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 CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
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The UK's best online trading platform1

We've built our web trading platform, Next Generation, to be powerful and intuitive. It combines leading-edge features and security, lightning-fast execution2, and best-in-class insight and analysis. Designed to support any strategy.

FCA regulated
Protected Up To £85,0003
FTSE 250 Listed
BEST CFD PROVIDEROnline Money Awards
Best Spread Betting ProviderCity of London Wealth Management

Tools built to enhance your analysis

Fast execution, exclusive insights and accurate signals are vital to your success as a trader. Our award-winning web trading platform1 was built with the successful trader in mind.

Pattern recognition scanner

We automatically scan over 120 of our most popular instruments every 15 minutes for emerging and completed chart patterns, such as wedges, channels and head & shoulders formations, and overlay them on to your charts to alert you to potential emerging trends.

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Advanced order execution

We offer a range of advanced order types, including trailing and guaranteed stop losses, partial closure, market orders and boundary orders on every trade, so you have the flexibility to trade your way.

Reuters news and analysis

Keep up to date with Reuters news and market commentary from our global analysts.

Industry-leading charting

Choose from over 115 technical indicators and drawing tools, more than 70 patterns and 12 in-built chart types.


Introducing performance analytics

Performance analytics analyses your trading history and presents your data in an intuitive and meaningful way.

Understand which trading behaviours and patterns are making you the most money, where your strategy is leaking money, and your current level of risk.

Available to all live account holders

Pinpoint pricing

We've invested over £100m into our online trading platform, creating pioneering technology that puts cutting edge software in your hands.

One-click tradingSet your default position size and enter with a single 'click'
Fast execution; no partial fillsAll orders are fully executed without dealer intervention, regardless of your trading size.
Reliably stableWe consistently achieve core platform uptime4, so you to focus on your trading
Precise pricingWe crunch 225m prices every day, from up to 14 tier-one liquidity provider feeds

Supporting your risk/reward strategy

Our range of risk-management options help you stay in control, as you set your own limits and stay on top of the latest market movements.

Comprehensive range of order types

Define your exit prices using stops and take-profit orders, along with options such as trailing stops, partial close-out, and boundary orders.

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Price alerts

Track the markets that matter to you and easily find out about the latest movements.

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Guaranteed stop-loss orders

Get 100% certainty that your stop-loss will be executed at the price you choose.

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Hedge your trades

Hedge a physical position in the underlying market with a trade on our platform, or open simultaneous buy and sell positions in your account.

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100% automated execution

You can be sure your trade will be filled with no dealer intervention.

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Trade from charts

Enter and close positions, update your limit and stop orders directly from charts.

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Your space, your place

Choose your own setup by customising the web-based platform to suit your individual style

  • Editable auto stop-loss order

  • Default trade sizes

  • Charting templates

  • Customisable dashboards

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Exclusive to CMC

Unlock your potential
With our new premium membership, CMC Alpha, you'll join a community of like-minded traders who receive all these benefits (and more).
  • Save from 5% to 28.6%5 on spreads

  • Free Financial Times subscription6

  • Priority customer service

Compare our account types

Spread Betting

  • 12,000+ instruments
  • Trade with leverage
  • CMC web platform, iOS and Android app
  • Tax-free profits7
Available schemes:

CFD Trading

  • 12,000+ instruments
  • Trade with leverage
  • CMC web platform, iOS and Android app
  • Pay no stamp duty on CFD trading profits7
  • 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 profits7
  • MT4 platform available
  • Spreads from 0.0 pips on 6 major FX pairs8
  • 25% spread discount on 300+ FX pairs
Available schemes (non-FX only):

For more details visit our account comparison page

Explore other platforms

Mobile Trading App

Get the functionality of our web platform in your pocket with mobile-optimised charting, full order-ticket features and real-time alerts.

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Metatrader 4 (MT4)

Trade on the world's most popular platform with 175+ forex pairs, plus all the key indices and commodities.

Find out more

30 + years.
275,000+ global clients.

As a financial services pioneer we've got the expertise allied to over 30 years' industry experience. That's why over 275,0009 global clients put their confidence in us.


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. See a list of all our popular markets and instruments.

Web platform FAQs

Why trade on a web-based platform?

Our web features means that trading charts are easy to read, there is a wide range of technical indicators and drawing tools, and you can view multiple charts simultaneously on one screen. Learn more about web-based charting​.

Which is more suitable for me: Next Generation or MT4?

This depends on the product and asset you would like to trade. MetaTrader 4 is one of the world’s most renowned trading platforms, allowing you to trade CFDs on a large number of forex pairs, as well as the essential indices and commodities. With Next Generation, you can spread bet tax-free7 on more than 12,000 financial instruments, including the above but also stocks, treasuries and ETFs. Compare our trading platforms in more depth.

What other devices can I trade on?

Traders can use our web-based platform on any browser, and if you want to trade on a mobile or tablet device, our platforms also come in the form of an app with mobile optimised charting and in-app push notifications. Start by downloading the mobile apps​ for iOS and Android.

Do I need to download or install any software?

No – you can simply create an account and login to our web-based platform, Next Generation, using your chosen browser. You’ll be able to access the financial markets straight away without installing any special software.

1Awarded No.1 Platform Technology, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2022; No.1 Web-Based Platform, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2021; Best Spread Betting Provider, The City of London Wealth Management Awards 2021. 20.0030s CFD median trade execution time, 2020-2021 CMC Markets financial year. 3FSCS 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. 4Core platform uptime, 1 January-31 December 2022. 5Max discount in tier. Discounts are variable per product; please check our tiers table or the CMC Price+ T&Cs. 6T&Cs Apply. 'FT' and 'Financial Times' are trademarks of The Financial Times Limited. 7Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK. 8Commissions at $2.5 per $100k traded. 9310,363 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.
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