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.

Spread betting

Why spread bet with CMC Markets?

An award-winning provider*

We are proud of our history and continued recognition. In 2017, we were awarded Financial Services Provider of the Year at the Shares Awards for the fifth consecutive year. These awards, voted for by readers of Shares magazine, reflect our focus on providing our clients with the best possible spread betting experience. We’ve also received a number of other awards over recent years for our trading platform, service and education offering.

Competitive costs

We aim to provide tight spreads regardless of market volatility, delivering competitive and reliable pricing. We offer attractive spreads right across our product range, from 0.7 points on EUR/USD, 1 point on key indices like the UK 100 and Germany 30, and 0.4 points on Gold. Our margin rates start from 3.3% for forex, 5% for indices and commodities, 20% for shares.

Dedicated client service

Our dedicated Customer Services team are available to provide comprehensive support, whenever the markets are open. You can get in touch at clientmanagement@cmcmarkets.co.uk or call us on +44 (0) 20 3003 8588.

*Awarded Best Customer Service, Best Overall Satisfaction, Best Platform Features, Best Mobile Phone/Tablet App and Best Education Materials/Programmes, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2018 UK Leverage Trading Report.

Which number's movement am I betting on?

Your spread bet is based on the movement of the last large number within the price shown in the order ticket. Every movement of that number represents one point movement and one multiple of your stake.

What costs do I need to be aware of when spread betting?

One of the costs you can expect to incur is a holding cost, which is applied where a cash position is held open past 5pm (New York time). The holding cost will be incurred for every day the position is held open at that time. Another cost to be aware of is the spread cost, which is based on the difference between the sell and the buy price. The lower the spread, the less cost is incurred. Learn more about the costs and charges associated with spread betting.

What is the minimum stake size on spread bets?

The minimum stake size for spread bets is 50p per point for indices, FX and commodities and £1 per point for most shares. Some US shares have a minimum stake size of 10p per point. See our Range of Markets section for more information about our products, including stake sizes.

Why is there a charge to subscribe to market data for CFD accounts but not for spread betting accounts?

Spread betting share prices change when we add the spread so the price data isn’t directly from the market, whereas CFD share prices are derived directly, and therefore attract a fee when they are offered. The market data subscription fee covers this.

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