What we do

IG empowers informed, decisive, adventurous people to access opportunities in financial markets.

We were established in 1974 as the world’s first spread betting firm, and is now a global leader in online trading and the winner of multiple awards. 

We provide trading and investment services to clients worldwide, and have sales offices in 14 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the US. Our head office is in the City of London.

Our range of products

The majority of our global revenue comes from our well-established derivative products: contracts for difference (CFDs) and, in the UK and Ireland, financial spread betting. An increasing proportion of revenue is now generated by digital 100s trading, including our US retail derivatives exchange, Nadex. In 2014 we introduced an execution-only share dealing service in the UK and Ireland, later rolling it out in countries across Europe and further afield. Then, in 2017, we made our first move into online wealth management by launching IG Smart Portfolios.

Contracts for difference (CFDs)

CFDs are derivatives contracts that enable clients to take advantage of changes in an asset’s price, without owning the asset itself.

  • We are the world’s No.1 CFD provider1
  • We offer global CFD trading, including direct market access (DMA) to shares and forex markets


1. Buy / sell

If the market price is currently 320p, you can choose to 'buy' if you think the price will rise (going long) or 'sell' if you think the price will fall (going short).


2. Your trade

Let's say you believe the market price will fall, so you 'sell' 500 contracts at the market price of 320p.

The minimum commission charge on a trade like this is £10 per side.


3. Profit / loss

If the market price rises and your position is closed at 350p, your gross loss will be 30p x 500 contracts = £150.

If the market price falls and your position is closed at 290p, your gross profit will be 30p x 500 contracts = £150.

Spread betting

Financial spread betting in the UK and Ireland is a tax-free way to deal with the markets by betting on the price movement of an asset.2 The size of a client’s win or loss depends on the magnitude and direction of the price movement.

  • We are the UK’s largest and longest-running spread betting provider3
  • We hold 40% of the UK financial spread betting market4


1. Buy / sell

If the underlying market value is 1000, you can choose to 'buy' at our offer price of 1001 (going long) or 'sell' at our bid price of 999 (going short).


2. Your deal

Let's say you believe the underlying value will rise, so you 'buy' £10 per point at the offer price of 1001.


3. Profit / loss

If the underlying value rises to 1007 you can close your position for a 6 point gain (1007 - 1001). Your gross profit will be 6 x £10 = £60.

If the underlying value falls to 991 you can close your position for a 10 point loss (1001 - 991). Your gross loss will be 10 x £10 = £100.

Share dealing

IG share dealing is powered by our existing market-leading technology. It gives our clients:

  • Access to live streaming prices sourced from multiple trading venues, from which the client can trade at the click of a button
  • Transparent execution
  • A cost-effective way to trade international equities
  • The ability to use a share portfolio as collateral to support CFD trading or spread betting
  • The chance to invest in global shares and ETFs through a tax-efficient ISA or SIPP2

Digital 100s

Our pioneering digital 100 contracts are based on a single question: ‘Will the underlying market behave in a specific way before the contract expires?’. Clients use their knowledge of the financial markets to decide whether the answer will be yes or no.

Our digital 100 contracts have limited risk and are unrestricted by low volatility, providing opportunities to trade in even the flattest markets.

IG Smart Portfolios

IG Smart Portfolios are our suite of globally diversified investment portfolios. We help clients to find the right portfolio for their risk profile, then fully manage it on their behalf using asset allocation models from BlackRock – the world’s leading asset manager.5

IG Smart Portfolios are affordable and transparent. All our clients know the total cost of ownership (TCO) before they invest, and can log in to our bespoke platform to check on their portfolio’s performance at any time.

North American Derivatives Exchange (Nadex)

Nadex is our US exchange specializing in binary options and spreads. The first and largest of its kind in North America, Nadex allows US and overseas traders to trade limited-risk contracts on the most popular global financial markets.

  • Nadex is the first and largest US-based exchange focused on individual traders seeking affordable, limited-risk ways to trade short-term contracts in a wide range of markets
  • Nadex offers trading opportunities in stock indices, commodities, forex, economic events, and Bitcoin
  • Experienced traders can easily transition their strategies and styles to Nadex binary options and spreads, while the simplicity makes them a great choice for a vast potential market of new traders

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Who we work with

We have over 185,000 active clients worldwide, with a proportion recruited through carefully chosen third-party institutional providers.

Our vision

Our aim is to become the default choice for active traders globally, by offering leading-edge technology, a diverse product range and outstanding service.

Our awards

We’ve been recognised with multiple industry awards, acknowledging the quality of our technology and services for clients as well as the working environment we provide for our staff.

Spread bets and CFDs are leveraged products and can result in losses that exceed deposits. The value of shares, ETFs and ETCs bought through a share dealing account, a stocks and shares ISA, a SIPP or an IG Smart Portfolio can fall as well as rise, which could mean getting back less than you originally put in. Please take care to manage your exposure.

1Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, October 2016).
2Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. 
Based on number of active UK financial spread betting accounts (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report, released October 2016)
4By number of active primary accounts. All market share data presented in this report is provided by Investment Trends Pty Limited.
5iShares® and BlackRock® are registered trademarks of BlackRock, Inc. and its affiliates (“BlackRock”) and are used under license.  Further, BlackRock, Inc. and its affiliates including, but not limited to, BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited, are not affiliated with IG Markets Limited and its affiliates. Accordingly, BlackRock makes no representations or warranties regarding the advisability of investing in any product or service offered by IG Markets Limited or any of its affiliates. BlackRock has no obligation or liability in connection with the operation, marketing, trading or sale of any product or service offered by IG Markets Limited or any of its affiliates.