Forex trading

Discover forex trading and spread bet or trade CFDs on over 330 forex pairs, including EUR/USD, GBP/USD and AUD/USD.

  • 80,000 clients globally
  • No minimum deposit
  • Free sign-up

Why trade on forex with us?

We offer a number of benefits to trading on the global forex market – the largest and most liquid financial market in the world.

Tax-efficient trading*

There’s no capital gains tax on profits from forex spread bets and no stamp duty to pay when trading CFDs.

Go long or short

Take a long or short position on your chosen FX pair, to trade on rising or falling prices

Trade from 30:1 leverage

Deposit just 3.3% of the full value of your position to open a trade**.

A regulated provider

CMC Markets UK is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), registration numbers 173730 and 170627.

Trade 24 hours a day

As it’s a decentralised market, you can trade on forex 24 hours a day from Sunday night to Friday night.

Hundreds of FX pairs

Trade on over 330 forex pairs, including major, minor and emerging pairs.

*Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
**When trading using margin any losses will reflect the full value of the position.

Giving FX traders an edge

Continued investment in our HTML5 platform and mobile apps has been recognised through a number of industry awards, including Best Platform Features and Best Mobile/Tablet App, among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, in the 2019 Investment Trends UK Leverage Trading Report.

What is forex?

If you’re new to forex trading, take a look at some of our helpful in-depth articles to get a better idea of what forex trading is and how it works.

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Your questions answered

Learn more about trading forex with CMC Markets with our FAQs below. Can't find what you’re looking for? Get in touch

Pricing and costs

How much does it cost to open an account?

There’s no cost when opening a live spread betting account. You can also view prices and use tools such as charts, Reuters news or Morningstar quantitative equity reports free of charge. You’ll need to deposit funds in your account to place a trade though.

What is the minimum trade size for forex?

You can spread bet from £0.30/point on EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY and AUD/USD, and £0.40/point on EUR/GBP. You can see the minimum trade size for all instruments on the platform, in the ‘Product Overview’ under ‘Betting and Position Limits’.

What are the costs of spread betting?

There are a number of costs to consider when spread betting, including spread costs, holding costs (for trades held overnight – this is essentially a fee for the funds we ‘lend you’ to cover the leveraged portion of the trade), rollover costs and guaranteed stop-loss order charges (if you use this risk-management tool).

The spread is the key cost involved in spread betting, and is the difference between the buy and sell price of an instrument. The narrower the spread, the better value you receive, because the market only has to move slightly in your favour to offer the possibility of a profit on your spread bet.

Forex trades held open past the end of the trading day (5pm, New York time) are subject to holding costs, which can be positive or negative depending on your trade direction and the applicable holding rate. Holding costs for forex spread bets are based on the tom-next (tomorrow to next day) rate in the underlying market for the currency pair, plus 1% on buy positions or minus 1% on sell positions. Holding rates are expressed as an annual percentage and can be found in the ‘Product Overview’ for each instrument on the platform.

You can add a guaranteed stop-loss order (GSLO) to your trade, which guarantees to close you out at your specified level, regardless of market volatility or gapping. A cost is applied for using a GSLO, but if it's not triggered we'll refund 100% of the original GSLO charge. The charge, or ‘premium’, is calculated by multiplying the premium rate by the bet size.

You’re also able to roll forward positions over to keep a trade open beyond its expiry date. When you roll a forward position to the next contract, your profit or loss is realised and you enter the new trade at the mid-price, saving 50% on the spread cost.

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What are your spreads on forex?

These are the minimum spreads for our most popular forex pairs:

InstrumentMinimum spread1
AUD/USD0.7
EUR/CHF2.5
EUR/GBP1.1
EUR/JPY1.5
EUR/USD0.7
GBP/USD0.9
USD/CAD1.7
USD/CHF1.0
USD/JPY0.7

What are your margin rates on forex?

These are the margin rates for our most popular forex pairs, showing the percentage of the total trade value that you need to put forward to open a position.

InstrumentMargin rate2
AUD/USD5%
EUR/CHF3.3%
EUR/GBP3.3%
EUR/JPY3.3%
EUR/USD3.3%
GBP/USD3.3%
USD/CAD3.3%
USD/CHF3.3%
USD/JPY3.3%

Where do your prices come from?

Our automated pricing engine collates and checks thousands of prices per second streamed from our liquidity providers. The most representative price is then used to create the quotes on our platform. Our pricing on forex aims to mirror the underlying market. Learn more

How does CMC Markets make money?

Our income comes mainly from our spreads, while other fees – such as overnight holding costs – make a minor contribution to our overall revenue.

We never aim to profit from our clients’ losses – this is simply not the way we want to do business. Our aim is to build long-term relationships with our clients by providing them with the best possible trading experience, through our technology and customer service.

Our clients usually offset each other’s trades, with some going long on a particular instrument while others are short. In this way, CMC Markets isn’t exposed to the profits or losses of clients trading that instrument. Occasionally, if a large number of our clients all trade in the same direction, we hedge in the underlying market to protect our exposure to risk.

Products and accounts

Why spread betting?

Spread betting allows you to trade tax-free on a wide range of financial markets 24 hours a day, from Sunday nights through to Friday nights. Trade on your phone, tablet, PC or Mac on a wide range of instruments using leverage. Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.

What is leveraged trading?

One of the advantages of spread betting is that you only need to deposit a percentage of the full value of your position to open a trade, known as trading on leverage. Remember, trading on leverage can also amplify losses, so it’s important to manage your risk.

Is CMC Markets regulated by the FCA?

Yes, CMC Markets plc (registration number 173730) and CMC Spreadbet plc (registration number 170627) are fully authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK. Retail client money is held in segregated client bank accounts and money held on behalf of clients is distributed across a range of major banks, which are regularly assessed against our risk criteria.

Is CMC Markets covered by the FSCS?

Yes, your eligible deposits with CMC Markets are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensations Scheme (FSCS), the UK’s deposit guarantee scheme. If CMC Markets ever went into liquidation, retail clients would have their share of segregated money returned, minus the administrators’ costs in handling and distributing these funds. Any shortfall of funds up to £85,000 may be compensated under the FSCS.

What can I trade?

Choose from a wide range of major, minor and emerging forex pairs covering currencies and economies from around the world.

You can spread bet on a wide range of cash and forward instruments across these asset classes:

300+ forex pairs – EUR/GBP, EUR/USD, AUD/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY and more
60+ indices – UK 100, Germany 30, US 30, US SPX 500, Australia 200 and more
90+ commodities – including Gold, Brent and West Texas crude oil, Silver, Natural Gas
9,000+ shares & ETFs – Apple, Netflix, Lloyds, Rio Tinto, BP, Tesco, Amazon, Google and more
15 cryptocurrency instruments – bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, litecoin, ripple and more
30+ treasuries – including UK Gilt, Euro Bund, Euribor, US T-Bond, US T-Note 10 YR

View the full list on the platform

Do you offer a demo account?

If you want to try forex trading with a risk-free demo spread betting trading account, you can open a demo account now with just your email address and a password.

How to start trading on forex

  • 1

    Apply

    Complete and submit our straightforward online application form. Apply now

  • 2

    Fund

    Deposit funds with a debit card, PayPal or bank transfer.

  • 3

    Trade

    Once you’ve funded your new account, you’re ready to start trading.

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1A minimum spread is the lowest spread that will be shown on the given product. If the underlying market spread widens throughout the trading day, or you are trading out of hours, the platform spread may also widen. The spreads shown are for the first price available for the average market trade/bet sizes in the relevant product. The spread will widen for larger trade/bet sizes; see our platform for more information.​
2Spreads, commissions and margins (as applicable) are provided for information only.​​ Please refer to the 'product overview' area of our trading platform for the most up-to-date information including trading hours and spreads.​