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.

Open a trading account

Open a trading account online to access our award-winning Next Generation trading platform*, which is designed to be feature-rich but still feel familiar and easy to use. We’re constantly developing and enhancing our range of platform tools, to give you the best possible chance of success.


    1. Complete a simple application form.

    2. Receive verification. After submitting the form, you will get a response from us within 60 seconds.**

    3. Fund your account and begin trading on over 12,000 financial markets.

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Switching to a CMC Markets trading account

Our powerful trading platform and mobile apps, competitive spreads and 30+ years’ experience are just some of the reasons why clients choose to join us. We reward traders with a personalised, award-winning service*. Learn more about switching to CMC Markets.

Why create a trading account with CMC Markets?

Enhanced mobile trading

Experience enhanced mobile trading with an app you can customise to suit your trading style, so you can keep track of the markets that matter to you and stay informed on the go.

Intuitive platform

Our unique online trading platform has already won multiple awards and we’re continually working on creating new functionality, products and trading tools to enhance your trading experience.

Over 30 years' experience

Since launching in 1989, we’ve become one of the world's leading spread betting and CFD trading providers. When you trade with us, you're trading with an industry pioneer.

Explore our platform guides

Browse the wide range of trading tools, charting features and order types available on our web-based trading platform, with our video platform guides.

Trade on over 12,000 financial instruments

With a vast selection of financial instruments to choose from, you could focus on trading a specific currency pair or metal, or diversify and trade across multiple asset classes like indices and shares. Explore financial instruments that you can trade on with your live CMC Markets trading account.

Pricing is indicative. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.

Funding your online trading account

You can sign into your account as soon as your application has been successful and you have confirmed your registered email address via the verification link sent to you. However, you won’t be able to place a trade unless there are sufficient funds in your account to open a position.

Read our funding your trading account FAQs.


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How do I open a trading account?

To open a trading account, simply complete our application form. If successful, you will then receive a verification email, and you can then fund your account and begin trading.

What features do I get with a CMC Markets trading account?

There are a vast range of tools and features on our trading platform, designed to give you the best possible chance of success. Explore our platform guides.

What details do I need to provide when opening a trading account?

When applying for a trading account with us, you will need to provide a scanned copy or clear photograph of a valid UK photo driving licence that shows your current address, or a passport or ID card. Learn more about documentation to provide when opening a trading account.

Can I switch to a CMC Markets trading account?

Yes, you can switch to a CMC Markets trading account. Learn how to switch to a CMC Markets account, and some of the features and benefits.