Professional trading

As an experienced trader, you may be eligible to be classed as a professional - gaining exemption from leverage limits and product restrictions on your offshore account.

 For professionals only. Applies to offshore account only. Losses can exceed deposits. Negative balance protection is not available for professional accounts.1

Lower margin rates

The regulatory landscape is changing, but leverage restrictions don't apply to professional traders.2 Qualify for a professional account, and your margin rates will decrease on many markets.

  New retail trading rates New minimum professional trading rates
Major FX 3.33% 0.45%
Major indices 5% 0.45%
Gold 5% 0.63%
Other commodities 10% 1.35%
Cryptocurrencies 50% 18%
Shares 20% 4.5%

How much will you be saving as an IG professional client?

If you place a EUR/USD trade at £5/point, at a price of 12320:

Under the new rules, your margin requirement will be £2051.28.

With a professional account, it would be £277.20.

Pro features

Professional traders also gain access to a range of choices not available to retail clients.

  • Exclusive package

    Enjoy a range of advantages only available to pro traders, as well as being eligible for a dedicated individual client manager.

  • Collateral service

    Use up to 95% of the value of your shareholdings as margin for CFDs.

  • Digital 100s

    Retain access to opportunity in quiet markets with our fixed-risk, yes/no product.

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As an IG professional client, you’ll be responsible for ensuring that your account doesn’t fall into a negative balance. If it does, you’ll need to make additional payments to bring your balance back above zero – meaning that your losses can exceed your deposits.1

Am I eligible to be an IG professional client?

Answer ‘yes’ to two or more of the following, and you could be eligible to be classified as a professional trader – and to open a professional account with us.

  • Has your trading averaged 10 significantly sized transactions per quarter over the last 4 quarters?
  • Do you have a financial instrument portfolio, including cash deposits, exceeding the ZAR equivalent of €500,000?
  • Have you worked in the financial sector in a professional position, requiring knowledge of derivatives trading, for at least a year?

What if I’m not eligible?

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If you wish to apply, please download and complete the following form, along with supporting documents and return it to us on

The benefits of choosing IG

Founded in 1974 as the first company of our kind, we’ve been at the forefront of our industry ever since. More traders trust us with their money than anyone else, making us the world’s No.1 choice for CFD trading.2

Protected funds

Rest assured that when you trade with us, your funds are safeguarded in a range of ways.

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Intuitive platforms

Find the perfect vehicle for your trading from our range of platforms and apps.

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Greater opportunity

Choose from over 15,000 markets, with many available for out-of-hours dealing.

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Friendly, expert support

Get help 24 hours a day, from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday.

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Effective risk management

Use our range of stop and limit orders to help protect your interests.

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Timely news and analysis

Inform your decisions with in-platform market insight.

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Not eligible?

You can still trade over 15,000 markets on our award-winning platform with a retail account, with the added bonus of negative balance protection.

IG professional client FAQs

What if I’m not eligible to become a professional trader?

Not a problem – you can trade as a retail client with us. You’ll have access to the same powerful platforms and great customer service we offer our professional clients. What’s more, you’ll automatically get negative balance protection on your account.

What’s the difference between a retail trading account and a professional trading account?

As a retail client, you’ll need to hold more margin to cover your positions than a professional client would. Your account will also have negative balance protection, meaning that the balance on your account can’t go below zero.

What protections do IG professional clients not get?

There are a few protections afforded to retail clients that professional clients don’t receive.

  • Negative balance protections don’t apply to professional clients, who have an obligation to make additional payments if their account falls into a negative balance.
  • We need to use clear language when talking to retail clients, but we can use more sophisticated language when talking to our professional clients.
  • We may assume a level of knowledge and experience when assessing whether our products are appropriate for professional clients.
  • We owe our clients a duty of best execution when executing orders. For retail clients we must prioritise overall prices and cost of a transaction in doing this. For professional clients we may prioritise other factors such as speed and likelihood of execution, if we determine they are equally or more important than overall price. In practice, it won’t change the way we execute your orders

What if I already have an IG account?

If you’d like, you can request that your account be reclassified as ‘professional’. To check whether you could be eligible, see if you can answer ‘yes’ to at least two of these three questions.

Why is CFD leverage being restricted?

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) imposed a range of leverage restrictions aimed at retail traders in early 2018, to try to increase conduct standards across the industry. 

What is included in my ‘financial instrument portfolio’?

A ‘financial instrument portfolio’ includes:

  • Cash
  • Stock portfolios
  • Stocks and shares ISAs
  • Trading accounts
  • Mutual funds
  • SIPPs (excluding non-financial instruments)

It does not include:

  • Company pensions
  • Non-tradeable assets
  • Property

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Digital 100s will be restricted to professional clients from 2 July, while margin restrictions will be in place for retail clients from 28 July.

Aside from negative balance protection, there are some other differences between how professional and retail clients are treated. When talking to our retail clients we need to use clear language, and be very balanced when talking about the risks and benefits of leveraged trading. We can use more sophisticated language when talking to our professional clients. We may assume your level of knowledge and experience when assessing whether our products are appropriate for you. When executing your orders, we owe you a duty of best execution. For retail clients we must prioritise overall prices and cost of a transaction when giving best execution. As a professional client, we may prioritise other factors in giving best execution, such as speed and likelihood of execution if we determine they are equally or more important than overall price. In practice, we will not change the way we execute your orders.

3 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, February 2018).

Contact us

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