Account benefits

As an IG client, you’ll enjoy the benefits of trading with the UK’s No.1 retail FX provider.1 Your account is free to set up, and gives you access to over 90 major, minor and exotic forex pairs with spreads on major FX pairs from just 0.8 points. 

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The benefits of trading forex with IG

When you open an IG account you're joining the world's No.1 CFD trading and spread betting provider,2 a trusted and secure multinational FTSE 250 organisation, authorised and regulated by the FCA.

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  • Deal the way you want to – spread bet or trade CFDs, over the counter or with direct market access
  • Quick and intuitive web trading platform
  • App for mobile and tablet, free to download
  • HTML5 charting package as standard, plus ProRealTime advanced charting (charges may apply)
  • Advanced platforms L2 Dealer and MT4, for DMA3 and automated trading
  • 24-hour customer support
  • Institutional-tier market spreads and low commission on DMA3
  • Free educational videos and resources
  • Free data, research and analysis tools
  • Fast, reliable execution

Our introduction programme

As a new client, you’ll benefit from our introduction programme, allowing you to trade with reduced minimum sizes and giving you access to free educational resources. 

Reduced minimum deal sizes

New clients can trade with reduced risk while getting to grips with our products and platform – get 50% off our minimum deal sizes for the first two weeks.

Free educational guide

All new clients receive a free educational guide to help improve your understanding of our products.

The guide covers a range of topics including the financial markets, leverage and margin, attitude to risk, and trading discipline.

Free personal platform tour

When you open an account, one of our account managers can call you to talk through the basics of how to use our platform and how to set up and fund your account. Once you’re set up, our 24-hour Trading Services team is available to offer ongoing help and support.

Corporate accounts

We also offer accounts for corporate and institutional clients, built around powerful technology, a huge range of markets and dedicated support. 

Who trades with us What we offer
  • Corporations
  • Investment managers 
  • Trading arcades 
  • Online brokers 
  • Money managers 
  • Hedge funds 
  • Individual corporate trading vehicles
  • Proprietary trading houses
  • Financial security of an established FTSE 250 company
  • Easy access to over 15,000 markets
  • Direct market access solutions
  • FIX API support
  • Smart Order Router and MTF sourcing
  • 24-hour technical support
  • Transparent charging
  • Tiered margining

Even if you don’t fall into one of these categories, we may still be able to help. Contact us to discuss your options on or +44 20 7573 0219.

What you need to know

Before you get started, please take a look at our account information.

It’s important to read and understand our customer agreement forms, our summary order execution policy and our risk disclosure notice, just so there are no surprises when you come to apply.

The essential information

Account charges
Setup charge No fee
Annual charge No fee
Inactivity fee £12 on the first of every month, if no dealing activity has occurred for two years or more
Account closure No fee
Dealing details
Markets Over 90 forex pairs
Commission None if trading OTC, from USD10 per USD million worth of the currency traded if trading with DMA3
Overnight funding Yes, charges apply
Tax-free Yes for spread betting, but please note tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances
Traded in Currency per point if spread betting, number of contracts if trading CFDs
Minimum bet size 50% of normal for first two weeks. See our charges section for details of normal minimum bet sizes
Margin/leverage From 5%
Dealing by phone Yes
Risk management Full range of tools available
Platforms and tools
Platforms available Web-based, L2 Dealer, Metatrader 4, mobile and tablet apps
Demo account Yes
Live streaming IG charts Yes
Advanced charting packages You can get access to ProRealTime charts at no extra cost if you transact at least four times in a given month. However, if you don't meet this requirement, or your trading activity is of extremely low value, then a £30 per month fee will apply on the last day of every calendar month
DMA3 For IG professional account - CFDs only
Technical analysis tools Yes
Economic calendar Yes
Live Reuters news Yes
Free market data Yes
Support and education
24-hour phone support Monday to Friday. 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Educational videos and guides Yes
In-person seminars Yes
Live webinars Yes
Introductory programme Yes

Based on number of primary relationships with FX traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released August 2018).

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

3 For professionals only. From 2 July 2018, regulatory interventions mean that certain products are unavailable to retail traders. As a result, we can only offer Forex Direct, our DMA service, to professional traders. To find out more about this, and to check whether you are eligible for a professional account, please see our professional account page.