About IG Index & IG Markets
CFD, share dealing and stocks and shares ISA & SIPP accounts are provided by IG Markets while IG Index provide spread betting accounts. The difference being the way the two companies are operated and regulated.
As such, IG Index is licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission while both IG Markets and IG Index are authorised and regulated by the FCA, Financial Conduct Authority.
IG Markets is part of IG Group, which has several operating companies in the UK, offering a variety of different speciality trading products to retail investors as well as to a professional client base.
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IG Markets CFD Accounts
IG Markets is a market-maker in financial derivatives, principally Contracts for Difference (CFDs) on shares and indices, as well as forex. Clients include brokers, fund managers and trading companies as well as private investors.
These days IG Markets also provide an online shares dealing account which may include a stocks & shares ISA or SIPP. The combined account allows traditional stock market trading as well as CFD and forex all within a well supported online platform.
CFD and forex cannot be traded and held within ISA and SIPP accounts. The Registered Office is at Friars House, 157-168 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8EZ
IG Index Spread Betting
IG Index is the UK's leading financial spread betting firm offering prices in a huge range of betting on indices, currencies, commodities and options as well as thousands of stocks and shares.
Financial spread betting has grown significantly in the last twenty years because it offers stock market traders and investors a unique combination of flexibility, speed of execution and tax-free profits.
IG Leveraged Trading
Gain full exposure to a market while only putting down a fraction of the cost. Your profit or loss is based on the full value of the position, so you could gain or lose more than your initial outlay.
Use IG spread betting to speculate on price with profit or loss determined by how far the market moves. Profits on spread betting are tax free with no stamp duty to pay.
IG CFDs enable you to make a contract for the difference between the opening and closing price of an asset, with no stamp duty on your returns but leveraged trading is executed at risk !
Spread bets and CFDs are leveraged products and can result in loss that exceeds initial deposit and could mean that you get back less than you originally invested.
IG Share Trading
Buy and sell funds, shares and ETFs with an IG Index share dealing account, tax-efficient ISA and SIPP. Unlike leveraged trading, you pay the full value of the assets to open the position but shares, ETFs and ETCs bought through a share dealing account can fall as well as rise.
IG Stocks and Shares ISA
An IG ISA account may be added to the IG share dealing platform offering all the benefits of online trading with stock market tools, portfolio management and customer support back up. There is capital gains tax or income tax to pay on profits.
IG SIPPs are administered by James Hay also available via the IG share dealing platform and offer great rates and flexibility when investing for retirement. There is no capital gains tax on profits while tax relief at prevailing rates is available on contributions. Check with your finacial advisor or contact IG.
IG Index History
IG Index, the original IG Group company, was founded in 1974. It was the first financial spread betting company in Britain, and is today the leading operation of its type in the world. The group expanded rapidly in the 1990s with the introduction of Foreign Exchange dealing, Contracts for Differences (CFDs) and sports spread betting.
In 2000 IG Group was floated on the London Stock Exchange. In 2003 the founder's decision to sell his remaining interest in the company compelled a management buyout led by Nat le Roux, then CEO, and backed by CVC Capital Partners.
Over the last four years the group has continued to expand its product range and scope of operations through the introduction of binary betting and the establishment of a rapidly growing business in Australia.
In May 2005, IG Group Holdings plc was floated on the main list of the London Stock Exchange. Since then it has been promoted to become a member of the FTSE 250 and currently has a market capitalisation of around £1.2 billion.
IG Group companies have tens of thousands of clients worldwide making around 900,000 transactions a month, over 90% of them online. In the year to May 2007, the Group achieved a turnover of £122 million, and generated a record profit before tax of £69 million.
ukcitymedia works with IG Markets and may receive compensation for introducing new customers also please note that these details could be out of date. IG Markets services may change. Information about IG Markets should be verified at the IG Markets website. Open an account at IG Index
Trading derivatives such as CFD's, Forex, Futures, Options or Spreadbetting carries a high level of risk not be suitable for all investors. Losses can exceed initial outlay and traders should test systems, training and knowledge in a demo account with dummy cash.
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