What is margin?
CFDs are leveraged products, meaning you don’t have to pay the full value of your exposure to deal. Instead, you only need to put up a fraction of your trade’s total value to open your position. This opening amount is called initial margin – it is also sometimes referred to as deposit margin.
Our margin rates
At IG, we offer tiered margining, applying different margin requirements at different levels of exposure. Smaller deal sizes generally benefit from better market liquidity, so these positions attract our lowest margin rates. Our tiers start at one, with the minimum margin rates, and go up to four, with the maximum margin rates.
You can see a summary of tier one margins for some of our most popular markets below. For all tier one margins, you can reduce your margin requirement by using stops. Adding a stop reduces your exposure by limiting your potential losses.
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Maintenance margin, also known as variation margin, is extra money that we might need to request if the market moves against you. It ensures that you have enough money in your account to fund the present value of the position – covering any running losses.
Maintenance margin is charged via a margin call, which is a status applied to your account when it has fallen below the minimum margin required to keep a position open. We will notify you of this by email.