Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade foreign exchange you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. You could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment and should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose. Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade foreign exchange you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. You could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment and should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose.
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You can get access to ProRealTime charts at no extra cost if you transact at least four times in a given month. However, if you don't meet this requirement, or your trading activity is of extremely low value, then a £30 per month fee will apply on the last day of every calendar month.
Our downloadable DMA platform provides powerful, flexible DMA access for advanced traders using our Shares DMA and Forex Direct1 services.2
Our robust systems are engineered to cope with large volumes of traffic, and designed to get you the best price we can.
When dealing on live prices, IG's order management system will never fill you at a level worse than the one you requested. A symmetrical tolerance level is set a certain distance either side of your requested price – if the market stays within this range by the time we receive your order, your order will be executed at the level you requested.
When markets can change in milliseconds, our price improvement technology means if a better price becomes available as you click to trade, we will fill your order there. If the market moves the other way we will reject the order and ask you to re-submit, rather than filling you at a price you didn’t request.
We do these checks to ensure the price your order is filled at is consistent with the current price that is available to our clients.
Our forex prices are sourced from top global banks and exchanges. For shares, we use primary exchanges like LSE and our multi-venue technology to source prices from two leading European exchanges, Chi-X and BATS.
This means you get greater liquidity and can access the best prices from around the globe, plus we can continue to quote even if an exchange goes down. For some illiquid shares we use market-maker prices, and we make our own prices for out-of-hours markets.
All our platforms use top-level web security, so you can trade with confidence.
We utilise 256-bit SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption, which is the industry standard for online financial transactions, from PayPal and eBay to high street banks.
We offer a range of tools to help you manage your exposure. All our risk management tools are designed to be easy to apply. Properly utilised, they can help safeguard you against the risks of leveraged trading.
Our technology includes free price alerts to notify you of the latest market movements and trailing stops to lock in potential profits without manually monitoring your position. You can also place an absolute limit on potential loss with our guaranteed stops. These are subject to an additional charge if triggered.
Find out more about risk management.
Which prices are live and is there a fee for this?
If you haven’t activated exchange data feeds, then your CFD prices will be derived and shown in real time.
You can activate exchange data feeds within the platform to show real-time exchange prices. Activating data feeds incurs a fee from any exchange you subscribe to.
ProRealTime chart prices are also live, and incur a fee of $40 per month if you subscribe. This fee is refunded if at least four trades are transacted in a given month. We reserve the right to charge you for the service if your qualifying trades are of an extremely low value.
Live DMA price feeds are also chargeable.
Do you support technical indicators?
Our charts offer over 100 technical indicators, including Moving Average, Exponential Moving Average, Stochastic and Bollinger Bands.
How do alerts work?
You can create alerts for a range of situations, ranging from an underlying market hitting a certain level, to more complex conditions which combine up to three technical indicators. To set an alert, use the 'alerts' tab at the top of your chosen chart in the platform. Once your criteria are met, notifications will be sent to your inbox or mobile device.
How does DMA pricing technology work?
When you are trading share CFDs and click on one of the prices in our DMA platforms, the smart order routing technology we use immediately routes your order to the relevant venue. By routing your order across multiple order books it's more likely that your order will be filled, but you will only ever be charged one commission per order.
If your requested size and price is not available, your order will be routed to the primary exchange, where the greatest level of liquidity is generally available.
1 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.
2 L2 Dealer is free to download. However, you may have to pay some exchange's data usage fees. IG will rebate these fees for active traders. Contact us for more information on these costs, plus commission and funding charges.