Place fixed-odds trades on the financial markets

Countdowns offer a straightforward, exciting way to trade on short-term price movements

  • Trade on popular FX pairs, indices and commodities
  • Short timeframes from just 30 seconds to one hour
  • Competitive payouts of up to 90%
  • Intuitive web platform experience
  • Never miss an opportunity with our enhanced mobile trading app

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Losses can exceed deposits

Cash rebates^

  • Trade via a CFD or spread betting account
  • User-friendly online application
  • Trade on an award-winning platform*
  • Award-winning customer service available 24/7**
CMC Markets
CMC Markets

Competitive payouts

We offer industry-leading Countdowns payouts of up to 90% and short-duration trades with timeframes from just 30 seconds.

CMC Markets

Trade popular instruments

Take a position on 27 key instruments, including popular indices like the UK 100 and US 30; commodities including Crude Oil and Gold; and forex pairs such as EUR/USD, GBP/USD and USD/JPY.

CMC Markets

Over 28 years' experience

Since launching in 1989, we’ve become one of the world's leading spread betting and CFD trading providers. You can be confident that when you're trading Countdowns with us, you're trading with one of the industry’s pioneers and one of the best in the business.

CMC Markets

Intuitive platform

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

CMC Markets

Multiple award-winners

We have won over 50 awards worldwide in the last two years – a recognition of the quality of our service, and dedication to delivering innovation and technology, through our web-based trading platform and native mobile apps.

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.

98% of calls answered in under 20 seconds

When there's a market open, we are too

Learn about Countdowns

Find out more about Countdowns

What are Countdowns?

Countdowns is a fixed-odds product where  the objective is to place a trade depending  on whether you think the price of a financial instrument will be higher or lower than the current price at the end of a range of short-term timeframes.​

How do you trade Countdowns?

Choose your market (for example EUR/USD) and the timeframe (from 30 seconds up to one hour) over which you want to trade. Next, enter a stake size (minimum £20), which is the amount you are willing to risk. Finally, decide whether you think the price will be above or below at the end of your chosen timeframe and place your trade.

Why trade Countdowns with CMC Markets?

  • Trade 15 key FX pairs including EUR/USD and GBP/USD
  • Speculate on leading indices like the UK 100, Germany 30 and US 30
  • Take a view on Gold and Crude Oil
  • Access industry-leading payouts of up to 90%
  • Benefit from over 27 years' trading experience as a spread betting and CFD provider

Open an account today

  • Trade Countdowns via a CFD or spread betting account
  • User-friendly online application
  • Trade on an award-winning platform
  • Award-winning customer service

Open an account now

Any capital invested is at risk

Trade Countdowns with a reputed global provider

60,000

active clients worldwide across all account types

62.7M

trades per annum across all products

14

global offices

Open an account now

Any capital invested is at risk

Winner 2017

Platform Features

Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report

Winner 2017

Mobile Phone/Tablet Platform

Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report

Winner 2017

Financial Services Provider of the Year

Shares Awards

Winner 2017

Best Online Trading Platform

Shares Awards

Winner 2017

Best Spread Betting & CFD Education Tools

ADVFN International Financial Awards

Winner 2017

Best Spread Betting Provider

Wealth & Money Management Awards

Winner 2017

Best Spread Betting Provider

Investment & Wealth Management Awards

Winner 2017

Best Forex Trading Support

UK Forex Awards

Awarded Best Platform Features and Best Mobile Phone/Tablet Platform, among spread betters, CFD and FX traders.

Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report

*Awarded Best Platform Features and Best Mobile Phone/Tablet Platform; ranked highest for Platform Reliability and Charting, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report; Best Online Trading Platform, Shares Awards 2017.

**Awarded Best Customer Service, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2017 UK Leverage Trading Report.

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