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
  • Trade on the move with our native mobile apps
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 25 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 over 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

You are our focus

Our aim is to offer you a superior trading experience. We're passionate about online trading, constantly innovating and aiming to improve how our clients invest in the financial markets.

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 25 years' trading experience as a spread betting and CFD provider

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  • Trade high volumes and earn cash rewards^
  • Earn rebates on forex, index & commodity trades
  • We paid €10.5m globally to our clients in 2015-16

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Any capital invested is at risk

Trade Countdowns with a reputed global provider


active clients worldwide across all account types


trades per annum across all products


global offices

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Winner 2016

Financial Services Provider of the Year

Shares Awards

Winner 2016

Best Online Trading Platform

Shares Awards

Winner 2016

Best Forex Trading Platform

UK Forex Awards

Winner 2016

Best Forex Binary Options Broker

UK Forex Awards 2015

Winner 2016

Best Spread Betting and CFD Education Tools

ADVFN International
Financial Awards

Winner 2016

Best Mobile/Tablet Application

Online Personal Wealth Awards

Winner 2016

Mobile trading

Investment Trends 2016 UK Leveraged Trading Report

Winner 2016

Platform features

Investment Trends 2016 UK Leveraged Trading Report

Awarded 'Best Platform Features' and 'Best Mobile Trading', among spread betters, CFD and FX traders.

Investment Trends 2016 UK Leveraged Trading Report

*Awarded 'Best Platform Features' and 'Best Mobile Trading', based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2016 UK Leveraged Trading Report; 'Best Online Trading Platform', Shares Awards 2016; 'Best Forex Trading Platform', UK Forex Awards 2016; and 'Best Mobile/Tablet Application', Online Personal Wealth Awards 2016.

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