Brexit

Learn how you could profit from the market volatility caused by Brexit – and hedge your share portfolio and exposure to sterling – with the UK's No.1 provider.1

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Tips for trading Brexit

Tips for trading Brexit

Set price-change alerts to notify you of significant movements

Cap your maximum risk by placing guaranteed stops on your positions

Consider hedging your share portfolio or GBP exposure with tax-free spread bets2

Be ready to go long or short whenever opportunities arise, even at the weekend

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Why trade Brexit with IG?

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Our guaranteed stops only incur a fee when triggered,3 and are backed by negative balance protection4

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How to trade Brexit

You can speculate on any Brexit news or developments by trading financial markets such as shares, forex pairs and indices. Many of these assets will be sensitive to the outcome of negotiations during the transition period, with the FTSE 100, UK stocks, GBP/USD and gold all likely to experience some movement.

Spread bets and CFDs enable you to speculate on markets that are falling as well as rising, giving you plenty of opportunity to capitalise on volatility without taking ownership of the underlying assets. When you trade, the profit or loss you make depends on whether your forecast is correct and the extent of the price movement in the underlying market.

How will Brexit affect GBP?

How Brexit affects GBP will depend on the state of negotiations during the transition period, which ends on 31 December 2020. The UK will attempt to ‘roll over’ the existing free trade deals that are in place between the EU and other countries, such as Canada. It also has the task of negotiating a new trade deal with the EU, which will take effect once the transition period ends.

The UK will remain a member of the EU customs union during the transition period – so GBP could behave much in the same way as it has since the 2016 referendum. This means the pound will likely remain volatile, especially given the possibility of new trade deals with the US and other leading global powers.

How do I hedge Brexit risk?

You can hedge your risk during the transition period by opening positions that will turn a profit if the assets you own start to lose money. With IG, you can hedge against:

Weekend movements

We’re the only provider to offer GBP/USD and the FTSE 100 on the weekend, so you can offset your risk whenever volatility arises.

Share portfolio risk

We enable you to go short on major indices and over 16,000 shares, so you can protect your entire portfolio from downside risk.

Sterling volatility

We offer forex pairs including GBP/USD, EUR/GBP and GBP/EUR, enabling you to insulate yourself from currency risk.

Use our platform tools to stay ahead

Guaranteed stops

Take control with free guaranteed stops, which only incur a fee when triggered.3

Price alerts

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Indicators

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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' experience, we’re proud to offer a truly market-leading service

Markets to watch during Brexit

The table below shows live prices for some of the markets which have been, and which could be, most affected by Brexit. Read on to find out more about each of these.

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Prices above are subject to our website terms and conditions. Prices are indicative only. All shares prices are delayed by at least 15 mins.

How will Brexit affect the FTSE 100, UK shares and gold?

  • Indices
  • Shares
  • Gold

How will Brexit affect the UK stock market?

The impact of Brexit on the UK stock market largely depends on the outcome of any trade deals between the UK, the EU and other countries around the globe. The degree of access to international markets that these deals grant will have a direct effect on the UK stock market.

What share opportunities will Brexit bring?

The continued volatility surrounding Brexit and the transition period provides plenty of opportunities for traders looking to go long or short.

The list below includes some shares which could increase in value if trade negotiations are successful. They are domestic UK shares, so leaving with new trade deals in place would cause the least damage to their interests:

  1. Persimmon (PSN) is one of the UK’s largest new home builders, with considerable operations across the UK
  2. Travis Perkins (TPK) is the UK’s largest builders’ merchants, supplying over 23,000 trade products to many companies which consider it a go-to for building supplies
  3. Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY) has primary operations in England and Wales, so stands to gain from a smooth transition

How will Brexit affect gold?

As ever in times of uncertainty, investors look to commodities such as gold to provide a haven. After experiencing a spike following the initial referendum in June 2016, gold’s price has largely settled over the last couple of years. That is not to say that it couldn’t spike again, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the next steps for the UK’s departure.

FAQs

The volatility caused by uncertainty during the Brexit negotiations offers a wide range of opportunities to realise a profit.

CFDs and spread bets are popular ways to trade underlying market volatility because they enable you to go long or short without taking ownership of any underlying assets.

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You can stay up to date with Brexit’s impact on the financial markets through our comprehensive collection of Brexit news, alerts and trade ideas. We also offer live market updates and opinions, an in-platform newsfeed, as well as subscription-based newsletters for the coming week’s trading insights.

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1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, June 2020); for forex based on number of primary relationships with FX traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released June 2020).
2 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
3 A small premium is payable if a guaranteed stop is triggered.
4 Negative balance protection applies to trading-related debt only, and is not available to professional traders.
5 Trading is available around the clock, apart from 10pm Friday to 8am Saturday and 20 minutes just before market open on Sunday.

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