Ways to trade

You have three routes to the financial markets with IG – spread betting, CFD trading and investing. Each offers you a unique set of advantages.

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Spread betting and CFDs

High-risk/high-return financial products for those seeking short-term opportunity, from the world’s No.1 provider.1

No need to own assets

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

Take your capital further

You needn’t put up the full value of your position when you open, as spread betting and CFDs are leveraged. However losses, as well as profits, are magnified.

Go long or short

Unlike traditional investing, spread betting and CFDs allow 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, whether you’re spread betting or trading CFDs.2

What’s best for me?

Spread betting lets UK traders benefit from tax-free profits.3 CFDs offer direct market access (DMA),4 providing increased transparency that’s useful for hedging strategies.

Spread betting

A spread bet is a bet made on the future change in price of a financial market.

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


A CFD contracts for the difference in price of a market between the opening and closing of a trade.

  • 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

You can trade on forex prices using spread betting and CFDs, which give you access to our wide range of major, minor and exotic currency pairs through our powerful platforms.

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

Other markets

Trade on low spreads across more than 16,000 markets, with some available 24/7.

Investing and stockbroking

Complement your trading with our more traditional non-leveraged products.

Share dealing

Buy and sell thousands of global stocks on low commissions, from just £5 on UK shares.6

IG Smart Portfolios

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


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


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 half-yearly financial statements, June 2019).
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 July 2019).
6 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. 68% 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.