Cryptocurrencies

Spread bet or trade CFDs on popular cryptocurrencies, including
bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and ripple, as well as our unique range of
crypto indices. These are high-risk speculative products. High volatility
combined with leverage could lead to significant losses.

  • 90,000 clients globally
  • No minimum deposit
  • Free sign-up

Why trade on cryptocurrencies with us?

There are a number of benefits to becoming a crypto trader with us.


Tax-efficient trading1

There’s no capital gains tax on profits from crypto spread bets and no stamp duty to pay when trading CFDs.

Go long or short2

Take a long or short position on your chosen cryptocurrency, and trade on rising or falling prices.3

Trade with leverage

Deposit 50% of the full value of your position to open a crypto trade.4

A regulated provider

CMC Markets UK is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), registration numbers 173730 and 170627.

Established company

Easily deposit or withdraw funds, and avoid the worry and hassle of dealing with an unfamiliar cryptocurrency exchange.

Award-winning support5

Speak to a member of our Client Management team 24 hours a day, from Sunday evening through to Friday evening.

1Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
2Please note, we may, at our sole discretion, restrict your ability to go long or short.
3Learn more about cryptocurrency risks
4When trading using margin any losses will reflect the full value of the position.
5Awarded Best Telephone Customer Service & Best Email Customer Service, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, Investment Trends 2019 UK Leverage Trading Report.

Giving crypto traders an edge

Continued investment in our HTML5 platform and mobile apps has been recognised through a number of industry awards, including Best Platform Features and Best Mobile/Tablet App, among spread betters, CFD and FX traders, in the 2019 Investment Trends UK Leverage Trading Report.​

What are cryptocurrencies?

If you’re new to trading on cryptos, take a look at some of our helpful articles to get a better idea of what cryptocurrencies are and how they work.

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Your questions answered

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Pricing and costs

How much does it cost to open an account?

There’s no cost when opening a live account. You can also view prices and use tools such as charts, Reuters news or Morningstar quantitative equity reports free of charge. You’ll need to deposit funds in your account to place a trade.

View the full list of cryptocurrencies on the platform

What is the minimum trade size on cryptocurrencies?

You can spread bet from £0.10/point on NEO, £0.05/point on bitcoin, £1/point on ethereum and £0.10/point on ripple. You can see the minimum trade size for all instruments on the platform, in the ‘Product Overview’ under ‘Betting and Position Limits’.

What are the costs of trading on cryptocurrencies?

There are a number of costs to consider when spread betting or trading CFDs on cryptocurrencies, including spread costs, holding costs (for trades held overnight – this is essentially a fee for the funds we ‘lend you’ to cover the leveraged portion of the trade), rollover costs and guaranteed stop-loss order charges (if you use this risk-management tool).

The spread is the key cost involved in spread betting, and is the difference between the buy and sell price of an instrument. The narrower the spread, the better value you receive, because the market only has to move slightly in your favour to offer the possibility of a profit on your trade.

Some trades held open past the end of the trading day (5pm, New York time) are subject to holding costs, which can be positive or negative depending on your trade direction and the applicable holding rate. Overnight holding costs for Bitcoin/USD are 0.0685% on long positions, and minus 0.0137% on short positions. Overnight holding costs for all other cryptocurrencies are 0.0753% on long positions, and minus 0.0274% on short positions.

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What are your margin rates on cryptocurrencies?

Margin rates on cryptocurrencies start from 50%. Margin rates show the percentage of the total trade value that you need to put forward to open a position.

Where do your prices come from?

Our automated pricing engine collates and checks thousands of prices per second streamed from our liquidity providers. The most representative price is then used to create the quotes on our platform. Our pricing aims to mirror the underlying market as far as possible. Learn more

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What the risks of trading on cryptocurrencies?

Cryptocurrencies can be particularly susceptible to volatility, so it’s important to understand the risks before you start trading. Learn more about the risks involved in trading on cryptocurrencies.

Why spread betting?

Spread betting allows you to trade tax-free on a wide range of financial markets 24 hours a day, from Sunday nights through to Friday nights. Trade on your phone, tablet, PC or Mac on a wide range of instruments using leverage. Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.

What is leveraged trading?

One of the advantages of spread betting is that you only need to deposit a percentage of the full value of your position to open a trade, known as trading on leverage. Remember, trading on leverage can also amplify losses, so it’s important to manage your risk. Learn more

Is CMC Markets regulated by the FCA?

Yes, CMC Markets 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 administrators’ costs in handling and distributing these funds. Any shortfall of funds up to £85,000 may be compensated under the FSCS.

What can I trade?

You can spread bet or trade CFDs on 12 individual cryptocurrencies including bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, litecoin and ripple, plus a number of other alternative coins. You can also trade on one of our three custom crypto indices, which offer you the opportunity to take a view on a basket of cryptos in one trade. Our crypto indices are All Crypto Index, Major Crypto Index and Emerging Crypto Index.

In addition to digital currencies, you can also trade on a huge range of other markets:

300+ forex pairs – EUR/GBP, EUR/USD, AUD/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY and more
60+ indices – UK 100, Germany 30, US 30, US SPX 500, Australia 200 and more
90+ commodities – including Gold, Brent and West Texas crude oil, Silver, Natural Gas
9,000+ shares – Apple, Netflix, Lloyds, Rio Tinto, BP, Tesco, Amazon, Google and more
30+ treasuries – including UK Gilt, Euro Bund, Euribor, US T-Bond, US T-Note 10 YR

View the full list on the platform

Do you offer a demo account?

If you want to try trading on cryptocurrencies risk-free, you can open a demo account now with just your email address and a password.

How to start trading on cryptocurrencies

  • 1

    Apply

    Complete and submit our straightforward online application form. Apply now

  • 2

    Fund

    Deposit funds with a debit card, PayPal or bank transfer.

  • 3

    Trade

    Once you’ve funded your new account, you’re ready to start trading.

Ready to trade on cryptocurrencies?

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*A minimum spread is the lowest spread that will be shown on the given instrument. If the underlying market spread widens throughout the trading day, or you are trading out of hours, the platform spread may also widen. The spreads shown are for the first price available for the average market trade/bet sizes in the relevant instrument. The spread will widen for larger trade/bet sizes; see our platform for more information.

**Spreads, commissions and margins (as applicable) are provided for information only. Please refer to the product overview area of our trading platform for the most up-to-date information including trading hours and spreads.