Countdowns are a straightforward, fast and exciting way to trade with limited risk on the short-term price movements of financial markets.

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Short-duration trades (timeframes from just 30 seconds)

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Competitive payouts of up to 90%

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Intuitive platform experience

Any capital invested is at risk

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New to Countdowns?

Countdowns are fixed-odds trades based on whether the settlement price of an instrument will be above or below the current Countdown price at the end of a range of short-term timeframes. Remember, your
capital is at risk.

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How to trade Countdowns

  • Choose your product

    Select the product (eg EUR/USD) and timeframe (30 seconds to one hour) over which you want to trade

  • Choose your stake size

    Enter the amount you are willing to risk on your Countdown trade, starting at £20

  • Above or below?

    Decide whether you think the price will be higher or lower at the end of your chosen timeframe

  • Place your trade

    Select 'Above' or 'Below' to open your Countdown position

Please note: The Countdown price (A) and the settlement price (B) are not the same and constantly differ across all Countdowns instruments.

Which markets can I trade?

Trade Countdowns on 27 of our most popular indices, FX and commodities products.

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Place a short-duration trade on the performance of products based on the world's major stock indices, including the UK 100, US 30, Germany 30 and US SPX 500. 

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Place fixed-odds trades on Brent and WTI crude oil, gold and silver over timeframes ranging from two minutes to one hour.

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Trade Countdowns on 15 FX pairs, including majors such as EUR/USD, GBP/USD and USD/JPY, with expiries from just 30 seconds. 


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Expiries and payouts

View our minimum timeframes and maximum payouts for each asset class.

Asset class Expiries from Payouts up to
FX pairs 30 seconds 85%
Indices 60 seconds 90%
Commodities 2 minutes 80%

Countdowns guides

View our desktop platform and mobile app Countdowns guides to learn more about how to trade Countdowns with us.

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