Established in 1974, IG is a world-leading provider of Contracts for Difference and Financial Spread Betting services. The broker has recently begun to offer low cost dealing on a wide selection of UK and international shares. With offices in 17 countries across five continents and more than 130,000 clients worldwide, IG is a FTSE 250 listed company with a market capitalisation in 2015 of almost £3 Billion.
IG’s share dealing services enable investors to manage their own investment decisions with a choice of thousands of global shares, retail IPO’s and ETFs – and commission rates starting from £5 on UK shares and FX conversion fees of just 0.3%. There’s also a selection of ready-made, broadly diversified IG Smart Portfolio’s on offer that the business will actively manage on your behalf. Each of these accounts can be opened with a tax-efficient ISA or SIPP for UK investors.
IG’s leveraged products include CFDs and Spread Betting, providing access to an industry leading choice of over 10,000 global markets. These markets include 8,000 international Shares, 30 of the world’s most popular stock Indices, a class leading range of FX pairs and a vast selection of Commodities. Other markets include Options, Interest Rates, Bonds and Sectors.
A demo account is available for IG’s CFD and Spread Betting platforms, offering new clients the chance to try them before committing to a funded account. Education is available through Webinars, Seminars and video tutorials that are accessible through the website. The education section offers useful guides on how to make the most of the IG platforms and products, while the Webinars and Seminars, which are free for clients, provide insights into the financial markets and live instruction on using their platforms.
For beginners, an Introduction Programme is available when you open an account for a limited period. The scheme provides a reduced level of risk for clients who are learning to trade in a live environment.
When you open an account with IG, you can benefit from the opportunity to speak to an Account manager who will help you through the basic workings of their platform. Of course, you don’t have to take up this service if you prefer to find your own way around. There’s a 24 hour client services team available to offer you ongoing support should you need it.
The IG Academy is a free App that you can download to your preferred device. It is available on both the Apple and Android platforms and offers clear, engaging, step-by-step courses that are aimed at developing your trading skills. The IG Academy isn’t limited to teaching beginners to trade – there’s plenty in there for more experienced traders too.
IG provide a range of platforms designed to suit varying levels of experience – each available on your chosen trading device.
The web based platform offers a customisable layout. It’s clear design and easy-to-use deal ticket combined with one-click dealing make it simple for even the most technology averse traders. You can switch between pairs view, small or large lists, and trade directly from the charts. You’ll have access to Reuters news, ProRealTime and Autochartist tools.
IG offer two advanced platforms for more experienced traders. L2 Dealer is a downloadable platform that offers clients with Direct Market Access or DMA, to shares and forex markets. MetaTrader4 is recognised as one of the most popular trading platforms globally offering superior execution and enhanced trading features.
There’s also a web-based trading API available and you can submit orders for shares through your own Bloomberg EMSX for full compatibility with IG’s execution systems.
Authorised and Regulated
CFD, share dealing and stocks and shares ISA accounts provided by IG Markets Ltd, spread betting provided by IG Index Ltd. IG is a trading name of IG Markets Ltd (a company registered in England and Wales under number 04008957) and IG Index Ltd (a company registered in England and Wales under number 01190902). Registered address at Cannon Bridge House, 25 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2YA. Both IG Markets Ltd (Register number 195355) and IG Index Ltd (Register number 114059) are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.