Tradefair is one of the biggest UK-based online financial spread betting platforms. Provider of a range of tools and features to help their customers gain big profits.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 70% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Tradefair is no longer accepting new applications for trading accounts. If you are interested in applying for a new trading account, please visit the City Index website here.


For current customers: please note that on 31st May 2024, the relationship between Tradefair and StoneX Financial Ltd will end. This means Tradefair will no longer act as the Introducing Broker for your account and your account will be migrated to the direct City Index service (City Index is another trading name of StoneX Financial Ltd). To find out more, please click here.

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Professional Traders

Reduced margin rates as a Professional Trader

Experienced traders who meet the criteria can qualify for access to higher leverage and other account features including: 

  • Lower margin rates
  • Access to a dedicated Client Relationship Manager
  • A range of loyalty rewards and benefits

Professional clients can incur losses that exceed deposits

Lower Margin Requirements

Current Min. Retail and 
Professional Margin Rates

New Min. Professional
Margin Rates (29
th Jul)

New Min. Retail
Margin Rates (29
th Jul)

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From 1st August 2018, new industry-wide regulations will mean significantly increased minimum margin rates for all retail clients. 

Professional Clients are exempt from these increases, and will receive margin rates that are lower than current rates across a range of asset classes. We will be updating our margin rates on 29th July 2018.

Qualify as a Professional Client

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) have agreed on product intervention measures on the provision of Spread Bet and CFD products to Retail Clients. This will result in minimum starting margin rates ranging between 3.33% and 50% (depending on asset class).

These restrictions won't apply to you if you qualify as a Professional Client. However, you would not be eligible for certain other regulatory protections.

Professional Client Status Details

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.

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.

Professional Clients also:

  • Remain eligible for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if you are a natural person.
  • Retain the rights to complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service when trading in a personal capacity.


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