Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 67% 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.

Forex forward contracts

Spread bet and trade CFDs on our forex forward contracts. Enjoy competitive spreads, one of the UK's highest-rated web and mobile platforms, plus the best customer service in the industry*.

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About forex forward contracts

Our FX forward contracts represent a number of major, minor and exotic currency pairs within the forex market. Forex forwards are derivative products that allow traders to buy or sell a currency pair at a specific price on a specific future date. This means that you do not take ownership of the asset, but rather speculate on its price, based on whether you think that the base or quote currency will strengthen against the other by the specified end date of the contract. You may wish to trade currency forwards if you aim to open longer-term positions within the FX market without the extra fees, as these are not subject to overnight holding costs. You can spread bet on FX forwards tax-free in the UK** or trade CFDs on a global level. Our forex forward contracts are traded over the counter (OTC), and they are not standardised for everyone.

Use the search bar below to browse the most popular forward contracts that we offer within the forex, commodities, indices and treasuries markets. Log in to our platform to access the 220+ forward contracts available.

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Why trade FX forwards with CMC Markets?

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FAQs

New to trading?

Is it free to open an account?

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

What are the costs of spread betting and CFD trading?

There are a number of costs to consider when spread betting, including spread costs, holding costs (for trades held overnight which is essentially a fee for the funds you borrow to cover the leveraged portion of the trade), rollover costs on expiring forward trades, and guaranteed stop-loss order charges (if you use this risk-management tool).
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Is CMC Markets regulated by the FCA?

Yes, CMC Markets UK 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.

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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 administrator's costs in handling and distributing these funds. Any shortfall of funds up to £85,000 may be compensated under the FSCS.

How does CMC Markets protect my money?

As a CMC client, your money is held separately from CMC Markets' own funds, so that under property, trust and insolvency law, your money is protected. Therefore your money is unavailable to general creditors of the firm, if the firm fails.

How does CMC Markets make money?

Our income primarily comes 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. Our aim is to build long-term relationships by providing the best possible trading experience through our technology and customer service.