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Start Trading

Start Trading

Start your trading journey

Trade on stocks, forex, indices, commodities & more with CMC Start, a CFD trading app.

Start trading

Your capital is at risk on a live account

What are CFDs?


A contract for difference (CFD) is a derivative product which enables you to speculate on the price movements of fast-moving markets. CFD trading is a popular form of trading and is free from stamp duty**. With CMC Start you can trade CFDs across forex, indices, commodities, shares (available for a limited period with a demo account) and treasuries.

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Why CMC Start?

Commission-free equities trading

CMC Start offers competitive spreads and there are no commissions to pay.

Negative balance protection

The account also comes with negative balance protection, which means you can’t lose more than the funds in your account.

Learn and develop

Practise trading on our free demo account. Make use of in-app educational materials which are designed to help you develop your trading skills.

When you feel ready, set up a live account to trade with real money.

Instant access

Trade on the most popular financial instruments on the go so that you never miss an opportunity. Popular instruments include EUR/USD, UK 100, Oil, Gold, plus CFDs on Apple and Facebook shares.

Manage your risk

We also provide a range of tools to help you manage your risk, including guaranteed stop-loss orders (for a premium).

World-class support

Our award-winning Customer Services team* are ready and able to support you whenever the markets are open, from Sunday evenings through to Friday evenings.

App features

  • Video tutorials

    Continue to develop your understanding with the help of in-app videos, including useful pointers to get you up and running.

  • Customisable charts

    Track price movements in the markets, and trade, modify and close your positions directly from our intuitive charts.

  • Smart security

    Secure login, such as fingerprint authentication (if available on your device) ensures that you always have quick, easy access to the app, with the reassurance that your account is secure.

  • News and insights

    Access written and video content from our market analysts to give you daily trading ideas, and keep up with the latest global economic data as it’s released with our market calendar.

  • Trading ideas

    Gain an understanding of other clients’ expectations via our client sentiment tool, and stay ahead of the curve with real-time notifications.

*According to the Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report, where we were ranked highest in 15 out of 20 categories, including Highest Overall Client Satisfaction, Best Mobile Phone/Tablet Platform and Best Customer Service among spread betters, CFD and FX traders.
**Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.