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Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 72% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Introducing our partner

We aim to provide you with the best information, the best service and the best prices.

HL Markets allows you to Spread Bet and trade Contracts for Difference (CFDs). These services are provided by our partner, IG.

All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.

IG Holdings plc is a FTSE 250 company and have a market capitalisation of £3.1bn (as of July 2018). This affords you the security, resources, global coverage and service of a multinational organisation with more than 185,000 active clients worldwide (July 2018). In 1974, the Group founded the UK's first Spread Betting company – IG Index. Since then, IG has grown substantially to become a large, global organisation. The Group has headquarters in London and offices across Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the US, where it offers limited-risk derivatives contracts via the Nadex brand.


At a glance

  • IG employs over 1,500 staff around the world
  • Net trading revenue of £491.1 million (end of year 2017)
  • Over 185,000 active clients worldwide

IG Markets and IG Index were independently confirmed as the world’s No.1 CFD and spread betting provider. Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, February 2018); for forex based on number of primary relationships with FX traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released June 2017).

Other awards include:

  • Best CFD Provider 2017 – Shares Awards
  • UK Financial Services Experience Awards 2017 – Silver winner for Best CX Innovation
  • Best Overall Personal Wealth Provider 2017 – Online Personal Wealth Awards
  • Best Trading Platform 2017 – Online Personal Wealth Awards
  • Best Spread Betting Provider 2017 – Online Personal Wealth Awards
  • Best Stocks and Shares ISA Provider 2017 – Online Personal Wealth Awards
  • Best Finance App 2017 – ADVFN International Financial Awards
  • Best Multi Platform Provider 2017 – ADVFN International Financial Awards
  • Best Multi Platform Provider 2016 – ADVFN International Financial Awards
  • Best Spread Betting Platform 2016 – ADVFN International Financial Awards
  • Best Finance App 2016 – ADVFN International Financial Awards
  • Investment and Wealth Management Awards 2016 – Best Trading App
  • Investment and Wealth Management Awards 2016 – Best Spread Betting Provider
  • Best Investor Education 2015 – Shares Awards
  • Best Online Trading Platform 2015 – Shares Awards
  • Best Spread Betting Provider 2015 – What Investments Readers' Award
  • Best Overall Personal Wealth Provider 2015 – Online Personal Wealth Awards
  • Best Spread Betting Provider 2015 – Online Personal Wealth Awards

Innovation and technology

IG trading platforms combine reliability, even during periods of intense client activity, with a huge range of cutting-edge trading tools and technology.

Other key innovations include:

  • Price improvement, a unique tool that offers clients the best price in volatile markets
  • Dealing direct from advanced, real-time charts
  • The UK’s first browser-based direct market access (DMA) service, via IG’s web trading platform
  • Multiple price feeds sourced from MTFs, ensuring clients can get the best price;
  • iOS 8 iPhone and iPad apps;
  • Improved auto-filling of stop and limit orders;
  • 24-hour helpdesk support: 8am Saturday to 10pm Friday
  • Market insight, with up-to-the minute news, data and analysis;

What IG does with your money?

IG holds retail client funds in segregated accounts across a range of major banks, in accordance with the FCA’s client money rules.

Client money procedure:

  • All retail client money is held in segregated client bank accounts in accordance with the FCA's client money rules
  • All money held on behalf of clients is distributed across a diverse range of banks
  • IG only uses its own funds for hedging
  • IG does not pass segregated client money through to hedging counterparties
  • IG is not an investment bank
  • IG does not initiate speculative positions in the market
  • IG has no exposure to corporate debt

For CFD trading and Spread Betting, all dealing, administration and settlement is carried out by IG. Any contract you enter into will be a contact between you and IG, Hargreaves Lansdown is not responsible for any functions they perform. IG is a trading name of IG Markets Limited and IG Index Limited. CFDs provided by IG Markets Limited, spread betting provided by IG Index Limited. Both IG Markets Limited (register number 195355) and IG Index Limited (register number 114059) are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Important information

Spread Betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk to your capital; you should ensure you understand the risks involved. Please read the full risk warning.

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