Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% 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.

Shares trading

Spread bet or trade CFDs on over 10,000 shares with leverage, on our award-winning platform. With tight spreads, lightning-fast execution and the highest-rated customer service in the industry.1

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Protected up to £85,0002

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2022 No.1 Platform Technology1

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Most popular shares

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More than a shares trading platform

Your favourites in one place

Spread bet or trades CFDs on over 10,000 shares, including the 250 biggest UK shares and the most popular US stocks.

Professional research

Free access to quantitative equity analysis from Morningstar.

Minimal slippage

With fully automated, lightning-fast execution in 0,003 seconds3.

99.8% fill rate4

No partial fills or dealer intervention, regardless of your trading size.

UK-based client services

Award-winning service1 online 24/5, whenever you're trading.

No currency risk

Avoid the risk of currency fluctuations which may otherwise impact returns, when you spread bet.

Trade on over 10,000
shares

Get exposure to the world's largest companies from Apple to Lloyds Banking Group, via spread betting and CFDs, with spreads from as low as 0.10 points.

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Fast execution, exclusive insights and accurate signals are vital to your success when you spread bet or trade CFDs on shares. Our award-winning trading platform was built with the successful share trader in mind.

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.

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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

Keep your finger on the pulse with Reuters news and market commentary from our global analysts.

Industry-leading charting

Choose from over 115 technical indicators and drawing tools, more than 70 patterns and 12 in-built chart types.

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Powerful trading on the move

Packed with professional-grade features, yet intuitive, and available to everyone; whatever the next step in your trading journey, our platform is ready to help you get there.

And if you need to trade on the go, our powerful mobile app gives you all the functionality of our web platform in your pocket.

30+ years. 300,000+ global clients

As a financial services pioneer we've got the expertise allied to more than 30 years' industry experience. That's why over 300,000 global clients7 put their confidence in us.

FCA regulated

Protected up to £85,0002

FTSE 250 listed

2021 No.1 Web-based platform1

2021 No.1 Platform Technology1

2021 Best Spread Betting Provider1

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FAQs

New to share trading?

What is share trading?

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. Learn more about indices

What is leveraged trading?

You can start trading on indices now by opening a live account. If you would like to practise your index trading strategy first, open a demo account to trade with virtual funds.

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 the additional spread on share spread bets work?

When you spread bet or trade CFDs on indices on our platform, you don’t buy or sell the underlying index. Instead, you’re taking a position on whether you think the index will go up or down.

With spread betting, you buy or sell an amount per point movement for the index instrument you’re 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.

While you can trade on leverage, your profits and losses are based on the full value of the trade. As a retail client, you will never lose more than the amount in your account.

What is leveraged trading?

You can start trading on indices now by opening a live account. If you would like to practise your index trading strategy first, open a demo account to trade with virtual funds.

Do spread bets on shares attract dividends?

You can start trading on indices now by opening a live account. If you would like to practise your index trading strategy first, open a demo account to trade with virtual funds.

New to CMC Markets?

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. Learn about the costs involved in spread betting and CFD trading

What are the costs of spread betting and CFD trading?

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 Compensation 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.

1Awarded No.1 Platform Technology, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2022; No.1 Web-Based Platform, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2021; Best Spread Betting Provider, The City of London Wealth Management Awards 2021; Best Phone 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.
2FSCS 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.
30,003 seconds CFD median trade execution time, 2022 CMC Markets financial year. 
4Fill rate based on all FX trades placed in February 2020. 5Max discount in tier. Discounts are based on our tiered-volume discount scheme and are variable per product. Please check our tiers table on the CMC Price+ T&Cs.
6T&Cs apply. 'FT' and 'Financial Times' are trademarks of The Financial Times Limited.
7308,644 active spread betting, CFD and stockbroking clients, CMC Markets plc annual report 2021. Active clients represent those individual clients who have traded with or held CFD or spread bet positions or who traded on the stockbroking platform on at least one occasion during the financial year.

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