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Invest in over 35,000 domestic and international shares and ETFs from 15 global markets. Plus a wide range of domestic products including Options, mFunds, warrants and more.

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Trade contracts for difference (CFDs) on over 12,000+ products including FX Pairs, Indices, Commodities, Shares, Cryptocurrencies, and Treasuries.

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What are carrying costs?

CMC Markets products are priced with reference to underlying assets. Investing directly in such assets carries an associated cost of physically holding those assets for a period of time. For instance, if you buy futures on crude oil, someone has to store that oil until the delivery date. The carrying cost represents the cost involved in holding an asset. The carrying cost is only applicable to trades on the following product types: Commodities and currencies. For full details please refer to our CMC Next Generation PDS.

How are holding costs on forex, Gold, Silver and the Precious Metals Index calculated?

The overnight holding rate used when calculating the applicable holding costs on FX comes from the tom-next rate, which is the difference between the two currencies’ interest rates, with an additional 0.0027% CMC Markets charge added. Learn more about CFD holding costs.

Please note, you'll be charged holding costs for three days on either a Wednesday or a Thursday, depending on the currency pair, as shown in the table below.




All other FX pairs, FX indices, Gold, Silver, Precious Metals Index

Monday 5pm EST

x1 Holding Cost rate

x1 Holding Cost rate

Tuesday 5pm EST

x1 Holding Cost rate

x1 Holding Cost rate

Wednesday 5pm EST

x1 Holding Cost rate

x3 Holding Cost rate

Thursday 5pm EST

x3 Holding Cost rate

x1 Holding Cost rate

Friday 5pm EST

x1 Holding Cost rate

x1 Holding Cost rate

What are the costs that I need to be aware of when trading with CMC Markets?

The list of costs and charges below is not exhaustive.  Please see our CFD holdings costs page for a more comprehensive explanation of our GSLO premiums, margins, etc.

Overnight holding costs: at the end of each trading day at 5pm (New York time), any cash positions held in your account may be subject to a charge called a 'holding cost'. The holding cost can be positive or negative depending on the direction of your position. Historical holding rates, expressed as an annual percentage rate, are visible on our platform within the overview section of each product. This annual percentage is applied to the notional value of your trade when it was opened, and divided by 365 for the one night cost. Learn how we calculate CFD holdings costs

Commission charges: when trading CFD shares on our platform, a commission will be charged to your account upon execution of any order. See our commission rates.

Market data feeds: in order to view share prices on our platform, you will need to activate the relevant market data feed for the region in which the products you wish to see are traded.

Monthly subscription charges may apply depending on your market data classification and the type of account you hold, details of the charges can be found on the platform in the ‘market data’ section in ‘user preferences’.

What are borrowing costs?

When you place a trade with CMC Markets and use any optional financing you will incur a borrowing cost. The transaction borrowing cost is the cost of ‘borrowing’ the value of the unfunded portion of a trade. We calculate the rate applicable to the Borrowing Cost with reference to interbank lending rates. The borrowing cost is only applicable to trades on the following product types: Indices, shares and commodities. For full details please refer to our CMC Next Generation PDS.

How do I know if I am classified as a 'private investor' or 'non-private investor' for market data purposes?

This depends on the information you provided in your application form. You are classified as a 'non-private investor' for market data purposes if you meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • You are not a natural person (meaning that you are not an individual)
  • You access and use the market data and similar information for a commercial purpose or as a principal, officer, partner, employee or agent of any business or in connection with the professional management of third-party assets and not solely in an individual and personal capacity for your own personal investment activities
  • You are a financial institution or are registered with a securities agency, regulatory or self-regulatory body
  • You are engaged in a financial service business and are employed as a financial adviser for the purposes of your agreement and trading activities with CMC Markets
  • You engage in the business of accessing or aggregating the market data or similar information and redistributing or otherwise furnishing that information to any third parties

If any of these apply to you and you subscribe to any market data price feeds for share CFDs, you will be charged the 'non-private investor' rate, which may be higher than the 'private investor' rate. Details of the charges can be found on the platform in the ‘market data’ section in ‘user preferences’.

How much will I be charged if I don’t trade on my account for over 12 months?

We will be charging a dormancy fee if there has been no trading activity for a continuous period of 12 months.

The fee charged is based on your account currency as follows:

Account currency

Monthly inactivity fee







What is the starting date for the dormant account fee?

The dormant account fee takes effect from 1 July 2019.

If I don’t trade on my account for 12 months, when will I be charged this fee?

The dormant account fee will normally be charged within three business days of the following calendar month after 12 months of no trade activity.

If I don’t have any funds in my account, will I still be charged?

No, you will not go into a negative balance if you do not have enough funds. Your account balance will go to zero.

How do I close my CFD account?

In order to close your CFD trading account, please email us on support@cmcmarkets.com.au from your registered email address instructing us to do so.
Note: Please ensure all open positions are closed and all funds are withdrawn prior to sending the email.

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