Options trading

Trade on price movement, volatility and more with our comprehensive, flexible online options. Take positions on a range of asset classes, and get the expertise and support of the world’s No.1 spread betting and CFD provider1 when you trade options with IG.

Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccounts.uk@ig.com to talk about opening a trading account. We’re here 24 hours a day, from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday.

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

Why buy and sell options with IG?

Pick options that suit you

Choose from daily or weekly, monthly and quarterly options and trade on a wide range of UK and global markets including major indices, shares and FX.

Pay zero spread on expiry

Benefit from no closing spread when you leave options to expire at their fixed expiry date, whether you are buying options or selling them.

Find new opportunities

Develop options trading strategies using a variety of options, or by pairing options trades with those on other financial products.

Trade on volatility itself

Take advantage of a broad range of market conditions – trade on rising, falling and even flat markets in the UK and all over the world.

Ways to trade options with IG

Trade options using spread bets or CFDs on our fast, reliable trading platform.

Spread betting CFDs
Main benefits Profits are tax-free in the UK2 Tax-deductible losses are useful for hedging2
Accessible to All clients All clients
Traded in £ (or other base currency) per point Contracts
Tax status No capital gains tax (CGT) or stamp duty2 No stamp duty. Losses can be offset as a tax deduction2
Commission Commission-free (only pay the spread) Commission-free (except on shares)
Platforms Web and mobile platforms Web and mobile platforms
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What are options?

Options are contracts that give you the right – but not the obligation – to buy or sell an underlying asset before a certain expiry date. You can use them to speculate on the price of a financial market, and in some cases its volatility too.

How do I trade options with IG?

  1. Discover how options work
  2. Learn the differences between buying options and selling them
  3. Choose a trading strategy
  4. Create an account
  5. Open your first position

Benefits of trading options in the UK

Choose from daily, or weekly, monthly and quarterly options, to suit the timeframe you’d like to trade in.

Daily options

Pick daily options for a low-cost, highly-leveraged way to trade intraday:

Lower spreads

Trade daily options with reduced spreads – the same as on regular spot markets.

Flexible leverage

Speculate on short-term market movement with the leverage you want, by choosing your strike and trade size.

Limited risk

Cap your maximum risk when you buy daily options – you’ll never lose more than the margin you pay to open.

Greater freedom

Hold daily options positions even if the market moves against you, knowing that your risk is limited to the margin you paid to open your trade.

Weekly, monthly and quarterly options

Longer expiries make weekly, monthly or quarterly options well-suited to traditional trading strategies:

No overnight funding

Pay less when you take long-term positions with options, thanks to zero overnight funding.

Increased opportunity

Find opportunity on a broad range of market conditions – you can even trade on flat markets.

Greater control

Develop options strategies for greater control over your trading.

Guaranteed maximum risk

Trade up to three quarters into the future knowing that your maximum risk is only as much as you paid to open your position, when buying.

Open an account today

Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 16,000 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

Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 16,000 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 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.

Options trading platforms

Intuitive web trading platform

Get fast, reliable execution when you trade options on the IG UK web platform.

Award-winning app

Open positions and keep an eye on your trades, wherever you are, with our trading apps.3

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1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published half-yearly financial statements, June 2019
2 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
3 Awarded ‘best finance app’ at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 68% 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.