CMC Markets was founded in 1989 by Peter Cruddas as a Foreign Exchange market maker. The company began to offer contracts for difference (CFDs) and introduced online spread betting on financial markets in 2000. These two products have become the bulk of the business for CMC Markets. The company began a major global expansion drive in 2002, opening offices in a large number of countries and growing the spread betting business in the UK and the CFD business internationally. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
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