Forex Direct

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For professionals only. Losses can exceed deposits. Negative balance protection is not available for professional accounts.

Who can trade Forex Direct?

From 2 July 2018, regulatory interventions mean that certain products are unavailable to retail traders. As a result, we can only offer Forex Direct to professional traders. To find out more about this, and to check whether you are eligible for a professional account, please see our professional account page. 

What is Forex Direct?

Forex Direct provides DMA execution with full market transparency, offers prices from a wide selection of global banks and liquidity providers, and lets users view extended data on currency pairs and act as a market maker.

Forex Direct is recommended only for advanced FX traders.

Forex Direct platforms

DMA with IG

Our pricing technology is engineered to find the best available prices on both OTC (over-the-counter) and DMA. This means that DMA prices are not necessarily better than OTC, but direct access to the markets can give you greater visibility and flexibility as a trader.

There are many added complexities to the trading environment and there can be an increased risk. As we take a parallel position in the underlying market, DMA traders need to be aware that once an order has been executed we are unable to change or reverse the position.

It is important to note that while you are trading based on underlying market prices and depth, what you actually receive on placing a trade is a CFD from us. It works like this:

  • DMA displays the best bid and offer price available for a particular market, plus further prices on either side of the order book
  • You place an order, and we instantaneously conduct a margin check to ensure you have sufficient funds to cover the margin on your proposed trade
  • If the margin check is satisfied we place an order in the market and, at the same time, create a parallel CFD between you and us

So while you are trading at market prices, you do not gain any ownership rights over the currencies which form the subject of your CFD.

Forex DMA costs


Unlike OTC trading, there is no IG spread to pay. Instead we charge a variable commission – as low as USD10 per USD million worth of the currency traded. This charge is based on the volume you traded in the preceding month.

If your account is not denominated in USD, the commission will be converted into your base currency (at current exchange rates) before being deducted.


Size (millions of USD)

Commission (USD per million)

1500+ 10
<1500 20
<500 30
<100 60

Minimum commission per order: $3 

Average spreads

There are no IG spreads with Forex Direct – instead you are trading on buy and sell prices provided by major banks and currency providers.

* Time-weighted (22:00-20:00 GMT) average spread by trade (quoted to three decimal places), March 2016.


  Average FX Direct spread*
AUD/USD 0.512
EUR/JPY 0.702
EUR/USD 0.263
GBP/USD 0.992
USD/JPY 0.293

How do I get Forex direct

  1. To trade Forex DMA with IG you need to qualify for an IG professional account. Most clients will need to have a minimum £1000 cash balance on their account.
  2. Choose which platform you'd like to trade on: download our mobile trading app, or download our specialised L2 dealer.
  3. If you choose to trade via our app, you will need to give us a call to request DMA access.

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Example: Forex Direct commission

Forex Direct commission

Commission on Forex Direct positions is charged in USD. We will calculate your commission based on the total value of your trade in USD using current exchange rates.

For example, you buy 50 EUR/USD contracts when the spot rate is at 1.3332.

Total value of your trade in USD

Number of contracts x contract size x EUR/USD spot rate

50 X €100,000 X 1.3332 = $6,666,000 

Commission charged (assuming you traded USD 1000 million worth of contracts in the previous month and have a commission rate of USD 20 per million)

Variable charge x value of position in USD

(20 / 1,000,000 = 0.00002) * ($6,666,000) = $133.32


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