Open a spread betting demo account

Hone your skills on our award-winning platformthat offers the chance to practise your trading strategies on a spread betting demo account. Open a spread bet demo account today to get started.

  • Practise spread betting on thousands of forex, index and commodity instruments
  • Powerful charting and innovative trading tools
  • Practise on the move with our mobile and tablet apps
  • Award-winning support around the clock, whenever the markets are open^

Open a free spread betting demo account

No risk

  • Trade £10,000 virtual funds
  • No expiry date
  • Instant approval – start practising in seconds
  • No credit card information required
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Enhanced mobile trading

Experience enhanced mobile trading with an app you can customise to suit your trading style, so you can keep track of the spread betting markets that matter to you and stay informed on the go.

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Value for money

We offer competitive and reliable pricing, with tight spreads and low margins. Spread bet on key FX pairs like EUR/USD from 0.7 points, 1 point on major indices like the UK 100, and 0.3 points on Gold. Margin rates start from 3.3% for FX and 5% for indices.

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More opportunities

Spread betting offers you the ability to diversify your portfolio with tax-free** trading on a huge range of forex, indices, commodities and treasuries.

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30+ years' experience

Since launching in 1989, we’ve become one of the world's leading spread betting and CFD providers. As one of the industry’s pioneers, you can be confident that when you're spread betting with us, you're spread betting with one of the best in the business.

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Intuitive trading platform

Our unique online spread betting trading platform, Next Generation, has already won multiple awards and we’re consistently working on new functionality, products and tools to enhance your experience.

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Multiple award-winners

We have won over 40 awards worldwide in the last two years, including Financial Services Provider of the Year. These awards recognise the quality of our service, and dedication to delivering innovation and technology, through our web-based trading platform and native mobile apps.

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What is spread betting?

Find out more about spread betting

How does spread betting work?

Spread betting is a tax-efficient** way of speculating on the price movement of thousands of global financial markets (or products), including indices, currency pairs, commodities, shares and treasuries.

When you spread bet you take a position based on whether you think the price of a product will rise or fall, and make a profit or loss based on whether or not the market moves in your direction. 

You don't buy or sell the underlying asset you wish to trade, such as a physical share or commodity. Instead you place a bet based on whether you think the price of the market will go up or down in value. If you think the value of a share or commodity will rise, you would open a long position (buy). Conversely, if you think the share or commodity to fall in value in the coming days, you would take a short position (sell).

Why spread bet with CMC Markets?

  • Choose from thousands of spread betting products
  • Practise on our award-winning Next Generation platform and mobile apps
  • Build your risk management skills with our range of stop orders including guaranteed stop-loss orders 

Spread betting demo account

A financial spread betting demo account lets you practise spread bets with virtual funds, so you don’t risk real money. We offer a demo spread betting account that simulates our live account, so you can try out trading strategies without the risk.

No risk

Open a free spread betting demo account today

  • Trade £10,000 virtual cash
  • No expiry date
  • Instant approval – start practising in seconds
  • No credit card information required

Spread bet with a reputed global provider

59,165

active clients worldwide across all account types

68.4M

trades per annum across all products

13

global offices

*Awarded Best Platform Features & Best Mobile/Tablet App in the Investment Trends 2019 UK Leverage Trading Report

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

^Awarded Best Customer Service, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2018 UK Leverage Trading Report.

Spreads may widen and margins may increase in volatile markets.

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