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.

UK's No.1 CFD trading account*

  • Open a CFD trading account and trade on 11,000+ instruments across forex, indices, commodities, shares, ETFs and treasuries
  • Tight spreads, low commissions, no hidden fees, and no dealer intervention
  • Precise charting and advanced tools to suit all styles of trading
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UK CFD trading account on the CMC Markets online platform and trading app

FCA regulated

Protected up to £85,000**

FTSE 250 listed

2020 Best CFD Provider of the Year*

2021 No.1 Web-based Platform*

2021 No.1 Platform Technology*

UK's No.1 CFD trading account

Trade CFDs on over 11,000 markets

With more forex pairs than any other major broker, and a huge range of indices, commodities, shares, ETFs, rates and bonds, you can find all your favourites in one place.

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Pricing is indicative. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.

Why 300,000 committed global clients choose CMC

For over 30 years, we've been dedicated to creating the best-in-class platform for committed CFD traders, with competitive spreads, advanced platform functionality, lightning-fast execution^ and leading insight and analysis.

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No stamp duty

Pay no stamp duty on profits from CFD trading.

Out-of-hours trading

Trade CFDs on some indices 24 hours a day, five days a week.

Trade with leverage

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

No currency conversion fees

Trade CFDs on US stocks without any currency conversion fees.

London-based client support

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

Feature-packed CFD trading account

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

Price alerts
Comprehensive range of order types

As well as market orders, define your exit prices using stops and take-profit orders, along with options such as trailing stops, partial close-out, and boundary orders.

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Watchlists

Create your own watchlists to keep an eye on your favourite stocks, see what the biggest risers and fallers have been during the week, and discover what's trending.

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Trade from charts

Enter and close positions, plus update your limit and stop orders directly from charts.

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Gauge market sentiment

See the current market sentiment for clients trading each instrument.

Our platform

Trading to suit your strategy

Packed with professional-grade features, yet intuitive, and available to everyone; whatever the next step in your trading journey, our platform is ready to help you get there.

And if you need to trade on the go, our powerful mobile app gives you all the functionality of our web platform in your pocket.

30+ years. 300,000+ global clients

As a financial services pioneer, we've got the expertise allied to more than 30 years' industry experience. That's why over 300,000 global clients put their confidence in us.

FCA regulated

Protected up to £85,000

FTSE 250 listed

2020 Best CFD Provider of the Year

2021 No.1 Web-based platform

2021 No.1 Platform Technology

CFD TRADING ACCOUNT FAQS

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. Find out more about the costs of placing a trade

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?

Under the FCA's Client Money rules, we're required to segregate client money (unless you agree with us otherwise) from CMC's own funds. The funds held in segregated bank accounts do not belong to CMC and will be held in a way that enables it to be identified as client money. Learn more about client money regulations

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 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 11,000 markets when you trade CFDs with CMC Markets. See our popular markets and instruments

New to trading CFDs?

What are CFDs?

A contracts for difference (CFD) is a derivative product which enables you to trade on the price movements 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 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. Learn more about CFD trading

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. Read our guide on CFDs versus share dealing

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. Read our guide on the risks of CFD trading

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. Read our guide on CFD trading versus spread betting

Where can I learn more about trading CFDs

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

Where can I find market news and insight?

Stay on top of breaking economic news events and discover what's moving the financial markets, with commentary, video and webinars from our global market analysts in our news and analysis section.

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*Awarded No.1 Platform Technology & No.1 Web-Based Platform, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2021; Best CFD Provider of the Year, Shares Awards 2020; Best Phone Customer Service & Best Email Customer Service, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2020 UK Leverage Trading Report.
**FSCS is an independent body that offers protection to customers of financial services firms that have failed. The compensation amount may be up to £85,000 per eligible person, per firm. Eligibility conditions apply. Please contact the FSCS for more information.
^0.0045 seconds CFD median trade execution time, 2019-2020 CMC Markets financial year.
Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
308,644 active spread betting, CFD and stockbroking clients, CMC Markets plc annual report 2021. Active clients represent those individual clients who have traded with or held CFD or spread bet positions or who traded on the stockbroking platform on at least one occasion during the financial year.

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