For Professional Traders only

Experienced traders may be eligible for a Professional Trader account. Enjoy the benefits of having a dedicated Client Relationship Manager, preferential margins, and our Welcome Rebate which refunds your trading costs as cash.

Professional clients can incur losses that exceed deposits

Experience the advantages of a premium account

Enjoy a range of exclusive features and benefits when you qualify as a City Index Professional client, including lower margin requirements, monthly cash rebates and priority service.


Improved margin rates

Trade over 13,500 global markets with lower margin requirements than City Index retail clients.

Monthly cash rebates

Gain access to cash rebates every month based on monthly traded volume across FX and indices markets.

Priority service

Enjoy priority service with a dedicated relationship manager.

Credit facility

Apply for a credit facility when you start trading as a City Index Professional, subject to approval.

Call 0203 194 1801 to talk about opening a Professional trading account

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Retained FCA protections

Segregated client funds

All client funds are held in separate accounts to those of City Index. Any funds you deposit with us will remain in a segregated account.

Trade confirmations

Your trade confirmations will remain unchanged as a City Index Professional and are sent by the end of the first business day following the execution of the trade, or earlier.

Best execution

We owe all our clients a duty of best execution. City Index will always execute your orders in line with our Best Execution Policy, opening and closing positions at the best possible price.

Key Information Documents

Key Information Documents covering the regulatory aspects of all of our products and asset classes will remain available to you as a Professional client.

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Loss of FCA protections

Higher leverage

Trade thousands of global markets with Professional margin rates that remain unchanged after ESMA regulatory changes.

Professional knowledge

As a City Index Professional, you should have all the knowledge and skills you need to trade our range of products.

Retail protection

Obligatory regulatory changes to some products and features will not be enforced for Professional clients, such as negative balance protection and 50% margin close out level.

Sophisticated language

We may communicate with City Index Professional clients in more sophisticated language than we do for retail clients.

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

*Rebates will only be awarded on trades placed on Indices and FX markets. FX includes all forex and cryptocurrency markets available on our platform.
**Contact your relationship manager to discuss rebate options.

Monthly cash rebates

As a City Index trader, the more you trade with us, the more you can receive in monthly cash rebates. All rebates are calculated on a trade volume basis, with a monthly minimum of £25m in traded volume per calendar month.

You can receive monthly rebates on FX and indices trades if you opt in, according to varying tiers based on your traded volume for that month per asset class. All rebates will be paid into your City Index account at the beginning of the following month.

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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

What are the requirements of a professional trader?

To qualify as a professional trader, you must meet two of the following three criteria:

  • To have made an average of at least 10 significantly sized transactions per quarter for the last four quarters
  • To currently have a financial portfolio in excess of £500,000 (including cash deposits)
  • To have worked in a professional capacity in the financial sector for 1+ years – the role must have required knowledge of leveraged trading products

Before you consider trading professionally, we’d recommend ensuring that you have strong experience of the markets, a track record of success, enough time to dedicate to trading and a clear plan. A professional trading account gives you access to higher leverage and flexible margins but doesn’t feature all of the protections that come with a standard account – including negative balance protection.

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What are the features of a City Index professional account?

The features of a City Index professional account include margin rates from 0.25%, monthly cash rebates, market execution support, interest-free credit facilities, a dedicated relationship manager and unique fee structures. If you’re eligible, you can open your Pro account here.

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What if I am not eligible to become a professional trader?

If you’re not eligible to become a professional trader, you can still trade with a standard City Index account. You’ll get access to a huge range of tools to help you conquer the markets, including:

Don’t have an account yet? Open your trading account here.

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