All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.

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.

All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.

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.

What’s best for me?

Spread betting lets UK traders benefit from tax-free profits. CFDs offer direct market access (DMA), providing increased transparency that’s useful for hedging strategies.2

Spread betting

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

  • Key benefit: no capital gains tax to pay on profits2
  • No commission, just our spread
  • No stamp duty2

CFDs

Contracts for the difference in price of an market between the opening and closing of a trade.

  • Key benefit: DMA on shares and forex
  • Offset losses against profits as a tax deduction
  • No stamp duty2

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 provider1
  • Competitive spreads
  • More 24-hour markets than anywhere else

Other markets

Trade on low spreads across more than 15,000 markets, with some available 24/7.

Invest with IG

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.3

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.2

SIPPs

Save for your retirement and get 20-45% tax relief on your contributions, with no tax on investment profits.2

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  • Our charges

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  • What we do with your money

    All retail client funds are held in segregated bank accounts, in line with FCA rules

  • Learn about IG

    See how we've been changing the face of trading for more than 40 years

Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, February 2018)

2 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.

3 If you have an active CFD or spread betting account that is accessible under the same login as your share dealing account, you’ll automatically qualify for our lowest commission rate if you’ve placed at least one spread bet or CFD trade in the previous calendar month. If you do not have a CFD or spread betting account with IG, your commissions will be determined based on your share-dealing activity (UK stocks only). Place 10+ trades in the previous month to qualify for a £5 commission rate.

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0800 195 3100

You can also email us at newaccounts.uk@ig.com