Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 66% of retail investor accounts lose money when spread betting and/or trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Trade CFDs with no
hidden fees

Trade with leverage on forex, indices, commodities,
shares and more. Choose from over​ 11,000 ​instruments
on the industry’s leading trading platform*.

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Why committed traders choose CMC

We’ve been dedicated to creating the best in-class trading platform for committed CFD traders for more than 30 years, with competitive spreads, advanced trade functionality and no dealer intervention, regardless of your trade size.

No hidden fees

Trade with tight spreads on over 11,000​ UK and international markets

Best CFD Provider Winner

Awarded Best CFD Provider by Shares Magazine readers, Shares Awards 2020

London-based client support

Our award-winning client services team is online 24/5, whenever you need us

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Trade CFDs on over 11,000 markets

With more forex pairs than anyone else, plus a huge range of indices, commodities, shares, ETFs, rates and bonds, as well as our exclusive share baskets, you can find all your favourites in one place.

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Use the search box below to find your favourite instruments from over 11,000​ markets

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The platform built for CFD traders

Fast execution, precise charting and accurate insights are vital to your success as a trader. Our award-winning platform was built with the successful spread better in mind.

Industry-leading charting

Our charting package ranked highest for charting in the 2019 Investment Trends survey*. Choose from over 115 technical indicators and drawing tools, more than 70 patterns and 12 in-built chart types.

Advanced order execution

We offer a range of advanced order types, including trailing and guaranteed stop-losses, partial closure, market orders and boundary orders on every trade, so you have the flexibility to trade your way.

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Award-winning app


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Why trade CFDs?

No stamp duty

Pay no stamp duty on profits from trading CFDs.**

Out of hours trading

Spread bet on indices 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Trade with leverage

Deposit from just 3.3% of the full value of your position to open a trade.

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New to CMC Markets?

Is it free to open an account?

There’s no cost when opening a live spread betting or CFD account. You can also view prices and use tools such as charts, Reuters news or Morningstar quantitative equity reports, free of charge. However, you will need to deposit funds in your account to place a trade. You can find out more about the costs of placing a trade here

Is CMC Markets regulated by the FCA?

Yes, CMC Markets UK plc (registration number 173730) and CMC Spreadbet plc (registration number 170627) are fully authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK. Retail client money is held in segregated client bank accounts and money held on behalf of clients is distributed across a range of major banks, which are regularly assessed against our risk criteria.

Is CMC Markets covered by the FSCS?

Yes, your eligible deposits with CMC Markets are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensations Scheme (FSCS), the UK's deposit guarantee scheme. If CMC Markets ever went into liquidation, retail clients would have their share of segregated money returned, minus the administrator's costs in handling and distributing these funds. Any shortfall of funds up to £85,000 may be compensated under the FSCS.

How does CMC Markets protect my money?

As a CMC client, your money is held separately from CMC Markets' own funds, so that under property, trust and insolvency law, your money is protected. Therefore your money is unavailable to general creditors of the firm, if the firm fails.

How does CMC Markets make money?

Our income primarily comes from our spreads, while other fees, such as overnight holding costs, make a minor contribution to our overall revenue.

We never aim to profit from our clients' losses. Our aim is to build long-term relationships by providing the best possible trading experience through our technology and customer service.

What can I trade on with CMC?

You can trade on over 10,000 markets when you spread bet with CMC Markets. You can see a list of all our popular markets and instruments here

New to trading CFDs?

What are CFDs?

Contracts for difference (CFDs) are derivative products which enable you to trade on the price movement of underlying financial assets (such as forex, indices, commodities, shares and treasuries).

A CFD is an agreement to exchange the difference in the value of an asset from the time the contract is opened until the time at which it's closed. With a CFD you never actually own the asset or instrument you have chosen to trade, but you can still benefit if the market moves in your favour, or make a loss should the market move against you.

What’s the difference between trading CFDs and share trading?

The main difference between CFD trading and share trading is that you don't own the underlying share when you trade on a share CFD. With CFDs, you never actually buy or sell the underlying asset that you’ve chosen to trade, but you can still benefit if the market moves in your favour, or make a loss if it moves against you. However, with traditional share trading you enter a contract to exchange the legal ownership of the shares for money, and you own this equity.
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Why trade CFDs?

When trading CFDs, it’s important to understand the risks associated with financial trading in general, as well as the risks that are specific to trading CFDs. The main risks associated with trading CFDs relate to trading with leverage, account close-out, market volatility and market gapping.
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Are there any risks to spread betting?

When spread betting, it’s important to understand the risks associated with financial trading in general, as well as the risks that are specific to spread betting. The main risks associated with spread betting relate to trading with leverage, account close-out, market volatility and market gapping.
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What’s the difference between trading CFDs and spread betting?

Trading CFDs and spread betting are margined products and can provide similar economic benefits to investments in shares, indices, commodities and currencies.
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Where can I learn more about trading CFDs?

Our learn section offers a comprehensive introduction to trading CFDs. From understanding leverage to trading CFDs examples, risk-management tips, developing an effective trading CFDs strategy and more.
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