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Cryptocurrencies trading

Trade bitcoin and ethereum pairs without owning them, with the world’s No.1 CFD and spread betting provider1

All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.

Why trade cryptocurrencies with IG?

  • Go short as well as long

    Take a position when you expect bitcoin to fall in value, not just when you expect it to rise.

  • Trade with confidence

    We’re an established FTSE 250 company recognised for our strength and security

  • Tax-free trading

    Spread bet on cryptocurrency pairs and you won’t pay any tax on your profits2

  • Deal on leverage

    Gain exposure to major cryptocurrency pairs without tying up lots of capital

Bitcoin spread betting and CFDs

Speculate on which way bitcoin’s price will go, instead of purchasing the cryptocurrency.

Spread bet product details

CFD product details

Ethereum spread betting and CFDs

Take a position on ethereum without the need for a wallet or specialist technology.

Spread bet product details

CFD product details

What are cryptocurrencies?

Cryptocurrencies are virtual currencies which operate independently of banks and governments, but can still be exchanged – or speculated on – just like any physical currency. 

While there’s a huge number of cryptocurrencies available, we offer spread betting and CFD trading on the two most popular: bitcoin and ethereum.

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Prices above are subject to our website terms and conditions. Prices are indicative only.

How can I spread bet and trade CFDs on cryptocurrencies?

Usually, trading cryptocurrencies is done via an exchange, and you need to have acquired a virtual ‘wallet’ to hold them, which can make for a time-consuming process. To open a spread bet or a CFD on a cryptocurrency with IG, however, all you need is a trading account, which takes minutes to set up

You’ll then be able to log in to our platform, where you’ll see bitcoin and ethereum quoted against a major currency, such as USD. Rather than taking actual ownership when you open a position, you’re instead speculating on the cryptocurrency’s rise or fall in value against the dollar. If you’re correct, you’ll profit; if you’re not, you’ll make a loss.

Keep in mind that as CFDs and spread bets are leveraged products, you’ll only ever need to put down a small deposit to gain exposure to the full value of the trade. This means your capital goes further, but you also stand to lose more than your initial outlay.

We offer two forms of leveraged bitcoin trading: CFDs and spread bets. You can use both to open long and short positions against USD, GBP and EUR.

Bitcoin vs ethereum

Bitcoin

  • Exclusively used as a currency
  • Initially released in 2009
  • 16.5 million bitcoins in circulation (or ‘mined’)
  • Market cap of around $40bn3
  • There is a finite supply of 21 million available (it is ‘deflational’)

Ethereum

  • Just one example of a wider network of applications
  • Initially released in 2015
  • 93 million ether units in circulation
  • Market cap of around $20 billion3
  • There is an unlimited supply available (it is ‘inflational’)

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

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1 Based on number of active UK financial spread betting accounts (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report October 2016); for CFDs, based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, October 2016).

2 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.

3 As at July 2017.

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