Margin rates

Our tiered margining system means we can offer rates that remain competitive while reflecting the size of your position and associated liquidity of the market.

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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.

  • Indices
  • Forex
  • Commodities
  • Shares
  • Cryptos


Stock index Retail Leverage equivalent
FTSE 100 5% 1:20
Wall Street 5% 1:20
Germany 30 5% 1:20
US 500 5% 1:20
US Tech 100 5% 1:20


Forex Retail Leverage equivalent Accredited investor Leverage equivalent
EUR/USD 5% 1:20 2% 1:50
GBP/USD 5% 1:20 2% 1:50
AUD/USD 5% 1:20 2% 1:50
EUR/JPY 5% 1:20 2% 1:50
USD/CHF 5% 1:20 2% 1:50


Commodities Retail Leverage equivalent
Spot Gold 20% 1:5
Spot Silver (5000oz) 20% 1:5
High Grade Copper 20% 1:5
Oil - US Crude 20% 1:5
Oil - Brent Crude 20% 1:5


Shares Retail Leverage equivalent
Apple 10% 1:10
Barclays PLC 10% 1:10
BHP Billiton PLC (LSE) 10% 1:10
GlaxoSmithKline PLC 10% 1:10
Vodafone Group PLC 10% 1:10


Cryptocurrencies Retail Leverage equivalent
Bitcoin (USD) 50% 1:2
Ether (USD) 50% 1:2
Ripple (USD) 50% 1:2
Bitcoin Cash (USD) 50% 1:2
Litecoin (USD) 50% 1:2

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Maintenance margin

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.

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