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Forex trading

Low spreads and fast execution on more than 80 FX pairs.

Trade major FX pairs from just 0.6 points.

*Available on an international account*

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* FX is available on the international account which was automatically assigned to you when you opened your IG account.

Why trade forex with IG?

  • Leading FX provider

    IG is the UK's No.1 retail forex provider1

  • Low spreads

    Spreads from 0.6 pips on EUR/USD and AUD/USD

  • Trade on bitcoin prices

    Without having to buy and store actual bitcoins

  • Direct market access

    Full market transparency with Forex Direct (DMA)

  • Unique range of charts

    Essential and pro charts on desktop and apps

New to forex?

Forex (or sometimes just FX) is short for foreign exchange, and is the largest financial market in the world. Simply put, it’s how individuals and businesses convert one currency to another.

FX transactions worth trillions of dollars take place every day, and unlike stocks or commodities there’s no central exchange. Instead, currencies are traded by a global network of banks, dealers and brokers, which means you can trade any time, day or night, Monday to Friday. 

FX prices are influenced by a range of different factors, including interest rates, inflation, government policy, employment figures and demand for imports and exports.

And because of the sheer volume of currency traders and the amount of money exchanged, price movements can happen very quickly, making currency trading not only the largest financial market in the world, but also one of the most volatile.

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FX spreads and slippage rates

Spot FX

IG spreads Forex Direct (DMA)

Percentage 

of orders 

filled without 

slippage5

Min. spread Av. spread2 Av. spread4
EUR/USD 0.6 0.75 0.263 98.18
AUD/USD 0.6 0.75 0.512 98.77
EUR/GBP 0.9 1.17 0.443 98.96
GBP/USD 0.9 1.34 0.992 98.71

 

See our full list of currency pairs and live prices.

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    Full FX MT4 contract details, including currency pairs, spreads and margins.

Best forex mobile & tablet app
2014

Best forex trading platform
2013, 2012, 2014

Best platform for active day traders
2013, 2014

SA's top CFD provider 
2012, 2013

SA's top stockbroker for the active day trader 
2014

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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.

1 UK's largest retail FX provider based on number of active accounts (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report October 2016).

2 Average spread for the 12 weeks ending 24 February 2017. For our minimum and typical spreads, please see our forex CFD details.

3 Time-weighted (22:00-20:00 GMT) average spread by trade (quoted to three decimal places), March 2016. 

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and 11am to 7pm Saturday.

010 344 0053

You can also email helpdesk.za@ig.com

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