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Tips for trading Brexit

Tips for trading Brexit

Follow our Brexit timeline and make sure you understand how upcoming events could move the markets

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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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 are highly sensitive to the outcome of negotiations, with the FTSE 100, UK stocks, GBP/USD and gold all particularly likely to experience significant moves.

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.

If you prefer to buy stocks outright, you can do so with our share dealing service. This enables you to profit from increasing share prices, as well as by receiving any dividend payments issued by the company.

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 currently in place between the EU and other countries, such as Canada.

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 which can be completed after the UK has left the EU.

The content of these trade deals will no doubt affect the value of the pound compared to other leading currencies, with the NHS and other public services being key talking points. However, there are still two outcomes for Brexit depending on negotiations – leaving with or without a trade deal with the EU. With that in mind, here are our analysts’ predictions for GBP/USD for each of these scenarios:

Market No-deal Brexit EU and parliament approve deal
GBP/USD 1.10 1.35

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How do I hedge Brexit risk?

You can hedge your Brexit risk 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 12,000 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.

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Trade on the move with our natively designed, award-winning trading app

Feel secure with a trusted provider

With 45 of 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.


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 terms of any future trade deal between the UK and EU, because the level of access to international will have a direct effect on the UK stock market.

Whatever the outcome, volatility will likely remain for some time. However, market uncertainty is not necessarily something to be feared. Through CFDs and spread bets, you can speculate on asset prices rising as well as falling – meaning that you could profit regardless of what the underlying markets are doing.

IG is the only UK provider to offer weekend trading on the FTSE 100, which means you never have to miss an opportunity to trade on any increased uncertainty in the markets during the ratification and transition stage of the Brexit process.

What share opportunities will Brexit bring?

The continued volatility surrounding Brexit provides plenty of opportunities for traders looking to go long or short. Here, we focus on some shares which might be good buying options for traders – and investors – to consider, because they demonstrate the fundamentals required to weather the storm of the UK’s European departure.

Best shares to watch

The below list includes some shares which could increase in value if trade negotiations during the transition period are successful. As domestic UK shares – with operations almost exclusively within the UK – these shares have the most to gain from a ‘soft’ Brexit:

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

Despite these shares being highlighted as ones to watch in a soft Brexit, you might also find that they rally on the news of a hard Brexit. This is because of the potential for new trade deals that will need to be done down the line.

Either way, these shares are very likely to experience some volatility in the aftermath of a final Brexit decision, so it’s worth watching their charts closely for opportunities to go long or short.

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.


Can you make money from Brexit?

The volatility caused by Brexit uncertainty offers a wide range of opportunities to realise a profit. For example, you might decide to go long on key UK stocks and indices if you think they’ll rise ahead of a possible soft Brexit scenario, or you might decide to go short if you think they’ll fall as a result of a no-deal Brexit.

CFDs and spread bets are popular ways to take advantage of such price movements because they enable you to go long or short without taking ownership of any underlying assets.

How can I stay up to date with Brexit's impact on the financial markets?

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.

Find out more about IG’s news offering

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