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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Spread bet on forex, indices, shares, commodities and more. Choose from over 12,000​ instruments​

  • Awarded Best Platform Features & Best Mobile/Tablet App*​
  • Our award-winning client services team is available 24/5*​​
  • Profits are free from capital gains tax**​
  • Join 275,000​ clients worldwide​^​

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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. 

Value for money

We offer competitive pricing, with tight spreads and low margins‡. Spread bet on key FX pairs like EUR/USD from 0.5 points, 1 point on major indices like the UK 100, and 0.2 points on Gold. Margin rates start from 3.3% for FX and 5% for indices.

More opportunities

Spread betting offers you the ability to diversify your portfolio with tax-efficient trading on a huge range of forex, indices, commodities, shares and treasuries.

Over 30 years' experience

Since launching in 1989, we’ve become one of the world's leading spread betting and CFD trading providers, and are now renowned as one of the industry's pioneers.

Intuitive platform

Our unique online spread betting platform, Next Generation, has already won multiple awards and we're constantly working on new functionality, products and tools to enhance your experience.

Multiple award-winners

We have won numerous global awards over the years – recognising the quality of our service, and dedication to delivering innovation and technology, through our web-based trading platform and native mobile apps.

What is spread betting and how does it work?

Spread betting is a tax-efficient way of speculating on the price movement of thousands of global financial markets (or instruments), including indices, currency pairs, commodities, shares and treasuries.​ ​

When you spread bet, you take a position based on whether you think the price of an instrument will rise or fall, and make a profit or loss based on whether or not the market moves in your direction. 

​You don't buy or sell the underlying asset you wish to trade, such as a physical share or commodity. Instead you place a bet based on whether you think the price of the market will go up or down in value. If you think the value of a share or commodity, for example, will rise, you would open a long position (buy). Conversely, if you think the share or commodity will fall in value, you would take a short position (sell). Learn more about spread betting​.

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Why spread bet with CMC Markets?

Dedicated support, 24 hours a day

We're No.1 for customer service*

Dedicated support, 24 hours a day

Over 30 years' industry experience

Dedicated support, 24 hours a day

Spread bet anywhere with our award-winning app*

Dedicated support, 24 hours a day

We’re a FTSE-listed company

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Why spread bet with CMC Markets?

  • Spread bet on over 12,000 markets
  • Trade with tight spreads on UK and international markets
  • Margin rates from 3.3% on forex spread bets and 5% on indices
  • Pay no capital gains tax or stamp duty on profits**
  • Analyse price performance with advanced charts​, technical indicators and drawing tools
  • Use features like guaranteed stop-loss orders​ to manage risk

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*Best Telephone & Email Customer Service, based on highest user satisfaction among spread betters, CFD & FX traders, Investment Trends 2020 UK Leverage Trading Report; Best Platform Features and Best Mobile/Tablet App, Investment Trends 2019 UK Leverage Trading Report.​

**Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK​.

^Includes CFD trading, spread betting (UK & Ireland) and stockbroking (Australia).​

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