Cryptocurrency trading

Trade eight cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, ether, ripple and litecoin, without taking ownership of the underlying.

Call 0800 195 3100 or email to talk about opening a trading account. We’re here 24 hours a day, from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday.

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

Why trade cryptocurrencies with IG?

Trade rising and falling prices on leverage to make the most of volatility2

Improved liquidity means there’s more chance of executing your trade at your chosen price

Preserve your capital with negative balance protection3 and guaranteed stops4

Safely and easily deposit funds. We’re a regulated FTSE 250 company

Speculate on 10 major cryptocurrencies and crosses

Tax-free profits when you trade with a spread betting account5

Cryptocurrencies you can trade with IG

Bitcoin cash

Stellar (XLM)



Live prices on our most popular markets


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

Ways to trade cryptocurrencies with IG

Spread betting CFD
Main benefits Profits are tax-free in the UK5 Tax-deductible losses are useful for hedging5
Accessible to All clients All clients
Traded in £ (or other base currency) per point Contracts
Tax status No capital gains tax (CGT) or stamp duty5 No stamp duty, but you do pay CGT. Losses can be offset as a tax deduction5
Commission Commission-free (just pay our spread) Commission-free (just pay our spread)
Platforms Web, mobile app and advanced platforms Web, mobile app and advanced platforms
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What is cryptocurrency trading?

Cryptocurrency trading involves speculating on whether a cryptocurrency’s price will go up or down – without taking ownership of any underlying coins.

What are the benefits of cryptocurrency trading?

Trade tax-efficiently,5 magnify your exposure with leverage and go long or short on the price – all without the expense of an exchange account.

How do I trade cryptocurrencies?

  1. Open a trading account
  2. Find an opportunity
  3. Take a position
  4. Monitor your trade

Open a cryptocurrency trading account in minutes

Fill in our simple online form

We’ll ask a few questions about your trading experience.

Get swift verification

We can usually verify your ID in just a few seconds.

Fund your account and trade

Or practise on a risk-free demo if you’d prefer.

How much will I have to pay?


Spread betting and CFD trading are forms of leveraged trading, meaning you can win, or lose, a significant amount more than you deposit initially. Though not actually a cost to you, the margin you pay makes a big difference to the affordability of your trade.


Your key payment for trading cryptocurrencies is the spread – the difference between the buy and the sell price – which is essentially our commission for executing your trade. We work to keep our spreads among the lowest in the business.

Spot FX Retail margin Professional margin
What is this?
Bitcoin 50% 4.5%
Ether 50% 4.5%
Ripple 50% 4.5%
Bitcoin Cash 50% 9%
Litecoin 50% 9%
EOS 50% 9%
Stellar 50% 9%
NEO 50% 9%

Spread betting CFDs MT4
Bitcoin 38 38 38
Ether 1.4 1.4 1.4
Ripple 0.4 0.4 0.4
Bitcoin Cash 1.8 1.8 1.8
Litecoin 0.5 0.5 0.5
EOS 3.5 3.5 3.5
Stellar 0.15 0.15 0.15
NEO 0.1 0.1 0.1

Opening a spread betting or CFD account with IG is free and simple, gives you access to 11 cryptocurrency markets, and carries no obligation to fund or trade.

When you’re ready to open a position, you can add stops and limits to manage your risk. As a new trader you’ll also get lower minimum deal sizes for one month.

What platforms can I use to trade on cryptocurrencies with IG?

Discover a fast, clear and smart way to trade cryptocurrencies via your web browser.

Use custom algorithms to execute trades automatically, even when your machine is off.

Choose the best price with direct market access for your cryptocurrency CFD trades.

Trade wherever you are with apps for iOS and Android devices.

Choose the world’s No.1 CFD and spread betting provider1

With more than 40 years in trading and over 195,000 clients around the globe, we’re the world’s No.1 CFD and spread betting provider.1 Why trade cryptocurrencies with anyone else?

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Go long or short on bitcoin to make the most of volatility.

Open a position on litecoin via your CFD or spread betting account.

Take advantage of ripple (XRP) price movements.

1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, February 2018).
2 While leverage magnifies profits, it will also magnify losses.
3 Negative balance protection is not available for professional accounts.
4 Guaranteed stops incur a small premium if triggered.
5 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% 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.