All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.

Collateral service

Make the most of your shareholdings – use up to 95% of their value as margin to cover your spread bets and CFD trades1

Your capital is at risk

Why set up collateral on your account?

  • Free up funds in your investment portfolio to open short-term trades

  • Use up to 95% of the value of your stock portfolio as collateral

What is collateral?

With our collateral service you can use up to 95% of the value of the shares in your share dealing account, instead of cash, to cover margin requirements on your spread bets or CFDs.

Your shareholdings remain intact and retain their full value, you simply use a percentage of their worth as collateral to fund shorter-term trades.

How does it work?

You'll need an IG share dealing account and at least one margined IG account, either spread betting or CFDs. 

You can then link one of your margined accounts to your share dealing account from within the dealing platform.

  • Log in  >  My Account  >  ‘Set up collateral’ 

Once linked, you can use a percentage of the value of your shares 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.

Could I lose my shares?

We do all we can to make sure you have the opportunity to cover any realised spread betting or CFD losses with cash.

If you do not deposit additional funds to cover a losing spread bet or CFD trade, we will follow our normal process of closing the trade and informing you that your account is in debit.

We will only take control of your shares if your account remains in debit after we have gone through our normal fund transfer request process.

Please ensure you have enough cash in your spread betting or CFD account, or transferable cash, to cover any losses you may incur.

Got a question? Call us on 0800 028 8550 or 0207 663 0330.

Collateral value

Generally you can use 75% - 95% of the value of your shareholdings as collateral, depending on the liquidity of the shares.

See our shares list for the collateral values associated with each share.

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

Top FAQs

Can I transfer existing shareholdings to IG?
Yes. If you have an IG share dealing account, you can transfer existing shareholdings to your IG account for free. You can open an IG share dealing account for free or log in to add it to your existing IG account.

Does collateral cover running losses?
No. Collateral can only be used on your CFD or spread betting account to cover deposit requirements for open positions. Collateral cannot be used to cover running losses, so you will need to ensure that there are sufficient funds in your account to cover any such losses to avoid bringing your account into margin call.

Can I use my stocks and shares ISA as collateral for CFDs or spread bets?
No. At this time our collateral service is limited to the shares you hold in your share dealing account.

Is the ‘collateral value available’ figure real-time?
Yes, the collateral value will be real-time. This means the value of the assets in your share dealing account that will be available to you, the ‘collateral value’, will fluctuate according to the price movement(s) of the stock(s) held in your share dealing account. 

Can I move cash or stock on the share dealing account?
If you hold cash in your share dealing account and it is being used to maintain open positions on your margin trading account, you will not be able to withdraw these funds until this cash is no longer being utilised as collateral. 

Is collateral available on corporate accounts?
Yes, we do offer collateral for corporate accounts.

For more collateral service FAQs, see our help and support portal.

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1 When using IG’s collateral service your share portfolio is at risk. We reserve the right to liquidate any stock held on your share dealing account to offset any debit balance incurred on any of your other IG accounts. 

2 For CFDs, based on revenue excluding FX, published financial statements, July 2014; number of active UK financial spread betting accounts (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report December 2013).

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