Margin at IG
At IG we offer competitive margins across our full range of spread betting and CFD markets. We provide tiered margining for these products, as smaller deal sizes generally benefit from better market liquidity. These positions attract our lowest margin rates.
For sold vanilla options, margin tends to be standardised across markets.
Here's a summary of our tier one margin requirements for some of our most popular spread betting and CFD markets. For all tier one margins, you can reduce your margin requirement with the use of stops. See each market's charges and costs for individual margin rates.
Margins for professionals
Professional clients are exempt from regulatory limits on leverage in place for retail clients. This means that if you qualify as a professional client, you won’t have to commit as much of your capital to the initial margin deposit as a retail client would.
For example: if a retail client wanted to take a position on the FTSE 100, a margin of 5% would be required. A professional client, on the other hand, would only need to put down a margin of 0.45%.
You can find out more, and check your eligibility for professional status, on our professional trading page.