Spread Bets, CFDs, OTC options and all our other products are high-risk leveraged products and losses can exceed your deposits.

CMC Markets
Professional account

The information on CMC Pro is intended for professional clients only. Spread bets and CFDs are high-risk leveraged products. As a professional client, losses can exceed your deposits and retail client protections do not apply.
Pro AccountEligibility criteria
Have you placed 10 relevant trades of a significant size per quarter in the last year?
Does your financial instrument portfolio exceed €500,000?
Do you, or have you, worked in the financial sector for at least one year?
FCA Regulated
Protected Up To £85,000*
FTSE-listed group
NO.1 WEB PLATFORMForexBrokers.com Awards
BEST CFD PROVIDEROnline Money Awards
Best Spread Betting ProviderCity of London Wealth Management Awards



What is a professional client?

A professional client is deemed capable of making his or her own investment decisions, and understanding the risks involved, with greater autonomy than retail clients. A professional client has waived some FCA protections afforded to retail clients, such as negative balance protection and restrictions on high-risk products.

Do CMC Pro clients get the same protections as retail clients?

No, professional clients will not get the same protections afforded to retail clients when using CMC Pro.

Risk warnings: CMC Markets will not be required to provide you with the current risk warnings we must provide to retail clients or any standardised risk warning that is introduced in future in relation to transactions in complex financial products.

Communications and financial promotions: Certain FCA (or equivalent) rules relating to the form and content of information provided by CMC Markets do not apply, including those relating to communications and financial promotions.

Negative balance protection: Retail clients benefit from negative balance protection, meaning that their losses cannot exceed deposits. This functionality is not available to professional clients.

Leverage restrictions: CMC Markets is required to restrict leverage to between 30:1 and 2:1 on the products we offer to retail clients. Higher leverage can work against investors and amplify losses.

Financial Ombudsman Service (or equivalent): Access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (the “FOS”) will not extend to all professional clients (only those that meet the FCA Handbook definition of a consumer) and may therefore not extend to you. The FOS is an independent service for settling disputes between FCA regulated firms and eligible complainants. If you are not sure whether you will be entitled to refer your complaint to FOS, we suggest you contact FOS directly.

What if I am not eligible for a CMC Pro account?

There's no cost when opening a live spread betting, CFD or FX Active 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. Find out more about the costs of placing a trade .

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.

1FSCS 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.