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. 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.

How to trade or invest in 5G

Find out what 5G is and how to trade or invest in it with us, the UK’s No.1 trading provider.1

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.

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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.

Contact us 0800 409 6789

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

Follow these steps if you’re ready to trade or invest in 5G:

1. Choose whether to trade or invest

Trading lets you speculate with derivatives; investing lets you take direct ownership of the shares.

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. Take your position

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

Learn about the 5G industry

5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology. It’s dubbed to make a huge difference in the speed of wireless technology, with 5G being far superior to the previous four generations of wireless tech. 5G also offers greater capacity, with more devices being able to connect to the network in the same area at the same time.

5G opens the door to greater connectivity and more powerful capacity solutions – its use goes far beyond smartphones and gaming consoles and the industry is anticipated to experience expansion in the coming years.

Discover why people trade or invest in 5G

People are trading or investing in 5G because it’s a new industry that’s said to change the way that wireless mobile networks work. It also has a range of other applications other than mobile networks which are yet to be fully explored. These include in agriculture, travel, finance, healthcare, communications, smart energy, retail, manufacturing and more.

To get exposure to the 5G industry, you’ll need to trade or invest in the stocks of companies that are involved in managing and maintaining mobile networks, or take a position on 5G ETFs. Some of the big companies in the UK include EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone.

5G 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 artificial intelligence.

Decide which 5G asset you want to take a position on

We’ve got a choice of 5G assets for you to take a position on: 5G companies, or 5G ETFs.

  • Stocks give you exposure to the performance of companies that are involved in the 5G sector
  • ETFs are a basket of different securities that will give you broad exposure to the 5G 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 5G

Trading Investing
Markets 5G stocks and ETFs 5G stocks 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 5G

Trading and investing are similar terms that are sometimes used interchangeably – but there are some important differences between them.

‘Trading’ lets you speculate on the price of a 5G stock or ETF rising (‘buy’) or falling (‘sell’) using derivatives like spread bets or CFDs. These are leveraged, which means you can get full market exposure for an initial deposit – which is called margin. But, leverage can increase both your profits and your losses – so you should take steps to manage your risk before you trade.

‘Investing’ means that you’re taking direct ownership of a 5G stock or ETF to benefit from prices rising. Leverage isn’t available when you invest, so you’ll need to commit the full cost of the position upfront. But, this means that your maximum risk is capped at this initial cost.

Trading 5G opportunities

  1. Create or log in to your trading account for spread bets or CFDs
  2. Go to our platform
  3. Search for your 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 5G opportunities

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

Here’s how our share dealing rates match up to 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

Doing your own 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 you open a position on a 5G company or ETF.

  • Technical analysis uses chart patterns, technical indicators and historical price action to attempt to predict future price movements
  • Fundamental analysis is based on the fundamentals of a company or wider macroeconomic factors, including net revenue, profit and loss statements or interest rates

Interested in analysis? Find out more at IG Academy

Pick your platform and place your 5G trade or investment

We’ve got an award-winning trading platform, available on desktop or as a mobile app for iOS and Android devices.4 You’ll get in-platform news and analysis from our team of experts and Reuters, as well as a range of technical indicators that you can use as part of your analysis.

Step-by-step guide to making a 5G trade

Here’s a screenshot of our trading platform and five steps to show you how to open a 5G trade.

  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 a 5G investment

Here’s a screenshot of our investment platform, with some steps that take you through how to open a 5G investment.

  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

We’ve also got a wealth of free education material 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, October 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.