Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 72% 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 and CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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What are indices?

Indices are a measure of a section of shares in the stock market, created by combining the value of several stocks to create one aggregate value. Major financial indices include the Dow Jones Industrial Average, FTSE 100, DAX, and CAC 40. The Dow Jones index, for example, represents 30 large publically-listed companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

What is forex?

FX trading, also known as foreign exchange trading, or forex trading, is the exchange of different currencies on a decentralised global market. It's one of the largest and most liquid financial markets in the world. Forex trading involves the simultaneous buying and selling of the world's currencies on this market.

What is a commodity?

A commodity is a physical good that can be bought or sold on the commodity market. Commodities can be categorised into either hard or soft varieties. Hard commodities are natural resources like oil, gold and rubber and are often mined or extracted. Soft commodities are agricultural products such as coffee, wheat or corn.

What is share trading?

Share trading in the underlying market is the buying and selling of company shares with the aim of making a profit. Shares represent a portion of ownership of a public company. Learn more about share trading.

What is a cryptocurrency?

A cryptocurrency is a type of digital money created from code. They function autonomously, outside of traditional banking and government systems.

What are bonds?

A bond is a fixed-income instrument, or debt security, and represents a long-term lending agreement between a borrower and lender - effectively an 'IOU'. The bond issuer is often a corporation or a government, and the funds are used to finance a project or operation.

What is leveraged trading?

One of the advantages of spread betting and trading CFDs 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.

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 and Ireland.

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Do I have to deposit money to open an account?

You do not need to deposit any capital to open an account with us. You can view prices and use all charting tools, Reuters news ticker and Morningstar quantitative stock news3 for free. However, you must make a deposit before you can place your first spread bet or CFD trade.

Is CMC Markets regulated?

CMC Markets Germany GmbH is a company authorized and regulated by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) under registration number 154814. CMC Markets meets the requirements of Section 84 of the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG) with regard to customer funds. It keeps retail client funds separate from its own funds in segregated bank accounts.

How does CMC Markets protect client funds?

CMC Markets Germany GmbH is a company authorised and regulated by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). CMC Markets meets the requirements of Section 84 of the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG) with regard to customer funds. It keeps retail client funds separate from its own funds in segregated bank accounts. In the unlikely event that CMC Markets Germany GmbH is unable to meet its financial obligations, the EdW would cover up to 90% of the receivables from transactions (maximum EUR 20,000) provided certain criteria are met.

How does CMC Markets make its money?

Our income comes primarily from our spreads and commissions, while other charges - such as overnight holding costs - make a small contribution to our total revenue.

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