IG Online Brokerage Review: What You Need to Know?

IG Online Brokerage Review: What You Need to Know?

IG isn't the least expensive platform, but is worth considering for CFD traders.

Good for

  • Individuals planning to trade CFDs

Bad for

  • Those seeking a brokerage with the lowest costs

Editor's Rating

4.0/5.0

IG's online brokerage platform is a good option for those seeking to make CFD trades. While it is not the lowest cost option for CFD trading, several of its features may be of interest to certain individuals. For example, IG provides a few unique features that allows traders to manage their risk. Additionally, IG Academy offers CFD education and gives new traders a risk-free account to practice with simulated trades. Finally, IG users earn KrisFlyer Miles, which may be an attractive incentive for traders that like to fly with Singapore Airlines.

Summary of IG's Online Brokerage
Slightly Higher Commission Fees Compared to Other CFD Trading Platforms
IG Academy: Educational Materials & Demo Accounts
Market Access: Indices, Forex, Shares, Commodities & Crypto
Singapore Airlines Promotion: Users Earn KrisFlyer Miles

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What Makes IG Stand Out to Investors

IG is a solid option for individuals that would like to trade CFDs. The platform isn't the least expensive for CFD trading, but does have some attractive features. First, IG gives investors the ability to limit their exposure in unique ways. For example, IG lets users trade fractions of a contract (e.g. 0.5 contracts of spot FX EUR/USD). IG's Knockout CFDs are also unique and allow traders to select their maximum losses before entering a position. These CFDs automatically adjust their margin requirements based on the trader's preferred "knockout level".

IG also offers a comprehensive CFD education platform through IG Academy, which helps new traders learn the fundamentals of CFD training. IG users can also open a demo account, with which they can practice making CFD trades, without actually using their own funds. Both of these factors make IG worth considering for relatively inexperienced CFD traders that would like to gain expertise without undue risk. Lastly, IG offers a loyalty program in which users can earn KrisFlyer Miles on each trade. For those that fly Singapore Airlines, this can be a nice bonus.

Monthly Aggregated Contract Value (USD)Monthly Bonus KrisFlyer Miles PayableTotal KrisFlyer miles after 1 year for each tier
$5,000,000+5006,000
$10,000,000+1,10013,200
$15,000,000+1,80021,600
$20,000,000+2,50030,000
$25,000,000+3,75045,000

Investment Opportunities at IG

IG is one of a few platforms in Singapore that allows individuals to trade CFDs. The platform has great market access, and allows users to trade indices, foreign exchange, currency, shares, commodities and cryptocurrency CFDs. However, IG's fees are slightly higher than its competitors, which means IG is usually not the lowest cost option.

IGCity IndexSaxo Markets (Classic Pricing)
CFD Commission for Stocks & ETFs:
Singapore0.10%0.08%0.08%
U.S.$0.020/share$0.015/share0.06%
UK0.10%0.10%0.10%
Euro0.10%0.10%0.10%
Japan0.20%0.05%0.15%
Index CFD Spread:
US SP 5000.40.40.4
US Tech 100111
Singapore0.20.40.3
Hong Kong 505105
Japan 225887
China A50101012
Australia 200111
Germany 30111

Investor Eligibility Requirements

Consider this if you are interested in trading CFDs on a platform with excellent educational materials

If you are interested in trading CFDs with IG, you can register using any of the buttons on this page. You will be prompted to apply using MyInfo. This will allow you to register without uploading any documents. Once registered, users will be able to trade within 1-2 days.

IG Required Application Information

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • NRIC
  • Nationality
  • Residential Address
  • Gender
  • Email Address
  • Mobile Number
William Hofmann

William is a Product Manager at ValueChampion Singapore, focusing on banking and SMEs. He previously was an Economic Consultant at Industrial Economics Inc.

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