Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 73% 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.

Contracts for difference trading costs

As well as spreads and margins, there are some other trading 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
CHF One month Libor
DKK One month Copenhagen interbank offered rate
EUR One month Euribor
GBP One month Libor
HKD One month Hong Kong interbank offered rate
INR One month deposit
JPY One month Libor
NOK One month Norwegian interbank offered rate
NZD One month bank bill
SEK One month Stockholm interbank offered rate
SGD One month Singapore interbank offered rate
USD One month Libor
ZAR One month deposit

Holding costs

At the end of each day (5pm New York time), 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 0.0082% on buy positions and minus 0.0082% 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 0.0082% on buy positions and minus 0.0082% 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.

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 and commodity 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 client 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 UK will be subject to VAT at 20%. Residents of the EU will be subject to their local VAT/Sales Tax rates.

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Market Currency Market data fee (excl tax) 
Australia AUD 20.00
Hong Kong HKD 120.00
Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, US 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.

GSLO premium examples

The GSLO premium can be calculated in the following way: premium rate x trade size (units). Amounts are automatically converted into your home currency using the prevailing CMC Markets conversion rate.


For example, if you go long 5 units of the UK 100, the GSLO premium would be £5 (£1 x 5 units). If you close the trade yourself, a take–profit is triggered or you remove the GSLO, the £5 premium will be refunded in full.

Instrument CFD GSLO premium rate
UK 100 £1 per unit
US 30 $1.50 per unit
Germany 30 €1.50 per unit


For example, if you go short 50,000 units of GBP/USD, the GSLO premium would be $7.50 ($0.00015 x 50,000 units). If you close the trade yourself, a take–profit is triggered or you remove the GSLO, the $7.50 premium will be refunded.

Instrument CFD GSLO premium rate
GBP/USD $0.00015 per unit
EUR/GBP £0.0002 per unit


For example, if you go long 600 units of Crude Oil Brent, the GSLO premium would be $12 ($0.02 x 600 units). If you close the trade yourself, a take–profit is triggered or you remove the GSLO, the $12 premium will be refunded.

Instrument CFD GSLO premium rate
Crude Oil Brent $0.02 per unit
Gold $0.3 per unit


For example, if you go long 4,500 units of Vodafone, the GSLO premium would be £22.50 (£0.005 x 4,500 units). If you close the trade yourself, a take–profit is triggered or you remove the GSLO, the £22.50 GSLO premium will be refunded.

Instrument CFD GSLO premium rate
Vodafone £0.005 per unit
Apple $0.41 per unit

Is there a dormant account inactivity charge?

A monthly inactivity charge of £10 (the amount depends on your account currency) will be deducted per dormant account where funds are available. An account is considered dormant if there are no open positions and there has been no other trading activity for a continuous period of one year.

The monthly inactivity charge of £10 (or its equivalent in another currency) will be deducted from a dormant account, usually within the first two (UK) working days of the month, until either:

  1. The account is closed by the client or CMC Markets;
  2. Trading activity recommences on the account; or
  3. The balance of the account is reduced to zero.

Once the balance of a dormant account has reduced to zero, we will not deduct further monthly inactivity charges from the dormant account. A dormant account will not incur a negative balance as a result of the deduction of the monthly inactivity charge.

If you decide to reactivate your dormant account by trading again, the inactivity charge for up to three previous months (up to a maximum of £30) where this has already been deducted will be refunded to your account.

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  • Robust risk-management functions including guaranteed stop-loss orders

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