Min. Professional margin rates
Major indices 0.25%
Major FX 0.25%
Commodities 0.5%
Shares 3%
Crypto 5%

Professional margin rates

Benefit from lower margin rates on thousands of global markets when you start trading as a City Index Professional.

Intelligent margin calculation

When using a stop loss on our Web Trader platform, you may be able to benefit from enhanced margin requirements for certain markets.

This means you can place orders to reduce your margin requirement on some of our most popular markets.

Please check the market information sheets on the platform for more information.

Margin requirement examples


Market Trade size Opening price Margin required for Professional Clients±
Germany 40 1 CFD 14,000.1 £27 (400:1)
Barclays 1 CFD 150.00 £6.30 (33.3:1)
Bitcoin $ 1 CFD 30,000.1/0 £279.27 (20:1)

Spread betting

Market Trade size Opening price Margin required for Professional Clients
Germany 40 £1 per point 14,000.1 £27 (400:1)
GBP/USD £1 per point 1.4 £35 (400:1)
Barclays £1 per point 150.00 £6.30 (33.3:1)
Bitcoin $ £1 per point 30,000.1/0 £279.27 (20:1)

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Apply for a Professional Account

  1. Open an account
    Create a City Index trading account
  2. Log in
    Navigate to MyAccount
  3. Select Professional
    Download the application form
  4. Complete application
    Submit any supporting documentation

Frequently asked questions

How much margin will I pay to trade as a Professional?

As a professional client, you’ll pay less margin to open positions than a retail trader. When trading indices, for example, standard accounts can use 5% margin, but a professional trader would pay just 0.25%.

The City Index professional client rates are:

  Minimum Pro margin rate
Indices 0.25%
FX 0.25%
Commodities 0.5%
Shares 3%

As a professional client, you’ll also get order-aware margin rates on certain markets. This means that by placing a stop loss on an open position, your margin requirement would be reduced.

However, it’s also important to note that you won’t have the same protection as retail traders. This means you should consider your risk appetite, available capital and trading experience before you apply.

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What are the margin rates for standard accounts?

The margin rates for standard accounts start from 3.33% and will vary depending on the market you’re looking to trade and your position size.

Although similar, margin rates can vary between CFD and spread betting positions. You can find out the specific margin requirements in our platform.

For a rough guide, City Index’s minimum retail client rates are:

  Spread betting margin from CFD margin from
Indices 5% 5%
Shares 20% 20%
Forex 3.33% 3.33%
Metals 5% 5%
Commodities 10% 10%
Bonds 20% 20%

Although margin means you won’t have to have the full value of your position to open the trade, you should ensure that you have enough funds in your account to cover both margin and losses. Otherwise, you may be put on margin call.

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