Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 69% 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, CFDs, OTC options or any of our other products work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Explore the UK’s best spread betting platform*

Discover our award-winning platform on the web or on our spread betting app

Trade on indices, forex, commodities, shares, ETFs and more

Open a live or demo account

Make use of our advanced charting features and trading tools

Choose from more than 10,000 financial instruments

Control your risk management with multiple execution and order types

How to start spread betting



Complete and submit our straightforward online application form.



Discover our product library, charts, watchlists, order tickets, analyst insights and more.



View our spread betting platform quick guide and watch our platform guide videos.

Best spread betting platform winner

Our spread betting platform has won numerous awards, including No.1 Web-Based Platform*. With a range of chart types, layouts and technical tools, our online spread betting platform​ has a lot to offer:

Competitive spreads and margin rates, starting at just 1 point and 5% margin for major indices, including the UK 100

Manage your risk with guaranteed stop-loss orders

Spread bet tax-free on all asset classes in the UK**

Add multiple technical indicators and drawing tools to your trading charts

Our spread betting charting features

Our industry-leading charts* provide a host of features to support your analysis, including multiple chart types, over 115 technical indicators and drawing tools, pattern recognition and a chart forum community.

Technical analysis

Discover our fully-integrated technical analysis suite, giving you the tools you need to analyse the markets.

Price projection

Our pattern recognition tool allows you to search for common technical chart and candle patterns, providing a price projection.

Mobile charting

Our mobile charts, available on our iPhone, iPad and Android™ apps, include over 25 of the most popular technical indicators and 15 drawing tools.

Module linking

Group charts together, so that when you change the product shown in one chart, the other charts in the group will automatically update.

Why spread bet with CMC Markets?

Industry-leading customer service

Over 30 years' experience

Spread bet anywhere with our award-winning app

What is spread betting?

Spread betting is a tax-efficient way of speculating on the price movements of thousands of global financial instruments, including forex, shares, indices, commodities and more. Spread betting is one of the most common ways to trade on price action over several asset classes in the UK and Ireland. Spread betters can trade in both directions by opening a buy or sell position, and trade with leverage, which provides greater exposure to the markets.

However, leverage can also present risks when the markets are volatile. If the market goes against your bet, you could risk making equal losses on your account. Read more about the risks of spread betting before you get started. Spread betting also comes with extra costs including overnight fees, GSLO premiums and spread charges.

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

CMC Price Plus

Experience a more rewarding way to trade, with access to reduced spreads of up to 28.6% through our tiered-volume fee discount scheme.


Discounts on spread costs: Save from 5% to 28.6% on spreads with our tiered-volume fee discount scheme.

How CMC Price+ works: Earn points with every trade, build up your monthly points, receive your trading discounts, and carry over to the following month.

The Financial Times subscription: Stay informed with global market news thanks to a free subscription on us when you sign up to CMC Alpha.

Tiers and benefits: See our full product listing, entry trading point requirements and spread discounts. Price+ Terms and Conditions


What kind of alerts can I get on the platform?

You can get trade execution alerts when pending orders are executed in your account. You can also choose price alerts, which notify you when an instrument hits a level specified by you. Find out more about trading alerts.

What types of technical analysis tools does the platform have?

We’re constantly developing and enhancing a range of technical analysis. You can discover more about our charting features.

Does the platform have one-click trading?

Yes, one-click trading is available with us. Find out more about how to activate one-click trading.

Is the platform also good for beginners?

Whatever your experience, CMC Markets has the tools to help you take the next step on your trading journey. Discover our learn section.