We are part of IG Group, which has several operating companies offering a variety of speculative products to a retail and professional client base.
Our first company, IG Index, was founded in 1974 by Stuart Wheeler to give investors the opportunity to bet on movements in the price of gold, without having to actually buy or sell the physical commodity in the market.
We continued to grow, widening our operations to include Contracts for Difference (CFDs) and foreign exchange dealing, as well as expanding overseas, with offices in the US, Australia, Japan, Singapore, South Africa and throughout Europe.
Today IG Group Holdings plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent member of the FTSE 250 index. The group has over 140,000 clients worldwide, making millions of transactions every month. In the year to May 2012, the group achieved turnover of £366.8 million, and generated a profit before tax of £185.7 million.
We are the UK's leading provider of Contracts for Difference (CFDs)*, delivering unparalleled customer service alongside innovative trading technology. Almost one in four UK CFD accounts are held with us and clients cite the ease and reliability of our trading platform, our reputation as a market leader, and our low commissions as key reasons for opening an account with us.
Our extensive range of markets gives clients the ability to trade CFDs on thousands of leading UK and international stocks, together with round the clock trading on forex and commodities. We also offer a wider selection of 24-hour stock indices than any CFD provider.
We provide the best resources available to CFD traders. Recent innovations include multi-venue technology, which finds the best prices from primary exchanges, alongside a charting package that caters for even the most sophisticated of analysts.
This is all available on our trading platform. Designed to provide optimum performance, our platform delivers fast-execution and one-click dealing, even during periods of high demand. Clients can also operate their CFD trading account via mobile phone and smartphone.
Level 2 access
Clients and partners can trade directly into the order books of the world’s leading exchanges with PureDMA. Providing Direct Market Access (DMA) through the PureDeal platform, PureDMA allows clients to view market depth, enter stock auctions held outside normal trading hours and trade within the market spread.
Also available is our standalone platform, L2 Dealer, an expert trading platform, which provides unrivalled market transparency.
Over the years we have developed into a truly international brand, with presence in the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Singapore and South Africa.
We have a developing network of introducers and other partners, both within and outside the UK. In addition to our our advanced technology and products we provide our partners' clients with a full range of support through our dedicated back-office teams and systems.
IG is a trading name of IG Index Ltd and IG Markets Ltd, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). FSA Register numbers 114059 and 195355. IG Markets Ltd is a member of the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Spread betting provided by IG Index Ltd, CFDs by IG Markets Ltd.