Margins from 0.25%
For Professional Traders.

Experienced traders who meet the criteria can qualify for our professional trader account.
  • Margin rates from 0.25%
  • Credit facility and broker assisted dealing*
  • Access to a dedicated Client Relationship Manager
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Professional clients can incur losses that exceed deposits

Compare Margin Rates

Min. Professional Margin Rates+ Min. Retail Margin Rates
Major Indices 0.25%  5%
Major FX 0.25%  3.33%
Commodities 0.5%  10%
Shares  3% 20%
Crypto  5% 50%
 

New industry-wide regulations have resulted in significantly increased minimum margin rates for all Retail clients. 

Professional Trader Features and Benefits

Leverage

Margin Rates

Trade with margin rates from 0.25% on our award-winning platforms
stamp duty tax

Loyalty Rewards

Receive premier hospitality invitations and rewards to recognise your loyalty

introducing brokers

Priority Service

Support for all your trading needs with a dedicated Client Relationship Manager
fca

Credit Facility

Apply for our credit facility and enjoy greater financial flexibility

Apply for Professional Status

New Clients

OPEN AN ACCOUNT Open a City Index trading account using the link below.

GO TO MY ACCOUNT Click the ‘Professional Trader’ banner in My Account.

SUBMIT PROFESSIONAL APPLICATION Complete our simple Professional application form.

Existing Clients

LOG IN TO APPLYClick 'Apply Now' below to start your application.

COMPLETE THE APPLICATIONComplete our simple Professional application form.

BECOME A PROFESSIONAL TRADEROnce approved, trade as a Professional.

Check your eligibility to become a Professional Trader


To qualify as a Professional Client you need to meet two of these three criteria:

Trading volume: Made an average of 10 significantly sized transactions per quarter over the last four quarters
Portfolio: Have a financial instrument portfolio, including cash deposits, exceeding €500,000
Experience: Worked in a professional position in the financial sector requiring knowledge of trading leveraged products for at least 1+ year(s)

Trade on over 12,000 markets

Indices

21 global Indices

Shares

4500+ global Shares
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Crypto

Go Long or Short

Forex

84 FX pairs

Commodities

25+ global Commodities

Professional Client Status Details

It is important that you understand exactly how a Professional Client will be treated differently to a Retail Client should you wish to apply for Professional Client status.

Unchanged protections

We are not obliged to offer the following to Professional Clients but have elected to continue doing so:

Client money remains segregated from our funds and will be unaffected in the event of our insolvency.

Best Execution remains unchanged as we owe all our clients a duty of best execution.

The detail of Trade Confirmations remain unchanged and are sent by the end of the first business day following the execution of the trade, or earlier.

Key Information Documents remain available to you.

Waived Protections

You will waive some FCA protections:

Margin and Leverage Limits remain unchanged despite the changes that ESMA introduce for retail clients.

Mandatory changes to product features which protect retail clients will not be mandatory for you. (e.g. negative balance protection and margin close out levels).

We will assume you have the relevant knowledge and experience levels to understand the risks in trading leveraged products.

We may use more sophisticated language when dealing with you as a Professional Client than we do with our retail clients.

Apply to become a Professional Client

Qualification criteria in detail

Professional TraderIn order to qualify to become a Professional Client, you will need to meet at least 2 out of the 3 eligibility criteria outlined by the FCA. There will be no change to tax status or any additional cost to change to Professional Client status.

The criteria are as follows:

Trade size & Volume
You have traded, in significant size, in the spread bet/forex/CFD markets or other leveraged products (e.g. indices, shares, spot FX, futures, options, other derivatives etc.) at an average frequency of 10 transactions per quarter over the previous four quarters (with City Index and/or other providers).

Significant sized trades are classified as having a notional value of £10,000 for equities and £50,000 for forex, indices and commodities or equivalent in local currency.

Size of portfolio
The size of your financial instrument portfolio, defined as including cash deposits and financial instruments, exceeds EUR 500,000 (or equivalent in your local currency).

Acceptable examples of savings and investments: Cash savings, stock portfolio, stocks and shares ISA, trading accounts, mutual funds, SIPP (excluding non-financial instruments).

Unacceptable examples of savings and investments: Company pension, non-tradeable assets, property, luxury cars, jewellery.

Professional Experience

You work or have worked in the financial sector for at least one year in a professional position, which requires knowledge of the transactions or services envisaged.

* Available for qualified clients on complex order types during UK trading hours.

+ Rates not applicable to Metatrader clients