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What is a demo trading account?
A demo account is a simulated market environment offered by a trading provider that aims to recreate the experience of ‘real’ trading as closely as possible. This is so that you can get a feel for how different products and financial markets work. The main difference is you won’t be at risk of losing any money, so you can explore and experiment with confidence.
When you open a demo account with IG, you’ll be given immediate access to a version of our online platform, along with a pre-set balance of £10,000 in virtual funds to practise with.
Why use a trading simulator?
Traders will choose to use a trading simulator, such as a demo account, because it enables them to get to grips with a platform, build their strategy and grow in confidence, without having to risk any real money.
Trading simulators aren’t just for newcomers. Experienced traders often like to use demo accounts to try out new strategies, tools or ideas, safe in the knowledge that they won’t result in any real-world losses.
You’ll often see demo accounts described as ‘paper trading’, which is the term to describe simulated securities trading. However, with an IG demo trading account, you’ll gain access to over 17,000 markets, including: