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Hone your spread betting skills on our award-winning platform*

  • 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^
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CMC Markets

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 0.20% for FX and 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 pairs, stock indices, commodities, shares and treasuries.

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Over 25 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 platform

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

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Multiple award-winners

We have won over 50 awards worldwide in the last two years, including Best Spread Betting Provider at the 2015 Investors Chronicle/Financial Times Investment Awards. The 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 instruments), including indices, currency pairs, commodities, shares and treasuries.

When you spread bet you take a position based on whether you think the price of an instrument will rise or fall, and make a profit or loss based on whether or not the market moves in your direction. Remember, losses can exceed deposits.

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 will fall in value, you would take a short position (sell).

Why spread bet with CMC Markets?

  • Choose from over 9500 spread betting instruments
  • 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 

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

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Losses can exceed deposits on a live account

Spread bet with a reputed global provider

57,000

active clients worldwide across all account types

66.8M

trades per annum across all products

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global offices

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Losses can exceed your deposits on a live account

Winner 2016

Financial Services Provider of the Year

Shares Awards

Winner 2016

Best Online Trading Platform

Shares Awards

Winner 2016

Best Forex Trading Platform

UK Forex Awards

Winner 2016

Best Forex Binary Options Broker

UK Forex Awards 2015

Winner 2016

Best Spread Betting and CFD Education Tools

ADVFN International
Financial Awards

Winner 2016

Best Mobile/Tablet Application

Online Personal Wealth Awards

Winner 2016

Mobile trading

Investment Trends 2016 UK Leveraged Trading Report

Winner 2016

Platform features

Investment Trends 2016 UK Leveraged Trading Report

Awarded 'Best Platform Features' and 'Best Mobile Trading', among spread betters, CFD and FX traders.

Investment Trends 2016 UK Leveraged Trading Report

*Awarded 'Best Platform Features' and 'Best Mobile Trading', based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2016 UK Leveraged Trading Report; 'Best Online Trading Platform', Shares Awards 2016; 'Best Forex Trading Platform', UK Forex Awards 2016; and 'Best Mobile/Tablet Application', Online Personal Wealth Awards 2016.

**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 CFD traders, Investment Trends 2016 UK Leveraged Trading Report and 'Best Forex Customer Service', UK Forex Awards 2015.

Spreads may widen and margins may increase in volatile markets.

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Spread betting and CFD trading can result in losses that exceed your deposits. Ensure you understand the risks.