Professional clients gain access to account features not available to retail clients, but lose certain investor protections.
For professionals only. Losses can exceed deposits. Negative balance protection is not available for professional accounts.1
Professional traders also gain access to a range of choices not available to retail clients.
If you trade in high volumes, you may be eligible to receive a rebate on your spread each month.
You’ll still be able to trade option CFDs, and restricted products such as digital 100s*.
Use up to 95% of the value of your shareholdings as margin for CFDs.
Your margins could decrease by up to 90%.
Am I eligible to be an IG professional client?
If you answer ‘yes’ to two or more of the following, you could be eligible to be classified as a professional trader.
- Has your trading averaged 10 significantly sized leverage 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 should you be aware of?
You will forgo some protections afforded to retail clients.
Pro accounts are not subject to leverage caps, which ESMA believes could lead to poor outcomes.
No negative balance protection
Losses can exceed deposits on a professional account.1
We expect pro traders to have a certain level of knowledge and understanding.
We won't necessarily use simple language in our communications to pro clients.
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 spread betting and CFD trading.2
Rest assured that when you trade with us, your funds are safeguarded in a range of ways.
Find the perfect vehicle for your trading from our range of platforms and apps.
Choose from over 17,000 markets, with many available for out-of-hours dealing.
Friendly, expert support
Get help 24 hours a day, from 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday.
Effective risk management
Use our range of stop and limit orders to help protect your interests.
Timely news and analysis
Inform your decisions with in-platform market insight.
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1 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.
2 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, June 2020).