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CFD trading

Trade contracts for difference (CFDs) for flexible access to the financial markets.

Why trade CFDs with IG?

  • We’re the world’s No. 1 CFD provider1

    Benefit from superior service and 24-hour support

  • Access over 16,000 global markets

    Including forex, indices, shares and commodities

  • Enjoy competitive rates

    Forex from 0.8 pips and indices from 0.4 points

  • Extensive range of risk management tools

    Manage your exposure to risk with our range of risk management tools

  • A superior trading platform

    Plus mobile and tablet apps, and expert charting packages

  • The trading provider you can trust

    We’re a secure and financially strong FTSE 250 company

Live 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.

Choose from over 16,000 markets

  • Forex

    Over 60 currency pairs, traded with our fast execution speeds

  • Indices

    FTSE 100, Wall Street, Germany 30, Australia 200, Japan 225 and more

  • Shares

    Competitive rates on over 6000 shares, plus direct market access (DMA)

  • Bitcoin

    Trade on bitcoin volatility with our range of FX pairs

  • Other markets

    Commodities such as gold, options, ETPs, bonds and more

What are the benefits of CFDs?

CFDs allow you to open a contract for the difference in the price of an asset, from the point of opening to when you close. They are a versatile way to trade a wide range of markets, but it’s important to understand the risks too:


CFDs are leveraged, which means you only have to put down a small deposit for much larger exposure. Leverage can make your investment capital go further, but if the market moves against you there’s a risk you can lose more than your deposit.

Go long or short

CFD trading allows you to take a position on the future value of an asset – so CFDs are very flexible and you can trade whether you think the market will go up or down. But remember, because you’re not physically trading in the underlying market, you never actually own any assets.

Learn more about leverage and the risks of CFD trading

See an example of a CFD trade

Select a market

You're interested in trading a spot GBP/USD CFD. Our price is currently 15579.5 / 15580.5, priced in pips.

Sell or buy

You choose to 'buy' 1 contract at the offer price (15580.5), because you believe the market will rise.

Alternatively, you could 'sell' 1 contract at the bid price (15579.5) if you believe the market will fall.

Value and margin

Currency pair

Value per pip

Margin requirement per contract



GBP/USD $10 3.33% 0.9%

On a GBP/USD trade, the value per pip is $10. This means that every pip that the market moves is worth $10, either in your favour or against you.

In this case, your total exposure is 15580.5 x $10 = $155,805. But with a 3.33% margin requirement for one GBP/USD contract, you only need to have $155,805 x 3.33% = $5188.3 available.

Closing your trade

Over the course of the day the pound strengthens, and at 6pm our new GBP/USD CFD price is 15695.0 / 15696.0

You choose to close your trade by placing a 'sell' trade on 1 full contract at the bid price (15695.0).

Calculating profit / loss

Profit / loss is calculated based on the difference between your opening and closing prices, in pips. In this case: 15695.0 - 15580.5 = 114.5 pips

You bought 1 full contract, the market moved in your favour, and each pip of movement is worth $10.

Therefore your gross profit is: 114.5 x $10 = $1145

What if...

Similarly, if the market had fallen by 114.5 pips, your 'buy' trade would have resulted in a $1145 gross loss.

Net profit / loss

To accurately calculate your net profit or loss, you would need to factor in any funding charges. In this case, there are no funding costs because the position was not held overnight.

For any position opened before 10pm Friday that is still open after 10pm Friday, the basis adjustment will be made for three days as opposed to one. This three-day adjustment is applied on the Sunday night or Monday morning.

Try it for free

Open a free demo account and practise trading with €10,000 virtual funds, absolutely risk-free.

Or learn how to find markets, place trades and make the most of your trading with our free interactive platform preview.

Is CFD trading for me?

I’m new to trading...

Contracts for difference (CFDs) let you go long or short on thousands of markets, without needing large amounts of money to get started.

You can start with lower minimums and build your confidence by trading with reduced minimums.

Week Minimum trade size Minimum online commission (UK shares)
1-2 50% of normal* £1
3-4 Normal £2.50
5-6 Normal £5
7+ Normal Normal

Open a demo account or see our interactive platform preview to learn more about CFDs and explore our award-winning platform.

I’m a shares trader...

With CFDs, you can go long and short on thousands of international shares, with low margins and commission from just 1%.

IG account holders can also get direct market access (DMA), giving you greater visibility and flexibility as a shares trader.

I’m an indices trader...

CFDs give indices traders access to over 30 global indices from around the world, including Wall Street and the Germany 30.

With IG you get 24-hour access to 16 major indices, more than any other CFD provider, with spreads from just 0.25 points.

I’m a forex trader...

Get competitive spreads, direct market access (DMA)2, in-chart trading and rapid execution with the world's No.1 CFD provider.3

Forex traders with IG can also use guaranteed stops and other risk management tools to limit risk in volatile markets.4


How do I trade CFDs?

We set a price for a contract based on the underlying market, which you can buy or sell.

With each market you are given a 'buy' and 'sell' price either side of the underlying market price. You can trade on a market to go up (known as 'buying' or 'going long'), or you can trade on it to go down (known as 'selling' or 'going short').

We provide a range of education tools to help you develop your skills, and you can practise with virtual funds using a demo account.

How much does it cost to trade CFDs?

It depends on the market you choose. Generally you only pay a commission charge for share CFDs, or a spread (the difference between the buy and sell prices) for all other markets. There is a small charge to fund positions overnight, a small premium for guaranteed stops, and there may be other fees for extras.

See our charges and fees

Is CFD trading risky?

Yes, CFDs do carry risk – if the market moves against you, you lose money. And because CFDs are leveraged products, you could lose more than your deposit.

IG offers a full range of tools to help you manage your risk.

What’s the smallest amount I can trade?

Our minimum CFD trade size is generally 1 share for share CFDs or 1 contract for other markets. The value of a contract varies between markets and the type of contract (standard or mini). Please note that share CFDs are subject to minimum commission charges.

Can I trade CFDs with direct market access (DMA)?

Yes. We offer DMA on both shares and forex.

It’s important to remember that while you’re trading on underlying market prices and depth with our DMA service, what you’ll actually receive on placing a trade is a CFD from us. It works like this:

  • DMA displays the best bid and offer price available for a particular market, plus further prices on either side of the order book
  • You place an order, and we instantaneously conduct a margin check to ensure you have sufficient funds to cover the margin on your proposed trade
  • If the margin check is satisfied we place an order in the market and, at the same time, create a parallel CFD between you and us

So while you’re trading at market prices, you won’t gain any ownership rights over the equities or currencies that form the subject of your CFD.

1 Professional clients are exempt from regulatory limits on leverage in place for retail clients, and are able to trade on lower margins as a result. You can find out more, and check your eligibility, on our professional trading page.

2 From 2 July 2018, regulatory interventions mean that certain products are unavailable to retail traders. As a result, we can only offer Forex Direct to professional traders. To find out more about this, and to check whether you are eligible for a professional account, please see our professional account page.

3 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, February 2018).

4 You can only add a guaranteed stop when you place a new trade and you can't attach one to an existing position. This is subject to an additional charge if triggered.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 81% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.