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Trade on volatility with our comprehensive, flexible options1

Who can trade options?

Options are only available via professional CFD accounts. If you would like to trade option CFDs, you’ll need to see if you are eligible for a professional account. To find out about the features of this type of account and check your eligibility, please see our professional account page.

What are options?

Options can form an important part of a wider investment strategy. They give you the right – but not the obligation – to buy or sell an underlying asset before a certain expiry date, allowing you to speculate on the future price of a financial market.

We offer an extensive range of options on a number of asset classes, with the service and support you’d expect from the world’s No.1 financial spread betting .2

What can you trade with options?

One of the biggest benefits of options is their flexibility. You can trade a huge number of markets, and like futures options can be used to buy and sell assets that would otherwise cause logistical issues, such as oil or gold.
Here are some of the asset classes that you can trade with options, and the markets available with IG:
  • Forex. Including majors like EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/CHF and EUR/GBP
  • Shares. Including FTSE® 100 shares and a selection of leading US shares
  • Stock indices. Including the FTSE 100 and Wall Street
  • Commodities. Including metals and energies

You can also use options over both the short and long term. A daily option, for example, will expire at the end of the day – whereas weekly or quarterly options will have expiries further ahead.

How are options priced?

Our option prices are set by our dealing desk, based on three key factors:
  • The time to expiry
  • The current level of the underlying market
  • The volatility of the market
All of the factors work on the same principle: the more likely it is that an option will move above (calls) or below (puts) its strike price, the higher its premium will be.

Trading options with IG

Trade options with us using CFDs with a professional account.
  • Low margin, high leverage
  • Reliable, ultra-fast trading platform
  • Competitive spreads on a wide range of markets
  • Sophisticated chart technology
  • Guaranteed stop trades available

Do you ever say...

  • I want to trade on volatility

    Options can be used to trade on volatility itself, allowing traders to benefit even when there’s little movement in the underlying market.

  • I want to hedge my trading strategy

    Investors with long positions on stocks, commodities and more can hedge against a drop in the underlying price by taking out a put option.

  • I want my money to work harder

    We offer leverage rates for a wide range of options markets. See our full product details

1 Options are currently only available on our classic platform and mobile apps. They will be available on the new IG Trading platform soon. 
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. 81% 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.