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.

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Trade CFDs on indices, currency pairs, shares, commodities and treasuries, at home or on the go.​

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How to start trading CFDs

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    Just enter your email address and a password, then verify your email address to create your free demo CFD trading account. It’s quick and easy.
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    Get to know the platform by exploring the product library, charts, watchlists, order tickets, analyst insights and more. Watch our CFD trading tutorial​.

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    Practise trading with £10,000 of virtual funds. Conduct chart analysis on free live charts. View the platform quick guide and watch platform tour videos.

What is CFD trading?

Contract for difference (CFD) trading is a popular type of derivative trading. CFDs provide a way to take a position on the rising and falling prices of financial markets from all over the world, including indices, currency pairs, commodities, shares and treasuries.

CFD trading accounts allow you to ‘trade on margin’ using leverage, so you only need to deposit a percentage of the full value of your position to enter the trade. This percentage is called ‘margin’. As profits as well as losses are based on the full value of the trade, leveraged trading magnifies profits and losses. Learn more >

You can try for free with a demo CFD trading account on our award-winning CFD trading platform*. Trade via your web browser, or download our iPhone, iPad and Android apps.

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Why trade CFDs with CMC Markets?

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Is CFD trading right for you?

  • You can go long or short on all instruments
  • Trade a range of asset classes, from one account
  • Competitive spreads from 0.7 points on FX and 1 point on major indices
  • Margin rates from 3.3% on FX CFDs and 5% on indices
  • You don’t pay stamp duty^
  • Analyse price performance with advanced charts, technical indicators and drawing tools
  • Use features like guaranteed stop-loss orders to manage risk

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Trade on a wide range of markets

With CFD trading, you can diversify your portfolio through leveraged trading on a wide variety of indices, currency pairs, commodities, shares and treasuries​.

Trade on over 300 FX pairs, including the majors like EUR/USD, minors like EUR/GBP and emerging or exotic currency pairs such as USD/NOK​.

Our indices give you the opportunity to trade on a basket of shares that represent a country’s economy. Trade CFDs on index instruments like the UK 100, US 30 and Germany 30​.

You can also trade on stocks with over 8,000 share instruments from around the globe, a wide range of commodities, plus the most popular treasuries​.


Trade on over 300 FX pairs, such as EUR/USD, EUR/GBP, USD/JPY, AUD/USD, GBP/USD and many other minor and exotic pairs too. More > 


Choose from global indices to speculate on a group of top shares in a country. Trade on the UK 100, US 30, Germany 30, US SPX 500, Australia 200 and others. More >


Trade on over 80 commodities, including energy commodities like crude oil and natural gas, and metals like gold, platinum, copper and silver.
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Trade CFDs on over 8,000 shares from 23 countries, including Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Google, Netflix, Lloyds, Rio Tinto, BP, Tesco and Amazon. More >


Choose from over 40 treasuries, including UK Gilt, Euro Bund, Euribor, US T-Bond and US T-Note 10 YR. More >

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