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CFD trading costs

As well as spreads and margins, there are some other costs to consider. These depend on how long you hold positions open for, which products you trade and your approach to risk management.

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Currency Interbank rate
AUD One month bankers acceptance bill
CAD One month bankers acceptance bill
DKK One month Copenhagen interbank offered rate
HKD One month Hong Kong interbank offered rate
INR One month deposit
NOK One month Norwegian interbank offered rate
NZD One month bank bill
SEK One month Stockholm interbank offered rate
ZAR One month deposit

From Monday 1 November 2021, LIBOR has been replaced by a new interbank rate for the following currencies: GBP, USD, EUR, CHF, JPY and SGD. Please refer to the table above for the new interbank rate. Overnight holding costs will be charged based on the new benchmark rate, plus or minus our fee depending on whether you hold a buy or sell position in an index, share or share basket. Based on the new benchmark rates compared with Libor, we don't expect a material change in holding costs. 

Holding costs

At the end of each trading day (5pm New York time), your open CFD trading positions may be subject to a charge called a holding cost. The holding cost can be positive or negative depending on whether you are long or short. Forward contracts on indices, forex, commodities and treasuries are not subject to holding costs.

Holding costs for indices are based on the underlying interbank rate of the index (see table) plus 2.5% on buy positions and minus 2.5% on sell positions.

For share CFDs, holding costs are based on the underlying interbank rate for the currency of the relevant share (see table) plus 2.5% on buy positions and minus 2.5% on sell positions.

FX holding costs are based on the tom-next (tomorrow to next day) rate in the underlying market for the currency pair and are expressed as an annual percentage.

Holding rates for cash commodities and treasuries are based on the inferred holding costs built into the underlying futures contracts, from which the prices of our cash commodity and treasury products are derived.

Holdings costs for share baskets, forex indices, commodity indices and crypto indices are calculated via a weighted sum of the constituents' holding cost rates, plus CMC's haircut on buy positions or minus CMC's haircut on sell positions.

Please note this information has been provided for reference, and the rates may not match exactly if recalculated. If you have any questions, please contact our customer services team.

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Market data fees

If you want to trade or view our price data for certain instruments, you will need to activate the relevant market data subscription.

Monthly subscription charges may apply depending on your market data classification and the type of account you hold; *please note that market data fees are not free for professional clients.

Details of the charges can be found on the platform in the 'market data' section in 'user preferences'. Subscriptions made mid-month are subject to the full monthly charge (if applicable).

The period over which the market data subscription is active runs from the point of activation until midnight, local time to the market you have subscribe to, on the first day of the following month.

Based on your market data classification the fee is refunded if you execute two or more trades for non-professional, or five or more trades for professional, under the same subscription plan during the subscription period.

Please note that, where fees apply, local taxes and duties may also be charged. Residents of the Australia will be subject to GST at 10%.

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Market Currency Market data fee (excl. GST) 
Australia AUD 20.00
Hong Kong HKD 120HKD
Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain,  Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA Various 0.00*


Share CFDs attract a commission charge each time you enter and exit a trade. The commission charge varies depending on the country where the share product originates. 

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Guaranteed stop-loss order charges

A guaranteed stop-loss order (GSLO) works in the same way as a stop-loss order, except that it guarantees to close you out of a trade at the price specified regardless of market volatility or gapping, for a premium. If the GSLO is not triggered then we'll refund 100% of the original premium. 

Product CFD GSLO premium rate Trade size GSLO premium1, 2
UK 100 1 GBP per unit 5 units AUD9.74
US 30 1.50 USD per unit 5 units AUD6.60
Germany 40 1.50 EUR per unit 5 units AUD9.74
EUR/USD 0.0001 USD per EUR €50,000 AUD5.28
GBP/USD 0.00015 USD per GBP £50,000 AUD5.28
Gold 0.3 USD per unit 10 units AUD3.96
Crude Oil Brent 0.02 USD per unit 100 units AUD3.96

1GSLO premium = premium rate x trade size.
2Amounts are automatically converted into your home currency using the prevailing CMC Markets conversion rate.​

Example GSLO premiums

These are some examples of GSLO premiums on a selection of our popular products. This rate can be found on the platform for each applicable product. Learn how GSLO premiums are calculated.

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