Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% 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.

Explore our spread betting platform

Spread bet on the financial markets, including indices, forex, cryptocurrencies, commodities, shares and treasuries.

  • Spread bet with a live or demo account on our award-winning spread betting platform*
  • Make use of our advanced charting features and trading tools
  • Download our spread betting app for iOS and Android devices
  • Spread bet on almost 10,000 financial instruments
  • Control your risk management with multiple execution and order types
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How to start spread betting

Best spread betting platform winner

Winner of various awards such as No1 Web-Based Platform and Best Platform Features, our spread betting platform offers a range of chart types, layouts and technical tools. Here are a few of the main features of our online spread betting platform:

  • Competitive spreads and margin rates, starting at just 1 point or 5% margin for major indices including the UK 100
  • You can go long or short on thousands of instruments
  • We offer a range of stop-loss orders to manage risk, such as guaranteed stop-loss orders
  • Ability to spread bet tax-free on all asset classes in the UK**
  • Ability to add multiple technical indicators and drawing tools to your trading charts

Read more about our spread betting charting features, which include exclusive live account features, such as our trading forum and access to shares.

Why spread bet with CMC Markets?

Dedicated support, 24 hours a day

We're No.1 for customer service

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Over 30 years' industry experience

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Spread bet anywhere with our award-winning app​​

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Listed on the London Stock Exchange

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Spread betting app

Clients can download our mobile trading app for iOS and Android devices, which can be customised based on your trading preferences. Trade comfortably from your home and on-the-go. Voted Best Mobile/Tablet App award, some highlights of our spread betting app include:

  • Ability to set trading and price alert notifications on your mobile
  • Our spread betting app is compatible with mobile and tablet
  • Full order ticket functionality
  • Range of responsive trading charts and layouts
  • Award-winning client services
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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 are required to trade with leverage to increase their exposure to the markets. Read more about the risks of spread betting​ to get started.

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


We offer spread betting on 15 popular cryptocurrency instruments. Take a position on bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, litecoin and ripple, or spread your risk with our range of crypto indices. 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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Ready to start spread betting?

*No1 Web-Based Platform, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2020; Best Telephone & Best Email Customer Service, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD & FX traders, Investment Trends 2020 UK Leverage Trading Report; Best Platform Features & Best Mobile/Tablet App, 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.