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.

Spot trading

Open a spot (cash) trading account with the No.1 CFD and spread betting provider in the UK.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 spot markets with us?

Access continuous pricing

Trade on the spot, with continuous, real-time pricing

Deal on the underlying market

Access thousands of assets at the current market rate

Get more flexibility

Open long or short positions with no fixed expiries

Trade on low spreads

Enjoy some of the lowest spreads in the UK – starting at 0.3 points

Explore our charts

Study price action and perform technical analysis with continuous charting

Open short-term positions

Track the spot price of an asset over a short-term period that suits you

Discover our spot markets

You can trade almost any of our markets on the spot, including indices, commodities, forex, shares, ETFs and bonds. See an overview of some of the most traded spot markets below.

  • Spot forex
  • Spot commodities
  • Cash indices
  • Cash shares
  • Cash ETFs
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Find your market

Ways to trade spot markets with us

Spread betting CFD trading
Main benefits Go long or short on asset prices. Profits are tax-free in the UK2 Go long or short on asset prices. Tax-deductible losses are useful for hedging2
Accessible to All clients All clients
Traded in £ per point Contracts
Tax status No capital gains tax (CGT) or stamp duty2 No stamp duty, but you do pay CGT. Losses can be offset as a tax deduction2
Risks Spread bets are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage
Commission Charged via the spread Share CFDs are subject to commission. All other markets are charged via the spread
Platforms Web, mobile app and MT4 Web, mobile app and MT4
Learn more Learn more

Spot trading vs forwards and futures

Spot trading

Spot prices reflect the underlying asset’s price

You can open short-term positions with low spreads, which makes spot trading popular among day traders

There are no fixed expiries on spot trades

You can conduct technical analysis over a longer period with the help of continuous charting

Forwards and futures

Futures and forwards are contracts used to speculate on the future value of a market

Our futures and forwards prices reflect the underlying contract’s price

You can open longer-term positions with no overnight fees, which makes forwards and futures trading popular among swing or position traders

Both contract types have a fixed expiry date at some point in the future

What is spot (cash) trading?

Spot (cash) trading is the method of buying and selling assets at the current market rate, known as the spot price. With us, you’ll trade the spot market via spread bets or CFDs, which means you don’t take ownership or delivery of the assets.

Benefits of trading spot markets with us

Because you don’t take physical delivery of the underlying assets when trading spot markets, you can go long or short on their price. You’ll pay no capital gains tax or stamp duty when spread betting spot markets, and CFD losses can be offset against profits for tax purposes.2

How do I trade cash markets in the UK?

  1. Open a spot (cash) trading account with us
  2. Find an opportunity
  3. Take your first position
  4. Monitor and close your trade

Open a UK spot trading account in minutes

Open a UK spot 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

Trade cash markets on the UK’s best trading platforms

Trade anything, anywhere, anytime on our award-winning platform3

  • Web-based platform
  • Mobile trading app

Our web trading platform is optimised for online spread betting and CFD trading. This platform offers unique price alerts, interactive charts, and a suite of risk management and research tools.

Our tablet and mobile trading platform has been optimised for iPhone and Android. You’ll have access to the same tools as on the web-based platform, and you can view mobile charts on the go.

You can choose the platform that suits your trading preferences and strategy – with unique price alerts, interactive charts and a suite of risk management tools available on each.

Open a UK spot 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 UK spot 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 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
3 As awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2020 and Professional Trader Awards 2019.