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 CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
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Packed with powerful features, yet intuitive, and available to everyone. Whatever the next step in your trading journey, our platforms can help you get there.

FCA Regulated
Protected Up To £85,000 2
FTSE 250 Listed
BEST CFD PROVIDEROnline Money Awards
Best Spread Betting ProviderThe City of London Wealth Management

Web Trading Platform

Your space, your place

  • Industry-leading charting

  • Pattern recognition scanner

  • Advanced order execution

  • Gauge market sentiment

  • Morningstar equity research & Reuters news

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Mobile Trading App

Get the functionality of our web platform in your pocket

  • Open, close and modify trades on the go

  • Intuitive mobile-optimised charting

  • 40+ indicators and drawing tools

  • Set up alerts via push, SMS or email

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MetaTrader 4 (MT4)

The world's most popular trading platform

  • Tight spreads on 175+ FX pairs, plus indices and commodities

  • Spreads from 0.0 pips on 6 major pairs with our FX Active account3

  • Fast, 100% automated execution on our London-based server

  • No scalping restrictions

  • Free premium indicators and EAs

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Spread Betting

  • 12,000+ instruments
  • Trade with leverage
  • CMC web platform, iOS and Android app
  • Tax-free profits4
Available schemes:

CFD Trading

  • 12,000+ instruments
  • Trade with leverage
  • CMC web platform, iOS and Android app
  • Pay no stamp duty on CFD trading profits4
  • MT4 platform available
Available schemes:

FX Active

  • 12,000+ instruments
  • Trade with leverage
  • CMC web platform, iOS and Android app
  • Pay no stamp duty on CFD trading profits4
  • MT4 platform available
  • Spreads from 0.0 pips on 6 major FX pairs3
  • 25% spread discount on 300+ FX pairs
Available schemes (non-FX only):

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New to CMC Markets?

Is it free to open an account?

There's no cost when opening a live spread betting, CFD or FX Active account. You can also view prices and use tools such as charts, Reuters news or Morningstar quantitative equity reports, free of charge. However, you will need to deposit funds in your account to place a trade. Find out more about the costs of placing a trade.

Is CMC Markets regulated by the FCA?

Yes, CMC Markets UK plc (registration number 173730) and CMC Spreadbet plc (registration number 170627) are fully authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK. 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 administrator's costs in handling and distributing these funds. Any shortfall of funds up to £85,000 may be compensated under the FSCS.

How does CMC Markets segregate client money?

Under the FCA's Client Money rules, we're required to segregate client money (unless you agree with us otherwise) from CMC's own funds. The funds held in segregated bank accounts do not belong to CMC and will be held in a way that enables it to be identified as client money. Learn more about client money regulations

How does CMC Markets make money?

Our income primarily comes from our spreads, while other fees, such as overnight holding costs, make a minor contribution to our overall revenue.

We never aim to profit from our clients' losses. Our aim is to build long-term relationships by providing the best possible trading experience through our technology and customer service.

What can I trade on with CMC?

You can trade on over 12,000 financial instruments when you spread bet or trade CFDs with us. View our popular markets and instruments.

Trading platform FAQs

What is the best trading platform for beginners?

Our award-winning, proprietary platform1 features a host of material on spread betting and CFD trading, plus access strategies, tips, and costs to help you get started. Open an account to start trading on thousands of financial markets using our trading software.

What platforms can I trade on?

We offer three trading platforms: our web-based platform, our mobile app, and MetaTrader 4. You can trade CFDs on MT4 and also spread bet tax-free4 on our web and mobile platforms, with access to a wide range of forex pairs, indices, commodities, shares, ETFs and more. Compare our trading platforms​.

Why use a trading platform?

A derivative trading platform allows to you trade on both sides of the markets using spread bets and CFDs, without the need to directly interact with a broker. You can also take advantage of advanced technical and fundamental analysis tools to assist your trading strategy. Trades can be executed in a single click or tap, and at lightning-fast execution speeds6. Learn more with our platform guides and tutorials.

What is a trading platform?

A trading platform allows you to purchase a number of CFD (contracts for difference) units or a pre-determined amount per point of movement (for your spread bet stake) for a particular instrument, such as a currency pair, index or commodity, allowing you to trade on its short-term price movements without the need to purchase the underlying asset. Learn more about our spread betting platform and  CFD trading platform.

1No.1 Web-Based Platform, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2022; Best Mobile Trading Platform, ADVFN International Financial Awards 2022; Best In-House Analysts, Professional Trader Awards 2022; No.1 Platform Technology and Professional Trading, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2021. 2FSCS is an independent body that offers protection to customers of financial services firms that have failed. The compensation amount may be up to £85,000 per eligible person, per firm. Eligibility conditions apply. Please contact the FSCS for more information. 3FX Active commission at $2.5 per $100k traded. 4Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK. 5310,363 active clients, CMC Markets financial year 2021-2022. Active clients represent those individual clients who have traded with or held CFD or spread bet positions, or who traded on the stockbroking platform, on at least one occasion during the financial year. 60.0030s CFD median trade execution time, 2020-2021 CMC Markets financial year.
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