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.

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A faster, clearer and smarter way to trade. Seize your opportunities with a cutting-edge platform built around your needs.

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1 Best Finance App, Best Multi-Platform Provider and Best Platform for the Active Trader as awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2022.

Established 1974
Lightning-fast execution times
Fast, easy-to-use web platform
18,000+ markets
Award-winning platform
Trusted and regulated
Invested in your success
Your money is protected
By traders, for traders
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Seize possibilities with super-fast dealing

Turn on one-click dealing to take positions from watchlists or charts in seconds, speed up your trading with pre-set preferences, and be ready to react by setting customisable price and technical alerts.

Take full control of your deals and analysis

Have absolute control over execution with fast, responsive charts and in-platform tools. Use multiple timeframes for in-depth market analysis, deal directly from charts, plus part-close positions to reduce exposure in volatile markets.

Get an edge with in-platform news and ideas

Discover the latest research and market-moving news in-platform. Get real-time Twitter feed updates, filter stories by market, article type and more in our integrated Reuters feed, and find the day’s trending stocks fast with our dynamic lists.

Spread Betting with IG, an award-winning platform.

Trusted and regulated

More traders trust us with their money than anyone else, making us the world’s No.1 choice for spread betting and CFD trading.1

As well as placing a premium on the security of client funds, we’re authorised and regulated by the FCA.

Invested in your success

We want our clients to stay with us. So we’ve built our business around being on your side, and wanting you to trade profitably.

We also ensure that your trading education and analysis of the markets is at the centre of our innovation and development.

Ahead of the curve

In 1974, we invented financial spread betting. We’ve been at the forefront of our industry ever since, offering award-winning platforms and market-leading services.

We now serve clients all over the world, from 17 sales offices based across five continents.

Your money is protected

Deposit funds into an IG account, and it’s safeguarded:

- Your money is held in accounts at regulated banks
- We don’t use your money for our business activity
- Your money is ring-fenced from our creditors

Our commitment to best execution

At IG we’d like to see you trading successfully and regularly with us - it’s a fundamental part of our business model - so we do our utmost to act in your favour at every stage of the dealing process.

As the world’s No.1 spread betting and CFD provider1, we believe it’s our responsibility to lead industry standards in best execution - giving your trades every possible chance to play out as you intended. That’s why we continuously invest in faster and more intelligent execution technology.

  • 40 million trades filled in October - December 22

  • £2.3 trillion in notional flow per quarter.3

  • 100% of at quote orders filled at requested price or better in October - December 2022

  • 98.56% of orders successfully filled (not rejected) in October - December.4

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Does it cost anything to open an account?

Opening an account with us is completely free and you don't have to add funds until you're ready to place a trade.

Where does IG operate?

Our UK head office is located in London, and we have operations in another 19 countries. Our first overseas office, in Melbourne, Australia, opened in 2002. Most recently, we launched offices in Bermuda, and the Netherlands. No matter where in the world we are, we’re always on the lookout for a good challenge. And we love finding like-minded people to join us as we conquer these challenges. Our offices are full of people with open minds, diverse perspectives and positive attitudes.

IG's history of creating solutions

As the UK’s original over-the-counter (OTC) leveraged derivatives provider, we introduced a completely new, accessible way for people to trade on gold in 1974 – by defining it as an index.

Since then, we’ve challenged ourselves to build the world’s best technology platforms, products and exchanges. Our innovations have included the first online dealing platform for financial spread betting in 1998 and the first trading app for Apple Watch in 2015. Our app offers an intuitive, customisable interface with lightning-fast functionality and sophisticated tools for advanced traders, while still being easy to navigate for those with less experience.

We take a responsible approach to targeting and onboarding new clients. Recognising that our products won’t be right for everyone, we use sophisticated methods to check suitability during the application process.

We’re in it together with our clients, there with them at every step in their pursuit of financial freedom. That’s why we have a wealth of educational material available through our websites and IG Academy. From essential trading and risk-management techniques to providing market insights and alerts about upcoming economic events, we draw on nearly five decades’ experience to help people trade and invest more effectively.

In our 47 years, we’ve seen it all and tackled every challenge head-on. Numerous economic ups-and-downs, an uncertain regulatory landscape and other global events have tested our agility as a business – most recently the Covid-19 pandemic. Through this period of exceptional market volatility, our people have shown incredible resilience, demonstrating just how strong our operating model and risk management strategies are. We’ve handled unprecedented levels of client trading activity and account applications, all while our people adjust to a never-before-seen working environment. Our long-term investment in communications and technology proved to be one of the smartest decisions we ever made, enabling our people to work safely and effectively from home.

What is IG's business model?

Our business model is another way that we’ve disrupted our industry. Because of our internalisation and hedging policies, our revenue is earned from clients’ transaction fees. It’s the volume of client trading that drives our profits, not clients’ losses. So the more our clients succeed, the more we succeed, because when clients trade well, they’re more likely to continue. When we tackle economic and financial challenges with our clients, we can go further and faster together. This supports our champion-the-client value.

Manage risk effectively

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Support when you need it

Round-the-clock assistance from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday

Manage risk effectively

Never stay below zero with negative balance protection2

Manage risk effectively

Never stay below zero with negative balance protection2

Manage risk effectively

Never stay below zero with negative balance protection2

Manage risk effectively

Never stay below zero with negative balance protection2

What the industry experts say

'IG offers an excellent fit for both small traders and market professionals, with competitive spreads, thousands of trading instruments, and a state-of-the-art news, research and educational portal. IG’s educational tools are superior to any of the other online brokers Investopedia has researched.'

By Akhilesh Ganti

7 January 2021

'IG offers the ultimate comprehensive trading package, featuring excellent trading and research tools, industry-leading education, and an extensive range of tradeable markets. A trusted multi-asset broker, IG is publicly traded and regulated across the globe. Its fantastic all-around experience has us ranking IG as the best overall broker in 2023.'

By Steven Hatzakis

4 January, 2023

'IG, now for the third year running, is ranked our top U.K. broker, principally due to its phenomenal trading platform. Strong functionality comes with industry-standard commission rates and fees, a huge variety of trading tools, and user-friendly mobile apps.'

By Steve Miley, Blain Reinkensmeyer

27 December 2022

'IG has a simple structure and caters for experienced investors, and those with less experience who want a bit of help in managing their portfolios. IG is an investment platform that does it all. It's got ISAs, pensions, contracts for difference, research and a learning facility. We've named IG as the best trading app for training resources.'

By Steve Miley, Blain Reinkensmeyer

27 December 2022

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