IG chief steps down as pressure mounts over regulatory clampdown

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Shares in IG Group fell more than 11 percent on Thursday after the online trader said Chief Executive Peter Hetherington would step down, a departure that will increase uncertainty for the company amid a regulatory clampdown on spread-betting.

IG and its rivals, such as CMC Markets, have faced tighter regulations on their products, which allowed anyone with a bank card to make highly-leveraged bets on financial markets via apps and online platforms.

Last week, IG said the tighter regulations and a dip in market volatility led revenue for its latest quarter to fall 4.7 percent.

IG did not give a reason for Hetherington’s departure but said it was “well advanced” in its search for a new chief executive. It has appointed Paul Mainwaring, IG’s finance chief, as interim CEO.