Professional clients have access to leverage up to 500:1. Please note that higher leverage increases the risk of rapidly losing money. Profits and losses are based on the notional value of your position, and pro clients don't benefit from negative balance protection.
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Do you trade forex, indices or commodities in large volumes? If so, you could take advantage of our monthly cash rebate scheme
Monthly rebates structure
If you spread bet or trade CFDs in high volumes, you may qualify for competitive monthly cash rebates on forex, indices and commodities. When you meet our monthly trade value requirements for one asset class, you automatically qualify for rebates from your first trade placed on other asset classes. Rebates are not generally available on shares and treasuries.
The total monthly value of your spread bets or CFD trades on forex will need to be at least £50m to qualify for rebates. When you reach this level, you earn either £5, £7 or £10 depending on the tier you achieve, for every £1m you trade, from your very first trade in the month. You also receive holding cost adjustment rebates if you reach at least tier 1.
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Our monthly rebates are not available to all clients. In order to qualify for our monthly rebates you must be an eligible client and meet the minimum monthly trade value requirements outlined above.
CMC Markets retains the right to withdraw or amend its monthly rebates at any time, without prior notice and at its sole discretion. Payment of any rebate does not represent a commitment to provide a rebate in the future.
Although our monthly rebates will usually be credited by close of business on the second London business day of the following calendar month, there may be occasions where it takes longer to process the payment and CMC Markets will not be liable for any such delay or for any (direct or indirect) loss caused by such delay. CMC Markets will also not be liable for any (direct or indirect) loss caused by a missed rebate payment.
Payment of a rebate should not form the basis of any decisions you make in relation to your account activity. Furthermore, a rebate payment is not intended to limit your liability in respect of your trades and may not be used to set-off any payment obligation you have to us.
A rebate payment cannot be used to satisfy your total margin requirement, until such a time as the rebate payment has been credited to your account. Please note that normal rules and procedures in relation to account close-out will continue to apply and you should not rely on a rebate payment to prevent an account close-out.
The rebate is subject to, and contingent upon, your compliance with CMC Markets' Terms of Business. In addition to any other rights and remedies we may have, any breach or suspected breach of the Terms of Business will entitle CMC Markets to stop paying the rebate immediately and without prior written notice, and/or reclaim payments previously paid pursuant to these terms.
The rebate will not be payable in respect of any trades that are subsequently voided, reversed or cancelled by CMC Markets in accordance with the Terms of Business and related documentation. If the rebate has already been paid in respect of any trades that are subsequently voided, reversed or cancelled by CMC Markets, CMC Markets will deduct the rebate paid in respect of such trades from your Account.
You will first need to apply for a standard spread betting or CFD account.
Apply from the platform or select the link below and complete the form to request to be treated as elective professional. We may ask you to provide supporting documentation to evidence your eligibility.
Once approved, you'll receive a notification confirming your categorisation change from retail to elective professional7
Do CMC Pro clients get the same protection as retail clients?
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.
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.
Which protections are available to professional clients?
As with a standard account, we will hold and maintain an amount equal to your account value in a segregated client money bank account. If you are eligible, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme may provide compensation up to £85,000. Check your eligibility here. If you are an eligible complainant and are not satisfied with the outcome of a complaint to us, you are able to use the Financial Ombudsman Service.
What's the difference between a standard spread betting or CFD account and CMC Pro?
With all CMC Markets accounts you get the same access to our award-winning trading platform1, 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 a personal account manager and monthly cash rebates for high-volume traders. Conditions apply.
Why has spread betters' and CFD traders' leverage been restricted?
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'.
What is your Countdowns product?
Our Countdowns product is a type of binary option, available for professional clients only. Countdowns offers a fast-paced way to place fixed-odds trades, with low minimum stake sizes and competitive payouts. Countdowns are 50/50 trades based on whether an instrument's price will settle above or below its current level at the end of a range of short timeframes, from 30 seconds to one hour. There are only three possible outcomes (win, lose and occasionally, draw) and the amount you can win or lose is predetermined. You can trade Countdowns on popular forex pairs, indices and commodities.
What if I am not eligible for a CMC Pro account?
What happens if I have a CMC Pro spread betting account and I open a CFD account?
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.
What is included in my 'financial instrument portfolio'?
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.
Why do I need to open a standard account before I can apply for a CMC Pro account?
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.6
How will I know when I've been switched from a standard account to CMC Pro?
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.