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New to IG: 880033062
Existing clients: 880033069

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It’s free to open an account and no downloads are required to use our web-based platform.

Free demo account

Practise trading with € 30,000 virtual funds.

Professional trading

As an experienced trader, you may be eligible to be classed as a professional – gaining exemption from leverage limits and product restrictions. 

For professionals only. Losses can exceed deposits. Negative balance protection is not available for professional accounts.1

Lower margin rates

The regulatory landscape is changing, but leverage restrictions don't apply to professional traders.2 Qualify for a professional account, and your margin rates will decrease on many markets.

   retail trading rates minimum professional trading rates
Major FX 3.33% 0.45%
Major indices 5% 0.45%
Gold 5% 0.63%
Other commodities 10% 1.35%
Cryptocurrencies 50% 18%
Shares 20% 4.5%

How much margin will you need as an IG professional client?

You place a EUR/USD trade in one contract, at a price of 12320.

Under the new rules, your margin requirement will be $2051.28.

With a professional account, it would be $277.20.

Pro features

Professional traders also gain access to a range of choices not available to retail clients.

  • Digital 100s

    Retain access to opportunity in quiet markets with our fixed-risk, yes/no product.

  • Exclusive package

    Enjoy a range of advantages only available to pro traders, as well as being eligible for a dedicated individual client manager.

  • Collateral service

    Use up to 95% of the value of your shareholdings as margin for CFDs.

As an IG professional client, you’ll be responsible for ensuring that your account doesn’t fall into a negative balance. If it does, you’ll need to make additional payments to bring your balance back above zero – meaning that your losses can exceed your deposits.3

Am I eligible?

If you answer ‘yes’ to two or more of the following, you could be eligible to be classified as a professional trader.

  • Has your trading averaged 10 significantly sized leverage transactions per quarter over the last 4 quarters?
  • Do you have a financial instrument portfolio, including cash deposits, exceeding €500,000?
  • Have you worked in the financial sector in a professional position, requiring knowledge of derivatives trading, for at least a year?

What if I’m not eligible?


Apply now

New clients

1. Fill out a simple online form to open a CFD account

2. Log in and follow the prompt

3. Answer the questions

Existing clients

1. Log in to My IG or your IG Trading app

2. Follow the prompt

3. Answer the questions

Don’t see the prompt? Go to Settings > Client and account status on desktop, or the Accounts area in-app.

The benefits of choosing IG

Founded in 1974 as the first company of our kind, we’ve been at the forefront of our industry ever since. More traders trust us with their money than anyone else, making us the world’s No.1 choice for CFD trading.2

Effective risk management

Use our range of stop and limit orders to help protect your interests.

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Intuitive platforms

Find the perfect vehicle for your trading from our range of platforms and apps.

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Greater opportunity

Choose from over 15,000 markets, with many available for out-of-hours dealing.

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Friendly, expert support

Get help 24 hours a day, from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday.

Protected funds

Rest assured that when you trade with us, your funds are safeguarded in a range of ways.

Timely news and analysis

Inform your decisions with in-platform market insight.

Not eligible?

You can still trade over 15,000 markets on our award-winning platform with a retail account, with the added bonus of negative balance protection.

1 Aside from negative balance protection, there are some other differences between how professional and retail clients are treated. When talking to our retail clients we need to use clear language, and be very balanced when talking about the risks and benefits of leveraged trading. We can use more sophisticated language when talking to our professional clients. We may assume your level of knowledge and experience when assessing whether our products are appropriate for you. When executing your orders, we owe you a duty of best execution. For retail clients we must prioritise overall prices and cost of a transaction when giving best execution. As a professional client, we may prioritise other factors in giving best execution, such as speed and likelihood of execution if we determine they are equally or more important than overall price. In practice, we will not change the way we execute your orders.

2 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, February 2018).

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 79% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider.
You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.