Trade Forex with IG | Optimus Futures Newest Clearing Partner

Trade Forex with IG | Optimus Futures Newest Clearing Partner


IG Forex

Optimus Futures LLC is pleased to announce our partnership with IG, a world renowned 44-year old online forex trading provider bringing their high-quality FX trading services to the US.

Why Trade Forex with IG?

  • Competitive pricing with Zero commission – The only charge is the bid-offer spread, starting from just 0.8 pips
  • Over 80 currency pairs – Trade over 80 FX pairs including EUR/USD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD and more. Get automatic volume-based rebates if you trade regularly.
  • Effective risk management – Help protect your capital with stop-loss and take-profit orders and keep track of your funds easily with an always-visible snapshot of your profit and loss.
  • Cutting-edge technology – Trade on intuitive web platform and customized apps for mobile and tablet
  • DailyFX premium content – Stay up to date with the latest trading news, analysis and a wide range of educational materials

Forex Trading Costs

With transparent pricing, you can be confident you understand the value of each trade. There’s no commission to pay – we simply charge a bid-offer spread, which can be as little as 0.8 pips.

Platforms and Charts

Our partnership with IG means we we will also be offering their proprietary IG Trading Platform. The IG Trading Platform is a web-based, online trading platform packaged with an abundance of useful features:

  • Open, close and edit individual and aggregate positions quickly and easily, in just a couple of clicks
  • Split charts to view the same market across multiple timeframes simultaneously
  • Choose between a dark or light platform theme, and customize workspaces to suit your trading
  • Apply a range of indicators and drawings without sacrificing speed or stability
  • Trade faster, with smart settings that remember your position sizes and stop values
  • Get breaking news via Reuters and Twitter, and see what stocks are trending among IG clients

IG can be accessed from your favorite web browser no matter which device you are on. The platform is also conveniently offered as a mobile App, which can be downloaded on both iPhone and Android devices. IG Trading Platform is designed with the modern trader in mind, allowing seamless switching between desktop and mobile, a trader never has to miss a trading opportunity because of their location.  The IG Trading platform is easy to use and designed around HTML5 technology, creating a fast and responsive environment and eliminating the need for Adobe Flash Player and Java.

Click the thumbnails below to see platform screenshots.

Open, Close and Edit Individual and Aggregate Positions

The platform allows traders to instantly open, close, and edit individual and aggregate positions quickly and easily in just a few clicks. Traders can place a trade without leaving their chart. The platform also boasts smart settings which allows users to trade faster, remembering positions sizes, stop values, and much more. Traders can set their stop loss and take profit levels before placing a trade. Stop loss and take profit can be adjusted on the chart or edited in the positions tab. If a trader wants to initiate a trade a specific price level, a trader can place an order for a trade to open once the price level is reached.

Range of Indicators and Drawings

IG Trading platform is packed with tons of technical indicators and drawing tools readily available for users and very easy to apply to charts. Technical indicators or drawing tools will never sacrifice speed or stability of the platform. Traders have the ability to customize the theme color of their platform to their liking, having the option to choose between a light or dark platform theme. Traders can also completely customize workspaces and the layout of the platform, allowing them to mix and match their favorite features providing them with a sense of originality and uniqueness that many other FX trading platforms simply don’t provide.

Advance Drawing Tools:

  • Arrow
  • Channel
  • Elliot wave (12345)
  • Elliot Wave (ABC)
  • Fibonacci retracement
  • Fibonacci extension
  • Gann Fan
  • Gann line
  • Head and Shoulders
  • Horizontal
  • Measure tool
  • Oval
  • Pitchfork
  • Point to Point
  • Rectangle
  • Tet
  • Trend
  • Triangle
  • Vertical

Chart Types:

  • Aroon,
  • Average True Range
  • Awesome Oscillator,
  • Bollinger Bands,
  • Chaikin Volatility,
  • Commodity Channel Index,
  • Detrended Price Oscillator,
  • Directional Movement,
  • Donchian Channel,
  • Ease of Movement,
  • Eponential Moving Average,
  • Ichimoku,
  • KDJ,
  • Keltner Channel,
  • MACD,
  • Momentum,
  • Money Flow Index,
  • Moving Average,
  • Parabolic SAR,
  • Pivot Point,
  • Rate of Change,
  • RSI,
  • Standard Deviation,
  • Stochastic,
  • Volume,
  • Volume Weighted Moving Average,
  • Weighted Moving Average
  • Williams %R.

Get Breaking News via Reuters and Twitter

For those Forex Traders that trade based off of news events and releases, IG Trading Platform supports and receives breaking news events via Reuters and Twitter directly fed into the platform. Not only can IG traders receive breaking news events in their own dedicated section of the platform, but traders can also place News Events directly on their charts, providing them with an accurate and visual representation of when News Events occur and how they can potentially influence the market.

As for news events on the IG Trading Platform, traders can also open an Economic Calendar. The Economic Calendar gives traders a direct look into news events occurring around the globe. Giving them the ability to filter based of specific countries, impact of the event, estimated, previous, and actual numbers related to the news releases and also the ability to configure alerts based off specific events.

Traders also have the ability to receive trading advice based off the Signals Tabs. Trading signals are technical analysis tools used to help traders identify market trends and patterns based off pricing data and news events provided by IG as well as 3rd party charting administrators. The feature is free to all account holders and shows a range of trading suggestions, including entry, stop and target levels; explanatory charts and expert commentary. Please keep in mind, this does not constitute investment advice and does not have regard to the specific needs of any person who may receive it. No warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of the information and any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Traders will also be required to read through and accept specific terms and agreements before signal details are available on the platform.

Custom Alerts and Notifications

The IG Trading Platform strives to keep traders on top of their execution. As mentioned previously, traders have the ability to configure alerts based off news events. Not only can traders configure these alerts, but they also have the ability to configure specific alerts based off price changes, specific price levels, and even indicators! While configuring such alerts on the mobile version of the IG Trading Platform, traders can choose whether they would like to receive notifications immediately by email, SMS text, or push notifications. This makes keeping a closer eye on the markets you’re interested in along with your personalized watchlist extremely simple and straight forward.

Customize Workspaces to suit your Trading

Whether you are a newcomer or a forex trading veteran, you will be pleasantly surprised with the user interface and design of the IG Trading Platform. Majority of the interface is completely customizable, with a simple drag and click of your mouse, the platform can be changed to what you see fit. The IG Trading Platform offers a completely customizable workspace tab, where traders can add their watchlists, charts of currency pairs of their choosing, open positions, news alerts and more.  Traders can view all FX pairs in one tab or the platform breaks them down into groups of Major, Minor, Australasian, Scandinavian, Exotic and Emerging Markets. If a trader wants to view pairs that don’t fall under the same category, they can create their own custom watchlist. The search function contained within majority of the platform’s widgets make finding the symbols you’re interested in a breeze!  Placing orders can be done with just several clicks and activating one-click trading makes placing orders efficient and instant. Staying on top of the market and news events becomes much easier with the IG Trading Platform’s built in alerts, news feed, and customizable watchlist.

Smart Settings that remember your Position Sizes and Stop Values

Finally, keeping track of your trading account can be done directly through the platform main page. Simply take a glance at the top of your window for all account related information such as funds, profit/loss, margins, available balance, equity, and equity used. Traders can also view all open positions and edit positions by clicking on the Positions tab. This page, that can be added to the customizable workspace.

Mobile App

IG’s apps follow the same intuitive, user friendly design of their web platform. IG Trading Platform apps follow the same simplistic design and easy navigation. The app opens to the Watchlists tab, which shows customized watchlists along with preset ones of Popular Markets, USD Pairs, EUR Pairs and Recently Traded. Across the bottom there are five tabs: Watchlists, Trades, Markets, Alerts and More. This simple layout that complements the web platform makes it easy to pick up where you left off.  Any customized watchlists, open trades and alerts appear in those tabs. The More tab provides access to other features like Inbox, Calendar, History, Settings, Accounts and more.  After clicking a FX pair, a trader is a click away from viewing the chart or market info and two clicks away from trading, setting an alert or adding the pair to their watchlists. The IG app platform is not just for iPhone and Android but tablets as well.  Between IG’s web platform and apps it is easy to trade on the go.

MetaTrader 4

IG also offers it users access to MetaTrader 4, often called MT4. Configuring with MT4 gives access to enhanced features such as 18 customizable add-ons and additional indicators, all at IG’s competitive pricing. MT4’s technical indicators include Renko blocks, pivot points and Autochartist. MT4 also supports news add-ons like DailyFX. IG provides MT4 download through their site.


DailyFX, a leading news site for forex trading news, owned by IG Group. DailyFX offers news, analysis, indicators, charts and daily and weekly webinars. Their news alerts are integrated in IG Trading Platform’s news section.

IG offers 24-hour support customer support. They can be contacted through chat, email or by the phone. Being able to reach a customer support by phone is rare for forex brokers and can be extremely helpful when help is need immediately.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed IG Trading Platform due to its simplistic, yet intricate design. At first glance the platform may appear simple, but that is far from true. This platform packs quite a punch in regard to the amount of features it contains. Not to mention it can be accessed directly from the web, providing traders with the ability to pick up right from where they left off, no matter what device they open the platform from.

Try out an FX trade – Demo trading account

Try the IG platform with a free forex demo account and develop your trading skills. Open a free, no-risk demo account to practice trading on our full range of forex markets.

  • Practice trading with $10,000 virtual funds
  • Test strategies on the go with our free mobile apps
  • Experiment with trading ideas risk-free
  • View live prices on fast, customizable charts
  • Try out trades without risking your capital

Open a demo account and get familiar with our powerful, easy-to-use platform

Easy Account Opening

If you’re ready to open a live account – IG makes it easy for you. It takes less than 5 minutes to open an account and fund. IG accepts funding through debit cards, wire transfers and ACH payments. Debit cards fund instantly. The minimum deposit size is $250.

You could be set up and trading in five minutes with these simple steps.

  • Fill out an online form – We’ll ask about your trading experience
  • Instant online verification – We can usually verify your identity immediately
  • Fund and start trading – You can withdraw money easily, whenever you like

If you would like to watch our videos on how to get started with the IG Trading Platform, take a look at our YouTube playlist.

*Based on minimum spreads advertised on January 16, 2019. Excludes commission-based products.

Optimus Futures LLC is an introducing broker to IG US LLC. Your forex account is held and maintained at IG US LLC who serves as the clearing agent and counterparty to your trades. IG US LLC is a registered Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and a member of the National Futures Association (NFA). Optimus Futures LLC is a member of the National Futures Association (NFA ID 0481133) and registered with the CFTC.

Leveraged trading in foreign currency or off-exchange products on margin carries significant risk and may not be suitable for all investors. We advise you to carefully consider whether trading is appropriate for you based on your personal circumstances. You may lose more than you invest. We recommend that you seek independent advice and ensure you fully understand the risks involved before trading. The information on this website is not directed at residents of countries where its distribution, or use by, any person in any country or jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation.

IG US accounts are not available to residents of Arizona or Ohio.

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