Shares trading

Trade and invest in 16,000+ international shares, and get ahead of the competition with longer trading hours.

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

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

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

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

How to buy and sell stocks online

There are two ways to buy and sell stocks online with us. You can speculate on share prices using our leveraged trading products, or invest in stocks directly via our share dealing service.

Shares trading

CFDs and spread betting are leveraged, meaning you can gain full exposure to shares while only putting down a small deposit. While this magnifies possible profits, it does the same for losses.

They also enable you to buy and sell shares online without ever owning the underlying asset. This has tax benefits and means you can trade both rising and falling markets.1

Investing in shares

Our share dealing service enables you to invest in company shares with a view to selling them for a profit at a later date. When you buy shares, you can also earn an income from any dividend payments and gain shareholder rights.

With our share dealing service, you can buy and sell US shares commission-free, and UK shares for as little as £3 per trade.2

Why trade shares with us?

Trade shares on margin

Gain full exposure for just a small initial deposit with our low margins

Pay less tax

Pay no tax on spread bets and offset losses against profits for tax purposes with CFDs1

Access 16,000+ markets

Get exposure to a wide range of popular UK, US and international stocks

Discover unique opportunities

Trade out-of-hours on over 70+ US stocks, exclusively with us

See the difference in shares costs

Compare the average cost of buying, holding and selling shares with our spread betting, CFD trading and share dealing accounts.

  • Tesla Motors Inc.
  • Apple Inc.
  • Lloyds Banking Group PLC
  • BHP Group PLC
  • Nintendo Co. Ltd
  • Volkswagen

Tesla Motors Inc.

Buy 17 shares at $750 with a FX rate of 1.305 (GBP/USD)

Spread betting CFD trading Share dealing
Action Buy £0.13/pt Buy 17 shares Buy 17 shares
Capital required to open £2000 $2550 $12,750
Charge to open £0.52 (spread) $15.00 (commission) $0**
Round trip FX conversion fee - * $127.50
Overnight funding £1.12 $1.48 -
Charge to close £0.52 (spread) $15.00 (commission) $0**
Total fees £2.16 £24.24 £97.70

This information is correct as of 10/01/2020 and with the corresponding FX conversion rates.

* A 0.5% FX conversion is applied to any profits or losses from CFD positions.
** Trade in your share dealing account three or more times in the previous month to qualify for our best commission rates. Please note published rates are valid up to £25,000 notional value. See our full list of share dealing charges and fees.

Apple Inc.

Buy 42 shares at $308 with a FX rate of 1.305 (GBP/USD)

Spread betting CFD trading Share dealing
Action Buy £0.32/pt Buy 42 shares Buy 42 shares
Capital required to open £1982.53 $2587.20 $12,936.00
Charge to open £1.28 (spread) $15.00 (commission) $0**
Round trip FX conversion fee - * $129.36
Overnight funding £1.13 $1.50 -
Charge to close £1.28 (spread) $15.00 (commission) $0**
Total fees £3.69 £24.26 £99.13

This information is correct as of 10/01/2020 and with the corresponding FX conversion rates.

* A 0.5% FX conversion is applied to any profits or losses from CFD positions.
** Trade in your share dealing account three or more times in the previous month to qualify for our best commission rates. Please note published rates are valid up to £25,000 notional value. See our full list of share dealing charges and fees.

Lloyds Banking Group PLC

Buy 16,000 shares at 62.5p

Spread betting CFD trading Share dealing
Action Buy £160/pt Buy 16,000 shares Buy 16,000 shares
Capital required to open £2000.00 £2000.00 £10,000.00
Charge to open £10.00 (spread) £10.00 (commission) £3.00* (commission)
Round trip FX conversion fee - - -
Overnight funding £0.88 £0.88 -
Charge to close £10.00 (spread) £10.00 (commission) £3.00* (commission)
Total fees £20.88 £20.88 £6.00**

This information is correct as of 10/01/2020.

* Place 10+ trades on UK shares in the previous month to qualify for a £3 commission rate. Please note published rates are valid up to £25,000 notional value. See our full list of share dealing charges and fees.
** While the surface cost for leveraged trading appears more, the benefit of spread betting or trading CFDs is their tax efficiency in the UK.1 Also, the minimum capital required to open a position is only a fifth of that needed for a share dealing position.

BHP Group PLC

Buy 476 shares at A$40 with a FX rate of 1.904 (AUD/GBP)

Spread betting CFD trading Share dealing
Action Buy £2.50/pt Buy 476 shares Buy 476 shares
Capital required to open £2000.00 A$3808.00 A$19,040.00
Charge to open £15.00 (spread) $19.04 (commission) $19.04 (commission)
Round trip FX conversion fee - * $190.40
Overnight funding £0.88 $1.78 -
Charge to close £15.00 (spread) $19.04 (commission) $19.04 (commission)
Total fees £30.88 £21.04 £120.10

This information is correct as of 10/01/2020 and with the corresponding FX conversion rates.

* A 0.5% FX conversion is applied to any profits or losses from CFD positions.

Nintendo Co. Ltd

Buy 32 shares at ¥43470 with a FX rate of 143.25 (JPY/GBP)

Spread betting CFD trading Share dealing
Action Buy £0.23/pt Buy 32 shares Buy 32 shares
Capital required to open £2000.00 ¥278,208.00 ¥1,391,040.00
Charge to open £25.07 (spread) ¥1,500.00 (commission) We currently do not offer Japanese equities on share dealing accounts
Round trip FX conversion fee - * We currently do not offer Japanese equities on share dealing accounts
Overnight funding £0.88 ¥93.30 We currently do not offer Japanese equities on share dealing accounts
Charge to close £25.07 (spread) ¥1,500.00 (commission) We currently do not offer Japanese equities on share dealing accounts
Total fees £51.02 £21.70 We currently do not offer Japanese equities on share dealing accounts

This information is correct as of 10/01/2020 and with the corresponding FX conversion rates.

* A 0.5% FX conversion is applied to any profits or losses from CFD positions.

Volkswagen

Buy 64 shares at €183.2 with a FX rate of 1.1746 (EUR/GBP)

Spread betting CFD trading Share dealing
Action Buy £0.54/pt Buy 64 shares Buy 64 shares
Capital required to open £2000.00 €2344.96 €11,724.80
Charge to open £9.72 (spread) €10.00 (commission) €10.00 (commission)
Round trip FX conversion fee - * €117.25
Overnight funding £0.88 €0.67 -
Charge to close £9.72 (spread) €10.00 (commission) €10.00 (commission)
Total fees £20.32 £17.68 £116.93

This information is correct as of 10/01/2020 and with the corresponding FX conversion rates.

* A 0.5% FX conversion is applied to any profits or losses from CFD positions.

Trading vs investing: the differences in detail

Discover the differences between speculating on shares using spread bets or CFDs and investing via our share dealing service.

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Open a share trading account in minutes

Open a share trading account in minutes

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 a share trading account in minutes

Open a share trading account in minutes

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.

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Grey market and IPO trading

Get in ahead of the competition with our exclusive ‘grey markets’, and trade before certain shares go public.3 This gives you the opportunity to speculate on a company’s market cap even before its IPO.

Grey market and IPO trading

Get in ahead of the competition with our exclusive ‘grey markets’, and trade before certain shares go public.3 This gives you the opportunity to speculate on a company’s market cap even before its IPO.

Shares trading costs and details

Take a look at the costs and charges of leveraged trading in the tables below. You can view non-leveraged share dealing fees here.

  • Spread betting costs
  • CFD trading costs

Margin

Spread bets are leveraged, so you can gain full exposure with just a small deposit, known as margin. This deposit isn’t actually a cost to you, but it can make a big difference to the affordability of your position. Your profit and loss are based on the full value of the position – not just the margin – so leverage magnifies your profits, as well as your losses.

Market Retail Leverage equivalent Professional Leverage equivalent
Apple 20% 1:5 4.5% 1:22
Barclays PLC 20% 1:5 4.5% 1:22
BHP Billiton PLC (LSE) 20% 1:5 4.5% 1:22
GlaxoSmithKline PLC 20% 1:5 4.5% 1:22
Vodafone Group PLC 20% 1:5 4.5% 1:22

Spreads

The cost of a shares trade is included in the ‘spread’ – the difference between the buy and sell prices that are wrapped around the underlying market price. We work to keep our spreads among the lowest in the business.

Market Minimum spread
Apple 0.10%
Lloyds Banking Group PLC 0.10%
Deutsche Bank AG 0.10%
Westpac Banking Corporation 0.10%

Margin

CFDs are leveraged, so you can gain full exposure with just a small deposit, known as margin. This deposit isn’t actually a cost to you, but it can make a big difference to the affordability of your position. Your profit and loss are based on the full value of the position – not just the margin – so leverage magnifies your profits, as well as your losses.

Market Retail Leverage equivalent Professional Leverage equivalent
Apple 20% 1:5 4.5% 1:22
Barclays PLC 20% 1:5 4.5% 1:22
BHP Billiton PLC (LSE) 20% 1:5 4.5% 1:22
GlaxoSmithKline PLC 20% 1:5 4.5% 1:22
Vodafone Group PLC 20% 1:5 4.5% 1:22

Commission

If you trade shares using CFDs, you’ll be dealing at the real market price. Instead of being charged a spread, you’ll pay a small commission to open and close your position.

Market Commission per side Min charge (online) Min charge (phone)
UK 0.10% £10 £15
US 2 cents per share $15 $25
Euro 0.10% €10 €25

Trade shares wherever you are

Seize your opportunity on the UK’s best web-based platform and mobile trading app:4

  • Web-based platform
  • Mobile trading app

Seize your opportunity with our clean deal ticket, clear price charts, and in-platform news and analysis.

Take a position wherever you are, and receive trading alerts and signals on the go.

What is share trading?

With us, ’share trading’ means speculating on share prices without owning the shares themselves. ’Share dealing’, on the other hand, means buying and taking ownership of a company’s shares.

How to trade and invest in shares

Open an account to start trading or investing in shares. Once you’re set up, you can decide which shares you want to trade, research the company and industry it’s in, and then open your first position.

DMA for the experienced trader

Our direct market access (DMA) service enables you to trade CFDs on the underlying market price, and gain greater visibility and depth.

Open a share trading account in minutes

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

Open a share trading account in minutes

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

Open a share trading account in minutes

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

Open a share trading account in minutes

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

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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Spread bet or trade CFDs on thousands of exchange traded funds

1Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.2Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
2Commission rates differ for UK and US shares. Trade in your share dealing account three or more times in the previous month to qualify for our best commission rates. Please note published rates are valid up to £25,000 notional value. See our full list of share dealing charges and fees.
3We do not offer grey markets on all IPOs.
4Best trading platform as awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards and Professional Trader Awards 2019. Best trading app as awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2020.

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% 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.