What I like

  1. Trading platform is simple to use, very easy to access data and tic charting.
  2. Compatible with most operating systems including Mac. PDAs and smartphones can also gain access.
  3. Once logged in you are presented with a series of windows that are fully customisable to display watch lists, charts, news and analysis.
  4. They have CFDs for pretty much every futures market, heaps of stock markets (with cheap live data feeds or free delayed feeds for most), and a bunch of British and European ETFs/ETCs. Be aware though these are all CFDs you will not be paying the same bid/ask as on a proper futures broker, you will not be properly counter partied to anyone but the broker usually but it can still be profitable and useful if you know what you are doing.
  5. Share CFDs at transparent market prices from just 0.1% commission. IG Markets CFD equity/share prices are the same as the underlying market. They charge a commision to buy or sell rather than adjust the prices.
  6. IG Markets (unlike some other CFD providers who only quote FTSE 350 UK stocks) lists most UK shares including AIM companies up to a market capitalisation of £10.
  7. Minimum spreads on some forex pairs have been reduced to just one pip: EUR/USD - 1 pip (but generally still 2 pips) and USD/JPY - 1 pip (but generally still 3 pips).
  8. The PureDeal platform doesn't give that many re-quotes; for instance in a year i've never been requoted index trading with IG. I also like the fact that I can place a stop simultaneously when sending a market order.
  9. With IG Markets, dividends are credited to your account on the ex-dividend date, just like a normal share holding except that the payout is quicker. They also give you a free L2 dealer screen.
  10. IG Markets L2 platform now combines the order books from Europe's two leading MTFs and the London Stock Exchange to increase liquidity by over 50% on FTSE 100 shares - which for us means even better execution and tighter spreads on top UK stocks.
  11. Throw in free news, free platform and plenty of research, makes it a very good provider for non-professional/small account traders trading with accounts of up to £50,000.
  12. Professional-level real-time charting. They have also recently launched a brand new application - Autochartist which is basically an automated pattern recognition tool that automatically notifies clients of emerging trends. It works by scanning various markets on your behalf and can flag up when certain criteria are met; very handy for scanning a market for technical patterns such as double tops, double bottoms, heads and shoulders....etc. For active traders, these scans can be working on very short-term charts, following the markets during the day but the application can also be used for scanning longer-term charts.
  13. Phone support has been is very good. As they have Australian and British offices they can provide 24 phone support. On the few occasions I've had to ring them i've gotten through straight away.
  14. One real positive about IG Markets is they're always improving their service on a regular basis, advanced tick charts and DealThru charts (ability to make a trade directly from a chart) for two.
  15. I like the fact that I'm allocated a dedicated Account Manager to assist me in all aspects of my dealings with IG.
  16. And lastly but not least when I requested funds to be transferred out they did it fast...
  17. They are supposed to be the best capitalised CFD broker in town (largely thanks to their huge British client base).