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What is indices trading?

Index trading is the buying and selling of a group of stocks that make up an index, such as our UK 100 index (based on the FTSE 100), which tracks the largest 100 companies on the London Stock Exchange.

Trading on indices is popular with short-term traders who want to speculate on highly-liquid assets, with tight spreads and minimal slippage. Speculating on indices offers traders exposure to a wide range of stocks.

Why trade indices with us?

Your favourites in one place

Trade on over 80 cash and forward indices based on FTSE 100 and dozens of other global markets.

Trade out of hours

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

No partial fills

All orders are fully executed without 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 customer service

Experienced customer service available 24/5, whenever you're trading.

Exclusive products

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

What other traders are saying about CMC Markets

As a financial services pioneer, we‘ve got the expertise allied to over 34 years‘ industry experience.That‘s why 1 million+ global traders and investors put their confidence in us.5

Indices trading costs

Trade on more than 80 stock index instruments based on the FTSE 100 and regional indices from Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the US.


Pricing is indicative. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.

Unlock your potential

Our premium membership for traders who want more from their trading account.

  • Save from 5% to 40%2 on spreads
  • Earn up to 3% interest on the available equity in your account7
  • Priority customer service
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Start trading with a live account or try a demo with £10,000 of virtual funds.

Do you have any questions?

Email us at clientmanagement@cmcmarkets.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)20 7170 8200 (Lines open 24hrs, Monday to Friday)

10.0030 seconds CFD median trade execution time on CMC Markets' web platform, 1 April 2022-31 March 2023.

2Max discount in tier. Discounts are based on our tiered-volume discount scheme and are variable per product. View our Price+ page for more details.

3FSCS 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.

4Awarded Best Mobile Trading Platform, ADVFN International Financial Awards 2024; No.1 Most Currency Pairs, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2024; No.1 Web Platform, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2023; Best Forex Broker, Good Money Guide Awards 2023; Best In-House Analysts, Professional Trader Awards 2023; CFD Provider of the Year, Investors' Chronicle/Financial Times Celebration of Investment Awards 2023; No.1 Platform Technology, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2022.

51.388 million unique user logins for the CMC Markets invest and CFD platforms globally, as at August 2023.

6Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.

7Interest scheme T&Cs apply.


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