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  • Thousands of instruments including forex, indices, commodities and shares 
  • Powerful charting and innovative trading tools
  • Never miss an opportunity with our enhanced mobile trading app
  • Spread bet tax-free** with competitive spreads and low margin rates
  • Live, award-winning support around the clock, whenever the markets are open
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CMC Markets

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 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 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 offorex, indices, commodities, shares and treasuries.

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Nearly 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 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 Financial Services Provider of the Year at the 2017 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. 

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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 9,000 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^
  • Create an account for free with no minimum deposit required

Earn cash rebates as you trade

  • Trade high-volumes and earn cash rewards
  • Earn rebates on forex, index and commodity trades
  • We paid £15.7m globally to our clients in 2017-18

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Losses can exceed deposits

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Losses can exceed your 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 2017

Financial Services Provider of the Year

Shares Awards

Winner 2017

Best Online Trading Platform

Shares Awards

Winner 2017

Best Spread Betting & CFD Education Tools

ADVFN International Financial Awards

Winner 2017

Best Spread Betting Provider

Wealth & Money Management Awards

Winner 2017

Best Spread Betting Provider

Investment & Wealth Management Awards

Winner 2017

Best Forex Trading Support

UK Forex 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 2017.

**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 bets and CFDs are high-risk leveraged products and losses can exceed your deposits. Ensure you understand the risks.