Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 66% 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.

Indices trading

Take your position on over 80 indices with the world’s No.1 spread betting and CFD provider.1,2

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Call 0800 409 6789 or email helpdesk.uk@ig.com if you have any questions about trading or investing. We're available 24/7 between 8am Saturday and 10pm Friday.

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Call 0800 195 3100 or send us an email with any questions about opening a trading or investment account between 8am and 6pm (UK time) on weekdays.

Contact us 0800 195 3100

Get info fast via our instant help and support portal. Available for account queries, ProRealTime, product info and more.

Visit help and support for more information.

Get info fast via our instant help and support portal. Available for account queries, ProRealTime, product info and more.

Visit help and support for more information.

Call 0800 409 6789 or email helpdesk.uk@ig.com if you have any questions about trading or investing. We're available 24/7 between 8am Saturday and 10pm Friday.

Contact us 0800 409 6789

Why trade indices with IG?

Seize exclusive opportunities on more 24-hour indices than any other provider

Benefit from our deep liquidity – increasing the chance of your larger trades being accepted

Get spreads from 1 point on the FTSE 100, 1.2 on the Germany 40 and 0.4 on the US 500

Deal on our award-winning platform and mobile app3

Give yourself an edge with the only UK provider to offer weekend trading on key indices4

Go short or long to capitalise on falling or rising markets*

* Trading with leveraged products mean you can go long or short with indices. However, it’s important to remember that leveraged products magnify losses as well as profits, both of which are calculated on the full position value.

More index trading hours, more opportunity

We offer over 30 more weekly trading hours than our nearest competitor, so you can:

  • Open or edit positions when other traders can’t
  • Hedge your weekday positions with a weekend one on the same market
  • Act on breaking news, macroeconomic events and earnings reports as they happen
  • FTSE 100
  • Germany 40
  • Wall Street

This data is based on analysis of the FTSE 100, Germany 40 and Wall Street offering from our UK competitors’ websites, and is correct to the best of our ability as of 30 July 2020. Some trading hours have been rounded up or down to the nearest hour. This table is for comparative purposes only, and the data is subject to change.

Discover our indices markets

  • Popular indices
  • New indices
  • Weekend indices
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Find an index to trade

Search real-time prices, find your next trade.

Ways to trade indices with us

When you trade indices with us, you’ll use spread bets and CFDs to take advantage of price movements. Discover the unique benefits of each:

Spread betting CFD trading
Main benefits Profits are tax-free in the UK5 Tax-deductible losses are useful for hedging5
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 duty5 No stamp duty, but you do pay CGT. Offset losses against profits for tax purposes5
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 indices?

Indices measure the performance of a group of shares that are listed on a stock market.

Because there are no underlying physical assets to exchange, indices are traded with financial derivatives like spread bets and CFDs.

How can you trade indices in the UK?

  1. Create an IG trading account
  2. Research the index you want to trade
  3. Decide how you want to trade
  4. Take steps to manage your risk
  5. Open and monitor your position

Benefits of index trading

  • Speculate on a group of shares for less than the cost of trading them individually
  • Get exposure to an entire sector or economy at once
  • Hedge against a drop in the value of your share portfolio

Risks of index trading

  • Spread bets and CFDs are leveraged, meaning your index trade is opened with a small margin, but its profit or loss is calculated on the total position size, not the margin amount, so losses could substantially outweigh your margin
  • Gaining exposure to an entire sector or economy also ups your market risk
  • Hedging is a great way to limit your losses if done successfully, but are not an assurance against any loss

Open an account now

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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

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.

Indices costs and details

Margin

Spread betting and CFD trading enable you to take a position with leverage, meaning you can get full market exposure for a small deposit – known as margin. The margin required to open a position depends on the market, but the profit or loss of a trade is calculated based on the full size of your position and could substantially outweigh your margin amount.

Market Retail margin Leverage equivalent
Wall Street 5% 1:20
Germany 40 5% 1:20
US Tech 100 5% 1:20
FTSE 100 5% 1:20
US 500 5% 1:20
Hong Kong HS 50 10% 1:10
Japan 225 5% 1:20
Weekend UK 100 Cash 5% 1:20
Weekend Germany 40 Cash 5% 1:20

Spreads

The spread is what you pay us for executing your trade, calculated as the difference between our current buy and sell prices for a market. We’re constantly working to keep our spreads among the lowest in the industry.

Market Spread betting min. spread CFD trading min. spread MT4
Wall Street 2.4 2.4 2.4
Germany 40 1.2 1.2 1.2
US Tech 100 1 1 1
FTSE 100 1 1 1
US 500 0.4 0.4 0.4
Hong Kong HS 50 5 5 5
Japan 225 7 7 7
Weekend UK 100
Cash
8 8 -
Weekend Germany 40 Cash 15 15 -

Indices costs and details

Margin

Spread betting and CFD trading enable you to take a position with leverage, meaning you can get full market exposure for a small deposit – known as margin. The margin required to open a position depends on the market, but the profit or loss of a trade is calculated based on the full size of your position and could substantially outweigh your margin amount.

Market Retail margin Leverage equivalent
Wall Street 5% 1:20
Germany 40 5% 1:20
US Tech 100 5% 1:20
FTSE 100 5% 1:20
US 500 5% 1:20
Hong Kong HS 50 10% 1:10
Japan 225 5% 1:20
Weekend UK 100 Cash 5% 1:20
Weekend Germany 40 Cash 5% 1:20

Spreads

The spread is what you pay us for executing your trade, calculated as the difference between our current buy and sell prices for a market. We’re constantly working to keep our spreads among the lowest in the industry.

Market Spread betting min. spread CFD trading min. spread MT4
Wall Street 1.6 1.6 1.6
Germany 40 1.2 1.2 1
US Tech 100 1 1 1
FTSE 100 1 1 1
US 500 0.4 0.4 0.4
Hong Kong HS 50 5 5 5
Japan 225 7 7 7
Weekend UK 100
Cash
8 8 -
Weekend Germany 40 Cash 15 15 -

Trade indices on the UK’s best trading platform3

Seize your next opportunity on our award-winning platform and mobile trading app.3

  • Web-based platform
  • Mobile trading app
  • Meta Trader 4

Take control of your indices trading with our clean deal ticket, clear price charts and in-platform news and analysis.

Trade indices opportunity wherever you are, and receive trading alerts and signals on the go through email, SMS or push.

Automate your indices trading with MT4, one of the most popular third-party indices trading platforms.

Start trading today

Create an indices trading account now.

Start trading today

Create an indices trading account now.

Start trading today

Create an indices trading account now.

Start trading today

Create an indices trading account now.

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.

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1 We offer 81 indices markets for CFD trading, and 69 indices markets for spread betting.
2 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, June 2020).
3 Best trading platform as awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards and Professional Trader Awards 2019.
4 24/7 excludes the hours from 10pm Friday to 8am Saturday (UK time), and 20 minutes just before the weekday market opens on Sunday night.
5 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.