Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 70% 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.

How does IG make money?

We make most of our money through spreads, with a small portion of our revenue coming from other fees. We aim to build lasting relationships with traders, and provide a range of tools to help you on your trading journey.

Start trading today. Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccountenquiries.uk@ig.com. We’re available from 8am to 6pm (UK time), Monday to Friday.

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

Start trading today. Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccountenquiries.uk@ig.com. We’re available from 8am to 6pm (UK time), Monday to Friday.

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

The essentials

Although the risk of loss is always present, we want our clients to trade profitably

We make most of our money from the spreads that clients pay to trade with us

We’ve invested heavily in tools to help our clients trade profitably

If clients’ account balances go negative, we are obliged by UK regulation to bring them back to zero at no extra cost1

We hedge only when overall client exposure is skewed in one direction

We aim to build long-lasting relationships with our clients based on trust

Where does IG’s income come from?

The main way we earn money on our leveraged products – eg spread betting and CFDs – is through the spreads that we wrap around the market price.

The costs of any given trade are factored into the offer (buy) and bid (sell) prices – so you’ll always buy slightly higher than the market price, and sell slightly below it.

If the FTSE 100 is trading at 6545.5 and has a one point spread, for example, it might have an offer price of 6546 and a bid price of 6545.

You might also need to pay some additional fees when trading with us:

  • Share CFD commission
  • FX conversion fees
  • Overnight fees
  • Inactivity fees

You can find out all about these on our charges page.

For share dealing, you’ll pay commission when you buy or sell stocks or ETFs. There’s also a quarterly custody fee depending on your trading activity. Share prices are offered in local denominations, and our fee to convert to your chosen base currency is just 0.5%. You can change your currency conversion settings which influences the amount of commission you pay. Our team reviews these changes on a monthly basis, so it may take some time to update your account. Please be aware that changing conversion from 'instant' to 'manual' means that you'll no longer qualify for commission-free trading.

Does IG aim to profit from client losses?

No. Our business model is based on providing individuals with the opportunity to trade the world’s financial markets, in exchange for fair and proportionate transaction fees. It’s a well-known fact that trading successfully is difficult, and most speculative traders tend to lose. However, we don’t typically benefit from trading losses that an unsuccessful client may experience.

Mostly, our clients offset each other’s positions. For example, if client A buys one lot of the DAX and client B sells one lot of the DAX, both sides of the trade are covered. This means we’re not exposed to the profit or loss of either client. Instead, we make our money via the spread (ie the transaction fee) that each client pays to trade.

Sometimes, a large majority of clients will trade in one direction. When this happens, we’ll protect our exposure to risk by hedging in the underlying market. For example, if client A and client B both buy the DAX, we may buy actual DAX futures. This then covers the amount we’ll pay out if both clients are successful.

Resources to assist your trading

We’ve invested in plenty of resources to ensure we offer the right balance of educational tools and personal support for your trading.

You’ll have a dedicated account manager on hand during your initial time with us

Find answers to your general account queries on our help and support site

Our friendly team is available from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday

Get free buy and sell signals, live Reuters news and expert analysis

Interactive courses and live events to help you develop your trading skills at your own pace

Share ideas, opportunities and advice online with like-minded traders

Try out strategies with nothing to lose on our free, permanent demo

Cap losses with our free-to-place guaranteed stops1

We consistently aim to get you the best possible result when executing orders on your behalf

Open an account now

Open an account now

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 an account now

Open an account now

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

Open your account now, and discover today’s opportunity on a huge range of markets.

Start trading now

Open your account now, and discover today’s opportunity on a huge range of markets.

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1 You’ll pay a small premium if your guaranteed stop is triggered.