Futures trading

Make your longer-term positions more cost-effective by trading on futures. Speculate on exclusive 24/71 indices, popular global commodities and selection of bonds.

Start trading today. Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccounts.uk@ig.com. We’re here 24 hours a day, from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday.

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

Start trading today. Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccounts.uk@ig.com. We’re here 24 hours a day, from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday.

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

Futures trading

Make your longer-term positions more cost-effective by trading on futures. Speculate on exclusive 24/71 indices, popular global commodities and selection of bonds.

Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccounts.uk@ig.com 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 futures with us?

Transparent pricing

Know your costs for longer-term trades up front, with no overnight funding fees

Deep internal liquidity

Ensure best execution – even as contracts near expiry – thanks to liquidity from our large client base

Round-the-clock dealing

Trade more 24/7 indices1 markets with IG than with any other provider

Award-winning technology2

Deal from our web-based, mobile app and third-party platforms

Huge selection of markets

Access index, commodity and bond futures from one centralised account

Go long or short

Find opportunities to profit whether markets are rising or falling

Discover our futures markets

  • Index futures
  • Commodity futures
  • Bond futures
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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.

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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.

Find a futures market

Choose from over 80 indices4 or our huge range of commodity and bond futures.

Ways to trade futures with us

Trade futures in the UK with spread bets and CFDs. You’ll be speculating on the underlying market price, without entering the futures contract yourself.

Here are the key benefits of each product:

Spread betting CFD trading
Main benefits Profits are tax-free in the UK3 Tax-deductible losses are useful for hedging3
Accessible to All clients All clients
Traded in £ or other base currency per point of movement Contracts
Tax status No capital gains tax (CGT) or stamp duty3 No stamp duty, but you do pay CGT. Offset losses against profits for tax purposes3
Commission Commission-free Commission-free
Platforms Web platform, mobile trading app and MT4 Web platform, mobile trading app and MT4
Learn more Learn more

What are futures?

Futures are contracts that enable traders to lock in the current market price, without exchanging the asset until a predetermined future date.

When you trade with us, you’ll be taking a position on an underlying futures price using spread bets or CFDs.

How do I trade futures?

  1. Understand how futures trading works
  2. Create an IG trading account
  3. Place your first trade
  4. Monitor and close your position

Benefits of futures trading in the UK

  • Take your capital further with leverage
  • Access a huge range of markets
  • Capitalise on rising and falling prices
  • Hedge existing exposure
  • Get better execution with our deep internal liquidity

Open a UK futures trading account in minutes

Open a UK futures trading account in minutes

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

Open a UK futures trading account in minutes

Open a UK futures trading account in minutes

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

Start trading now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

Start trading now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

Costs and details

Our futures markets are designed to replicate the pricing and expiry dates of an underlying contract.

See our costs and details below.

  • Spread bet futures
  • CFD futures
Value of one contract
(standard)
Market hours Dealing spread Margin requirement
(retail)
Margin requirement
(professional)
FTSE 100 Futures £10 7am – 9pm 4 5% 0.45%
All other times 8
Wall Street Futures $10 8am - 9pm 6 5% 0.45%
9.15pm - 9.20pm 17
10pm - 11pm 17
All other times 10
Oil – US Crude $10
(cents/barrel)
1am – 11pm 6 10% 1.35%
Gold $100
(100 troy oz)
24 hours
(except 10pm – 11pm)
0.6 5% 0.45%
Treasury Bond
(Decimalised)
$10 11.30pm – 10pm 4 20% 0.45%

Want to take a smaller position? Trade our mini futures contracts for indices, commodities and bonds. They work in the same way as full-sized futures, with the same benefits.

To take a shorter-term position, try daily funded bets.

Value of one contract
(standard)
Market hours Dealing spread Margin requirement
(retail)
Margin requirement
(professional)
FTSE 100 Futures £10 7am – 9pm 4 5% 0.45%
All other times 8
Wall Street Futures $10 8am - 9pm 6 5% 0.45%
9.15pm - 9.20pm 17
10pm - 11pm 17
All other times 10
Oil – US Crude $10
(cents/barrel)
24 hours
(except 10pm – 11pm)
6 10% 1.35%
Gold $100
(100 troy oz)
24 hours
(except 10pm – 11pm)
0.6 5% 0.45%
Treasury Bond
(Decimalised)
$10 11.30pm – 10pm 4 20% 0.45%

Want to take a smaller position? Trade our mini futures contracts for indices, commodities and bonds. They work in the same way as full-sized futures, with the same benefits.

To take a shorter-term position, try daily funded bets.

Trade futures on the UK’s best trading platform

Trade anything, anywhere, anytime on our award-winning platforms.5

  • Web-based platform
  • Mobile trading app

You can choose the platform that suits your trading preferences and strategy – with unique price alerts, interactive charts and a suite of risk management tools available on each.

Open a futures trading account in minutes

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

Open a futures trading account in minutes

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

Open a futures trading account in minutes

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

Open a futures trading account in minutes

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

Start trading now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

Start trading now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

FAQs

How does IG ensure deep liquidity on futures markets?

Futures are a highly liquid market, but there are times when this isn’t the case. Our CFD and spread bet futures markets, however, remain highly liquid at all times thanks to our large number of clients and our technology – ensuring best execution even on larger trades.

For our CFDs and spread bets on commodity and bond futures, the last dealing day may not be the same as the underlying exchange-traded contract. As these futures approach their expiry date, the market can become illiquid – because most traders will have already closed or rolled over their contract to avoid physical settlement. Spreads often widen as a consequence.

By having our contracts expire slightly earlier than in the underlying, we ensure you receive the best price that we can offer.

Try these next

Find opportunities across 17,000+ markets.

Protect your capital with our in-platform tools.

Discover the advantages of spread bets and CFDs.

124/7 excludes the hours from 10pm Friday to 8am Saturday (UK time), and 20 minutes just before the weekday market opens on Sunday night.
2Winner of ‘Best Finance App’ at ADVFN International Finance Awards 2020.
3Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
4IG offers 81 indices markets for CFD trading, and 69 indices markets for spread betting.
5Winner of ‘Best Multi-Platform Provider’ at ADVFN International Finance Awards 2020.

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.