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Live binaries prices

Markets Sell Buy Change Updated
FTSE 100
Germany 30
Wall Street
US Light Crude

Prices above are subject to our website terms and conditions. Prices are indicative only.

Why trade binaries with IG?

Key benefits

  • More opportunities to trade

    Can’t predict the market direction? Trade on volatility itself

  • Full range of markets

    Trade global indices, FX pairs, shares and commodities, plus bitcoin and economic events 

  • Variety of binary options

    Choose from One touch, Ladder, Tunnel, Hi-Lo, Target and Up/Down

  • Trade short-term movements

    Timeframes to suit you – from 5 minutes to daily, weekly and monthly

  • Limit your risk

    With binary options trading you can calculate your potential profit and loss upfront – learn more about the risks 

  • The provider you can trust

    We’re a fully regulated FTSE 250 company with 40 years’ trading experience

Popular binaries markets

Market Types include Timescales from
Indices Ladder, Up/Down, One touch, Target, Tunnel, Hi-Lo
5 min
Forex Ladder, Up/Down, One touch
5 min
Commodities Ladder, One touch
Futures Ladder


See all binaries markets and our full product details

What are binaries?

A binary is generally based on a single question with a yes/no answer.  

To place a binary trade select your market and position, choose a timeframe, then decide your stake and maximum risk. If you’re right at the time the binary expires, you win. And if you’re wrong, you lose. 

For even faster binaries, from just 60 seconds, try sprint markets.

How binaries work

A binary allows you to take a view on whether a specific outcome will or won't occur. For example, 'Will Wall Street be up at the close of the day?'

  • If the answer is 'yes', the binary settles at 100
  • If the answer is 'no', the binary settles at 0

Your profit or loss is the difference between 100 (if the event occurs) or zero (if the event doesn't occur) and the level at which you 'bought' or 'sold'.

Binary prices can be extremely volatile even when the underlying market is relatively static. A small movement in the underlying can make all the difference between the binary settling at 0 or 100.

Watch Sara explain the basics of binaries trading in less than two minutes

See an example of a binary trade

Select a market

You're interested in trading a FTSE 100 binary because you think the price is volatile at the moment.

Sell or buy

You believe the FTSE 100 will rise in the very short term, so you select a binary with the condition, ‘FTSE UP at 3.00pm’. You buy £10 per point at the buy price of 75.5, given in points.

Alternatively, you could ‘sell’ £10 per point at the sell price of 72.0.

With binaries, prices are calculated by us according to underlying market value, time to expiry, client sentiment and our expectation of future volatility.

Fixed profit / loss

Binaries will settle at 100 if the condition is met, or zero if the condition is not met, so you always know your maximum potential profit and loss from the outset.

In this case, your maximum potential profit is (100 – 75.5) x £10 = £245. Your maximum potential loss is (75.5 – 0) x £10 = £755.

Closing your trade

At 3pm the FTSE 100 is trading above its opening price, the condition of your binary is met, and the trade closes at 100.

With a binary, you cannot close your position before expiry.

Calculating profit / loss

Profit / loss is calculated based on the difference between your opening and closing prices.

In this case: 100 – 75.5 = 24.5.

You bought £10 per point, so your gross profit is: 24.5 x £10 = £245

What if...

If the FTSE 100 had closed down on the day, the binary would close at zero and your gross loss would be 75.5 x £10 = £755

Try it for free

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Types of binaries

Our range of binaries cater for all types of volatility trading.


Use a ladder when you think a market will move by a certain amount, but you aren’t sure in which direction.

For example: At expiry, will the market be higher or lower than your chosen levels?


Up/Downs are a type of ladder, but you decide whether the market will finish above or below a certain level.

For example: Will the market be higher or lower at expiry?

One touch

One touches pay out if you’re right, even if the market price only stays there for seconds.

For example: Will the market hit a specific level before expiry?


If you think you know both the direction and the level that a market will finish at, try target binaries.

For example: At expiry, do you think the market will close within a specified range?


Choose Hi-Lo binaries if you have an opinion on how volatile the market will be throughout the day.

For example: Can you predict the range your market’s daily high or low will fall in?


Use a tunnel to buy if you think markets will stay flat, or sell if you expect them to hit one of the chosen levels.  

For example: Will the market remain between two chosen levels until expiry?

What are the risks of binary trading?

Although binary options are limited risk, their fast-moving nature means there’s still the potential to make substantial losses as well as gains. Open a free demo account today to practise with virtual funds.

Learn more about CFDs and their potential risks

Binary FAQs

How are IG's binaries priced?

Our binary prices are based on the behaviour of an underlying market, but set by our trading desk. Each binary is priced between 0 and 100, according to three factors: 

  • time to expiry
  • the underlying market’s current value
  • our expectation of future volatility

This means that if you think you’re a better judge of volatility than us, you have the opportunity to back your judgement.

What special binaries can I trade?

We offer binary options on a number of major economic indicators, such as US non-farm payrolls and US initial jobless claims. 

You can also trade politics-based binaries around special events, such as the UK General Election.

Can I trade bitcoin as a binary?

Yes – bitcoin is available to trade as daily or weekly binaries.

We also offer 20 or 60 minute bitcoin sprint markets, and you can trade bitcoin forex pairs as CFDs – find out more about trading bitcoin with IG.

What's the difference between binaries and sprints?

Sprint markets are a type of binary, but they expire faster, starting with timeframes from just 60 seconds.

Sprint markets only answer one question (will the price finish above or below its current level at expiry?), while there are many types of questions which can be answered by our different binary types