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

How to trade or invest in artificial intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is getting set to change the future. Discover how to trade or invest in AI with us, the UK’s No.1 trading provider.1

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Call 0800 409 6789 or email helpdesk.uk@ig.com if you have any questions about trading or investing. We're available 24/7 between 8am Saturday and 10pm Friday.

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Call 0800 195 3100 or send us an email with any questions about opening a trading or investment account between 8am and 6pm (UK time) on weekdays.

Contact us 0800 195 3100

Get info fast via our instant help and support portal. Available for account queries, ProRealTime, product info and more.

Visit help and support for more information.

Get info fast via our instant help and support portal. Available for account queries, ProRealTime, product info and more.

Visit help and support for more information.

Call 0800 409 6789 or email helpdesk.uk@ig.com if you have any questions about trading or investing. We're available 24/7 between 8am Saturday and 10pm Friday.

Contact us 0800 409 6789

If you’re ready to trade or invest in artificial intelligence, follow these steps:

1. Choose whether to trade or invest

Trading lets you speculate on rising or falling prices with spread bets or CFDs, investing lets you take direct ownership.

2. Identify a stock or ETF through your own analysis

Carry out your own technical and fundamental analysis to identify a stock or ETF that you’d like to take a position on.

3. Open an account and place your AI trade or investment

Open a trading account to speculate on prices with spread bets or CFDs, open a share dealing account to take direct ownership.

Or, if you want to get a greater understanding of the AI sector before you take a position, here’s our full guide:

5 steps to trading or investing in artificial intelligence (AI)

  1. Learn about the AI industry
  2. Discover why people trade or invest in AI
  3. Decide which AI asset you want to take a position on
  4. Identify an opportunity through your own analysis
  5. Pick your trading platform and place your AI trade or investment

Learn about the AI industry

The AI industry is focused on researching, developing and manufacturing the latest and greatest machines that can make our everyday lives easier. The sector is centred around machines that’ve been programmed to carry out tasks and ‘think’ when solving problems.

AI is already being used to help in a range of different sectors, including healthcare, finance, car manufacturing, robotics, automation, education and agriculture.

Discover why people trade or invest in AI

People trade or invest in AI because it is a growing sector that is likely to become a greater part of our daily lives in the coming years. Previously the stuff of science-fiction, artificial intelligence has already made our world vastly different to what it was 50 years ago. Who’s to say what the world will look like in 10 years’ time, let alone 50.

So, people are looking to trade or invest in AI to ride the wave of technological advancement that’s expected to take the twenty-first century by force. And, the companies that are leading the charge could be set to experience rapid growth – assuming that AI becomes everything that people currently think it will be.

AI is one of several thematic opportunities that’ve gained popularity in recent years – and people are interested to see exactly what this industry has in store. Other thematic opportunities include water, electric vehicles and 5G.

Decide which AI asset you want to take a position on

With us, you’ll be able to trade or invest in artificial intelligence stocks or ETFs.

  • Stocks give you exposure to the market performance of different companies that are directly involved in the artificial intelligence sector like Alibaba, IBM and Microsoft
  • ETFs are a basket of securities – usually the shares of multiple companies and certain indices like the Nasdaq 100 – that will give you diversified exposure to the artificial intelligence sector
  • Stocks
  • ETFs
Trading Investing
Speculate on stock prices rising or falling with spread bets or CFDs. Buy the stocks outright and benefit from any upward movement in their price.

Trading Investing
Speculate on ETF prices rising or falling with spread bets or CFDs. Buy shares in an ETF outright and benefit from any upward movement in the ETF’s price.

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Choose whether to trade or invest in artificial intelligences

Trading Investing
Markets Artificial intelligence shares and ETFs Artificial intelligence shares and ETFs
Method Trading derivatives like spread bets or CFDs Investing with a share dealing account, ISA or IG Smart Portfolio
Time frame Short to medium term Medium to long term
Initial capital required Deposit (margin) Full value of investment
Returns Profit from long and short positions From capital appreciation and dividends
Cost of trading Spreads when spread betting, commission when CFD trading. Margin requirements vary Buy and sell shares and ETFs from zero commission for US shares and £3 commission for UK shares2
Tax benefits Spread bets are tax free, and both spread bets and CFDs are free from stamp duty3 IG ISAs aren’t subject to capital gains tax (CGT) or income tax3
Risk Leverage can magnify both your profits and losses as they’ll be based on the full exposure of the trade, not just the margin required to open it. This means losses as well as profits could far outweigh your margin, so always ensure you’re trading within your means. Limited to the initial outlay
Style Day trading, swing trading, trend trading and position trading Passive and active investing

Trading vs investing in detail

We like to be clear about the differences between trading and investing.

‘Trading’ lets you speculate on the price of a stock or other financial asset rising or falling using derivatives like spread bets or CFDs. If you want to take a position on AI stocks or ETFs without owning them directly, then spread bets or CFDs might be for you.

Bear in mind that these are leveraged products, which means they enable you to get full market exposure for an initial deposit – known as margin. But, while leverage can increase your profits, it can also increase your losses.

‘Investing’ means that you’re taking direct ownership of something to benefit from prices rising. You’ll be able to invest in the shares of individual companies that are involved in the artificial intelligence sector, or in ETFs to get broad exposure to AI.

Leverage isn’t available when you’re investing, so you’ll need to commit the full cost of your position upfront. While this could increase your initial outlay, it also caps your maximum risk at the amount of money you paid to open your position.

Trading AI opportunities

  1. Create or log in to your trading account for spread bets or CFDs
  2. Go to our platform
  3. Search for your AI opportunity
  4. Decide whether to go long or short, choose your position size and take steps to manage your risk
  5. Open and monitor your trade

Investing in AI opportunities

  1. Create or log in to your share dealing account
  2. Go to our platform
  3. Search for your AI opportunity
  4. Decide your position size
  5. Open and monitor your investment

Here are our best share dealing commission rates compared to those of our competitors:

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

Identify an opportunity through your own analysis

Analysis is a crucial part of trading and investing – and competent analysis can be the difference between making a profit or incurring a loss. It’s important that you carry out both fundamental and technical analysis before opening your artificial intelligence position.

  • Technical analysis looks at chart patterns, technical indicators and historical price action
  • Fundamental analysis is based on the fundamentals of a company, including its net revenue and profit and loss statements

Interested in analysis? Find out more at IG Academy

Pick your platform and place your AI trade or investment

We’ve got an award-winning trading platform4 – available on desktop or on-the-go with our mobile app. You’ll benefit from in-platform news and analysis from our in-house team of experts and Reuters newsfeeds – as well as a range of technical indicators that you can use to analyse charts and historical price action.

Step-by-step guide to making an AI stocks or ETFs trade

Here’s a screenshot of our trading platform, with some steps that take you through how to open a position for spread bets or CFDs.

  1. Search for and select your opportunity
  2. Choose ‘buy’ to go long or ‘sell’ to go short
  3. Put in your position size
  4. Set your stops or limits to help manage your risk
  5. Place your deal and monitor your position

Step-by-step guide to making an AI stocks or ETFs investment

Here’s a screenshot of our investment platform, with some steps that take you through how to open an investment position.

  1. Search for and select your opportunity
  2. Choose ‘buy’ to open your investment
  3. Put in your position size
  4. Set your order type
  5. Place your deal and monitor your position

Before you open a position on artificial intelligence stocks or ETFs, it’s important to take steps to manage your risk. For example, spread bets and CFDs are leveraged products, meaning that you should familiarise yourself with the impact of leverage on your trading.

We’ve also got free educational courses at IG Academy to help you get the most out of your time on the markets. If you’re not ready to trade with a live account, maybe you’ll want to try our demo – which gives you £10,000 in virtual funds to help build your confidence in a risk-free environment.

1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, June 2020).
2 Our best share dealing commissions apply to clients who opened three or more positions on their share dealing account in the previous month.
3 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
4 Best 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.