All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.

Secure, flexible bitcoin trading

Trade on bitcoin volatility with our range of FX pairs and binaries. No wallet needed.

All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.

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Use our market finder tool to find news, videos, analysis and data on the bitcoin markets you want to trade.

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Why trade bitcoin with IG?

  • Go short as well as long

    Because you never actually own the currency, you can go short if you think the value will fall

  • Trade with absolute confidence

    Unlike trading on exchanges, speculating on the bitcoin price is 100% secure from theft

  • Deal on virtual currency pairs

    Speculate on the bitcoin price against a range of global currencies

  • Fully regulated and trusted provider

    We're an FCA-regulated, FTSE 250 company with 40 years' trading experience

  • Binaries

    With binaries you always know your maximum potential loss1

Ways to trade bitcoin with IG

Instead of purchasing bitcoins you can speculate on their value as a forex pair or using a binary.

Forex pairs

Deal on bitcoin currency pairs as CFDs or spread bets, with spreads from $4 and 7.5% margin.


Learn more about forex trading

Forex pair example

You're interested in trading a spot FX XBT/USD CFD. Our price is currently 35000 / 35400.

You believe the bitcoin price will fall against the dollar, so you sell 1 contract at 35000 (equivalent to selling 100 bitcoins at $350).

The bitcoin price falls and our new price is 33600 / 34000. You decide to take your profit by buying at 34000.

35000 - 34000 = 1000 pips

Your gross profit is 1000 x $1 = $1000.

If the market had rallied 500 points instead, your gross loss would be $500.

Binary ladders

Speculate on whether the bitcoin price will be above or below a certain level at the end of a trading period.

  • Daily: bitcoin to be above 385 at 8pm today
  • Weekly: bitcoin to be below 380 at 8pm on Friday

Learn more about binaries

Binary ladder example

You're interested in trading a bitcoin binary ladder and you like the look of our ‘Bitcoin ($) to be above 375 at 8pm' market, at a price of 15, so you buy $10 per point at 15.

The price of bitcoin steadily rises and is trading at 375.5 at 8pm. The condition of your binary has been met, the deal settles at 100.

100 - 15 = 85

Your gross profit is 85 x $10 = $850.

If the market had fallen below 375 at 8pm, your binary would close at 0, giving you a gross loss of $150 (15 x $10).

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Do I need a bitcoin wallet to trade bitcoin markets with IG?

No. With IG you are simply speculating on the price movement of bitcoin ($). You never need to actually own any.

Can I take a short view to open on the price of bitcoins ($) with the markets that IG offers?

Yes. With our FX pairs and binaries you never hold bitcoins in the real sense, so you can take a short view to open on bitcoins.

How are IG's bitcoin settlements derived?

IG’s bitcoin settlement is based on a combination of real time prices provided directly by some of the world’s most liquid bitcoin exchanges.

When are your bitcoin markets available?

Bitcoin markets are available from 8am on Sunday morning through to 10pm on Friday night (London time) (market holidays permitting).

Where are the bitcoin markets on the trading platform?

The bitcoin FX pairs are under "Forex" > "Virtual FX". The bitcoin ($) markets and binaries are under "Bitcoin" in the main finder navigation. 

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1 The fast-moving nature of binaries provides the possibility of short-term gains, alongside any potential losses. Although they are limited risk, you should be aware that there is still the potential to make substantial losses as well as gains.

2 Based on number of active UK financial spread betting accounts (Investment Trends 2015); for CFDs, based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, September 2015).

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