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CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 71% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 71% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Create a CFD & Forex account

Open a CFD trading account in three simple steps. Start trading on shares, indices, forex, cryptocurrencies and more with IG South Africa today. Access to over 17,000 markets in less than five minutes. Place your trade anytime on desktop, mobile and tablet with just one account.

Get set up in minutes

1. Fill in a simple form

We’ll ask about your trading knowledge to ensure you get the best experience

2. Get instant verification

We can usually verify your identity immediately

3. Fund and start trading

You can also withdraw your money easily, whenever you like

Supporting Documents

To open your account quickly, we need the following FICA documents:

  • Copy of your ID (Passport for non-South African residents)

Visit our FICA Documents page for full details, and please ensure that the copies are clear.

Should you be requested to submit additional FICA documents please e-mail it to

One application, two accounts

Before you apply, it is important to read our risk disclosure notice as well as both our customer agreements for your domestic and international accounts.

Our order execution policy, conflicts policy, privacy policy and complaints information are also available if you want to know more.

If you have any queries, please contact us on or call 010 344 0053.

Funding your accounts

Fund your account in the following ways:

  • Fund using your credit/debit card or
  • via electronic transfer / bank transfer.

More information on funding your accounts

Corporate account

Find out more about our corporate CFD account or contact us by email or by phone 010 344 0051.

Trust and joint applications

Download a PDF form:

PDFs require Adobe Reader, which is available free from Adobe.

Why create an account?

We will automatically open two seperate accounts for you when you apply, giving you access to a huge range of local and international instruments.

With your domestic* account you can trade:

  • The South Africa 40 index
  • Over 140 share CFDs

With your international* account, you can trade:

  • Global indices
  • Major forex pairs
  • Commodities
  • Bonds, interest rates and much more

*Your domestic account is held with IG Markets South Africa Limited and your international account is held with IG Markets Limited in the UK.

  • One application, two accounts: domestic and international accounts

  • Web-based platform, no downloads required

  • Trade on the move with our free mobile and tablet apps

  • One platform, one login, two accounts

  • Full access to over 17,000 financial markets

Other ways to apply

Apply by post

If you'd prefer to apply by post, you can download and print an application form (below) and send it to:
The Marc, Tower 2
129 Rivonia Road
To open your account quickly, please include proof of your identity when sending us the form.
If you sign the 'Non-professional user declaration' on our Personal Application Form we can supply you with data from most stock exchanges on request without further paperwork.

Apply by mobile or tablet

If you have downloaded our app for iPad, iPhone, Android or Windows Phone, you can open an account from the app's sign-in page.

Download the app by searching for 'IG Trading' in your device's app store.

Apply by email or in person

Download the Personal Application Form (PDF) and you can email it to us or drop it off at our office:



The Marc, Tower 2
129 Rivonia Road

Office doors open 8am - 5:30 pm (Mon-Fri)

Please remember to enclose your supporting documents when returning this form. Also ensure that you have read and understood our Risk Disclosure Statement, Customer Agreements, Privacy Policy and Complaints Information.


Requirements checklist

  • You must be over 18
  • You must successfully meet our appropriateness assessment (within the application form) to see if CFD trading is appropriate for you – this is a regulatory requirement
  • We can also open a SA CFD trading account for people from most countries, but it may be more convenient for you to deal with an office closer to home

Information checklist

  • It’s important to understand the basics of CFD trading
  • Do you understand the risks?

Full terms and agreements

What we ask you

  • We need your name and address to establish your identity – this protects against possible fraud
  • We ask about your financial trading experience to assess if CFD trading is appropriate for you – this is a regulatory requirement
  • New clients can access their domestic and international CFD trading accounts from one login

Peace of mind

  • We’ll never contact your employer as part of the application
  • Your data is kept securely in line with our privacy policy and the Data Protection Act
  • We’ll never ask for a deposit to open an account

US Stocks

If you want to trade US stocks we are required to document all holders of securities which might pay US-incorporated income (e.g. dividends) according to our obligations to the US tax authorities, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We charge a $50 fee on accounts which have not supplied a mandatory W-8 or W-9 form prior to the dividend ex-date of a qualifying trade on a US-incorporated stock. We do not apply this fee to accounts with up-to-date documentation or accounts which have not entered into qualifying trades. We will notify you if you have entered into a qualifying trade and need to complete a form.

Please find instructions for each form on the IRS website, complete the relevant form below and return it to at:

South African residents are required to obtain the necessary tax clearance certificates in line with their foreign investment allowance and may not use credit or debit cards to fund their international account.

*Additional verification may be required. More information can be found here.

Help and support

Get answers about your account or our services.

Get answers

Call 010 500 8626

Or ask about opening an account on 010 500 8624 or

We're here 24hrs a day from 9am Saturday to 11pm Friday.