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.

CFD margins

View the margin rates across some of our most popular CFD trading instruments.

New to CFD trading? Learn how to calculate CFD margins.

CFD margin rates

See the current margin rates for our most popular forex pairs, indices, commodities and treasuries.

Forex

InstrumentMargin rate from
3.3%
3.3%
3.3%
5%

Indices

InstrumentMargin rate from
5%
5%
5%
5%

Commodities

InstrumentMargin rate from
5%
10%
10%
10%

Treasuries

InstrumentMargin rate from
3.3%
3.3%
3.3%
3.3%

Shares

Our margins on shares start from 20% for UK and US shares. For more information, view our shares product details.

Different margin rates apply for large position sizes on shares, depending on which tier the position size falls under. You can view full details of our margin rates in the product library section of our trading platform.

View our spreads and other trading costs associated with CFD trading.

CFD trading using margin

CFD trading using margin allows you to open a position by only depositing a percentage of the full value of the position. This means that your losses will be amplified and you could lose more than your deposits. Profits and losses are relative to the full value of your position. CFD trading using margin is not necessarily for everyone and you should ensure you understand the risks involved and if necessary seek independent professional advice before placing any trades.

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FAQ

What should I know about trading on margin?

Margin trading is a way for traders to use leverage for their exposure to the financial markets, allowing them to trade larger amounts by depositing a smaller initial outlay. You can learn more by reading our margin trading guide.

What are some of the costs of trading CFDs?

A commission charge is applicable upon entering and exiting trades on shares, and the commission charge rate varies on the asset’s country of origin, but is usually around 0.1%. There is also a minimum commission charge in place, so if the actual commission does not meet this threshold, the minimum commission rate is instead charged. This charge will vary by country. Please visit our ‘CFDs costs’ page for more information on charges.

What do minimum margin requirement and maintenance margin requirement mean?

A deposit margin is needed to firstly open a position, and the maintenance margin is in place to keep the position open. Therefore, when a trader has encountered a number of losses and their account revaluation (equity) level falls below the minimum balance to keep positions open, this prompts a margin call, for which they must either invest more of their own funds or sell their assets in order to decrease the maintenance margin required.

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