Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 71% 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.

Spread betting

What is spread betting?

If you are resident in the UK or Ireland you can spread bet in addition to trading CFDs. Visit our .co.uk website to find out more. Spread betting is a tax-efficient† way of speculating on the price movement of thousands of global financial products, including forex, indices, commodities, shares and treasuries.

Spread betting is a form of derivatives trading, where instead of buying or selling the underlying asset (such as a physical share or commodity) you place a bet for an amount per point movement based on whether you expect the price of a product to go up or down in value. For instance, if you expect the value of a share to rise in the coming days, you would open a long position (buy) for an amount per point, let’s say £5, which is known as your ’stake’. Conversely, if you expect the share to fall in value in you would take a short position (sell). You will make a profit or loss in multiples of your stake based on whether or not the market moves in your direction. Any loss incurred will be for the full value of the position and therefore can exceed margin deposited.


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

Why spread bet with CMC Markets?

An award-winning* provider

We are proud of our history and continued recognition. In 2015, we were awarded ‘Financial Services Provider of the Year’ at the Shares Awards for a third consecutive year. We also won the ‘Best Mobile/Tablet Application’ accolade. These awards, voted for by readers of Shares magazine, reflect our focus on providing our clients with the best possible spread betting experience. We’ve also received a number of other awards over recent years for our trading platform, service and education offering.

Low costs

We aim to provide tight spreads regardless of market volatility, delivering competitive and reliable pricing. We offer attractive spreads right across our product range, from 0.7 points on EUR/USD, 1 point on key indices like the UK 100 and Germany 30, and 0.4 points on Gold. Our margin rates start from 3.3% for forex; 5% for indices and commodities; and 20% for shares and treasuries.

Dedicated client service

Our dedicated Client Management team are available to provide comprehensive support, whenever the markets are open. You can get in touch at clientmanagement@cmcmarkets.co.uk or call us on +44 (0) 20 3003 8588.


*Awarded 'Best Online Trading Platform', Shares Awards 2013 & 2014; 'Best Trading Platform Features', Investment Trends 2014 UK Leveraged Trading Report, based on highest user satisfaction among spread bettors, CFD traders and FX traders.