Countdowns create opportunities to trade on the short-term price movements of the markets.

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Short-duration trades (timeframes from just 30 seconds)

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Competitive payouts of up to 90%

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Intuitive platform experience

Any capital invested is at risk.

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New to Countdowns?

Countdowns are fixed-odds trades based on whether the settlement price of a product will be above or below the current Countdown price at the end of a range of short-term timeframes. Please remember, your capital is at risk.

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How to trade Countdowns

  • Choose your product

    Select the product (eg EUR/USD) and timeframe (30 seconds to one hour) over which you want to trade

  • Choose your stake size

    Enter the amount you are willing to risk on your Countdown trade, starting at $40

  • Above or below?

    Decide whether you think the price will be higher or lower at the end of your chosen timeframe

  • Place your trade

    Select 'Above' or 'Below' to open your Countdown position

Which markets can I trade?

Trade Countdowns on 27 of our most popular indices, FX and commodities products.

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Place a short-duration trade on the performance of products based on the world's major stock indices, including the UK 100, US 30, Germany 30 and US SPX 500.

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Place fixed-odds trades on Brent and WTI crude oil, gold and silver over timeframes ranging from two minutes to one hour.

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Trade Countdowns on 15 FX pairs, including majors such as EUR/USD, GBP/USD and USD/JPY, with expiries from just 30 seconds.

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Expiries and payouts

View our minimum timeframes and maximum payouts for each asset class.

Asset classExpiries fromPayouts up to
FX pairs30 seconds85%
Indices60 seconds90%
Commodities2 minutes80%

Countdowns guides

View our desktop platform and mobile app Countdowns guides to learn more about how to trade Countdowns with us.

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Investing in CMC Markets derivative products carries significant risks and is not suitable for all investors. You could lose more than your deposits. You do not own, or have any interest in, the underlying assets. We recommend that you seek independent advice and ensure you fully understand the risks involved before trading. Spreads may widen dependent on liquidity and market volatility.

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