Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 66% 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.
Trading the global financial markets

FINANCIAL MARKETS

Trade on over 11,000 financial markets

Spread bet and trade CFDs on thousands of global financial markets, including forex, indices, commodities, and shares. 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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Trade on your favourite global markets.

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INDICES

Trade on over 80 cash and forward global indices including the UK 100, based on the FTSE 100 index and more.

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FOREX

Trade on 330+ forex pairs on the world's largest, most liquid market.

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COMMODITIES

Trade on 100+ commodities including Gold, Silver, Brent & West Texas Crude Oil, plus commodity indices.

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SHARES

Speculate on more than 9,000 shares, including leading companies such as Apple and Tesla.

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ETFs

We offer over 1,000 ETFs to allow you to track themes, indices, and trends in the market.

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SHARE BASKETS

Trade emerging themes such as autonomous driving and cyber security with our exclusive share baskets.

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RATES & BONDS

Trade on 50+ global interest rates and government bonds.

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Pricing is indicative. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.
Client sentiment is provided by CMC Markets for general information only, is historical in nature and is not intended to provide any form of trading or investment advice - it must not form the basis of your trading or investment decisions.

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Trade your favourite instruments from across the world

Indices

Indices

Trade on a basket of top shares, which help to gauge the performance of a country's economy and specific industry sectors.

Forex

Forex

Trade on the strength of one currency versus another. The FX market is the largest and most liquid market in the world.

Commodities

Commodities

Speculate on the price of the most popular commodities, including Gold, Silver, oil and Natural Gas.

Shares & ETFs

Shares & ETFs

Speculate on the performance of the world's largest companies and ETFs, from ARK Innovation to Apple, Amazon and Rio Tinto.

Share baskets

Share baskets

Focused on emerging industries, our share baskets offer you the ability to trade on global trends.

Rates & Bonds

Rates & bonds

Take a view on government rates & bonds, gilts and treasury notes to get exposure to a specific region's economy.

Markets FAQs

New to trading the financial markets?

What are financial markets?

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Financial markets is a very broad term and can vary from world to virtual currencies, commodities to stock indices, shares to ETFs plus rates and bonds, where traders can invest in or trade on a huge range of securities and derivatives.

Read our introduction to the financial markets

What is leveraged trading?

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One of the advantages of spread betting and trading CFDs 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.

What are indices?

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Indices are a measure of a section of shares in the stock market, created by combining the value of several stocks to create one aggregate value. Major financial indices include the Dow Jones Industrial Average, FTSE 100, CAC 40, and Dax 40. The Dow Jones index, for example, represents 30 large publicly-listed companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

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What is forex?

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FX trading, also known as foreign exchange trading, or forex trading, is the exchange of different currencies on a decentralised global market. It's one of the largest and most liquid financial markets in the world. Forex trading involves the simultaneous buying and selling of the world's currencies on this market.

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What is a commodity?

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A commodity is a physical good that can be bought or sold on the commodity market. Commodities can be categorised into either hard or soft varieties. Hard commodities are natural resources like oil, gold and rubber and are often mined or extracted. Soft commodities are agricultural products such as coffee, wheat or corn.

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What is share trading?

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Share trading in the underlying market is the buying and selling of company shares with the aim of making a profit. Shares represent a portion of ownership of a public company.

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What are bonds?

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A bond is a fixed-income instrument, or debt security, and represents a long-term lending agreement between a borrower and lender – effectively an 'IOU'. The bond issuer is often a corporation or a government, and the funds are used to finance a project or operation.

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New to CMC Markets?

Is it free to open an account?

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

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What are the different ways to trade the financial markets?

Spread betting (UK and Ireland only) and CFD trading are two key ways to trade on the financial markets. They are both margined products, which facilitate trading across a huge range of financial markets, including forex, indices, shares, ETFs and commodities. Discover the difference between spread betting vs CFDs.

What are the costs of trading the financial markets?

There are a number of costs to consider when spread betting and trading CFDs, 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).

Learn more about our costs

What kind of customer service can I expect?

All CMC Markets’ clients can expect to receive an excellent level of customer service from our UK-based team, from Sunday evenings through to Friday evenings. Our personal approach was recognised with the Best Phone Customer Service and Best Email Customer Service awards from the Investment Trends UK Leverage Trading Report (2020), based on highest satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders.

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How can I manage my risks when trading the financial markets?

Trading on the financial markets will inevitably involve losing trades, as no trader can achieve winning trades 100% of the time. Risk management is therefore very important to your trading strategy, and there are many tools you can use to help minimise losses and protect profits, including a range of order types and execution.

Learn more about managing your risk

How does CMC Markets segregate client money?

Under the FCA’s Client Money rules, we’re required to segregate client money (unless you agree with us otherwise) from CMC’s own funds. The funds held in segregated bank accounts do not belong to CMC and will be held in a way that enables it to be identified as client money.

Learn more about client money regulations

Can I practise trading the financial markets for free?

Yes you can. Open a demo account for free and trade with £10,000 of virtual funds. Practising gives you the opportunity to hone your trading strategy and familiarise yourself with our award-winning platform and app*.

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Join 300,000 other global clients^

We've been pioneers in the financial services space for over 30 years. Our competitive edge comes from putting our customers at the centre of everything we do, which is why we've now got over 300,000 active clients across the world.

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APPLY FOR A LIVE ACCOUNT

Complete our straightforward application form and verify your account

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FUND YOUR ACCOUNT

Deposit easily via debit card, bank transfer or PayPal

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FIND AND TRADE

One touch, instant trading available on 11,000+ instruments

*Awarded No.1 Platform Technology & No.1 Web-Based Platform, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2021; Best Telephone Customer Service & Best Email Customer Service, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2020 UK Leverage Trading Report.
**FSCS is an independent body that offers protection to customers of financial services firms that have failed. The compensation amount may be up to £85,000 per eligible person, per firm. Eligibility conditions apply. Please contact the FSCS for more information.
^308,644 active spread betting, CFD and stockbroking clients, CMC Markets plc annual report 2021.

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