Trading tools and alerts
With the right tools, you shouldn’t need to watch your screen all day to monitor the markets. You can find the following features in our platform:
- Stops and limits can automatically open or close your positions
- Trading alerts will notify you straight away if a market hits a price or follows a pattern that you specify
News feeds and analysis
The IG platform has an integrated feed of live, streaming news articles from Reuters – making it easier for you to keep track of market-moving events while you’re trading.
In addition, we offer a regular market commentary service from our own analysts to help you make sense of data releases and events as they happen.
Our platform also offers analysis services from two third-party providers, Autochartist and Trading Central, which can send you alerts and recommendations when potential opportunities arise.
Our platform is customisable to your preferences. You can adjust the layout so you can focus on the tools and features you use regularly, and create your own watchlists of the markets that interest you, with the ability to view them all in one place at a glance.
Once you’ve built up some trading skill and experience, you may want to take advantage of some of the advanced platform features that we offer. For example, you can set up signals or use more sophisticated options and charting tools.
You can also build automated trading strategies in ProRealTime, using specialised software to monitor the markets and create positions on your behalf.
You may not be ready to try these features when you first begin trading, but the range of platforms we offer can provide you with them once the time is right.
You can learn how to use our platform and practise your trades by opening a demo account.
This is a dummy version of a real account that mirrors our platform’s features and functions. You trade using virtual funds, so you can open positions on live markets and try out the tools available, without any risk to your capital.
As well as enabling you to experience using the platform, this is also a useful way to practise your trading techniques and test your strategies in a safe environment, helping you feel more confident when you come to place real trades on the live platform.
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