Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 67% 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 with no hidden fees

Trade with leverage on forex, indices, shares, commodities and more. Choose from over 11,000​ instruments on the industry’s best platform*.

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Why committed traders choose CMC

For over 30 years, we’ve been dedicated to creating the best-in-class platform for committed spread betters, with competitive spreads, advanced platform functionality and no dealer intervention regardless of your trading size.

No hidden fees

Trade with tight spreads on over 11,000​ UK and international markets

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London-based client support

Our award-winning client services team is online 24/5, whenever you need us

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Spread bet on over 11,000 markets

With more forex pairs than anyone else, and a huge range of indices, commodities, shares, ETFs and rates and bonds, as well as our exclusive share baskets, you can find all your favourites in one place.

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The platform built for spread betters

Fast execution, precise charting and accurate insights are vital to your success as a trader. Our award-winning platform was built with the successful spread better in mind.

Industry-leading charting

Our charting package ranked highest for charting in the 2019 Investment Trends survey*. Choose from over 115 technical indicators and drawing tools, more than 70 patterns and 12 in-built chart types.

Advanced order execution

We offer a range of advanced order types, including trailing and guaranteed stop-losses, partial closure, market orders and boundary orders on every trade, so you have the flexibility to trade your way.

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Why spread bet?

Tax-free profits

Pay no capital gains tax or stamp duty on profits from spread betting.**

Out of hours trading

Spread bet on indices 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Trade with leverage

Deposit from just 3.3% of the full value of your position to open a trade.

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New to CMC Markets?

Is it free to open an account?

There’s no cost when opening a live spread betting or CFD account. You can also view prices and use tools such as charts, Reuters news or Morningstar quantitative equity reports, free of charge. However, you will need to deposit funds in your account to place a trade. Find out more about the costs of placing a trade.

Is CMC Markets regulated by the FCA?

Yes, CMC Markets UK 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 administrator's costs in handling and distributing these funds. Any shortfall of funds up to 85,000 may be compensated under the FSCS.

How does CMC Markets protect my money?

As a CMC client, your money is held separately from CMC Markets' own funds, so that under property, trust and insolvency law, your money is protected. Therefore your money is unavailable to general creditors of the firm, if the firm fails.

How does CMC Markets make money?

Our income primarily comes 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. Our aim is to build long-term relationships by providing the best possible trading experience through our technology and customer service.

What can I trade on with CMC?

You can trade on over 11,000 markets when you spread bet with CMC Markets. See a list of all our popular markets and instruments.

New to spread betting

How can beginners start spread betting?

Find out how to open a spread betting account and start trading with us. Learn about our account opening process, trading platform, funding your account and more. Not sure if spread betting is right for you? Read our spread betting for beginners guide to learn more.

What’s the difference between spread betting and share trading?

Spread betting on shares differs from the traditional investment approach of buying and owning shares. One difference is that when spread betting on shares you can utilise leverage, which means you only need to put up a percentage of the full value of the trade. This means any profit or loss you make is magnified, relative to a share’s price fluctuations. Read more about spread betting vs share trading.

Why spread bet?

Spread betting’s unique benefit is that it is exempt from both capital gains tax and stamp duty**. When compared to conventional share trading and CFD trading, spread betting is the only trading product to offer tax-free trading in the UK and Ireland. Learn about the advantages of spread betting.

Are there any risks to spread betting?

When spread betting, it’s important to understand the risks associated with financial trading in general, as well as the risks that are specific to spread betting. The main risks associated with spread betting relate to trading with leverage, account close-out, market volatility and market gapping. Read an overview of the risks of spread betting.

What’s the difference between spread betting and CFD trading?

Spread betting and CFD trading are margined products and can provide similar economic benefits to investments in shares, indices, commodities and currencies. Consult our article on spread betting vs CFD trading to find out which product is more suited to your trading needs.