Is CFD trading for me?

If you’re knowledgeable about the financial markets and actively trade them, CFDs could be an essential part of your strategy

I'm new to trading

CFD trading gives you the opportunity to trade on thousands of financial markets without the need for large amounts of money to get started.

  • No stamp duty to pay*
  • Low commissions on shares and only the spread on most other markets
  • Gain full exposure by putting down a small initial deposit
  • Take advantage of rising and falling markets
  • Take a position on forex, indices, shares, commodities and more

Please be aware that CFD trading is not suitable for everyone as it can result in losses which exceed your deposits.

Learn more about CFD trading

I'm an indices trader

If you already trade stock indices, CFD trading can give you 24-hour access to a wide range of cash and futures markets.

  • Trade more than 30 global indices
  • Spreads from 1 point on majors, including the FTSE 100
  • 24-hour dealing 
  • Take a position on entire sectors, including banking, retail and mining
  • Greater flexibility – chose your position size for standard or mini contracts 
  • Benefit from no expiry dates on cash CFDs
  • Mobile and tablet apps to trade and track your positions on the go
  • Low margin rates to help your investment capital go further
  • Round-the-clock support

Please be aware that CFDs are leveraged products and losses can exceed your deposits.

See our indices services

I trade other markets


  • Go long or short on energies, metals and agriculturals
  • Choose from a range of contracts
  • Good for speculative traders, hedgers and producers

SGD-denominated CFDs

  • Avoid currency exposure
  • Trade popular indices, metals and energy commodities
  • Exclusive to IG

Digital 100s

  • One of the most comprehensive options markets in the industry
  • Use our own custom options


I'm a shares trader

What are the benefits?

  • Potentially profit from falling and rising stock prices
  • Trade Singapore and international shares from the same account
  • Use leverage to make your investment capital go further
  • Trade inside the market spread using direct market access
  • Short-sell to protect your physical portfolio from adverse movements
  • Diversify your portfolio with stock indices, sectors and more.
  • Be confident of potentially better prices, which we source from primary exchanges and dark pools of liquidity.
  • Your shares knowledge means you’re well equipped to get started. Read more about share trading with IG.
  • CFDs are traded in the same notional amounts as the underlying market, so there’s no need to learn a new trading language.

You still get dividends from share CFDs. With CFDs, you can use your existing knowledge and approach to researching the stock market and make your investment capital go further (via leverage) and protect your physical portfolio (by hedging). Of course you should bear in mind the inherent risks of leverage.

Be aware that CFD trading is not suitable for everyone as it involves leverage, which can result in losses which exceed your initial deposit. 

I'm a forex trader

If you’re an active forex trader you’ll already benefit from leverage on your forex trades. By trading forex as a CFD with us, you gain a range of other benefits too.

  • ProRealTime – trade from technical charts
  • Metatrader 4 – automate your strategies
  • Forex Direct – trade directly into the exchange and get inside the spread
  • Leverage – our margin starts at 2%
  • Guaranteed Stops place an absolute limit on your risk, no matter how volatile the market1
  • Access to digital 100s – daily opportunities for extremely short-term forex trading
  • No requotes on your forex trades, ever
  • Stay on top of the FX markets with our range of mobile trading apps
  • Discover opportunities beyond currency pairs; access thousands of markets from the same account

As with any leveraged product, you should be aware that trading forex via a CFD may not be suitable for everyone as it can result in losses that exceed your initial deposit.

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It's free to open an account, takes less than five minutes, and there's no obligation to fund or trade.

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