Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 71% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 71% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Bond trading and investing

Trade on bond prices or earn income from dividend-paying bond ETFs. Take a position on our global offering using derivatives like spread bets or CFDs, or invest in bond ETFs by opening a share dealing account.

Call 0800 195 3100 or send us an email with any questions about opening a trading or investment account between 8am and 6pm (UK time) on weekdays.

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Call 0800 409 6789 or email helpdesk.uk@ig.com if you have any questions about trading or investing. We're available 24/7 between 8am Saturday and 10pm Friday.

Contact us 0800 409 6789

Call 0800 195 3100 or send us an email with any questions about opening a trading or investment account between 8am and 6pm (UK time) on weekdays.

Contact us 0800 195 3100

Get info fast via our instant help and support portal. Available for account queries, ProRealTime, product info and more.

Visit help and support for more information.

Get info fast via our instant help and support portal. Available for account queries, ProRealTime, product info and more.

Visit help and support for more information.

Call 0800 409 6789 or email helpdesk.uk@ig.com if you have any questions about trading or investing. We're available 24/7 between 8am Saturday and 10pm Friday.

Contact us 0800 409 6789

Why trade or invest in bonds with us?

Take a position with leveraged
derivatives or buy bond
ETF shares

Deal in fractions of contracts,
off-exchange, with spread betting
or CFDs

Invest in bond market ETFs
easily and from just £3
commission1

Choose from a comprehensive
selection of global
bond markets

Speculate on bond price
movements over the short,
medium and long term

Receive coupon payments
in the form of dividends with
a bond ETF

What are bonds?

Bonds are financial instruments that enable governments and corporates to raise capital. Investors will loan money to the bond-issuer and, in return, receive a series of interest payments at specified dates. At maturity, the bond-issuer will repay the original sum lent – known as the bond’s ‘principal’.

Bonds can be bought and sold on the secondary market like other financial securities – meaning that their prices fluctuate. High interest rates, for example, tend to make bonds less attractive by providing other opportunities to earn returns with low risk. For this reason, interest rates and bond prices tend to have an inverse relationship.

How to trade bonds

With us, there are two main ways to take a position on bonds:

  1. Trading on bond price movements using leveraged derivatives like spread betting or CFDs
  2. Investing in bond ETFs with our share dealing account

When trading, you’ll never take ownership of an asset, and will instead take a position on the bond futures market either rising in value or falling. But, when investing in a bond ETF via a share dealing account, you will buy and own actual ETF shares – earning dividends if the fund pays any.

But, please remember that all trading and investing incurs risk. This is only amplified when trading on leverage. Learn more about how to manage your risk.

Ways to trade or invest in bonds with us

Assets Markets How to trade or invest
Bond futures Government bond futures markets Spread betting or CFDs
Bond ETFs Bond ETFs tracking government or corporate bonds Share dealing

Trading vs investing in bonds

Why would I trade bonds?

  • Trade on the inverse relationship between interest rates and bond prices
  • Speculate on both rising or falling bond prices
  • Take a position in the short to medium term
  • Hedge existing investments
  • Avoid stamp duties and trade tax-free with spread betting2

Why would I invest in bonds?

  • Diversify your portfolio and mitigate risk
  • Earn income through dividend payments
  • Gain wide exposure to bond markets
  • Enter and exit liquid markets quickly
  • Take a position in the long term
  • Invest via an IG ISA and enjoy tax benefits2

Start trading bonds now

Start trading bonds now

Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 17,000 global markets, with reliable execution

Deal seamlessly, wherever you are

Trade on the move with our natively designed, award-winning trading app

Feel secure with a trusted provider

With 45 years of experience, we’re proud to offer a truly market-leading service

Start trading bonds now

Start trading bonds now

Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 17,000 global markets, with reliable execution

Deal seamlessly, wherever you are

Trade on the move with our natively designed, award-winning trading app

Feel secure with a trusted provider

With 45 years of experience, we’re proud to offer a truly market-leading service

Start trading bonds now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

Start trading bonds now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

Buy bonds with the UK’s number 1 platform3

Seize your opportunity on the UK’s best web-based platform and mobile trading app.

  • Web-based platform
  • Mobile trading app

Take control of your trading with our clean deal ticket, clear price charts, and in-platform news and analysis.

Trade wherever you are, and receive trading alerts and signals on the go through email, SMS or push notifications.

Bond trading and investing costs

  • Spread betting costs
  • CFD trading costs
  • Share dealing costs
Margin* Minimum margin requirement of 20%
Spread From 1 point

*Leverage can magnify both your profits and losses as they’ll be based on the full exposure of the trade, not just the margin required to open it. This means losses as well as profits could far outweigh your margin, so always ensure you’re trading within your means.

Margin* Minimum margin requirement of 20%
Spread From 1 point

*Leverage can magnify both your profits and losses as they’ll be based on the full exposure of the trade, not just the margin required to open it. This means losses as well as profits could far outweigh your margin, so always ensure you’re trading within your means.

Our bond ETFs are bought and sold as shares on an exchange, paying dividends.

Open an IG share dealing account and you can buy and sell ETFs directly for as little as £3 commission.1 Invest via an IG ISA and pay no capital gains or income tax on your investments.2

Bond markets to watch

  • Popular bonds
  • US bonds
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Open an account in minutes

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

Open an account in minutes

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

Open a share trading account in minutes

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

Open a share trading account in minutes

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

Start trading now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

Start trading now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

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1 Commission rates differ for UK and US shares. Trade in your share dealing account three or more times in the previous month to qualify for our best commission rates. Please note published rates are valid up to £25,000 notional value. See our full list of share dealing charges and fees.
2 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
3 Best trading platform as awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards and Professional Trader Awards 2019. Best trading app as awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2020.