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.

CFD trading calculator

Discover how a CFD trade works – including the margin requirement for your trade and the potential profit or loss – with our CFD trading calculator.

Start trading today. Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccountenquiries.uk@ig.com. We’re available from 8am to 6pm (UK time), Monday to Friday.

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

Start trading today. Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccountenquiries.uk@ig.com. We’re available from 8am to 6pm (UK time), Monday to Friday.

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

Our CFD trading calculator

Play around with the options in our example below to see how margin requirements and profit or loss are calculated on CFD trades.

* The profit, loss and margin requirement figures in this example are for illustrative purposes only, and the calculation assumes a spread of 1 point – which could vary. If you keep your positions on spot markets open overnight, you will pay overnight funding charges.

How to use our CFD trading calculator

Choose your points of movement

Set up our calculator using different points of movement, from 50 points all the way up to 500, which are typical amounts of price movement in various CFD trade timeframes.

Select your order size

Put in a range of order sizes including $1, $2, $5, $10 and $25 per point of movement in the underlying market.

Keep in mind that FX CFDs are always traded in the quote currency – so you might be trading in a different currency than USD (which we used in our example above).

See how your costs are calculated

Look at the margin requirement and final profit or loss for the trade using the figures provided by the example, and tweak the input data to get a different calculation.

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Open a CFD trading account in minutes

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Open a CFD trading account in minutes

Open a CFD trading account in minutes

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 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.

How to get started with CFD trading

To get started with CFD trading, check out the educational resources we have at IG Academy – which can help you with your market analysis and risk management – or learn more about how CFD trading works.

  1. Learn how to trade CFDs
  2. Choose a market to trade
  3. Create a CFD trading account
  4. Take steps to manage your risk
  5. Open, monitor and close your CFD trade

Remember that our CFD calculator is a useful tool for determining the margin requirement and potential profit or loss of your CFD trade before you open a position.

Who are we?

If you want to trade financial markets, you’ve come to the right place. We invented financial spread betting in 1974, and today we offer spread bets and CFDs to retail traders who are looking to seize their next opportunity. We’ve got a range of markets to choose from, including indices, forex, commodities, shares and more.

If you prefer to own assets, you can also buy and sell thousands of shares and ETFs with our share dealing offering, or choose a wealth portfolio managed by one of our pros.

FAQs

CFD margin is calculated as a percentage of the total position size, and it’s the deposit that you need to put down to open a leveraged CFD trading position. Our CFD margin requirements vary between the markets you’re looking to trade.

See our margin rates for more info

CFD profit and loss is calculated as the difference in price from when you opened your position to when you closed it, multiplied by your total position size. You should remember that when you’re trading with leverage, your final profit or loss will be calculated using the full position size – not just the margin required to open it – which can result in both greater profits, and greater losses.

Learn more about calculating your profit or loss on a CFD trade

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