Cryptocurrency trading

Trade eight cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, ether, ripple and litecoin, without taking ownership of the underlying. Or get broad exposure in a single trade with our Crypto 10 index.

Call +35 318 009 95362 or email newaccounts.uk@ig.com to talk about opening a trading account. We’re here 24 hours a day, from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday.

Contact us: +35 318 009 95362

Why trade cryptocurrencies with IG?

Trade rising and falling prices on leverage to make the most of volatility1

Improved liquidity means there’s more chance of executing your trade at your chosen price

Preserve your capital with negative balance protection2 and guaranteed stops3

Safely and easily deposit funds. We’re a regulated FTSE 250 company

Speculate on 10 major cryptocurrencies and crosses, or get broad exposure with our Crypto 10 index

Tax-free profits when you trade with a spread betting account4

Cryptocurrencies you can trade with IG

Bitcoin cash

Stellar (XLM)

NEO

EOS

Our Crypto 10 index gives you exposure to the ten largest coins with a single trade.

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Prices above are subject to our website terms and conditions. Prices are indicative only.

Ways to trade cryptocurrencies with IG

Spread betting CFD
Main benefits Profits are tax-free in the UK4 Tax-deductible losses are useful for hedging4
Accessible to All clients All clients
Traded in £ (or other base currency) per point Contracts
Tax status No capital gains tax (CGT) or stamp duty4 No stamp duty, but you do pay CGT. Losses can be offset as a tax deduction4
Commission Commission-free (just pay our spread) Commission-free (just pay our spread)
Platforms Web, mobile app and advanced platforms Web, mobile app and advanced platforms
Learn more Learn more

Open a cryptocurrency trading account in minutes

Fill in our simple online form

We’ll ask a few questions about your trading experience.

Get swift verification

We can usually verify your ID in just a few seconds.

Fund your account and trade

Or practise on a risk-free demo if you’d prefer.

How much will I have to pay?

Margins

Spread betting and CFD trading are forms of leveraged trading, meaning you can win, or lose, a significant amount more than you deposit initially. Though not actually a cost to you, the margin you pay makes a big difference to the affordability of your trade.

Spreads

Your key payment for trading cryptocurrencies is the spread – the difference between the buy and the sell price – which is essentially our commission for executing your trade. We work to keep our spreads among the lowest in the business.

Spot FX Retail margin Professional margin
What is this?
Bitcoin 50% 4.5%
Ether 50% 4.5%
Ripple 50% 4.5%
Bitcoin Cash 50% 9%
Litecoin 50% 9%
EOS 50% 9%
Stellar 50% 9%
NEO 50% 9%
Crypto 10 index 50% 9%

Spread betting CFDs MT4
Bitcoin 38 38 38
Ether 1.4 1.4 1.4
Ripple 0.4 0.4 0.4
Bitcoin Cash 1.8 1.8 1.8
Litecoin 0.5 0.5 0.5
EOS 3.5 3.5 3.5
Stellar 0.15 0.15 0.15
NEO 0.1 0.1 0.1
Crypto 10 index 25 25 n/a

How much will I have to pay?

Margins

Spread betting and CFD trading are forms of leveraged trading, meaning you can win, or lose, a significant amount more than you deposit initially. Though not actually a cost to you, the margin you pay makes a big difference to the affordability of your trade.

Spreads

Your key payment for trading cryptocurrencies is the spread – the difference between the buy and the sell price – which is essentially our commission for executing your trade. We work to keep our spreads among the lowest in the business.

Spot FX Retail margin Professional margin
Bitcoin 50% 4.5%
Ether 50% 4.5%
Ripple 50% 4.5%
Bitcoin Cash 50% 9%
Litecoin 50% 9%
EOS 50% 9%
Stellar 50% 9%
NEO 50% 9%
Crypto 10 index 50% 9%

Spread betting CFDs MT4
Bitcoin 38 38 38
Ether 1.4 1.4 1.4
Ripple 0.4 0.4 0.4
Bitcoin Cash 1.8 1.8 1.8
Litecoin 0.5 0.5 0.5
EOS 3.5 3.5 3.5
Stellar 0.15 0.15 0.15
NEO 0.1 0.1 0.1
Crypto 10 index 25 25 n/a

Opening a spread betting or CFD account with IG is free and simple, gives you access to 11 cryptocurrency markets, and carries no obligation to fund or trade.

When you’re ready to open a position, you can add stops and limits to manage your risk. As a new trader you’ll also get lower minimum deal sizes for one month.

What platforms can I use to trade on cryptocurrencies with IG?

Intuitive web platform

Discover a fast, clear and smart way to trade cryptocurrencies via your web browser.

MetaTrader 4

Use custom algorithms to execute trades automatically, even when your machine is off.

Mobile apps

Trade wherever you are with apps for iOS and Android devices.

Choose the world’s No.1 CFD and spread betting provider5

With more than 45 years in trading and over 178,500 clients around the globe, we’re the world’s No.1 CFD and spread betting provider.5 Why trade cryptocurrencies with anyone else?

FAQs

What’s in the Crypto 10 index?

Our Crypto 10 index* is comprised of:

  • Bitcoin
  • Ether
  • Ripple
  • Litecoin
  • Bitcoin cash
  • EOS
  • Bitcoin SV
  • Cardano
  • Monero
  • Stellar
*Please note that constituents are changed every quarter.

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Go long or short on bitcoin to make the most of volatility.

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Take advantage of ripple (XRP) price movements.

1 While leverage magnifies profits, it will also magnify losses.
2 Negative balance protection is not available for professional accounts.
3 Guaranteed stops incur a small premium if triggered.
4 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
5 Based on revenue excluding FX (published half yearly financial statements, June 2019).

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75% 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.