How does share dealing collateral work?

You need to qualify for a professional account to use our collateral service. You can then link your margined professional account – whether spread betting or CFD – to your share dealing account:

  • Log in to My IG
  • 'Live accounts'
  • 'Set up collateral'

Once linked, you can use a percentage of the value of your share portfolio as collateral to cover the margin on your spread bets or CFDs. How much depends on the make-up of your portfolio.

Importantly, you can only use your shareholdings to cover the margin on your spread bets or CFDs. Any running losses will need to be covered by the available cash in your margined account.

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.