We believe it’s the quality of our Next Generation platform, allied to the level of service we offer, that sets us apart.
Our intuitive, award-winning platform* is packed with insightful features and tools, and constantly being developed to provide even more choice and flexibility.
Our acclaimed team* is ready to answer your queries when the markets are open, 24 hours a day from Sunday evening to Friday evening.
We’re upfront about the costs of trading on the financial markets, allowing our clients to focus on trading.
Spread bet or trade CFDs on thousands of markets, including FX, indices, commodities, cryptocurrencies and shares.
Any profits you make from spread betting are free from capital gains tax, and there is no stamp duty to pay when you spread bet or trade CFDs. Remember, tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
Deposit from just 3.3% of the full value of your position to open a trade. Leverage increases risk and can amplify losses, as well as profits.
*Awarded Highest Overall Satisfaction, Best Platform Features, Best Mobile/Tablet App, Best Telephone Customer Service & Best Email Customer Service; Rated Highest for Charting, Ease of Account Funding, Reporting of Positions & Transactions, & Spreads, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD & FX traders, Investment Trends Report 2019.
Our retail account for new and experienced clients.
This account is for professional clients only.
Losses can exceed deposits when spread betting or trading CFDs with CMC Pro. Retail client protections do not apply.
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Pricing and costs
How much does it cost to open an account?
There’s no cost to open a live account. You can also view prices and use tools such as charts, Reuters news or Morningstar quantitative equity reports free of charge. You’ll need to deposit funds in your account to place a trade though.
What are the costs of spread betting and CFD trading?
There are a number of costs to consider, including spread costs, holding costs (for trades held overnight – this is essentially a fee for the funds we ‘lend you’ to cover the leveraged portion of the trade), rollover costs and guaranteed stop-loss order charges (if you use this risk-management tool). In addition, there is a commission cost when trading CFDs on shares.
The spread is the key cost involved in spread betting, and is the difference between the buy and sell price of an instrument. The narrower the spread, the better value you receive, because the market only has to move slightly in your favour to offer the possibility of a profit on your spread bet.
Trades held open past the end of the trading day (5pm, New York time) are subject to holding costs, which can be positive or negative depending on your trade direction and the applicable holding rate. Holding rates can be found in the ‘Product Overview’ for each instrument on the platform.
You can add a guaranteed stop-loss order (GSLO) to your trade, which guarantees to close you out at your specified level, regardless of market volatility or gapping. A cost is applied for using a GSLO, but if it's not triggered we'll refund 100% of the original GSLO charge. The charge, or ‘premium’, is calculated by multiplying the premium rate by the bet size.
You’re also able to roll forward positions over to keep a trade open beyond its expiry date. When you roll a forward position to the next contract, your profit or loss is realised and you enter the new trade at the mid-price, saving 50% on the spread cost.
Where do your prices come from?
Our automated pricing engine collates and checks thousands of prices per second streamed from our liquidity providers. The most representative price is then used to create the quotes on our platform. Our pricing aims to mirror the underlying market as far as possible.
Products and accounts
Why spread bet or trade CFDs?
Spread betting and CFD trading gives you access to a wide range of financial markets 24 hours a day, from Sunday nights through to Friday nights. Trade on your phone, tablet, PC or Mac on a wide range of instruments using leverage.
What is leveraged trading?
One of the advantages of spread betting and trading CFDs is that you only need to deposit a percentage of the full value of your position to open a trade, known as trading on leverage. Remember, trading on leverage can also amplify losses, so it’s important to manage your risk.
Is CMC Markets regulated by the FCA?
We’re fully authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK (registration number 173730). Retail client money is held in segregated client bank accounts and money held on behalf of clients is distributed across a range of major banks, which are regularly assessed against our risk criteria.
Is CMC Markets covered by the FSCS?
Yes, your eligible deposits with CMC Markets are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensations Scheme (FSCS), the UK’s deposit guarantee scheme. If CMC Markets ever went into liquidation, retail clients would have their share of segregated money returned, minus the administrators’ costs in handling and distributing these funds. Any shortfall of funds up to £85,000 may be compensated under the FSCS.
What can I trade?
Choose from a wide range of cash and forward instruments across these asset classes:
300+ forex pairs – EUR/GBP, EUR/USD, AUD/USD, GBP/USD,
USD/JPY and more
90+ indices – UK 100, Germany 30, US 30, US SPX 500, Australia 200 and more
80+ commodities – including Gold, Brent and West Texas crude oil, Silver, Natural Gas
8,000+ shares – Apple, Netflix, Lloyds, Rio Tinto, BP, Tesco, Amazon, Google and more
15 cryptocurrencies – bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, litecoin, ripple and more
40+ treasuries – including UK Gilt, Euro Bund, Euribor, US T-Bond, US T-Note 10 YR
Do you offer a demo account?
If you want to try trading via a risk-free demo spread betting or CFD trading account, you can open a demo account now with just your email address and a password.