IG Index

How does IG Index compare to the other spread betting companies?

IG index is undoubtably the most popular spread betting company, but is it the best? The answer really depends on what you are looking for – whether it is a wide range of financial products, a stable platform or simply the tightest spreads. You can easily compare IG to the other companies in our “Compare the Companies” comparison page, where we have listed the pros and cons of each company, and even the typical spreads offered in each market.

Pioneers of Spread betting and the largest UK company

IG index is part of the IG Group Holdings plc, a UK company listed on the London Stock Exchange. The group has over 100,000 clients around the world, and makes more than one million transactions per month, 95% of them online.  The company was the pioneer of spread betting.  It was the world’s first spread betting company when it was established in the 1974 to give investors the opportunity to bet on movements in the price of gold.  Since then it has expanded rapidly, particularly since the mid-1990s. Its headquarters are in London, but it also has offices in America, Australia, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden and Luxembourg.

What markets do IG offer?

Currencies IG offers more than 60 currency pairings, with spreads on EUR/USD and USD/JPY from just 1 pip and EUR/GBP and GBP/USD from just 2 pips.
Stock Indices:A large choice of global indices including 1-point Daily FTSE and 2-point Daily Wall Street.

Shares Thousands of individual shares including all FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares, plus thousands of international shares.

Commodities All the major metals and energies markets like gold, silver, gas and oil, as well as a wide range of soft commodities, including sugar, wheat, cocoa, lumber and more.

Binaries Fast moving yes/no bets on global indices, spot forex and major commodities.

Options A range of daily, weekly, quarterly and futures options across a number of markets, including stock indices, forex, interest rates, commodities and individual shares.

Interest Rates A number of global rates over the next quarter, and a large number of government bonds.

Why IG Index?

  • Tight Spreads – The company offers competitive spreads on all major markets.
  • PureDeal technology– Their browser is reliable, fast and customisable. It’s also available on mobiles or smartphones  (iPhone)
  • Charting -  Real-time charts providing support for your trading, and DealThru technology allowing you to place and update trades and orders through the chart itself.
  • Education – Training programmes for those new to spread-betting, including TradeSense – a six week course covering everything you need to know, including the ability to place bets below the standard minimum while you are learning.
  • 24 hour trading – Open from Sunday night to Friday night, and quotes prices even when underlying markets are closed
  • Controlled Risk -  You can put a limit on any potential losses, using a full range of Stop and Limit Orders. These include Trailing Stops which automatically moves your Stop if the market moves in your favour.

How to make money with your IG Index account

IG Index are one of the few spread betting companies who are currently offering a “Refer a Friend” program. You earn credits to spend on a wide range of rewards when your friend starts spread betting. Submit your friend’s details to IG and receive a credit when they place five bets at £1/point or more. Spend your credit or save it towards even greater rewards if you refer more friends.

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