Weekend trading

Maximise your opportunities to profit by trading at the weekend with IG. We’re the only UK provider to offer 24/7 trading on GBP/USD, global indices and major cryptocurrencies.1

Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccounts.uk@ig.com to talk about opening a trading account. We’re here 24 hours a day, from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday.

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Why trade on weekends with IG?

Trade GBP/USD and key indices with the only UK provider to offer 24/7 pricing on these markets1

Hedge your weekday positions by opening a weekend position on the same market

React to breaking news over the weekend and never miss an opportunity to trade

Access guaranteed stops2 and advanced order types with the world’s No.1 provider3

What markets can I trade on the weekend with IG?

Forex

We are the only provider to offer GBP/USD, enabling you to trade this major pair when others can't.

Global indices

We’re also the only provider that lets you trade the FTSE 100, Germany 30, Wall Street and HS50 on the weekend.4

Cryptocurrencies

We offer all major coins including bitcoin, ether, ripple, litecoin and our own Crypto 10 index.5

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What is weekend trading?

Weekend trading gives you access to forex, indices and cryptocurrency markets on a Saturday and Sunday. So, if Brexit news breaks on a Saturday that could cause the FTSE 100 to move, you no longer have to wait until markets open on Monday to trade.

The weekend prices for forex and indices are quoted separately to their weekday counterparts, based on our view of the prospects for that market given client business and news flow. As a result, you can use these markets to hedge against risk on your weekday positions. Weekend indices and forex positions will rollover into regular weekday positions if they are kept open after the Sunday close, with any stops or limits remaining in place.

For cryptocurrencies, because the markets are open over a weekend anyway, we’ve just extended our weekday markets. This means that any positions on cryptocurrencies will continue to move over the weekend, and your stops and limits can still be triggered.

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How to hedge with weekend trading

Weekend trading is an extremely effective way to offset potentially negative weekend movements in a market that you have an open weekday position on.

For example, let’s suppose you’re long £5 on our weekday FTSE 100 offering when the market closes on Friday. However, rumours emerge on Saturday that the prime minister is going to resign. As a result, you believe the FTSE 100 will fall if the rumours are confirmed, so you want to reduce your exposure to risk.

On Sunday morning, we quote a weekend FTSE price of 6700. Rather than wait for the weekday market to open, you decide to short £5 of our weekend FTSE at 6700. In this scenario your £5 long position on the weekday FTSE is now offset by your £5 short position on the weekend FTSE.

A few hours later the prime minister announces their resignation, and our weekday FTSE market reopens on Sunday night at the lower price of 6600. However, as you hedged your long weekday position at 6700 by trading on our weekend FTSE 100, you’re protected against the losses involved with closing at the weekday market opening price of 6600.

Any Sunday positions on indices must be held until 10.40pm (UK time) to rollover into a standard weekday contract, and thus net off against your existing weekday contract.6

Choose IG as your weekend trading provider

Take a position on weekend markets with the only broker to offer GBP/USD, FTSE 100 and Wall Street trading on Saturday and Sunday.

Choose IG as your weekend trading provider

Take a position on weekend markets with the only broker to offer GBP/USD, FTSE 100 and Wall Street trading on Saturday and Sunday.

FAQs

How does Saturday and Sunday trading work?

Saturday and Sunday trading works differently depending on the market.

GBP/USD

Our Saturday and Sunday GBP/USD market is separate to its weekday equivalent, enabling you to speculate on market developments over the weekend without having to alter an existing weekday position. Weekend cable (GBP/USD) is distinguished from the equivalent weekday market by its name on the platform – ‘Weekend GBP/USD’.

Trading hours on weekend GBP/USD are from 4am on Saturday to 8.40pm on Sunday (UK time). Positions open at 8.40pm (UK time) on a Sunday will roll over into weekday positions when those markets resume at 9pm on Sunday.

Indices

With indices, your weekday positions will be separate to their weekend counterparts, enabling you to speculate on market developments over the weekend without having to alter your weekday positions. These weekend markets are differentiated from their weekday counterparts by their names. For example, our Saturday and Sunday FTSE 100 market is called ‘Weekend FTSE 100’, whereas the weekday equivalent is simply ‘FTSE 100’.

Weekend trading hours on indices are from 4am on Saturday to 10.40pm on Sunday (UK time). Positions open at 10.40pm (UK time) on a Sunday will roll over into weekday positions when those markets resume at 11pm on Sunday. Please note, however, that the FTSE 100 and Germany 30 will open for trading two minutes later than normal, at 11.02pm (UK time).

Cryptocurrencies

Trading cryptocurrencies on a Saturday and Sunday works a little differently because the underlying market is already open over the weekend. As a result, we’ve simply extended our weekday market so any cryptocurrency positions will move over the weekend and your active stops and limits can be triggered.1 Cryptocurrency trading is available from 4am on Saturday through to 10pm on Friday.

Who offers weekend trading in the UK?

IG is the only UK provider to offer weekend trading on indices and GBP/USD. We also offer weekend trading on cryptocurrencies, as well as our Crypto 10 Index.

Does the FTSE trade on Saturday and Sunday?

You can trade the FTSE 100 on a Saturday and Sunday with IG – the only UK provider to offer this market on the weekend. IG clients also have access to a number of other indices including Wall Street, Germany 30 and HS50.

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1 24/7 excludes the 6 hours from 10pm Fri to 4am Sat, and 20 mins just before the weekday market opens on Sunday night.
2 Guaranteed stops with IG are free and only incur a premium if they are triggered.
3 Based on revenue excluding FX (published half-yearly financial statements, June 2019); for forex based on number of primary relationships with FX traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released July 2019).
4 If you have traditional weekday positions on the FTSE 100, Germany 30, Wall Street or HS50, the valuations of these positions will not change during weekend trading after IG closes on a Friday. Stops and limits on these weekday positions will not be processed during weekend trading and order to open positions and trailing stops will not be accepted.
5 Trade cryptocurrencies from 4am Saturday through to 10pm on Friday night (UK time). If you have a position open on one of these cryptocurrency markets, it will be affected by weekend trading. This additional trading period during the weekend means not only do you have longer to speculate on the price of different coins, but also any stops and limits you have open can be filled on the weekend.
6 Please note that weekend positions with attached stops and limits will not be netted off against existing weekday contracts. In this instance the weekend position will roll into a new weekday position, with the same stops and limits attached to it.

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