Charges FAQs

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’.

Where does your holding cost on FX come from?

The 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 1% CMC Markets charge added.  Learn more about holding costs.

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 CurrencyMonthly 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.

What happens if I start trading again after I get charged?

If you activate your dormant account by trading again, the inactivity fee will be rebated for up to three months. The funds will be credited back to your trading account.