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Shares

Trade more than 75001 international share CFDs 

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Why trade shares with IG?

Key benefits

  • Commission from just 0.1%

    Plus low margins and competitive spreads on over 7500 markets1

  • A superior trading platform

    Fast and secure share trading online, via our web platform or mobile and tablet apps

  • Trade out of hours

    Extended trading hours on over 30 key US stocks during reporting season. See FAQs

  • Direct market access

    More control and liquidity when you interact with the order books of major exchanges. See FAQs

  • Trade shares on margin

    Gain full exposure with a small initial deposit, but remember leverage comes with increased risk

  • Go short as well as long

    With CFDs you can short the market and potentially profit from falling prices

Share lists

  • Browse shares by country
  • Get Reuters ticker codes
  • See limited risk premiums
  • Which shares can you short?

Subject to risk reviews, the margin rates may differ for individual clients

Popular share categories

Share category Commission 
per side
Min. charge
(online)
Margin req.
UK 0.10%
 
£10
 
5%
 
US 2 cents per share
 
$15
 
5%
 
Euro1 0.10%
 
€10
 
5%
 

 

See all shares categories and our full product details

What is share trading?

When you buy a share, you’re buying a small unit of ownership in a company. Trading shares as CFDs means you do not own the underlying, but you can still speculate on the price of that company. Therefore, before trading shares as CFDs, it’s really important to research both the company and the industry it’s in.

An added benefit of trading shares as CFDs is that you’ll still receive dividends. They represent your share of the company’s profits and are usually paid out twice a year. The amount you receive depends on how much the management distributes to shareholders, and how much is reinvested back into the business.

Share prices are affected by many factors, including supply and demand, the company’s earnings, and expectations of the company’s future performance (based on a wide variety of things such as industry legislation, the company’s management team and the health of the economy).

Learn more about CFDs and their potential risks

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

See an example of a shares CFD trade

Select a market

You're interested in trading a Barclays share CFD. Our price is currently 289.85 / 290.00, priced in pence..

Sell or buy

You choose to 'buy' 5000 shares at the offer price (290.00), because you believe the market will rise.

Alternatively, you could 'sell' at the bid price (289.85) if you believe the market will fall.

Commission and margin

Share category

Minimum charge online

Commission per side

UK shares £10 0.10%

Commission is charged twice, once when your position is opened, and again when it is closed (per side). 

In this example, your total exposure is 5000 shares x 290.00p = £14,500. Commission is therefore £14.500 x 0.1% = £14.50 to open the position. 

The margin required on Barclays shares is 5%, so to open this trade you would need to have £14,500 x 5% = £725 in your account.

Closing your trade

Over the course of the day the market rises, and at 3pm our Barclays share CFD price is 294.85 / 295.00.

You choose to close your trade by placing a 'sell' trade on 5000 shares at the bid price (294.85).

Calculating profit / loss

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

In this case: 294.85p - 290.00p = 4.85p

You bought 5000 shares, and the market moved in your favour. Therefore your gross profit is: 5000 x 4.85p = £242.50.

Commission is charged when you close your trade as well, in this case 5000 shares x 294.85p x 0.1% = £14.74.

What if...

Similarly, if the market had fallen by 4.85p, your 'buy' trade would have resulted in a £242.50 gross loss.

Net profit / loss

To accurately calculate your net profit or loss, you would need to factor in any commission or funding charges. In this example, your total commission cost was £14.50 + £14.74 = £29.24, and there are no funding costs because the position was not held overnight.

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Our shares services

Extended hours

The US stock market opens from 2.30pm to 9pm UK time, which means many UK-based trading companies only allow you to trade up until 9pm.

We've made sure our clients can trade CFDs on dozens of key US stocks at the most important times – up until 1am Monday to Thursday and 10pm on Fridays (UK time).

This includes major stocks such as Apple, IBM, McDonald's, Microsoft, Facebook and Alibaba during US earnings season. 

Learn more about funding and margin requirements for extended hours shares.

Direct Market Access (DMA)

DMA allows dealing directly into the order books of major equity exchanges and the ability to view pricing from global exchanges and MTFs

Quick to set up, it can be traded using our web-based platform, iPad and iPhone apps

We recommend direct market access only for advanced traders. It is suitable for those looking to trade market depth with algorithms, and traders looking to participate in the pre-market and post-market auctions.

Find out more about how to trade DMA and its costs.

Share FAQs

Why do companies offer shares?

By holding an initial public offering (IPO) and floating a company on a stock market, the management allow investors to buy shares and are able to raise capital to put back into the company. If this money is used for expansion and improvement it should boost the share price, so the company and its investors are heavily reliant upon each other. 

Flotation is also a way for a business owner to realise a profit, particularly if they have built the company from scratch.

What are the funding and margin requirements for extended hours trading?

When trading during extended hours, normal margin requirements will apply.

It is important to make sure you have sufficient funds in your account to cover any open positions on these markets, as stops, limits and orders to open can be triggered during these times.

How do I trade share DMA with IG?

Our pricing technology is engineered to find the best available prices on both OTC (over-the-counter) and DMA (direct market access). This means that DMA prices are not necessarily better than OTC, but direct access to the markets can give you greater visibility and flexibility as a trader.

There are many added complexities to the trading environment and there can be an increased risk. As we take a parallel position in the underlying market, DMA traders need to be aware that once an order has been executed we are unable to change or reverse the position.

Most clients will need to have a minimum £1000 cash balance on their account to activate DMA. You can then choose to activate the data feeds you need and the platform you'd like to trade on.

What are the costs of DMA?

Commission
Our only charges are a small commission – the same as an OTC trade.

Exchange fees
Depending on the exchange you wish to view or trade on, you may be liable to pay data fees. These fees are refunded if you're a frequent trader.

Other fees
Under the terms of our customer agreement, we will also pass on to you any transaction costs, such as stock borrowing fees, which we incur as a result of your transaction.

What are corporate actions?

A corporate action occurs when a publicly-traded company initiates a change to the business that will affect its shareholders, such as a merger, acquisition or share split. Any corporate action will normally need to be agreed by the company’s board of directors and authorised by its shareholders.

A corporate action may have substantial implications for the company’s finances, including its share price and performance.

1The majority of IG clients have access to over 7,500 markets, although individual country restrictions may apply