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  • Thousands of instruments including forex, indices, commodities & shares 
  • Powerful charting & innovative trading tools
  • Spread bet on the move with our mobile & tablet apps
  • Spread bet tax-free** with competitive spreads & low margin rates
  • Award-winning support around the clock, whenever the markets are open

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Losses can exceed deposits

Cash rebates^

  • We reward high-volume traders with cash rebates
  • Earn rebates on forex, index & commodity trades
  • We paid £9.9m globally to our clients in 2016-17
CMC Markets
CMC Markets

Our focus is you

Our goal is to provide the ultimate spread betting experience. We're passionate about online trading, constantly innovating and aiming to improve how our clients spread bet on the financial markets.

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.

CMC Markets

More opportunities

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

CMC Markets

Over 27 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.

CMC Markets

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.

CMC Markets

Multiple award-winners

We have won over 50 awards worldwide in the last two years, including Financial Services Provider of the Year in the 2016 Shares Awards. These accolades recognise the quality of our service, and dedication to delivering innovation and technology, through our web-based trading platform and native mobile apps. 

98% of calls answered in under 20 seconds

When there's a market open, we are too

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 9,500 spread betting instruments
  • Spread bet tax-free, with competitive spreads and low margin rates
  • Trade on our award-winning Next Generation platform and mobile apps
  • Manage your risk with our range of stop-loss orders, including guaranteed stops
  • Earn cash rebates if you're a high-volume trader

Spread bet with a reputed global provider

60,000

active clients worldwide across all account types

62.7M

trades per annum across all products

14

global offices

Open a spread betting account now

Losses can exceed deposits

Earn cash rebates as you trade

  • High-volume traders earn cash rewards
  • Earn rebates on forex, index & commodity trades
  • We paid £9.9m globally to our clients in 2016-17 

Open a spread betting account now

Losses can exceed deposits

Winner 2017

Platform Features

Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report

Winner 2017

Mobile Phone/Tablet Platform

Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report

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

Winner 2016

Best Spread Betting and CFD Education Tools

ADVFN International
Financial Awards

Winner 2016

Best Mobile/Tablet Application

Online Personal Wealth Awards

Awarded Best Platform Features and Best Mobile Phone/Tablet Platform, among spread betters, CFD and FX traders.

Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report

*Awarded Best Platform Features and Best Mobile Phone/Tablet Platform; ranked highest for Platform Reliability and Charting, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report; Best Online Trading Platform, Shares Awards 2016; Best Forex Trading Platform, UK Forex Awards 2016.

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

^Terms and conditions apply.

Awarded Best Customer Service, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report.

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.