Ways to trade

Unlock opportunity in the financial markets with spread betting, CFD trading and investing. Each offers you a unique set of advantages.

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

Spread betting and CFDs

Seeking short-term opportunity? Try these high-risk/high-return financial products from the world’s No.1 provider.1

No need to own assets

Spread betting and CFDs are derivatives, so you can take a position on a market’s price without owning any assets.

Take your capital further

Act on opportunity for less than traditional investment, as spread betting and CFDs are leveraged. Losses, as well as profits, are magnified.

Increase your opportunities

Unlike traditional investing, spread betting and CFDs enable you to take advantage of both falling and rising market prices.

Never stay below zero

If your account balance goes negative we’ll bring it back to zero.2

What’s best for me?

Spread betting profits are tax-free.3 CFDs give you direct market access (DMA),4 providing increased transparency useful for more advanced traders.

Spread betting

Bet on the future change in price of a financial market.

  • Key benefit: no capital gains tax on profits3
  • No commission, just our spread
  • No stamp duty3
  • Never stay below zero with negative balance protection2

CFDs

Trade on the difference between the opening and closing price of a market.

  • Key benefit: DMA on shares and forex.4
  • Offset losses against profits as tax deduction
  • No stamp duty3
  • Never stay below zero with negative balance protection2

What markets can I trade?

Forex trading

Trade forex with spread bets and CFDs to get access to our wide range of major, minor and exotic currency pairs, through powerful platforms.

  • UK’s No.1 FX provider5
  • Competitive spreads
  • More 24-hour markets than anywhere else

Other markets

Low spreads. 17,000 markets, exclusive 24/7 opportunities.6

Investing and stockbroking

Take a longer-term position with more traditional investment.

Share dealing

Buy and sell thousands of global stocks on low commissions, from just £5 on UK shares.7

IG Smart Portfolios

Choose a fully managed and diversified portfolio to suit your goals and risk profile.

ISAs

Put a tax-efficient wrapper around your share dealing or IG Smart Portfolio returns.3

SIPPs

Save for your retirement and get 20-45% tax relief on your contributions, with no tax on investment profits.3

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1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, June 2020).
2 Negative balance protection applies to trading-related debt only, and is not available to professional traders.
3 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
4 To trade with Forex DMA, you’ll need to qualify for an IG professional account.
5 By number of primary relationships with FX traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released June 2020).
6 24/7 excludes the hours from 10pm Friday to 8am Saturday (UK time), and 20 minutes just before the weekday market opens on Sunday night.
7 Place 10+ trades on UK shares in the previous month to qualify for a £5 commission rate. Please note published rates are valid up to £25,000 notional value. See our full list of share dealing charges and fees.

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.