Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 77% 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.

UK's No.1 spread betting account*

  • Trade on 12,000+ instruments across forex, indices, commodities, shares, ETFs and treasuries, via the UK's No.1 online spread betting account*
  • Tight spreads, no hidden fees, and no dealer intervention
  • Precise charting and advanced tools to suit all styles of trading
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UK Spread betting account on the CMC Markets web platform and trading app

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Protected up to £85,000**

FTSE 250 listed

2021 No.1 Web-based Platform*

2021 No.1 Platform Technology*

2021 Best Spread Betting Provider*

UK's No.1 spread betting provider*

Spread bet on over 12,000 instruments

With more forex pairs than any other major broker, and a huge range of indices, commodities, shares, ETFs, rates and bonds, you can find all your favourites in one place.

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Pricing is indicative. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.

Why 300,000 committed global clients choose CMC

For over 30 years, we've been dedicated to creating the best-in-class platform for committed spread betters, with competitive spreads, advanced platform functionality, lightning-fast execution^ and advanced insight and analysis.

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Tax-free profits

Pay no capital gains tax or stamp duty on profits from spread betting. More on Spread betting tax in UK

Out-of-hours trading

Spread bet on some indices 24 hours a day, five days a week. More on stock market trading hours

Trade with leverage

Deposit from just 3.3% of the full value of your position to open a trade. More on leverage trading

No currency conversion fees

Spread bet on US stocks without currency conversion fees (other fees may apply). More on spread betting costs

London-based client support

Our award-winning client services team* is online 24/5, whenever you need us. Contact us

Feature-packed spread betting account

Fast execution, precise charting and accurate insights are crucial for traders. Our award-winning platform* was built with all of these elements in mind.

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Comprehensive range of order types

As well as market orders, define your exit prices using stops and take-profit orders, along with options such as trailing stops, partial close-out, and boundary orders.

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Watchlists

Create your own watchlists to keep an eye on your favourite stocks, see what the biggest risers and fallers have been during the week, and discover what's trending.

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Trade from charts

Enter and close positions, plus update your limit and stop orders directly from charts.

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Gauge market sentiment

See the current market sentiment for clients trading each instrument.

Our platform

Trading to suit your strategy

Packed with advanced 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 clients put their confidence in us.

FCA regulated

Protected up to £85,000

FTSE 250 listed

2021 No.1 Web-based platform

2021 No.1 Platform Technology

2021 Best Spread Betting Provider

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With our new premium membership, CMC Alpha, you'll join a community of like-minded traders who receive all these benefits (and more). 

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Discounts on spread costs

Save from 5% to 28.6% on spreads with our tiered-volume fee discount scheme. As an Alpha member, you'll automatically default to Tier 3 membership at the start of each calendar month.

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Premium support

Priority client service from our dedicated London-based team.

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Access to market experts

Speak to and learn from experts such as Michelle Schneider, Jack Schwager and more, through our exclusive webinars, roundtables, and events.

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SPREAD BETTING FAQs

New to CMC Markets?

Is it free to open an account?

There's no cost when opening a live spread betting or CFD 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.

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 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?

Under the FCA's Client Money rules, we're required to segregate client money (unless you agree with us otherwise) from CMC's own funds. The funds held in segregated bank accounts do not belong to CMC and will be held in a way that enables it to be identified as client money. Learn more about client money regulations

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 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.

What can I trade on with CMC?

You can trade on over 12,000 markets when you spread bet with CMC Markets. See our popular markets and instruments

New to spread betting?

How can beginners start spread betting?

Find out how to open a spread betting account and start trading with us in our complete guide to spread betting​. Learn about our account opening process, trading platform, funding your account and more. Not sure if spread betting is right for you? Read our spread betting for beginners guide to learn more.

What's the difference between spread betting and share trading?

Spread betting on shares differs from the traditional investment approach of buying and owning shares. One difference is that when spread betting on shares you can utilise leverage, which means you only need to put up a percentage of the full value of the trade. This means any profit or loss you make is magnified, relative to a share's price fluctuations. Read more about spread betting versus share trading.

Why spread bet?

Spread betting's unique benefit is that it's exempt from both capital gains tax and stamp duty. When compared to conventional share trading and CFD trading, spread betting is the only trading product to offer tax-free trading in the UK and Ireland. Learn about the advantages of spread betting.

Are there any risks to spread betting?

When spread betting, it's important to understand the risks associated with financial trading in general, as well as the risks that are specific to spread betting. The main risks associated with spread betting relate to trading with leverage, account close-out, market volatility and market gapping. Read an overview of the risks of spread betting.

What's the difference between spread betting and CFD trading?

Spread betting and CFD trading are margined products and can provide similar economic benefits to investments in shares, indices, commodities and currencies. View our article on spread betting versus CFD trading to find out which product is more suited to your trading needs.

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Trade on 12,000+ instruments across forex, indices, commodities, shares, ETFs and treasuries, via the No.1 online spread betting account.

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*Awarded No.1 Platform Technology & 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.
**FSCS 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.
^0.0045 seconds CFD median trade execution time, 2019-2020 CMC Markets financial year.
Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
308,644 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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