Market definition

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Market has a particular significance in relation to IG's platform. Here, we define market in general investing and explain what it means to you when trading with IG.

Market can have several meanings within investments. Generally it is defined as a medium through which assets are traded, with their value determined by supply and demand.

Market can refer to:

  • a broad grouping of assets (like the technology market) or an index (like the FTSE 100)
  • a place – physical or nominal – that facilitates buying and selling of assets (like the stock market)
  • the trading and movements of financial assets as a whole (‘the markets’, or ‘financial markets’)
  • the price at which an asset is being traded (the market price)

With IG

We use the term market to discuss the varieties of assets you can trade with your IG account: including forex, stocks, indices and options. 

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Find charts on our markets here.

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