Share trading

Discover share trading and spread bet or trade CFDs on more than 8,000 global shares, including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix, Tesla and Lloyds. We also offer over 1,000 exchange-traded fund (ETFs).

  • 80,000 clients globally
  • No minimum deposit
  • Free sign-up

Why trade on shares with us?

Spread betting and CFD trading offer a number of benefits over traditional share dealing, especially if you want to trade on high-growth stocks over the short term.

Tax-efficient trading*

There’s no capital gains tax on profits from share spread bets and no stamp duty to pay when trading CFDs.

Go long or short

Take a long or short position on your chosen stock, to trade on rising or falling prices

Trade with leverage

Deposit a percentage of the full value of your position to open a trade.**

No commissions

When spread betting on shares, you don't pay commission when you buy or sell, unlike traditional share trading.

A regulated provider

CMC Markets UK is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), registration numbers 173730 and 170627.

Thousands of shares and ETFs

Trade on over 8,000 global shares, and more than 1,000 exchange traded funds.

*Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK
**When trading using margin any losses will reflect the full value of the position

Trade on our range of topical share baskets and take a wider view on trending sectors.

Giving share traders an edge

Continued investment in our HTML5 platform and mobile apps has been recognised through a number of industry awards, including Best Platform Features and Best Mobile/Tablet App, among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, in the 2019 Investment Trends UK Leverage Trading Report.​

What is share trading?

If you’re new to share trading, take a look at some of our helpful in-depth articles to get a better idea of what it is and how it works.

What is share trading?

Share trading examples

Spread betting on shares

Trading CFDs on shares

Your questions answered

Here you’ll find everything you need to know about trading on shares with CMC Markets. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Get in touch

Pricing and costs

How much does it cost to open an account?

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

View the full list of shares on the platform

How does spread betting/trading CFDs on shares actually work?

When you spread bet or trade CFDs on shares on our platform, you don’t buy or sell the underlying share. Instead, you’re taking a position on whether you think the company’s share 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). You will never lose more than the amount in your account.

Do spread bets on shares attract dividends?

When a stock goes ex-dividend, the value of that stock effectively falls by the dividend amount. This means if you hold a spread bet or CFD position on a company which announces a dividend, your account will be credited or debited on the day the stock goes ex-dividend.

If you were long (holding a buy position), you would have been disadvantaged by the drop in the market caused by the pay out of the dividend, so we would credit your account with the dividend amount, less any applicable dividend withholding taxes. If you were short, you would benefit from the drop in the price, so the equivalent amount would be deducted. So, overall, you don't lose or gain anything from the adjustment. There are no withholding taxes on short positions. The dividend will appear as a 'Price Adjustment' in your account history within the platform.

We never aim to profit from our clients’ losses – this is simply not the way we want to do business. Our aim is to build long-term relationships with our clients by providing them with the best possible trading experience, through our technology and customer service.

Our clients usually offset each other’s trades, with some going long on a particular instrument while others are short. In this way, CMC Markets isn’t exposed to the profits or losses of clients trading that instrument. Occasionally, if a large number of our clients all trade in the same direction, we hedge in the underlying market to protect our exposure to risk.

What are the costs involved in 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 – this is essentially a fee for the funds we ‘lend you’ to cover the leveraged portion of the trade) and guaranteed stop-loss order charges (if you use this risk-management tool).

The spread is the key cost involved in spread betting, and is the difference between the buy and sell price of an instrument. The narrower the spread, the better value you receive, because the market only has to move slightly in your favour to offer the possibility of a profit on your spread bet.

Share trades held open past the end of the trading day (5pm, New York time) are subject to holding costs, which can be positive or negative depending on your trade direction and the applicable holding rate. Holding costs for shares are based on the the underlying interbank rate for the instrument, plus 0.0082% on buy positions or minus 0.0082% on sell positions.

You can add a guaranteed stop-loss order (GSLO) to your trade, which guarantees to close you out at your specified level, regardless of market volatility or gapping. A cost is applied for using a GSLO, but if it's not triggered we'll refund 100% of the original GSLO charge. The charge, or ‘premium’, is calculated by multiplying the premium rate by the bet size.

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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. Learn more

How does CMC Markets make money?

Our income comes mainly 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 – this is simply not the way we want to do business. Our aim is to build long-term relationships with our clients by providing them with the best possible trading experience, through our technology and customer service.

Our clients usually offset each other’s trades, with some going long on a particular instrument while others are short. In this way, CMC Markets isn’t exposed to the profits or losses of clients trading that instrument. Occasionally, if a large number of our clients all trade in the same direction, we hedge in the underlying market to protect our exposure to risk.

Products and accounts

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.

What is leveraged trading?

One of the advantages of spread betting 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. Learn more

Is CMC Markets regulated by the FCA?

Yes, CMC Markets 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.

What can I trade?

Access thousands of shares including all the big-name, high-growth tech stocks like Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix, Tesla and Uber, plus other household names like Boeing, Lloyds, Rio Tinto, and Tesco. You can also trade a wide range of cash and forward instruments across the following asset classes:

300+ forex pairs – EUR/GBP, EUR/USD, AUD/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY and more
60+ indices – UK 100, Germany 30, US 30, US SPX 500, Australia 200 and more
90+ commodities – including Gold, Brent and West Texas crude oil, Silver, Natural Gas
9,000+ shares & ETFs – Apple, Netflix, Lloyds, Rio Tinto, BP, Tesco, Amazon, Google and more
15 cryptocurrency instruments – bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, litecoin, ripple and more
30+ treasuries – including UK Gilt, Euro Bund, Euribor, US T-Bond, US T-Note 10 YR

View the full list on the platform

Do you offer a demo account?

If you want to try indices trading with a risk-free demo spread betting trading account, you can open a demo account now with just your email address and a password. Unfortunately trading on shares isn't currently available with demo accounts. However, a demo account still allows you to trade on indices, forex, cryptocurrencies, commodities and treasures with a single login.

How to start trading on shares

  • 1

    Apply

    Complete and submit our straightforward online application form. Apply now

  • 2

    Fund

    Deposit funds with a debit card, PayPal or bank transfer.

  • 3

    Trade

    Once you’ve funded your new account, you’re ready to start trading.

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1Our additional spread built into the prices displayed on our platform, applicable upon execution of any order. The additional spread is one of the costs associated with placing a spread bet on a share.
2When trading share CFDs on our platform a commission will be charged upon execution of any order. Minimum commission charges may apply.
3The minimum commission that is payable to trade a share CFD and one of the costs associated with trading a share CFD. 
This data is provided for general information only and may not be current. Please refer to the product overview area of our trading platform for real-time information on the spreads, margin rates, commission (as applicable) and trading hours of a particular instrument.
Please note the change in price that results in a P&L change equal to your stake size is represented by the last large digit in the price shown on the platform. 

*Share price
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$25-35
$35+
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