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.

Day trading platform: the UK’s best platform*

Spread bet or trade CFDs on our award-winning platform*

Open a live or demo account

Choose between multi-timeframe charts, including 1 minute, 30-minute, 1-hour and daily charts

Get access to 12,000 instruments

Take advantage of our advanced charting features, tools and indicators

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How to set up a day trading account

Follow these simple steps to get registered with CMC Markets and start trading on the UK’s best day trading platform*, Next Generation.


Register for an account

Open a live account to utilise your day trading strategies. Choose between spread betting, which is tax-free in the UK and Ireland**, or CFD trading, which is available globally.


Pick your instrument

Access more than 12,000 financial instruments, including forex, stocks, indices, treasuries, ETFs and commodities, as well as our exclusive share baskets.


Manage your risk

Make the most of our range of stop-loss orders, including basic, trailing and guaranteed stop-loss orders, in order to limit losses as much as possible.

Explore the best trading software* for day traders

Day traders are constantly monitoring price charts for quick movements, so we’ve made sure our platform is fully equipped with day trading tools, charts and order functionalities to help you execute trades with speed and efficiency.

Multi-timeframe charts

Figure out entry and exit signals with our multitude of chart types and timeframes. Day traders often use a 15, 30 or 60-minute timeframe to spot trend changes and price discrepancies.

One-click trading

Simplify the day trading process and execute more trades at a faster pace with our one-click trading feature, which allows you to buy or sell an instrument with just one click, sending the order straight through for processing.

Platform risers and fallers of the day


No.1 Web-based Platform

ForexBrokers.com Awards


Best CFD Provider

Online Money Awards


Best Spread Betting Provider

City of London Wealth Management Awards

Day trading platform for beginners

Day trading is a short-term trading strategy that involves a trader buying and selling an instrument with the aim of closing out the position before the end of the day. This is in the hope that they will profit from small price discrepancies.

Day trading strategies can be used within any financial market but it particularly applies to the stock and forex markets, due to the high volume, liquidity and volatility that they carry, making it easier for traders to get in and out of positions quickly.

Read more information in our day trading guide.

Day trading app for when you’re on-the-go

Mobile-optimised trading

Full order ticket functionality, mobile-optimised charts and layouts, and over 40 technical indicators and drawing tools.

Available for iOS and Android

Our day trading app can be used on any mobile or tablet device. Download for iOS or Android.

Range of notification types

Push, SMS and email notifications for mobile ensure you receive trading alerts for important market events, price alerts or breaking news.

Customisable dashboard

Keep track of your favourite watchlists and other data with live streaming data and performance measures so that you never miss a price move.

Try our day trading platform with a demo account


Apply for a demo account

Download our day trading app for iOS or Android or apply online.


Practise day trading the markets risk-free

Access £10,000 worth of virtual funds to spread bet or trade CFDs on 12,000 markets.


Switch to a live account

When you are ready, deposit funds and day trade the live markets to potentially win real money.


What software is best for day trading?

Our advanced software on our Next Generation trading platform has gained us the award for Best Web-Based Platform in the UK, as well as Best Mobile/Tablet features and Best Trade Execution by various sources*. Learn more about our trading platform​.

Can I day trade on mobile?

Our day trading app allows you to execute fast trades via mobile or tablet device. Download our day trading app for iOS or Android.

Do day traders make a lot of money?

Day trading is a risky strategy that can pay off if successful, as you are essentially accumulating a large number of small profits throughout the day, which can add up. However, it’s important to always consider risk-management tools when day trading, such as setting stop-loss orders​. This is because day traders often focus on highly liquid and volatile markets, meaning that price movements may jump or fall beyond what you expected, leading to potential losses.

What day trading tools can I use on the platform?

We have a wide range of trading tools available, including multiple chart types and timeframe options, technical indicators and draw tools, as well as our chart pattern scanner and client sentiment indicator. Watch our video tutorials​ for more information on how to use our day trading tools.