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CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between 74-89% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

IG Key Features

Founded in 1974 by Stuart Wheeler as IG Index, IG are a publicly listed broker head quartered on Cannon Street in London. As of November 2017 IG was valued at over £2.4bn with an active client base (as of May 2017) of over 195,000. IG has offices in Dusseldorf, Geneva, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Stockholm, Shanghai, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo, Chicago, Johannesburg and Dubai.
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Exclusive InterviewNo - see other broker CEO interviews
PlatformsIG Trading PlatformMT4, L2 Dealer & APIs
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Min Deposit£250
Account TypesSpread betting, CFDs, ForexStocks, ISA & SIPP, Prime Brokerage
Spread TypesFixed or variable
Funding MethodsCards, PayPal, Bank transfer
Customer SupportPhone, email, livechat
Execution TypeSTP, Hedged, DMA, Internally matched
FTSE 100 Pricing1 point
Germany 30 Pricing1 point
Wall Street Pricing1.6 points
Bitcoin Pricing30 points
Ether Pricing5 points
EURGBP Pricing0.9 points
EURUSD Pricing0.6 points
GBPUSD Pricing0.9 points
Gold Pricing0.3 points
Oil Pricing3 points
Stock Pricing0.10%
FCA RegulatedYes - See status
Year Established1974
Active Clients195,000
Markets available15,000+
Retail AccountsYes
Professional AccountsYes
Listed PLCYes (LSE) See IG share price
Country FoundedUK
Inactivity Fee£12 per month after 24 months
Overnight Funding Rates2.5% +/- Libor
Educational MaterialYes
Office Locations36
IG AlternativesIG Versus ETX Capital
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IG Versus CMC Markets

CMC Markets Key Features

CMC Markets are clearly one of the better spread betting brokers. Like IG, they have been around for ages and stand out primarily becuase of their investment in trading systems.  The company started off as Deal4Free back in the old days and won a lot of business from competitors because of tights spreads on the most liquid markets.
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PlatformsCMC Markets trading platform MT4, Iress Viewpoint, SmartTrade WebTrader & APIs
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Min DepositNo minimum
Account TypesSpread Betting, CFDs, Forex, Prime Brokerage
Spread TypesFixed and variable
Funding MethodsCredit or debit card, bank transfer, PayPal (coming soon)
Customer SupportPhone, email and messenger
Execution TypeInternally matched, DMA, STP
UK 100 Pricing1 point
Germany 30 Pricing1 point
Wall Street Pricing1.4 points
Bitcoin Pricing60 points
Ether Pricing6 points
EURGBP Pricing1.1 points
EURUSD Pricing0.7 points
GBPUSD Pricing0.9 points
Gold Pricing0.3 points
Oil Pricing3 points
Stock PricingVariable
FCA RegulatedYes - See status
Year Established1989
Active Clients59,000+
Markets available9,500+
Retail AccountsYes
Professional AccountsYes - CMC Pro
Listed PLCYes (LSE) See CMC Markets share price
Country FoundedUK
Inactivity Fee£10 per month after 24 months
Overnight Financing Rates2.5% +/- Libor
Educational MaterialYes
Office Locations15
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IG Versus CMC Markets - the great rivalry

We take a look at the the two biggest spread betting brokers and who should win the battle between IG versus CMC Markets for your brokerage trading.

How long have they been around?

Both IG and CMC are old City faces.  IG was founded in 1974 and CMC Markets shortly afterward in 1989.  Both spread betting brokers lead the industry in terms of innovation and market share in the UK and are both gradually expanding abroad.  Both CMC and IG are well-established players with good reputations.

How tight are their spreads?

CMC is better for pricing as as they have always focused on the more liquid instruments like FX and Indices.  CMC also have slightly better pricing on stocks - the spreads tend to be about 10 basis points (that 0.1% to you and me) wider than the underlying market in FTSE 100 stocks. IG is certainly competitive but if you are seeking tight spreads CMC is the better option.

Trading platform choice

IG offer more variety and have the best trading platform in the industry in terms of market coverage, innovation, sentiment tools, charting and ease of use.  IG also MT4 as an option.

CMC's trading platform has always been a little more aggressive.  Black background, lots of dials, a bit more like the professional data platform Bloomberg looks and as such as there to make private clients feel a bit more professional.

High Volume Rebate schemes

Nothing on offer from IG. CMC have a high volume rebate program in place for high volume traders.  So at the end of the month if you do enough business you get a percentage of your trading costs back.

How broad is the market range?

IG offer more markets (10,000) and are much better at giving clients access to smaller cap stocks.  CMC tend to focus on the more liquid markets but do still offer around 9,500 instruments to choose from.  Most clients only trade about 15 assets anyway to this is almost irrelevant.  But it's good to know they are there if you ever want a punt on something obscure.