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.

Spread betting

Take advantage of rising or falling markets tax-free by spread betting.1 Offering seamless execution on more than 17,000 markets and round-the-clock phone support, you’ll soon discover why we’re the world’s No.1 provider.2

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

Why start spread betting with IG?

Trade without paying capital gains tax or stamp duty3

Deal on the UK’s best web platform and app3

Get full market exposure with just a small initial deposit

Rest assured that you can’t lose more than your account balance4

Deposit funds safely – your money is held in segregated accounts

Discover opportunities on forex, indices, shares, commodities and more

What is spread betting?

Spread betting is a way to take advantage of opportunities on rising or falling markets – without having to buy the underlying assets. It’s popular in the UK and Ireland because profits are tax-free.2

We invented financial spread betting in 1974, and today enable you to take trade over 17,000 markets.

What are the benefits?

  • Access 17,000+ markets
  • Trade without paying capital gains tax or stamp duty3
  • Go long or short
  • Open positions on margin

How do I spread bet?

  1. Open a trading account
  2. Find an opportunity
  3. Take a position
  4. Monitor your trade

Open an account now

Open an account now

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 an account now

Open an account now

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.

How much will I have to pay?

Margins

Spread betting enables you to open a position with a small deposit known as margin. While this isn’t actually a cost to you, it can make a big difference to the affordability of your trade.

Spreads

Your key payment for trading is the spread – the difference between the buy and the sell price, our charge for executing your trade. Our spreads are among the lowest in the business.

Retail margin Leverage equivalent Professional margin
What is this?
Leverage equivalent
Forex 3.33% 1:30 0.45% 1:222
Indices 5% 1:20 0.45% 1:222
Shares 20% 1:5 4.5% 1:22
Commodities 5% 1:20 0.45% 1:222
Cryptocurrencies 50% 1:2 4.5% 1:22

Minimum spreads from
Forex 0.6
Indices 0.1
Shares 0.1
Commodities 0.3
Cryptocurrencies 0.2

How much will I have to pay?

Margins

Spread betting enables you to open a position with a small deposit known as margin. While this isn’t actually a cost to you, it can make a big difference to the affordability of your trade.

Spreads

Your key payment for trading is the spread – the difference between the buy and the sell price, our charge for executing your trade. Our spreads are among the lowest in the business.

Retail margin Leverage equivalent Professional margin Leverage equivalent
Forex 3.33% 1:30 0.45% 1:222
Indices 5% 1:20 0.45% 1:222
Shares 20% 1:5 4.5% 1:22
Commodities 5% 1:20 0.45% 1:222
Cryptocurrencies 50% 1:2 4.5% 1:22

Minimum spreads from
Forex 0.6
Indices 0.1
Shares 0.1
Commodities 0.3
Cryptocurrencies 0.2

It’s free, quick and simple to create an account with us. Open one today, and you’ll get access to over 17,000 financial markets.

When you’re ready, you choose your deal size. What’s more, you'll get lower minimum deal sizes for one month while you master the markets.

Depending on your position, you may need to pay overnight funding.

Award-winning forex provider

IG spread betting awards

Best Multi Platform Provider
ADVFN International Financial Awards

Overall Personal Wealth Provider
Online Personal Wealth Awards

Best Finance App
ADVFN International Financial Awards

Choose the world's No. 1

Open an account to start spread betting today. You’ll gain access to over 17,000 markets, round-the-clock phone support, and lower minimum deal sizes for one month.

Choose the world's No. 1

Open an account to start spread betting today. You’ll gain access to over 17,000 markets, round-the-clock phone support, and lower minimum deal sizes for one month.

Choose the world's No. 1

Open an account to start spread betting today. You’ll gain access to over 17,000 markets, round-the-clock phone support, and lower minimum deal sizes for one month.

Choose the world's No. 1

Open an account to start spread betting today. You’ll gain access to over 17,000 markets, round-the-clock phone support, and lower minimum deal sizes for one month.

Choose the world's No. 1

Open an account to start spread betting today. You’ll gain access to over 17,000 markets, round-the-clock phone support, and lower minimum deal sizes for one month.

Choose the world's No. 1

Open an account to start spread betting today. You’ll gain access to over 17,000 markets, round-the-clock phone support, and lower minimum deal sizes for one month.

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1 Applies to UK spread betting. Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
2 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, June 2020).
3 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.
4 Negative balance protection applies to retail traders only. Should your account fall below zero, we’ll bring it back to this level as soon as possible at no cost to you. Please note that this protection does not apply to professional traders who can still lose more than the balance on their account.