Bitcoin

Instead of purchasing bitcoin, use our bitcoin (USD) currency pair to take a view on its price. There’s no need for an exchange account, and you can go short as well as long.

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Why trade bitcoin with IG?

  • No wallet required – you’re simply speculating on price movements without the need to own bitcoin
  • Go short as well as long – because you never own the currency, you can go short if you expect it to fall in value
  • Trade on digital currency pairs – you can speculate on the price of bitcoin, bitcoin cash and bitcoin gold against USD
  • Trade with a trusted provider – we’re an FCA-regulated, FTSE 250 company with over 40 years’ trading experience

Spreads 

Pair Minimum spread
Bitcoin USD 70
Bitcoin Cash (USD) 12
Bitcoin Gold (USD) 4

Ways to trade

Choose from a variety of different ways to take a position on bitcoin, according to your trading style and preferences.

Spread betting

A tax-free way to speculate on both rising and falling forex markets, taking advantage of leverage.1

Contracts for difference (CFDs)2

Flexible, leveraged trading on margin, enabling you to go either long or short with no stamp duty to pay.

Please note that in times of high volatility, our minimum spreads can increase significantly.
 

Overnight funding charges

Our annualised overnight funding rate is currently 0.034% for bitcoin (12,5% per annum) and 0.055% for all other cryptocurrency markets (20% per annum). At present, clients with a long position will pay this overnight funding rate, while clients with a short position will receive on the overnight funding rate. In addition, a 7.5% per-annum IG admin fee will also apply.
 
What will this mean for my positions?
 
  • If you are long, you will pay an annualised overnight funding charge of 0.0548% a day (20% per-annum) for any position that is open at 10pm (UK time).
  • If you are short, you will receive an annualised overnight funding charge of 0.0136% a day (5% per-annum) for any position that is open at 10pm (UK time).
  • Holding a position in our other cryptocurrency pairs would result in you paying an overnight funding charge of 0.0764% when long (27.5% per annum), and receiving an adjustment of 0.0347% when short (20% per annum).
We will review our overnight funding charges frequently, and update our website and contract details with the latest rates.
Please note that for any position opened before 10pm (London time) Wednesday that is still open after 10pm (London time) Wednesday, the daily interest credit or debit will be made for three days as opposed to one. This three-day adjustment covers settlement of trades over the weekend period. Adjustments will also be made in advance of Christmas and New Year holidays.
 
Overnight funding for long position  Overnight funding for short position

Long 2 lots on Bitcoin USD ($1), which is currently trading at a price of 15000.

( 2 x 15000 ) x 0.0548% = $16.44.

Client will be charged $16.44 funding per day.

Short 2 lots on Bitcoin USD ($1), which is currently trading at a price of 15000.

( 2 x 15000 ) x 0.0136% = $4.08.

Client will receive $4.08 funding per day.

Why can I sometimes not trade bitcoin?

Given the high demand and price increases, we may restrict any new orders to buy or sell cryptocurrency, both online and over the telephone.

As we hedge client exposure in the underlying market, our interests are aligned with yours. However, due to the various risks and complexity involved in trading underlying cryptocurrencies, there's a limit to the total amount of physical cryptocurrency we can hold as a business. We therefore need to reflect this by limiting the exposure that each client is allowed to maintain through CFDs and spread bets. This limit is currently £250,000 notional (or equivalent) per client across all cryptocurrency holdings. Any client with a notional size above this limit is at risk of having their cryptocurrency positions reduced.

Sometimes our platform won't allow you to open a new long position on bitcoin. This happens when we reach our maximum exposure in the market. You'll be able to open a position when our trading volume changes. 

Please note this should not affect your ability to close any existing open positions.

You can check whether or not our bitcoin markets are 'unlongable' in the platform. In IG Trading, click the 'information' icon in the deal ticket, then select 'other'. In the classic platform, click on your market's dropdown and select 'get info'. Please refresh your browser for the latest updates.

IG policy on blockchain forks

We base the price of our cryptocurrency products on the underlying market, made available to us by the exchanges and market-makers with which we trade.

There is currently one accepted decentralised ledger which records all bitcoin transactions – as well as an equivalent for ether – called the blockchain. When the software of different miners becomes misaligned, a split – or 'fork' – in the blockchain may occur. This results in the existence of two different blockchains. 

Generally, cryptocurrency users quickly agree which version to continue to use, causing minimal disruption. The old version of the blockchain is then discontinued.

In the event that one version isn't discontinued – known as a hard fork – we will generally follow the blockchain that has the majority consensus of cryptocurrency users, and will therefore use this as the basis for our prices. We reserve the right to determine which blockchain and cryptocurrency unit have the majority consensus behind them. 

If the hard fork results in a viable second cryptocurrency, we may create an equivalent position on client accounts to reflect this. However this action is at our absolute discretion, and we will have no obligation to do so. If, and when, the second cryptocurrency is tradeable on a major exchange, we will endeavour to represent that value. We’ll do this either by making the product available to close based on the valuation on that venue, or by booking a cash adjustment on client accounts.  If, within a reasonable timeframe, the second currency does not become tradeable on major exchanges or is otherwise deemed not to be viable as a currency (for example, it is not mined), we may delete any positions that had previously been created at no value on client accounts. We will take steps to notify you when we have taken this action.

When a hard fork occurs, there may be substantial price volatility around the event, and we may suspend trading throughout if we do not have reliable prices from the underlying market.

We will endeavour to notify you of potential blockchain forks, however it is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the forks that could occur.

FAQs

Can I take a short view to open on the price of bitcoins with the markets that IG offers?

Yes. With our FX pairs you never hold bitcoins in the real sense, so you can take a short view to open on bitcoins.

How are IG's bitcoin settlements derived?

We base our bitcoin settlement on a combination of real-time prices provided directly by some of the world’s most liquid bitcoin exchanges.

When are your bitcoin markets available?

Bitcoin (USD) opens at 8am on Saturday, and is available to trade until 10pm on Friday.(London time) (market holidays permitting).

Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.

2 CFDs are currently only available on our classic platform and mobile apps. They will be available on the new IG Trading platform soon.