Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 73% 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.

Open a demo spread betting account

Spread bet on the financial markets, including indices, forex, commodities, shares and treasuries, at home or on the go.

  • Open a demo spread betting account for free​​
  • Award-winning customer service*​
  • Trade from anywhere with our spread betting app​
  • Join over 90,000​ active clients worldwide​
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How to start spread betting?

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    Just enter your email address and a password, then verify your email address to create your free demo spread betting account. It’s quick and easy.​
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    Get to know the platform by exploring the product library, charts, watchlists, order tickets, analyst insights and more.​

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    Practise trading with £10,000 of virtual funds. Conduct chart analysis on free live charts. View the platform quick guide​​ and watch platform tour videos​​.​

Spread betting demo account

A financial spread betting demo account lets you practise spread betting with virtual funds. Our demo account simulates our live account, so you can try out trading strategies without any risk to your own money.​

How does spread betting work?

Spread betting is a tax-efficient** way of speculating on the price movement of thousands of global financial markets, including indices, forex, commodities, shares and treasuries.

You don't buy or sell the underlying asset you wish to trade when placing a spread bet. Instead, you take a position based on whether or not you think the price of an instrument will rise or fall. Profits and losses are generated based on whether or not the market moves in your chosen direction. Learn more >

You can try a demo spread betting account for free  on our award-winning spread betting platform*. Trade via your web browser, or download our iPhone, iPad or Android apps.

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Why spread bet with CMC Markets?

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Spread bet anywhere with our award-winning app*​

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Is spread betting right for you?

  • Go long or short on all instruments
  • Trade a range of asset classes, all from one account
  • Competitive spreads from 0.7 points on forex and 1 point on major indices
  • Margin rates from 3.3% on forex spread bets and 5% on indices
  • Profits are free from capital gains tax**
  • Analyse price performance with advanced charts, technical indicators and drawing tools
  • Use features like guaranteed stop-loss orders to manage risk

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Trade on a wide range of markets

With spread betting, you can diversify your portfolio through leveraged trading on a wide variety of indices, forex pairs, commodities, shares and treasuries.​

Trade on over 300 FX pairs, including the majors like EUR/USD, minors like EUR/GBP and emerging or exotic currency pairs such as USD/NOK.​

Our indices give you the opportunity to trade on a basket of shares that represent a country’s economy. Spread bet on index instruments like the UK 100, US 30 and Germany 30.​

You can also trade on stocks with over 8,000 share instruments from around the globe, as well as our exclusive range of share baskets, a wide range of commodities, plus the most popular treasuries.​​


Trade on over 300 forex pairs, such as EUR/USD, EUR/GBP, USD/JPY, AUD/USD, GBP/USD and many other minor and exotic pairs and our range of forex indices. More > 


Choose from global indices to speculate on a group of top shares in a country. Trade on the UK 100, US 30, Germany 30, US SPX 500, Australia 200 and others. More >


Trade on over 80 cash and forward commodity instruments, including energy commodities like Brent and West Texas Crude Oil and Natural Gas, and metals like Gold, Platinum, Copper and Silver, plus our range of commodity indices.
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Spread bet on over 8,000 shares from 22 countries, including Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Google, Netflix, Lloyds, Rio Tinto, BP, Tesco and Amazon, plus our exclusive range of topical share baskets. More >


Choose from over 40 treasury instruments, including UK Gilt, Euro Bund, Euribor, US T-Bond and US T-Note 10 YR. More >

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*Best Telephone & Email Customer Service, Best Platform Features and Best Mobile/Tablet App, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD & FX traders, 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