Losses can exceed deposits


Instead of purchasing bitcoins, use our range of FX pairs to take a view on the virtual currency’s volatility. Unlike trading on exchanges, speculating on the bitcoin price is 100% secure from theft.

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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 virtual currency pairs – you can speculate on the price of bitcoin against a range of key currencies
  • Choose your timeframe – depending on market volatility, you can take a view over anything from 20 minutes to a week
  • Trade with a trusted provider – we’re an FCA-regulated, FTSE 250 company with over 40 years’ trading experience


Pair Minimum spread
Bitcoin USD 10
Bitcoin GBP 12
Bitcoin EUR 10

* Average spread (Monday 00:00 - Friday 22:00 GMT) for the twelve weeks ending 26 June 2017. For our minimum spreads, please see our forex spread bet, CFD and MT4 details. 

Bitcoin funding will be charged at 0.0416% daily for any position that is open at 10pm (London time).

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.


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?

Our bitcoin markets are available from 8am on Sunday morning through to 10pm on Friday night (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.