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CMC Pro is an account for professional spread betters and CFD traders who are looking for a provider that recognises their commitment to trading. It's important to note that retail client protections don't apply when trading using CMC Pro, see our FAQs below for more information.
Losses can exceed deposits when trading CFDs or spread betting with CMC Pro. Retail client protections do not apply.
With 30 years’ experience, we already provide an award-winning trading platform and customer service* to 80,000 active clients globally†. CMC Pro builds on this heritage to give our professional clients a truly premium trading experience.
To be eligible for a CMC Pro account, you need to meet the professional client eligibility criteria. If you answer yes to two of these three questions, you could be eligible for a CMC Pro account. Retail client protections don't apply when trading using CMC Pro, see our FAQs below for more information.
Apply for a live spread betting or CFD account with us
Follow the link to start your CMC Pro application
We’ll email you an invitation to start your application
Confirm your eligibility and complete your CMC Pro application
Once approved, start trading with your new CMC Pro account
Start your CMC Pro application by opening
a live spread betting or CFD account.
Start your CMC Pro application by
requesting your invitation.
Any questions about CMC Pro?
No, as a professional client you 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.
With all CMC Markets accounts you get the same access to our award-winning trading platform, wide range of instruments and advanced trading tools. Regulatory restrictions have been placed on our standard spread betting and CFD trading accounts to offer greater protection to retail clients. A CMC Pro account will not have the same investor protections that are available on a standard account. Higher leverage available on products on a CMC Pro account can work against investors and amplify losses. Professional clients with a CMC Pro account will have access to restricted products, plus an account manager, early access to new products and monthly cash rebates for high-volume traders.
There is no change to the tax status of the products we provide to our CMC Pro clients.
As you would already be classified as a professional client with us for your spread betting account, this status would automatically be applied to your new CFD account.
As with a standard account, we will hold and maintain an amount equal to your account value in a segregated client money bank account. You are also eligible for Financial Services Compensation Scheme protection on up to ££85,000 that you hold with us. As an individual, you are able to use the Financial Ombudsman Service if you aren’t satisfied with the outcome of a complaint to us. You also have the right to request a different categorisation at any time, for example if you want a higher level of regulatory protection.
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has limited the leverage available to retail clients to between 30:1 and 2:1, as spread betting and CFD products are considered high risk and complex, and higher leverage rates are not suitable for the majority of retail clients. These restrictions took effect on 1 August 2018 but don’t apply to CMC Pro clients, who are classified as ‘professional clients’.
Financial instruments that count towards your portfolio size include shares, derivatives (only available cash deposits or profits realised from investing in derivatives), debt instruments and cash deposits. It does not include property portfolios, direct commodity ownership or notional values of leveraged instruments.
Only clients that are new to CMC Markets will need to first open a standard spread betting or CFD trading account before applying for a CMC Pro account. If you already have a spread betting or CFD account with us, you can apply for CMC Pro now, if you think you may be eligible.
We’ll contact you by email to notify you when your application to become a professional client has been approved and you have switched over to CMC Pro. Your login details, account number and platform settings will remain the same. Remember, while you are waiting for your CMC Pro account, you can still trade on your standard account.
*Awarded Best Telephone Customer Service, Best Email Customer Service, Best Overall Satisfaction, Best Platform Features, Best Mobile/Tablet App and Best Education Materials/Programmes, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2019 UK Leverage Trading Report.
†Based on figures from CMC Markets' 2018-19 annual report.