Practise fixed-odds trading on the financial markets

Countdowns offer a straightforward and exciting way to trade on short-term price movements.

  • Practise trading on popular FX pairs, indices and commodities
  • Series of timeframes from just 30 seconds to one hour
  • Competitive payouts up to 90%
  • Intuitive web platform experience
  • Practise on the move with our native mobile apps

Open a demo account now

All trading on a live account involves risk

No risk

  • Trade £10,000 virtual funds
  • No expiry date
  • Instant approval – start practising in seconds
  • No credit card information required
CMC Markets
CMC Markets

Our focus is you

Our aim is to offer you a superior trading experience. We're passionate about online trading, constantly innovating and aiming to improve how our clients invest in the financial markets.

CMC Markets

Leading payouts

We offer competitive Countdowns payouts of up to 90% and short-duration trades with timeframes from just 30 seconds.

CMC Markets

Trade popular markets

Take a position on key instuments, including our most popular indices such as the UK 100 and US 30; commodities including Crude Oil and Gold; and forex pairs such as EUR/USD, GBP/USD and USD/JPY.

CMC Markets

Over 27 years' experience

Since launching in 1989, we’ve become one of the world's leading spread betting and CFD trading providers. We're among the industry’s pioneers, so you can be confident that when you're trading Countdowns with us, you're trading with the one of the best in the business.

CMC Markets

Intuitive platform

Our unique online trading platform, Next Generation, has already won multiple awards* and we’re consistently working on new functionality, products and tools to enhance your Countdown trading experience.

CMC Markets

Multiple award-winners

We have won over 50 awards worldwide since 2013 – a recognition of the quality of our service, and dedication to delivering innovation and technology, through our web-based trading platform and native mobile apps.

98% of calls answered in under 20 seconds

When there's a market open, we are too

Learn about Countdowns

Find out more about Countdowns

What are Countdowns?

Countdowns is a fixed-odds product where  the objective is to place a trade depending  on whether you think the price of a financial instrument will be higher or lower than the current price at the end of a range of short-term timeframes.​

How do you trade Countdowns?

Choose your market (for example EUR/USD) and the timeframe (from 30 seconds to one hour) over which you want to trade. Next, enter a stake size (minimum £20), which is the amount you are willing to risk. Finally, decide whether you think the price will be above or below at the end of your chosen timeframe and place your trade.

Why trade Countdowns with CMC Markets?

  • Trade key FX markets including EUR/USD and GBP/USD
  • Speculate on leading indices like the UK 100, Germany 30 and US 30
  • Take a view on Gold and Crude Oil
  • Access industry-leading payouts up to 90%
  • Benefit from over 27 years' trading experience as a spread betting and CFD provider

No risk

Open a free demo account today

  • Trade £10,000 virtual cash
  • No expiry date
  • Instant approval – start practising in seconds
  • No credit card information required

Open a free demo account today

All trading on a live account involves risk

Trade Countdowns with a reputed global provider

60,000

active clients worldwide across all account types

62.7M

trades per annum across all products

14

global offices

Open a free demo account now

All trading on a live account involves risk

Winner 2017

Platform Features

Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report

Winner 2017

Mobile Phone/Tablet Platform

Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report

Winner 2016

Financial Services Provider of the Year

Shares Awards

Winner 2016

Best Online Trading Platform

Shares Awards

Winner 2016

Best Forex Trading Platform

UK Forex Awards

Winner 2016

Best Forex Binary Options Broker

UK Forex Awards

Winner 2016

Best Spread Betting and CFD Education Tools

ADVFN International
Financial Awards

Winner 2016

Best Mobile/Tablet Application

Online Personal Wealth Awards

Awarded Best Platform Features and Best Mobile Phone/Tablet Platform, among spread betters, CFD and FX traders.

Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report

*Awarded Best Platform Features and Best Mobile Phone/Tablet Platform; ranked highest for Platform Reliability and Charting, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report; Best Online Trading Platform, Shares Awards 2016; Best Forex Trading Platform, UK Forex Awards 2016.

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