Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 71% 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.

Thematic investing and basket trading

Opportunity changes with the times. Trade the future with thematic investing – including electric vehicles, robotics and AI – with the UK’s No.1 trading provider.1

Start trading today. Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccountenquiries.uk@ig.com. We’re available from 8am to 6pm (UK time), Monday to Friday.

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

Start trading today. Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccountenquiries.uk@ig.com. We’re available from 8am to 6pm (UK time), Monday to Friday.

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

Why trade or invest in themes with us?

Access thousands of thematic ETFs, smart beta ETFs and baskets of our custom indices

Trade thematic ETFs from just 1 point

Invest in thematic ETFs and shares from just £3

Trade the future with themes like electric vehicles, AI and robotics

Gain exposure to bespoke indices like our FAANG and cannabis index or FTSE 350 sectors

Use our unique market screener to find the right ETFs for you

Discover our thematic and basket trading markets

  • ESG
  • Cannabis
  • AI
  • Electric vehicles
  • 5G
  • Robotics
  • Clean energy
  • Water
  • US tech
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What are thematic investing and basket trading?

Thematic investing is a longer-term form of gaining exposure to the movements of a specific trend or ‘theme’ such as ESG stocks, cannabis stocks, electric vehicles, robotics or any other macro event or market movement.

Basket trading means taking a position on a group of stocks simultaneously – for example a theme – which are all grouped together into one index, ETF or ‘basket’.

How to start trading or investing in thematics and baskets

  1. Create or log in to your account for spread bets, CFDs or share dealing
  2. Go to our platform
  3. Search for your opportunity
  4. Decide the details of your position
  5. Open and monitor your trade or investment

Ways to trade or invest in thematics

Asset Markets How to trade or invest
Thematic ETFs ETFs tracking sectors like AI or electric vehicles Spread betting, CFDs, share dealing
Custom indices (baskets) Custom indices like the FAANG index, cannabis index or FTSE 350 sectors Spread betting and CFDs
Thematic shares Shares aligned to a theme, like EV stocks such as Tesla or NIO Spread betting, CFDs, share dealing

Open an account to get started trading or investing in thematics and baskets

Open an account to get started trading or investing in thematics and baskets

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

Trade themes and baskets with the UK’s best platform2

  • Web-based platform
  • Mobile trading app

Take control of your thematic and basket positions with our clean deal ticket, clear price charts and in-platform news and analysis.

Trade thematic and basket opportunities wherever you are, and receive trading alerts and signals on the go through email, SMS or push.

Trading or investing in thematics and baskets: the pros and cons

Spread bets CFDs Share dealing
Main benefits Low spread on thematic ETFs, unique indices and sectors to trade on, rising and falling markets
Tax-free plus no commission charges – just our spread
Low spread on thematic ETFs, unique indices and sectors to trade on, deal on rising and falling markets
Offset losses against profits for tax purposes3
Receive shareholder privileges and dividends
Longer-term holding options suited to thematic investing
Risks Trades are leveraged so losses will be magnified if the market moves against you.
Traders can set automatic stops and guaranteed stop losses to control risk, but if these aren’t used, you could lose more than the initial deposit.
Also, you’ll never lose more than your account balance
Trades are leveraged so losses will be magnified if the market moves against you.
Traders can set automatic stops and guaranteed stop losses to control risk, but if these aren’t used, you could lose more than the initial deposit.
Also, you’ll never lose more than your account balance.
You could get back less than your initial investment
Accessible to All clients All clients All clients
Markets Over 17,000 markets including shares, ETFs, indices Over 17,000 markets including shares, ETFs, indices Shares, ETFs, Smart Portfolios
Commission Zero commission, just our spread From as little as £10 for UK-listed ETFs and shares Zero commission on US shares and from £3 on UK shares4
Platforms Web, mobile app and advanced platforms Web, mobile app and advanced platforms Web and mobile app
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Costs and charges

Trading costs will include your margin and spread when spread betting, or your margin and commission when trading share CFDs.

  • Spread betting costs
  • CFD trading costs
  • Share dealing costs
Margin Spread
Minimum margin factor 20% of the share price From 1 point on major indices, 0.1% on major shares to 0.5% on other shares and guaranteed stop premiums from 0.3%, plus trade ETFs for similar spreads

Margin Spread and commission
Minimum margin requirement of 10% for share CFDs, 5% on indices and forex, and from 0.5% on spot commodities like gold Commission from £10 for UK-listed shares and ETFs, spreads from 1 point on indices, plus trade ETF CFDs for similar spreads

We’ve got some of the best share dealing commission rates out there. Here’s how we match up to our competitors

IG Hargreaves Lansdown AJ Bell
Best commission rate on US shares and ETFs £0 commission £5.95 £9.95
Standard commission rate on US shares and ETFs £10 £11.95 £9.95
FX conversion fee 0.5% 1.0% 1.0%
Best commission rate on UK shares and ETFs £3 £5.95 £4.95
Standard commission rate on UK shares and ETFs £8 £11.95 £9.95
How to qualify for the best rate Open 3+ positions on your account in prior month 20 or more trades in prior month 10 or more trades in prior month

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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1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, June 2020).
2 As awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2020 and Professional Trader Awards 2019.
3 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
4 Our best share dealing commission rates are available to clients who opened three or more positions on their share dealing account in the previous month.