Open an international account

Start trading thousands of global markets with an IG international account – you’ll also benefit from instant funding, expert local support and our competitive spreads.

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

Contact us: 010 344 0053

Why open an international account with IG?

17,000 markets

Go long or short on a wide range of international markets

Instant online funding

Simply fund via credit or debit card to start trading

Dedicated local support

Get expert assistance from our Johannesburg-based team

Tight spreads

Take advantage of competitive spreads and low costs

Deep liquidity

Benefit from our highly liquid, 24/7 key markets1

Trusted and regulated

Feel secure trading with a FTSE 250-listed company with a 45-year heritage

What is an international account and how do I get one?

To trade global markets you’ll need to open an international account, a requirement by the South African Reserve Bank.

To get an IG international account, you just need to fill out our application form for a live account. You’ll automatically be given both a domestic and international account, but it’s completely up to you whether to fund just one or both.

Markets to trade on the international account

Shares

Access over 12,000 international shares – including US-, UK- and EU-based companies.

Forex

Choose from 80 currency pairs, such as EUR/USD, AUD/USD and EUR/JPY.

Indices

Get 24-hour dealing on global indices1, including Wall Street, the FTSE 100 and Germany 30.

Commodities

Speculate on 26 key commodities with no fixed expiries, exclusively on an international account.

Cryptocurrencies

Gain exposure to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, ether and ripple, or trade our Crypto 10 Index.

Other markets

Trade on a range of exciting markets, including bonds, rates and options.

Trade on our web platform and on the move

With IG, you’ll have access to several trading platforms including:

These can all be tailored to suit your trading style and preferences, with personalised alerts, interactive charts and risk management tools.

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Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 17,000 global markets, with reliable execution

Deal seamlessly, wherever you are

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

Feel secure with a trusted provider

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

Ways to fund your international account

Once you’ve created an account, you can fund using your credit/debit card in three quick steps.3

Log in to My IG and click on ‘live accounts’

Select ‘bank details’ to add your credit/debit card

Now go to ‘deposit funds’ to make your payment

Payments are instant and free of costs.

Make a payment into one of our bank accounts

Deposits for international accounts can only be made in British pounds (GBP), US dollars (USD) or euros (EUR). Select the relevant currency to see our account details.

  • Our bank details
  • Payments in GBP
  • Payments in USD
  • Payments in EUR

Bank: Lloyds TSB Bank Plc, 39 Threadneedle Street, London, E2R 8AU
Account name: IG Markets Limited Client Account
Sort code: 30-00-09
BIC/Swift: LOYDGB21013
Beneficiary address: IG, Cannon Bridge House, 25 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2YA

Account number: 02360254
IBAN: GB98 LOYD 3000 0902 3602 54

Account name: IG Markets Limited Client Account
Account number: 11368109

IBAN: GB90 LOYD 3000 0911 3681 09

Account number: 86072139
IBAN: GB65 LOYD 3000 0986 0721 39

Send your proof of payment to helpdesk.za@ig.com

For more information on how to fund your international account with ABSA, Nedbank, FNB or Standard Bank, click here.

FAQs

Why do I get two accounts?

Having two accounts ensures you can access both local and offshore markets. You’ll get both a domestic and international account with IG when you apply, but it’s up to you whether you choose to fund just one or both.

Do I get two demo accounts?

Yes, you’ll get a demo account to accompany both your domestic and international accounts.

How much is my funding limit?

Your funding limit will vary depending on your chosen method.

  • Card payments over the phone have a funding limit of R20,000 per day
  • Card payments on the platform have no funding limit
  • Bank transfers have no funding limit – we recommend this for larger amounts

You can deposit a minimum of R4000 – or the equivalent in different currencies – if funding your international account. The minimum deposit is displayed on the payments screen when you attempt to process a payment.

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Discover our competitive spreads and low costs – such as 1-point spreads on global indices.

Get continued support whenever you need it, with our round-the-clock expert team.

1 24/7 excludes the hours from 11pm Fri to 9am Sat, and 20 mins just before the weekday market opens on Sunday night.
2 As awarded at the Investors Chronicle and Financial Times Investment and Wealth Management Awards 2018, and at the Professional Trader Awards 2019.
3 South African residents have a single discretionary allowance (SDA) within an overall limit of R1million per individual per calendar year without the requirement to obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate. You may need to obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate for payments above this amount.

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