Index trading

Spread bet or trade CFDs on over 90 cash and forward global index instruments. Trade on the UK 100 and Germany 30 indices from 1 point, and the US 30 from 1.6 points.

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

Why trade on indices with us?

There are a number of benefits to trading on the world’s indices with us.

Tax-efficient trading

There’s no capital gains tax on profits from indices spread bets and no stamp duty to pay when trading CFDs.1

Go long or short

Take a long or short view on your chosen index, and trade on rising or falling prices.

Trade from 20:1 leverage

Deposit just 5% of the full value of your position to open a trade.2

A regulated provider

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

Trade 24 hours a day

You can trade some key indices 24 hours a day from Sunday night to Friday night.

Trade global indices

Trade on over 30 different global indices, including the major European, US and Asian markets.

1Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK
2When trading using margin any losses will reflect the full value of the position.

Giving index 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.​

View our indices costs page​ for full details, including minimum spreads for extended and out-of-hours trading on our 24-hour indices.

What are indices?

If you’re new to trading on indices, take a look at some of our helpful articles to get a better idea of what index trading is and how it works.

What are indices?

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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 our pattern recognition scanner free of charge. You will need to deposit funds in your account to place a trade. View the full list of indices on the platform

What is the minimum trade size for indices?

You can spread bet from £0.02/point on the South Africa 40 index, £0.10/point on the US 30, £0.25/point on the UK 100 and £0.20/point on the Germany 30. 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 indices?

There are a number of costs to consider when trading on indices, including spread costs, holding costs (for trades held overnight) and guaranteed stop-loss order charges (if you use this risk-management tool).

The spread is the key cost involved in spread betting and CFD trading, 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 spread bet.

Some spread bets 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. Holding costs for shares and indices are based on the underlying interbank rate for the instrument, plus 0.0082%% on buy positions or minus 0.0082%% on sell positions.

You can add a guaranteed stop-loss order (GSLO) to your trade, which guarantees to close you out at your specified level, regardless of market volatility or gapping. A cost is applied for using a GSLO, but if it's not triggered we'll refund 100% of the original GSLO charge. The charge, or ‘premium’, is calculated by multiplying the premium rate by the trade size.

You’re also able to roll forward positions over to keep a trade open beyond its expiry date. When you roll a forward position to the next contract, your profit or loss is realised and you enter the new trade at the mid-price, saving 50% on the spread cost.

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What are your spreads on indices?

Minimum spreads for our most popular indices are 1-point for Germany 30 and UK 100, and 1.6 points for US 30. These are our in-hours spreads, when the underlying market is open. Minimum spreads are generally wider where we offer 24-hour indices out of normal market opening hours. View full details of our indices spreads and trading hours

What are your margin rates on indices?

Margin rates on our most popular indices start from 5%, with margins on other indices available from 10%. 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 on indices aims to mirror the underlying market. Learn more

How does CMC Markets make money?

Our income comes mainly 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 – this is simply not the way we want to do business. Our aim is to build long-term relationships with our clients by providing them with the best possible trading experience, through our technology and customer service.

Our clients usually offset each other’s trades, with some going long on a particular instrument while others are short. In this way, CMC Markets isn’t exposed to the profits or losses of clients trading that instrument. Occasionally, if a large number of our clients all trade in the same direction, we hedge in the underlying market to protect our exposure to risk.

Products and accounts

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 or 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.

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?

Choose from a wide range of indices covering the leading stocks from around the world, including the UK 100, Germany 30 and US 30. We also offer the US Fang Plus index, which lets you trade on a basket of the following shares: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Alibaba, Baidu, NVIDIA, Tesla and Twitter.

You can spread bet or trade CFDs on a wide range of cash and forward instruments across these asset classes:

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 & ETFs – Apple, Netflix, Lloyds, Rio Tinto, BP, Tesco, Amazon, Google and more
15 cryptocurrency instruments – bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, litecoin, ripple 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 indices risk-free, you can open a demo account now with just your email address and a password.

How to start trading on indices

  • 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.

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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.