Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 69% of retail investor accounts lose money when spread betting and/or trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

The UK's best trading platform1 for committed traders

We've built our online trading platform to be powerful and easy to use. It combines leading-edge features and security, lightning-fast execution3 , and best-in-class insight and analysis. Designed to support any strategy.

FCA Regulated
Protected Up To £85,000 2
FTSE 250 Listed
BEST CFD PROVIDEROnline Money Awards
Best Spread Betting ProviderThe City of London Wealth Management

Trading to suit your strategy

Trading Platform

Trade using multiple screens with access to our entire range of features.

Mobile Trading Apps

Trade on-the-go with charting, full order-ticket features, and real-time alerts.

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Automate trades with trading robots and access a suite of add-ons.

Tools built to enhance
your analysis

Fast execution, exclusive insights and accurate signals are vital to your success as an index trader. Our award-winning trading platform1 was built with the successful trader in mind.

Pattern recognition scanner

We automatically scan over 120 of our most popular instruments every 15 minutes for emerging and completed chart patterns, such as wedges, channels and head & shoulders formations, and overlay them on to your charts to alert you to potential emerging trends.

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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.

Reuters news and analysis

Keep your finger on the pulse with Reuters news and market commentary from our global analysts.

Industry-leading charting

Choose from over 115 technical indicators and drawing tools, more than 70 patterns and 12 in-built chart types.


Introducing Performance Analytics

Performance analytics analyses your trading history and presents your data in an intuitive and meaningful way.

Understand which trading behaviours and patterns are making you the most money, where your strategy is leaking money, and what is your current level of risk is.

Available to all live account holders

Pinpoint pricing

We've invested over £100m into our trading platform, creating pioneering technology that puts cutting edge software in your hands.

One-click tradingSet your default position size and enter with a single 'click'
99.99% fill rate with 0.0045s execution3Wherever possible we fill your trade and always at the price you see
99.95%+ platform stability4We consistently achieve core platform uptime, allowing you to focus on your trading
Precise pricingWe crunch 225m prices every day, from up to 14 feeds from tier one liquidity providers

Supporting your risk/reward strategy

Our range of risk-management options help you stay in control, as you set your own limits and stay on top of the latest market movements.

Comprehensive range of order types

Define your exit prices using stops and take-profit orders, along with options such as trailing stops, partial close-out, and boundary orders.

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Price alerts

Track the markets that matter to you and make sure you always know the latest movements.

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Guaranteed stop-loss orders

Get 100% certainty that your stop-loss will be executed at the price you choose.

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Hedge your trades

Hedge a physical position in the underlying market, or open a new 'sell' trade to offset the potential risk of loss from an existing 'buy' trade.

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100% automated execution

You can be sure your trade will be filled with no dealer intervention.

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Trade from charts

Enter and close positions, update your limit and stop orders directly from charts.

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Your space, your place

Choose your own trading setup by customising the platform to suit your individual style

  • Editable auto stop-loss order

  • Default trade sizes

  • Charting templates

  • Customizable dashboards

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Exclusive to CMC

Unlock your potential
With our new premium membership, CMC Alpha, you'll join a community of like-minded traders who receive all these benefits (and more).
  • Save from 5% to 28.6%5 on spreads

  • Free Financial Times subscription

  • Priority customer service

Compare our account types

Spread Betting

  • 12,000+ instruments
  • Trade with leverage
  • CMC web platform, iOS and Android app
  • Tax-free profits4
Available schemes:

CFD Trading

  • 12,000+ instruments
  • Trade with leverage
  • CMC web platform, iOS and Android app
  • Pay no stamp duty on CFD trading profits4
  • MT4 platform available
Available schemes:

FX Active

  • 12,000+ instruments
  • Trade with leverage
  • CMC web platform, iOS and Android app
  • Pay no stamp duty on CFD trading profits4
  • MT4 platform available
  • Spreads from 0.0 pips on 6 major FX pairs5
  • 25% spread discount on 300+ FX pairs
Available schemes (non-FX only):

For more details visit our account comparison page

30 + years.
300,000+ global clients.

As a financial services pioneer we've got the expertise allied to over 30 years' industry experience. That's why over 300,0006 global clients put their confidence in us.


New to CMC Markets?

Is it free to open an account?

There's no cost when opening a live spread betting, CFD or FX Active 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 segregate client money?

Under the FCA's Client Money rules, we're required to segregate client money (unless you agree with us otherwise) from CMC's own funds. The funds held in segregated bank accounts do not belong to CMC and will be held in a way that enables it to be identified as client money. Learn more about client money regulations

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 12,000 financial instruments when you spread bet or trade CFDs with us. See a list of all our popular markets and instruments .

Trading platform

What is the best trading platform for beginners?

Our award-winning Next Generation trading platform comes with a wealth of materials on spread bets, CFDs, strategies, tips, and costs to help both beginner and professional traders get started. Trade on the UK's best web-based platform* now by opening an account .

What trading platforms can I use?

We have two trading platforms that users can explore: Next Generation and MetaTrader 4. You can trade CFDs on both platforms and also spread bet tax-free† on Next Generation, with access to a wide range of forex pairs, indices, commodities, shares and ETFs. Compare our web-based platforms to see which suits you better.

Why use a trading platform?

A derivative trading platform, such as our Next Generation platform, allows to you speculate on both sides of the markets using spread bets and CFDs without the need to directly interact with a broker. You can also take advantage of advanced technical and fundamental analysis tools to assist your trading strategy. With our online trading platform, trades can be executed in a single click and at lightning-fast execution speeds**. Learn more about how to use Next Generation with our video platform tutorials .

What is a trading platform?

A trading platform allows you to purchase a number of CFD (contracts for difference) units or a pre-determined amount per point of movement (for your spread bet stake) for a particular instrument, such as a currency pair, index or commodity, allowing you to speculate on its short-term price movements without the need to purchase the underlying asset. Learn more about our spread betting platform and  CFD trading platform .

1Awarded No.1 Platform Technology, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2022; No.1 Web-Based Platform, ForexBrokers.com Awards 2021; Best Spread Betting Provider, The City of London Wealth Management Awards 2021.2FSCS is an independent body that offers protection to customers of financial services firms that have failed. The compensation amount may be up to £85,000 per eligible person, per firm. Eligibility conditions apply. Please contact the FSCS for more information. 30.0030s CFD median trade execution time, 2020-2021 CMC Markets financial year. 4Core platform uptime, 1 January-31 December 2020. 5Max discount in tier. Discounts are variable per product; please check our tiers table or the CMC Price+ T&Cs.6310,363 active clients, CMC Markets financial year 2021-2022. Active clients represent those individual clients who have traded with or held CFD or spread bet positions, or who traded on the stockbroking platform, on at least one occasion during the financial year. 6T&Cs Apply. 'FT' and 'Financial Times' are trademarks of The Financial Times Limited. 7Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and can change or may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK. 8310,363 active clients, CMC Markets financial year 2021-2022. Active clients represent those individual clients who have traded with or held CFD or spread bet positions, or who traded on the stockbroking platform, on at least one occasion during the financial year.