Demo account FAQs

Find out about the City Index demo account with our FAQs, covering how to apply, how long the demo account lasts, the difference between a demo and live account and more.
Markets commentary
Demo account

Can I apply for a demo account?

Yes, anyone can apply for a demo account for CFD, spread bet, joint CFD and spread bet and MT4. Please click here to apply. 

How long does my demo account last for?

Your demo account gives you 12 weeks unlimited access to 13,500+ markets. It comes with a balance of £10,000 virtual funds for you to trade risk-free. 

What platforms will I be able to use?

Depending on which account you sign up for (CFD, spread bet or MT4), you will be able to access Web Trader, iOS and Android mobile apps, and MT4 mobile, tablet and downloadable platforms. 

Can I extend my demo account?

While it is not possible to extend the duration of a demo account, if you feel you need more time to practise trading, you can always apply for another one. 

What is the difference between a demo account and a live account?

Demo accounts are intended to enable you to familiarise yourself with the tools and features of our trading platforms. Success or failure in simulated trading bears no relation to probable future results with any live trading that you may choose to engage in, and you should not expect any success with the demo account to be replicated in actual live trading.

We strongly encourage new traders to educate themselves on how to minimise risk using the education tools available whilst trading on your demo account

Please note that a demo account cannot always reasonably reflect all of the market conditions that may affect pricing, execution and margin requirements in a live trading environment. Margin and leverage settings may vary from time to time between your demo account and a live account due to live account setting changes imposed as a result of elevated market volatility or other factors. 

I am ready to open a live account

Great, either click the link on the top of your trading platform or use the link here