Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade foreign exchange you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. You could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment and should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.

Spot definition

Spot has a particular significance in relation to IG's platform. Here, we define spot in general investing.

In trading, spot refers to the price of an asset for immediate delivery, or the value of an asset at any exact given time. It differs from an asset’s futures price, which is the price for delivery at some date in the future, or its expected price.

Any asset that can be traded as a future can be quoted as a spot price. Forex trades can use spot prices, as deliveries of currency usually take place 48 hours after a trade has executed.

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