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You can choose from four types of leveraged trading product with IG – spread bets, barriers, contracts for difference (CFDs) and vanilla options. These leveraged trading products are all traded OTC.1 And as derivatives, they share a number of benefits, such as enabling you to trade both rising and falling markets around the clock. However, there are some key advantages unique to each.

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How can I trade with IG?

Choose from four ways to trade – spread bets, barriers, CFDs and vanilla options. All of these leveraged products let you trade markets that might otherwise be inaccessible, potentially enjoying magnified profits from your outlay. Remember that any losses will also be greater, though – particularly if you use higher leverage.

Spread betting Barriers CFDs Vanilla options
At a glance Flexible tax-free alternative to trading. Take advantage of rising or falling markets, with no commission to pay – just our dealing spread Go long or short on thousands of markets with inherent risk protection. Choose and pay your maximum exposure upfront Flexible trading on thousands of assets, with direct market access for professionals. Hedge your stock portfolio to offset potential losses Traditional call and put options, ideal for advanced traders who want to take advantage of a range of market conditions
Leverage and outlay - retail clients2 Up to 30:1 leverage, trading on margin. You may need to top up your account to maintain your position Up to 100:1 leverage, based on an upfront premium Up to 30:1 leverage, trading on margin. You may need to top up your account to maintain your position A fully funded premium is required to buy a vanilla option3
How you trade OTC OTC OTC OTC
Markets Forex, indices, shares, cryptocurrencies, commodities and more Forex, indices, shares and commodities Forex, indices, shares, cryptocurrencies, commodities and more Forex, indices and commodities
Risk management Our negative balance protection ensures you can’t lose more than the cash on your account. Set automatic stops to further limit your risk Your total risk is equal to the premium you pay unfront4 Our negative balance protection ensures you can’t lose more than the cash on your account.4 Set automatic stops to further limit your risk For bought options, your total risk is equal to the premium you pay upfront3
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Different types of trading in detail

Spread betting Barrier CFD Vanilla option
Are there expiries? Expiry dates far in the future Fixed expiries No expiry dates (excluding forwards) Fixed expiries
Do I pay tax?4 You don’t pay capital gains tax or stamp duty. 5 You don’t pay stamp duty, but you do pay capital gains tax. However, losses can be offset as a tax deduction You don’t pay stamp duty, but you do pay capital gains tax. However, losses can be offset as a tax deduction You don’t pay stamp duty, but you do pay capital gains tax. However, losses can be offset as a tax deduction
When can I trade? 24-hour dealing on forex and major stock indices. During the underlying market hours for other markets. We also offer weekend trading on selected markets 24-hour trading on forex, major stock indices and commodities 24-hour trading on forex and major stock indices. During the underlying market hours for other markets. We also offer weekend trading on selected markets 24-hour trading on a number of major vanilla options
Do I pay to keep positions open? Overnight funding on daily funded bets. Rollovers on forwards and futures Overnight funding on all markets Overnight funding on all markets, except forward contracts. Rollovers available on forwards No overnight funding
What kind of trading is it suitable for?  Intra-day
 Daily
 Medium-term
 Intra-day
 Daily
 Medium-term
 Intra-day
 Daily
 Medium-term
 Intra-day
 Daily
 Medium-term
Can I receive dividends? We make a dividend adjustment on equity and stock index spread bets We make a dividend adjustment on index barrier options We make a dividend adjustment on equity and stock index CFDs No adjustment for dividends
Can it be used for hedging? Yes, but CFDs can be more effective because of their tax-deductible benefits Yes Yes - ideal for hedging as they closely reflect the underlying market and do not expire Yes
Can I open a corporate account? No Yes, we offer corporate accounts Yes, we offer corporate accounts Yes, we offer corporate accounts
Range of markets More than 17.000 markets, including:

 Forex
 Stock indices
 Metals
 Energies
 Spot metals
 Soft commodities
 Shares
 Cryptocurrencies
 ETFs and ETCs
 Options7
 Interest rates
 Bonds
 Sectors
 Share forwards
 Forex forwards
 Daily stock index futures
 Stock index futures
 Daily oil futures
A broad selection of frequently traded, liquid markets:

 Forex
 Stock indices
 Metals
 Energies
 Spot metals
 Soft commodities
 Shares
 Daily stock index futures
 Daily oil futures
More than 17.000 markets, including:

 Forex
 Stock indices
 Metals
 Energies
 Spot metals
 Soft commodities
 Shares
 Cryptocurrencies
 DMA-Forex4
 DMA shares
 ETFs and ETCs
 Options6
 Interest rates
 Bonds
 Sectors
 Stock index futures
A broad selection of frequently traded, liquid markets:

 Forex
 Stock indices
 Metals
 Energies
 Spot metals
 Soft commodities
 Daily stock index futures
 Daily oil futures
The mechanics of dealing You define the size of your deal by selecting the amount you want to bet per point of movement (£/pt). Profits and losses realised in currency you bet in You choose your strike price from the options chain, then define the size of your trade. For barrier options, you also define your knock-out level.
Profits and losses realised in traded market’s base currency
You define the size of your deal by selecting the number of contracts or shares you want to trade. Each contract has a fixed value.
Profits and losses realised in traded market’s base currency. GBP contracts available
You choose your strike price from the options chain, then define the size of your trade.
Profits and losses realised in traded market’s base currency
The charges A spread on all markets. No commission. Funding adjustments (excluding futures and forwards) A per-lot commission on all markets.
A premium, which includes the spread, on all markets.
Funding adjustments.
A knock-out premium, payable only if your knock-out level is reached.
We charge a commission on share CFDs only, but no spread.
A spread on all markets except shares.
Funding adjustments (excluding futures).
A per-lot commission on all markets.
A premium, which includes the spread, on all markets.
Dealing platfroms  Desktop dealing
 Mobile App (iPhone, Android)
 Tablet App (iPad)
 MetaTrader 4
 ProRealTime
 L2-Dealer (DMA)5
 Desktop dealing
 Mobile App (iPhone, Android)
 Tablet App (iPad)
 L2-Dealer (DMA)5
 MetaTrader 4
 ProRealTime
 Desktop dealing
 Mobile App (iPhone, Android)
 Tablet App (iPad)
 L2-Dealer (DMA)5
 MetaTrader 4
 ProRealTime
 Desktop dealing
 Mobile App (iPhone, Android)
 Tablet App (iPad)
 L2-Dealer (DMA)5
 MetaTrader 4
 ProRealTime
Direct market access No No Yes, for forex5 and shares No

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1 OTC stands for over-the-counter, and refers to a trade that is not made on a formal exchange. It is often also referred to as off-exchange trading.
2 Higher levels of leverage may be available to professional clients. Find out more.
3 Sold options are available for professional clients only. These are leveraged at up to 30:1 and may require variable margin.
4 Negative balance protection applies to retail clients only.
5 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
6 From 2 July 2018, regulatory interventions mean that certain products are unavailable to retail traders. As a result, we can only offer Forex Direct (forex DMA) 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.
7 CFD options are only available to professional traders.

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Options are complex financial instruments and your capital is at risk. Losses may be extremely rapid.
Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.