Shares trading

Start stock trading with CFDs or spread bets to gain exposure to a huge range of international shares and ETFs. Alternatively, you can buy stocks online with our share dealing service.

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.

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Ways to buy and sell stocks online

There are two ways to trade shares online with IG: using our leveraged products to trade on share prices or investing in stocks directly via our share dealing service.

Stock trading

Our CFD and spread betting products enable you to gain full exposure to markets while only putting down a small deposit.

They also enable you to buy and sell shares online without ever owning the underlying asset. Not only does this have tax benefits,1 but it means you can take advantage of markets that fall in price as well as those that rise.

Investing in stocks

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 IG?

Trade shares on margin

Low margins enable you to gain full exposure for just a small initial deposit

Pay less tax

Spread bets are tax-free, while CFDs enable you to offset losses against profits for tax purposes1

Access over 12,000 markets

Go long or short on a wide range of popular UK, US and international stocks

Extended hours on US stocks

Trade out-of-hours on over 70 key US stocks, exclusively with IG

See the difference in shares costs

The table below shows the average cost of buying, holding and selling shares with IG – depending on whether you decide to spread bet, trade CFDs or share deal.

  • 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.

The differences in detail

Take an in-depth look at the differences between speculating on shares using spread bets or CFDs and investing via our share dealing service.

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Grey market and IPO trading

We also offer certain ‘grey markets’ before stocks go public. This can give you the opportunity to speculate on the price at which the company will finish trading on its first day.

Grey market and IPO trading

We also offer certain ‘grey markets’ before stocks go public. This can give you the opportunity to speculate on the price at which the company will finish trading on its first day.

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With 45 of experience, we’re proud to offer a truly market-leading service

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Shares trading costs and details

Read on for the costs and charges of share trading, or discover physical 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. As your profit and loss are based on the full value of the position – not just the margin – leverage can magnify 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

For spread bets, the costs of any given shares trade are factored into the spread, which is the difference between the buy and sell prices that is 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. As your profit and loss are based on the full value of the position – not just the margin – leverage can magnify 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

With share CFD trades, you’ll be dealing at the real market price. Instead of being charged via the spread, you’ll pay a small commission when you open the position and when you close it. In each instance, a minimum charge applies.

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 on our web platform and on the move

With IG, you’ll have access to several trading platforms including:

These can all be tailored to suit your trading style and preferences, with personalised alerts, interactive charts and risk management tools.

What is share trading?

Share trading usually refers to the process of speculating on an underlying share price using derivatives, while share dealing commonly describes the process of buying and taking ownership of a company’s shares.

How to buy and trade shares

Whether you want to trade or invest, you’ll need to open an account. Once you’re set up, you just need to decide which stock you want to trade, perform analysis on the company and industry it’s in, and then open your first position.

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

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1 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
2 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.
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