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Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 69% 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. 69% 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.

Costs and charges

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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.

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How much does it cost to trade with IG?

Account charge

Opening an account with us is completely free and you don't have to add funds until you're ready to place a trade.

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Deep internal liquidity with a futures account

Spread

Trade with spreads from 0.6 points on key FX pairs, 0.8 points on major indices, and 0.1 points on commodities.

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Non-essential charges

There may be other charges and factors that could influence how much your trading costs, but not in all cases.

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A breakdown of our trading costs

When you trade on leverage, there’s one direct charge that you’ll need to consider – the spread, or a commission in the case of share CFDs. You’ll also want to keep your eye on some other potential charges and factors which could influence how much your trading costs.

  • Direct costs
  • Other potential charges
  • Other factors that are relevant to the cost of your trading
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  • The spread or commission
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  • Overnight funding
  • Guaranteed stop premiums
  • Borrow fee
  • Extra services
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  • Margin
  • Slippage
  • Negative balance protection
  • Volume based rebates
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The spread or commission

The spread is the difference between the bid and ask prices, and varies depending on market conditions. In most cases we charge our own spread on top of the market spread, as our fee for the trade. Spread charges apply to CFD trades for all markets except shares.

For every shares CFD trade, you’ll pay a commission instead of a spread.

More about spreads and commission

Overnight funding

Overnight funding is the charge you pay for keeping daily funded bets and cash CFD positions open past 10pm UK time; we’ll make an interest adjustment to your account to reflect the cost of funding your position.

You don’t need to pay overnight funding for futures or forwards, because we build that cost into the spread.

More about overnight funding

Guaranteed stop premiums

You’ll pay a small fee if your guaranteed stop triggered, called the premium. For CFD positions on shares, for example, this is 0.3% of the underlying transaction value.

More about premiums for guaranteed stops

Borrow fee

Short a stock using a DFB or CFD, and you’ll pay an annualised borrow fee (market borrow rate + 0.5% administration charge).

Extra services

You can choose to pay for extra services to support your trading, like direct market access, advanced charting packages, live data streams and more.

More about extra services

Margin

Spread betting and CFDs are leveraged, so when you open a trade you only need to pay a portion of its full value up front. This deposit is called the margin, and the percentage you pay can make a big difference to the affordability of your trading.

More about margin

Slippage

‘Slippage’ is the term for when your order is executed at a different price to the one you requested. Slippage on stops means you could lose more than expected, while slippage on limits means that you may profit more than expected.

More about slippage

Negative balance protection

Negative balance protection ensures that your account balance never stays below zero.*

So, if your CFD account balance falls below zero due to accumulated losses on your trades, we’ll bring it back to zero as soon as possible – usually immediately – at no cost to you.

Volume based rebates

You could be eligible for monthly cash rebates based on your trading activity. These are only available to professional clients.

More about monthly cash rebates

Spreads and commission

The spread or commission (in the case of share CFDs) is the one direct charge that you’ll need to consider when trading on leverage. You can find spreads and commissions for our most popular markets below. To see the full details for a market, follow the links.

  • Spread betting
  • CFDs

Daily funded bets

Keep your DFB position open past 10pm (UK time), and you’ll be charged overnight funding.* If you intend to keep positions open for more than one day, you might want to open a position on a future or forward.

*Or 4.50pm (Sydney time) for AUD-denominated bets.

Indices

Market Minimum spread
FTSE 100 1
Wall Street 2.4
Germany 40 1.2
Australia 200 1

Forex

Market Average spread2 Average spread
(00:00-21:00)3
EUR/USD 1.04 0.85
AUD/USD 1.03 0.82
EUR/GBP 1.89 1.40
GBP/USD 1.83 1.40

Commodities

Market Standard spread
Spot Gold 0.3
Spot Silver (5000oz) 2
Oil - Brent Crude 2.8
Oil - US Crude 2.8

Shares

Market Minimum spread
Apple Inc 0.10%
Lloyds Banking Group PLC 0.10%
Deutsche Bank AG 0.10%
Westpac Banking Corporation 0.10%

Futures and forwards

To speculate over the longer term, you can spread bet on futures for indices and commodities, and forwards for shares and forex. We build the overnight funding charges into the spread, so that everything is included. This makes it easier to identify your break-even level on your deal.

Taking a position on a future or forward is usually better for trading over the longer term. If you are looking to take a shorter term position, try a DFB.

Indices

Market Minimum spread
FTSE 100 4
Wall Street 6
Germany 40 6
Australia 200 3

Forex

Market Forward spread
EUR/USD 10
AUD/USD 10
EUR/GBP 7
GBP/USD 9

Commodities

Market Minimum spread
Spot Gold 0.6
Spot Silver (5000oz) 3
Oil - Brent Crude 6
Oil - US Crude 6

Cash CFDs

Keep your cash CFD position open past 10pm (UK time), and you’ll be charged overnight funding.* If you want to keep positions open for more than one day, try a future or forward.

*Or 4.50pm (Sydney time) for AUD-denominated contracts.

Indices

Market Minimum spread
FTSE 100 1
Wall Street 2.4
Germany 40 1.2
Australia 200 1

Forex

Market Minimum spread Average spread1 Average spread
(00:00-21:00)2
EUR/USD 0.6 1.04 0.85
AUD/USD 0.6 1.03 0.82
EUR/GBP 0.9 1.89 1.40
GBP/USD 0.9 1.83 1.40

Commodities

Market Minimum spread
Spot Gold 0.3
Spot Silver (5000oz) 2
Oil - Brent Crude 2.8
Oil - US Crude 2.8

Shares

With share CFDs you deal at the real market price, so we don't attach our own spread. Instead, we take a small commission when you open the position, and again when you close it. In each instance, a minimum charge applies.

Market Commission per side from Min charge (online) Min charge (phone)
UK 0.10% £10 £15
US 2 cents per share $15 $25
Euro 0.10% €10 €25

Futures and forwards

To speculate over the longer term, you can trade CFDs on futures for indices and commodities. We build the overnight funding charges into the spread, so that everything is included. This makes it easier to identify your break-even level on your deal.

Taking a position on a future or forward is usually better for trading over the longer term. If you are looking to take a shorter term position, try a cash CFD.

Indices

Market Minimum spread
FTSE 100 4
Wall Street 6
Germany 40 6
Australia 200 3

Commodities

Market Contract spread
Spot Gold 0.6
Spot Silver (5000oz) 2
Oil - Brent Crude 6
Oil - US Crude 6

Overnight funding

What is overnight funding?

Overnight funding is the charge you pay for keeping daily funded bets or cash CFD trades open past 10pm UK time; we‘ll make an interest adjustment to your account, to reflect the cost of funding your position.

To avoid paying overnight funding, try a future or a forward contract.

How is overnight funding calculated?

  • Forex
  • Indices
  • Commodities
  • Shares

Formula for forex overnight funding charge = nights held x (tom next* rate including annual admin fee**) x trade size.

*We take our tom-next rate from the underlying market.
**Formula for annual admin fee = We apply 1% for all contracts.

Formula for indices overnight funding charge = Nights held x (market closing price x trade size x (relevant interest rate benchmark +/- admin fee*)) / 365.

*Our admin fee is 3% for spread bets and standard CFD contracts, and 3% for minis. If you’re long, you pay the relevant interest rate benchmark. If you’re short, you receive it.

The Volatility Index and EU Volatility Index are priced in the same way as our undated commodities, and are charged overnight funding in the same way too. Check the commodities tab for details.

Formula for commodities overnight funding adjustment = nights held x (trade size x (basis* +/- IG charge**)).

*Formula for the basis = (P3 – P2) / (T2 – T1), where:
P2 = price of front future
P3 = price of next future
T1 = expiry date of the previous front future
T2 = expiry date of the front future
Read about how we price our undated commodity markets to find out how the basis will affect your position.
**Formula for the IG charge = undated mid price x 3% / 365. The undated mid price is a snapshot of the mid price of the cash CFD or DFB on the relevant date. If you pay the basis on your trade, the IG charge figure is added; if you receive the basis, it’s subtracted.

Formula for shares overnight funding charge = nights held x (market closing price x trade size x (relevant interest rate benchmark * +/- 3%)) / 365.

*If you’re long, you pay relevant interest rate benchmark. If you’re short, you receive it.

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Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to 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 more than 47 years of experience, we’re proud to offer a truly market-leading service

Start trading now

Open your account now, and discover today’s opportunity on a huge range of markets.

Start trading now

Open your account now, and discover today’s opportunity on a huge range of markets.

Guaranteed stop premiums

You can protect your position against slippage with a guaranteed stop, paying only a small premium if your guaranteed stop is triggered. The potential premium is displayed on the deal ticket, and can form part of your margin when you attach the stop. Please note that premiums are subject to change, especially going into weekends and during volatile market conditions.

  • Forex
  • Indices
  • Commodities
  • Shares
Market Guaranteed stop premium
EUR/USD 1.2
AUD/USD 1.5
EUR/GBP 2
GBP/USD 2
Market Guaranteed stop premium
FTSE 100 0.8
Wall Street 1.8
Germany 40 1.5
Australia 200 1.5

Market Guaranteed stop premium
Spot Gold 0.3
Spot Silver 2
Oil - US Crude 3
Oil - Brent Crude 3

Market Guaranteed stop premium
Apple Inc 0.3%
Lloyds Banking Groupl PLC 0.3%
Deutsche Bank AG 0.3%
Westpac Banking Corporation 0.3%

Looking for share dealing costs?

Buy and sell thousands of global shares and ETFs, with commission rates starting from just £5 on UK shares and FX conversion fees of just 0.5%.1

Looking for share dealing costs?

Buy and sell thousands of global shares and ETFs, with commission rates starting from just £5 on UK shares and FX conversion fees of just 0.5%.1

Extra services and charges

Whether you’re paying to give your trading an edge, or for us to carry out account admin, you can find out more here.

Service Charge
Direct Market Access (DMA) You won’t pay for DMA to trade CFDs on forex and shares, or to buy and sell shares via our share dealing service. However, you’ll need to pay a monthly exchange fee to access live DMA prices for some shares.
Live price data feeds You’ll pay a monthly fee for live share prices from an exchange, whether that's to trade share CFDs or buy and sell shares via a share dealing account.
ProRealTime Charts You’ll pay £30 a month to subscribe to advanced charts from popular third-party provider ProRealTime. You’ll get a refund if you place four or more trades a month. You may still have to pay if your qualifying trades are extremely low-value.
Account documentation fee To trade US-incorporated stock, you need to supply a mandatory W-8 or W-9 form prior to the dividend ex-date of a qualifying trade – and you’ll pay a $50 fee if you don’t. You won’t pay the fee if your documentation is up to date, or if you’ve not entered into qualifying trades. We’ll let you know if you’ve entered into a qualifying trade and need to complete a form.
Currency conversion charge Trade CFDs in a currency other than your account’s base currency, and you may incur a currency conversion charge. Your account is set to ‘instant conversion’ by default, which means that your foreign-currency profit is converted to your base currency automatically – and your funding, commission and dividend charges are taken into account before your account is credited. You can also set your account to daily, weekly and monthly conversion settings. Our standard charge is 0.5%. For relevant share dealing transactions on share dealing accounts, we will convert currencies at the time of execution based on the best available bid/offer exchange rates, plus our spread of 0.5%. You can change your currency conversion settings which influences the amount of commission you pay. Our team reviews these changes on a monthly basis, so it may take some time to update your account. Please be aware that changing from converting 'instant' to 'manual' means that you'll no longer qualify for commission-free trading.

Service Charge
Direct Market Access (DMA) You won’t pay for DMA to trade CFDs on forex and shares, or to buy and sell shares via our share dealing service. However, you’ll need to pay a monthly exchange fee to access live DMA prices for some shares.
Live price data feeds You’ll pay a monthly fee for live share prices from an exchange, whether that's to trade share CFDs or buy and sell shares via a share dealing account.
ProRealTime Charts You’ll pay £30 a month to subscribe to advanced charts from popular third-party provider ProRealTime. You’ll get a refund if you place four or more trades a month. You may still have to pay if your qualifying trades are extremely low-value.
Account documentation fee To trade US-incorporated stock, you need to supply a mandatory W-8 or W-9 form prior to the dividend ex-date of a qualifying trade – and you’ll pay a $50 fee if you don’t. You won’t pay the fee if your documentation is up to date, or if you’ve not entered into qualifying trades. We’ll let you know if you’ve entered into a qualifying trade and need to complete a form.
Currency conversion charge Trade CFDs in a currency other than your account’s base currency, and you may incur a currency conversion charge. Your account is set to ‘instant conversion’ by default, which means that your foreign-currency profit is converted to your base currency automatically – and your funding, commission and dividend charges are taken into account before your account is credited. You can also set your account to daily, weekly and monthly conversion settings. Our standard charge is 0.5%. For relevant share dealing transactions on share dealing accounts, we will convert currencies at the time of execution based on the best available bid/offer exchange rates, plus our spread of 0.5%.

Third-party charges

You may need to pay charges passed on from third parties:

  • Fees for credit and non-UK debit card payments
  • Same-day transfers under £100 (£15)

FAQs

What are your dealing hours?

Our offices are normally open 24 hours a day between 11pm on Sunday (9pm for forex) and 10.15pm on Friday night (London time).

Dealing hours vary between markets, but standard UK market hours are 08.00-16.30 (London time).

How does overnight funding work?

When you spread bet or trade CFDs with us, you trade on margin. This means you only pay a deposit to open a position, and we in effect lend you the rest of the money required. If you close your position on the same day, you won’t pay a funding fee. If you keep it open overnight, you’ll pay small fee to cover the cost of the money you’ve effectively borrowed.

For share and index trades, our funding fee is comprised of our admin fee, plus or minus the interbank rate for the currency in which your trade’s underlying market is denominated (depending on whether your position is long or short).

For forex trades, the funding fee is the tom-next rate plus a small admin fee.

For spot commodity trades, and trades on the Volatility Index and EU Volatility Index, we make an adjustment based on a range of factors like the price of the two nearest futures, and our fee. Take a look at how we price our undated commodities to find out more.

For futures markets there’s no overnight funding fee, because the cost of funding is built into the spread. You also won’t pay a funding fee if you’re buying and selling trades outright on a share dealing account, as you’re not paying margin and therefore not borrowing anything.

Are charges fixed or do they vary?

Spreads

Our spreads are the same for CFDs and spread betting, apart from shares.

Share CFDs directly reflect the underlying market price, and so you’ll pay a commission on these trades. Share spread bets are commission-free, but you’ll pay a spread on the opening and closing price of the bet.

That said, the overall cost is virtually the same for share spread bets and share CFDs. Trade CFDs, and you’ll find our tightest spreads on our standard contracts, with wider spreads on some mini and micro contracts.

Our forex spreads vary depending on underlying market liquidity. The more liquid the market, the narrower our spread – as low as 0.8 points. As the underlying market spread widens, so does ours – but only to our maximum cap.

Our stock index spreads vary by the time of day. During the underlying market hours we offer our standard and tightest spreads eg 1 point on the FTSE 100. When we offer an out-of-hours market, so you can benefit from 24-hour dealing, we offer a wider spread.

Commission

Our commission varies depending on the host country for your stock, and the account you’re using.

CFDs

You'll pay between 0.1% and 0.35% commission on all UK share trades (0.1% on large caps, 0.25% on midcaps and 0.35% on small caps). See our product details for all our share CFD commissions.

Share dealing

You can buy and sell UK shares on commission from just £3, and US shares commission-free, if you deal three or more times in a month. See our share dealing charges for full shares commissions.

Overnight funding

For share and index trades we calculate our overnight funding fee using the relevant interbank rate, and our fee for forex trades using the tom-next rate. These rates change daily, varying the funding fee each day.

For commodities and the volatility indices, we use the price of the two nearest futures as part of our overnight funding calculation. Since these will vary, the charge can too. You can find out more in the overnight funding section above.

Mini and micro CFD contracts are subject to a higher funding rate.

When should I use a forward bet / contract?

You won’t pay an overnight funding fee for forward trades, as the funding cost is built into a wider spread. So you may find them more cost effective and transparent for long-term trades, because you know your real cost from the outset.

For fixed-expiry deals on stock indices and commodities we offer futures for spread betting and CFDs. For fixed-expiry shares and forex, we offer forwards for spread betting.

Non-share markets

Spread

FTSE 100 4
Wall Street 6
EUR/USD 10
GBP/USD 9
Spot gold 0.6
Spot silver 3

Share markets

Quarterly bets
(near)

Quarterly bets
(far)

Quarterly bets
(very far)

FTSE 100 shares 0.20% 0.40% 0.60%
Major US shares 0.40% 0.45% 0.60%
Euro shares 0.35% 0.45% 0.60%

Is there a currency conversion charge?

If you trade CFDs in a currency other than your account’s base currency, you may need to pay a currency conversion charge.

Your account is set to ‘instant conversion’ by default. This means that foreign-currency profit is converted to your base currency automatically, and funding, commission and dividend charges are taken into account before your account is credited. You can choose to have your account convert daily, weekly or monthly. Our standard conversion charge is 0.5.

If you’re buying and selling shares on a share dealing account, we will convert currencies at the time of execution based on the best available bid / offer exchange rates, plus our spread of 0.5 points.

Do you offer guaranteed stops?

Yes, we offer guaranteed stops so that you can put an absolute cap on your risk. You’ll pay a small fee if it's triggered. For shares, for example, this is 0.3% of the underlying transaction value.

What are interbank and tom-next rates?

The interbank rate is the interest rate charged between banks for short-term loans. It is a key indicator for other interest rate charges, which is why we use it as a basis for calculating our overnight funding fees for your share and stock index trades.

Tom-next is the rate used to calculate the funding adjustment when a forex position is held overnight. It is an industry-standard rate, derived from the interest rate differentials of the pair’s currencies and market expectations of interest rate change.

Which costs more: CFD trading or spread betting?

The costs of trading with us via a spread bet or a CFD are virtually identical, even if the way we charge to trade a market differs. For example, the cost of a 0.10% commission on a share CFD trade works out similarly to a 0.10% spread on a share spread bet.

You won’t pay to use our platform for either CFDs or spread betting, but there is a charge for some live data feeds. This also applies to our DMA-specific platforms which require live data feeds. You’ll get a refund if you trade a certain number of times in a set period.

What is the spread?

For both spread bets and CFDs, the spread is the difference between our sell and buy prices. We derive these prices based on the underlying market's value.

Are there any account fees?

No, we won't charge you any fees to maintain your account.

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