How does IG make money?

We make our money primarily through our spreads, with other fees making up a small proportion of our revenue. We aim to build lasting relationships with our clients, and provide a range of tools to support their trading.

Your money is held in segregated client bank (independent trust) accounts at regulated banks

Your money and assets (shares, for example) are never merged with IG’s own money or assets

Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (UK) and the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (SA).

Your assets are held by a custodian in segregated (nominee) client asset accounts

Your money and assets are ring-fenced from creditors in the unlikely event that IG goes into liquidation

IG doesn’t use your money or assets for business activities, including for hedging trades with other counterparties (or as margin for our own hedging trades)

Where does IG’s income come from?

The main way we earn money on our leveraged products – eg CFDs – is through the spreads that we wrap around the market price.

The costs of any given trade are factored into these two prices (known as the offer and the bid), so you will always buy slightly higher than the market price, and sell slightly below it.

If the FTSE 100 is trading at 6545.5 and has a one point spread, for example, it might have an offer price of 6546 and a bid price of 6545.

Sometimes you’ll also need to pay other fees when trading with us:

  • Share CFD commission
  • FX conversion
  • Overnight fees
  • Inactivity fees

You can find out all about these on our charges page.

Does IG aim to profit from client losses?

No. Our business model is based on providing individuals with the opportunity to trade the world’s financial markets, in exchange for fair and proportionate transaction fees. It is a well-known fact that trading successfully is difficult, and most speculative traders tend to lose. However, we do not typically benefit from trading losses that an unsuccessful client may experience.

Mostly, our clients offset each other’s positions. For example if client A buys one lot of the DAX and client B sells one lot of the DAX, both sides of the trade are covered. This means IG is not exposed to the profit or loss of either client. Instead, we make our money via the spread (i.e. the transaction fee) that each client pays to trade.

Sometimes, a large majority of clients will trade in one direction. When this happens, we will protect our exposure to risk by hedging in the underlying market. For example, if client A and client B buy the DAX, we may buy actual DAX futures. This then covers the amount we will pay out if both clients are successful.

Resources to assist your trading

We’ve invested in plenty of resources to ensure we offer the right balance of educational tools and personal support for your trading.

You’ll have a dedicated account manager on hand during your initial time with us

Find answers to your general account queries in our on-site answers bank

Our friendly team is available from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday

Buy and sell signals, live Reuters news and 
expert analysis

An interactive resource to help you develop your trading skills at your own pace

Share ideas, opportunities and advice online with like-minded traders

Trial strategies with nothing to lose on our free, permanent demo

Benefit from negative balance protection1 and cap losses with our free-to-place guaranteed stops2

We consistently aim to get you the best possible result when executing orders on your behalf

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Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 16,000 global markets, with reliable execution

Deal seamlessly, wherever you are

Trade on the move with our natively designed, award-winning trading app

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With 45 years of experience, we’re proud to offer a truly market-leading service

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All retail client funds are held in segregated bank accounts, in line with FCA rules.

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1 Negative balance protection applies to trading-related debt only, and is not available to professional traders.

2 You’ll pay a small premium if your guaranteed stop is triggered.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75% 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.