CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 70% 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.

Create a trading account

Fill in a simple form

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

Get instant verification

We can usually verify your identity immediately

Fund and start trading

You can also withdraw your money easily, whenever you like

Call 010 344 0051 or email helpdesk.za@ig.com to talk about opening a trading account. We're here 24 hours a day from 9am Saturday to 11pm Friday.

Contact us: 010 344 0053

Call 010 344 0051 or email helpdesk.za@ig.com to talk about opening a trading account. We're here 24 hours a day from 9am Saturday to 11pm Friday.

Contact us: 010 344 0053

Trade on our award-winning platform

Identify and respond to opportunity quickly, on fast, powerful platforms and natively designed apps.

Find new opportunities

Access fast charts, news analysis and trading alerts on-the-go, so you can identify the best trading opportunities.

Effective risk management

Help protect your capital with our stop and limit orders and access your performance with our trade analytics tool

Best execution

Our technology is engineered for speed, stability and better prices

Free expert education

Learn from experienced traders with IG Community and access online trading courses with IG Academy

Global leader, local expertise

With an office in South Africa, you'll get local perspective from the world's No.1 CFD provider1

Round-the-clock support

Our highly trained team is on hand 24 hours a day from 6am Saturday to 11pm Friday

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.

One application, two accounts

When you sign up with us, you don't just get access to local financial markets. We also provide you with a separate international account, so you can take advantage of movements in thousands of global markets including forex, indices, shares, commodities, cryptocurrencies and more.

International account

Make an instant payment with your credit/debit card to trade:

  • More than 16,000 shares
  • Global stock indices
  • More than 80 FX pairs
  • Hard and soft commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Bonds, interest rates, ETFs and more

Your international account is held with IG Markets (UK).

Domestic account

Take your position on these local instruments:

  • Over 200 shares
  • South Africa 40 Index
  • FINI 15 Index
  • RESI 20 Index
  • ETFs

Your domestic account is held with IG Markets South Africa Limited.

Fund your account

You can deposit funds with your credit/debit card or through an electronic transfer/bank transfer.

Learn how to fund 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

What our clients say

"IG is consistently reliable and trustworthy. You need a name you can trust when you have your money with them"

"IG are premier league compared to other trading systems. I have continuously recommended IG"

"IG is a fantastic broker. Easy deposits, great learning aids and their signals are also very good"

"IG offers by far the best trading service in the UK. Their whole team are both knowledgeable and helpful"

Who are IG?

We invented spread betting in 1974 and have led the way in our industry ever since. Today, we’re the world’s No.1 choice for spread betting and CFD trading.1

Our business model is built around being on our clients’ side and wanting you to trade profitably. We’re a trusted FTSE 250 company, based in London, authorised and regulated by the FCA in the UK and the FSCA in South Africa. We keep your money secure in ring-fenced accounts at regulated banks.

Who are IG?

We invented spread betting in 1974 and have led the way in our industry ever since. Today, we’re the world’s No.1 choice for spread betting and CFD trading.1

Our business model is built around being on your side and wanting you to trade profitably. We’re a trusted FTSE 250 company, based in London, authorised and regulated by the FCA in the UK and the FSCA in South Africa. We keep your money secure in ring-fenced accounts at regulated banks.

Eligibility

Requirements checklist

  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must pass our appropriateness assessment (within the application form) to see if CFD trading is right for you – this is a regulatory requirement
  • We can open a South African 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

What we ask you

  • We need your name and address to establish your identity – this protects you from potential fraud
  • We ask about your financial trading experience to assess if CFD trading is appropriate for you – this is a regulatory requirement

Peace of mind

Other ways to apply

Apply by post

If you'd prefer to apply by post, download and print out the relevant application form below:

Once you’ve completed the form, please enclose the relevant supporting documents and post to:
IG South Africa
1 Sandton Drive
Sandton 2196

Apply by mobile or tablet

If you’ve downloaded our app for iPad, iPhone or Android you can open an account from the app's sign-in page. Simply download the app by searching for 'IG Trading' in your device's app store.

Apply by email or in person

Download and complete the personal application form (PDF) and send it to us via email or drop it off at our office:
Email: helpdesk.za@ig.com

Office:
IG South Africa
1 Sandton Drive
Sandton 2196

Our office hours are 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.

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1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, June 2020)
2 Best trading platform as awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards and Professional Trader Awards 2019. Best trading app as awarded at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2020