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More than just a platform

Your favourites in one place

We offer over 90 indices; including the UK 100, all the US indices and even the US Fang Plus

Trade out of hours

Favourites like the UK 100 & US 30 trade 24/5, so you don't have to stop when the markets do

No partial fills

And never any dealer intervention, regardless of your trading size

Precision pricing

We combine multiple feeds from tier-one banks, to get you the most accurate bid/ask price

Dedicated client service

UK based, award-winning service online 24/5, whenever you're trading

Exclusive products

Get broader access to the market in a single position with our exclusive share baskets

See our index trading costs

Whatever you trade, costs matter. We're committed to keeping our costs as competitive and transparent as possible, whether you trade on UK, US, European or Asian indices.

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Increase your exposure to the index market

EXCLUSIVE TO CMC

Looking for an opportunity? We've analysed the trends driving the market and grouped shares into topical buckets like Driverless Cars or Renewable Energy, to allow you to trade across a trending theme with a single position.

The platform built for index trading

Fast execution, exclusive insights and accurate signals are vital to your success as an index trader. Our award-winning trading platform was built with the successful trader in mind.

charting
order execution
Reuters news and analysis
Pattern recognition scanner
Industry-leading charting

Our charting package ranked highest for charting in the 2019 Investment Trends survey. Choose from over 115 technical indicators and drawing tools, more than 70 patterns and 12 in-built chart types.

Advanced order execution

We offer a range of advanced order types, including trailing and guaranteed stop losses, partial closure, market orders and boundary orders on every trade, so you have the flexibility to trade your way.

Reuters news and analysis

Get free access to breaking, market-leading news and analysis directly within our Next Generation platform.

Pattern recognition scanner

We automatically scan over 120 of our most popular instruments every 15 minutes for emerging and completed chart patterns, such as wedges, channels and head & shoulders formations, and overlay them on to your charts to alert you to potentially emerging trends

WINNER2019

Best Platform Features

Investment Trends Report 2013-2019

WINNER2019

Highest Overall Customer Satisfaction

Investment trends Report 2013-2019

WINNER2018

Financial Services Provider of the Year

Shares Awards 2018

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Tricks of the trade - 7 interviews with the world's top traders.

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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 trading 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 trading on indices?

There are a number of costs to consider when spread betting and CFD trading, 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 for expired forward trades, and guaranteed stop-loss order charges (if you use this risk-management tool).
Find out more about our costs

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.

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.

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.

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 aims to mirror the underlying market.
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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 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.

New to index trading?

What are indices?

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 30. The Dow Jones index, for example, represents 30 large publically-listed companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
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How to trade indices?

Find out how to trade indices in our short video.
Find out more

What is leveraged trading?

One of the advantages of spread betting and CFD trading 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.

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.

How does spread betting/trading CFDs actually work?

When you spread bet or trade CFDs on our platform you don't buy or sell the underlying instrument. Instead you take a position on whether you think an instrument's price will go up or down.

With spread betting, you buy or sell an amount per point movement for the share instrument you are trading, such as £5 per point. This is known as your stake. With CFD trading, you buy or sell a number of units for a particular instrument. For every point or unit that the price moves in your favour, you gain multiples of your stake, and vice versa.

As an example, say you wanted to buy £1,300 worth of Lloyds shares at £65 per share. For the spread betting equivalent of this trade, you would specify a stake size of £20 per point to get the same exposure as you would if you bought 20 Lloyds shares at £65 through traditional share dealing. Due to the leverage available with spread betting (5:1 in this case), you would be able to enter this position with an initial outlay of £260, instead of £1,300. However, remember that your profits and losses are based on the full value of the trade (£1,300). As a retail client, you will never lose more than the amount in your account.

What are the risks of index trading?

You can lose all of your capital - leveraged trading means that both profits and losses are based on the full value of the position

Risk of account close out - market volatility and rapid changes in price can cause the balance of your account to change quickly, and if you do not have sufficient funds in your account to cover these situations, there is a risk that your positions will be automatically closed by the platform

Market volatility and gapping - financial markets may fluctuate rapidly, which can result in market gapping. This may mean that stop-loss orders are executed at unfavourable prices.

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