealised running profits are also held in trust by us and would normally be similarly protected for your benefit as beneficial owner. Please see our PDS for further information.


IG Markets is regulated by ASIC and is a holder of Australian Financial Services Licence 220440. IG Group companies are regulated by the local regulators in each country of operation.

As the longest established CFD provider in Australia and a global leader, IG Markets' staff typically have a wealth of experience in the industry, and are trained to exacting standards on an ongoing basis.

Being a smart consumer

Choosing the right CFD provider is the first step in managing your trading risk.

Our PDS, Counterparty Credit Management and Hedging Policy and Financial Statements are available for you to download. It is also recommended you read our Regulatory Benchmark Disclosure, designed by ASIC to help you understand the risks associated with CFDs, assess your potential benefits and decide whether investment in CFDs are suitable for you.

ASIC has also produced a guide on its MoneySmart website, which can help you assess the risks of CFDs.

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Contact us

Questions about opening an account:

+61 (3) 9860 1799

Existing client questions:

+61 (3) 9860 1734 or +44 2078 960079

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