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2022 winnerBest CFD ProviderOnline Money Awards

What is spread betting?

Spread betting is a form of financial trading allowing traders to speculate on the price movements of various assets without owning them. Spread betting with us offers flexibility, access to 12,000 instruments, and potential tax-free profits.

Learn more about spread betting

Why open a spread betting account with us?

Tax-free profits2

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

Trade with leverage

Deposit just 3.34% of the full value of your position to open a position. Leverage amplifies both potential profits and losses equally and increases the risk of losing money rapidly.

Access to a diverse range of markets

Trade on 12,000 instruments across forex, indices, commodities, shares, ETFs, treasuries and share baskets.

No currency conversion fees

Start spread betting on US stocks without currency conversion fees (other fees may apply).

Trade on both rising and falling markets

Benefit from both selling (shorting) and buying opportunities.

Industry-leading charting

Gather and analyse data with 40+ indicators and drawing tools.

Experienced customer service

Our team is available from Sunday night to Friday night.

What other traders are saying about CMC Markets

As a financial services pioneer, we‘ve got the expertise allied to over 34 years‘ industry experience.That‘s why 1 million+ global traders and investors put their confidence in us.4

Understand our spread betting costs

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

The two main costs associated with spread betting are the margin and spread:

Margin – the initial deposit, representing a fraction of the total trade value, which acts as collateral to open positions.

Spread – the difference between the buying and selling price of an instrument.


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

How we support our traders

Build trust

With 34 years' industry experience, we're constantly evolving. We're regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), ensuring adherence to the highest standards of financial practice. Under the FSCS scheme, your eligible deposits are protected up to £85,000 in the unlikely event that our business went into liquidation.

Contact us 24/5

You can contact our Client Management team whenever the markets are open, from Sunday night through to Friday night – email us or call +44 (0)20 7170 8200.

Educational content

Our learn library contains a range of free educational resources on everything from the stock markets to spread betting. We want to help traders understand the wider world of trading.

Unlock your potential

Our premium membership for traders who want more from their trading account.

  • Save from 5% to 40%5 on spreads
  • Earn up to 3% interest on the available equity in your account6
  • Priority customer service
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Ready to get started?

Open a demo account with £10,000 of virtual funds or open a live account.

Do you have any questions?

Email us at clientmanagement@cmcmarkets.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)20 7170 8200 (Lines open 24hrs, Monday to Friday)

1Awarded No.1 Web Platform and No.1 Most Currency Pairs, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2023; Best Forex Broker, Good Money Guide Awards 2023; Best In-House Analysts, Professional Trader Awards 2023; CFD Provider of the Year, Investors' Chronicle/Financial Times Celebration of Investment Awards 2023; Best CFD Provider, Online Money Awards 2022; No.1 Platform Technology, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2022; Best Mobile Trading Platform, ADVFN International Financial Awards 2022.

2Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.

3FSCS 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.

41.388 million unique user logins for the CMC Markets invest and CFD platforms globally, as at August 2023.

5Max discount in tier. Discounts are based on our tiered-volume discount scheme and are variable per product. View our Price+ page for more details.

6Interest scheme T&Cs apply.


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Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 69% 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, CFDs, OTC options or any of our other products work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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