Why trade CFDs with IG?
Negative balance protection limits risk – ensuring your account balance will never stay below zero3
Keep your costs down with our competitive spreads
Get expert support, 24 hours a day from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday
Rest assured that you’re trading with a FTSE 250 company, authorised and regulated by the FCA
Trade at your desk or on the move with our easy-to-use platforms and apps
Become a better trader whatever your skill level, with our educational resources
What is CFD trading?
Trading CFDs, or 'contracts for difference’, allows you to speculate on whether an asset’s price will move up or down – without having to own the asset.
What are the benefits?
- Massive market choice
- Free up your capital
- Go short or long
- Mirror the underlying
How do I trade CFDs?
- Open a trading account
- Find an opportunity
- Take a position
- Monitor your trade
Open a CFD account in minutes
Fill in our simple online form
We’ll ask a few questions about your trading experience
Get instant ID verification
We can usually verify your identity immediately
Fund and start trading
Or practise on a risk-free demo if you’d prefer
What markets can I trade with CFDs?
Get spreads from just 0.6 points on pairs like EUR/USD with the UK’s No.1 FX provider.4
Deal on the world’s major stock indices, with more 24-hour markets than any other provider.
Discover opportunity in rising and falling prices across over 12,000 international share markets.
Trade on a wide range of metals, energies and soft commodities, with Spot Gold spreads starting at 0.3 points.
Go long or short on bitcoin, ether, litecoin and ripple pairs, with no wallet needed. Or get broad exposure in a single trade with our Crypto 10 index.
Trade CFDs on interest rates, bonds, sectors and more.
How much does it cost?
Your key payment for trading CFDs is the spread (or commission, in the case of share CFDs) – our charge for executing your trade. We benchmark our fees to try and keep them among the lowest in the business.
|Market||Retail margin||Leverage equivalent||Professional margin
What is this?
|Leverage equivalent||Minimum spread|
Depending on your position, you may need to pay overnight funding.
It’s free, quick and simple to create a CFD trading account with us. Open one today, and you’ll get access to over 16,000 financial markets.
When you’re ready, you choose your trade size. What’s more, new CFD traders get lower minimums for one month.
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1 Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
2 Based on revenue excluding FX (published half-yearly financial statements, June 2019).
3 Negative balance protection applies to trading-related debt only, and is not available to professional traders.
4 By number of primary relationships with FX traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released July 2019).