ForexBrokers.com 2024 Annual Awards

January 23, 2024


2024 Annual Awards Badge

Running for eight consecutive years, the ForexBrokers.com Annual Awards are unbiased and determined by our independent research; Awards are bestowed based on demonstrated excellence in categories considered important to investors, traders, and consumers.

Steven Hatzakis, a 25-year industry veteran and leading voice in the global forex trading industry, directs research, testing, and scoring at ForexBrokers.com.

Our editorial principles have earned the trust of millions of readers; our data-driven forex broker reviews and guides have been visited by over eight million global readers (over 2.8 million in 2023 alone). And though our principles have remained the same, our research and testing methodologies continue to evolve.

Without further ado, we are excited to announce the results of the ForexBrokers.com 2024 Annual Awards:

Industry Awards

The ForexBrokers.com Industry Awards recognize breakout innovations, unparalleled product offerings, and remarkable platform experiences. Our Industry Awards are updated each year to keep them fresh and relevant to an ever-changing industry.

Industry Award Winners: Brokers

ForexBrokers.com 2024 Broker Award Winners

emoji_events #1 New Trading Tool

Winner: Swissquote Advanced Trader (Autochartist Integration)

Methodology: Our #1 New Trading Tool award is partly based on data collected during our testing across all primary categories, with particular attention given to Research, Education, Platforms & Tools, Mobile Trading, and Investment Options. This award recognizes a new innovative product or feature launched by a broker during the previous calendar year that impacts the trading experience. Our editorial team looks for tools that push the industry forward in a unique way, whether that be in investment research, portfolio management, education, account offering, etc.

Methodology



"A long-time provider of Autochartist plugins and related tools, Swissquote recently overhauled its web platform with several enhancements, including a highly detailed integration of Autochartist signal technology as part of its upgrade of the overall Advanced Trader platform experience. The level of detail in Swissquote’s integration helped earn it our prestigious award for #1 New Trading Tool in 2024. - Steven Hatzakis, Global Director of Online Broker Research

emoji_events #1 Innovation

Winner: ThinkMarkets Traders' Gym

Methodology: Our award for innovation recognizes achievement in pushing the industry forward. Our team tests and analyzes new tools, experiences, and features that challenge industry standards and unlock new abilities for individual traders and investors. This award is designed to highlight innovations in forex broker trading technology that stand out as unique or radically different than what is available from most brokers. Our Innovation award can be applicable to a wide variety of features and we evaluate contenders across our entire range of award categories.

Methodology



emoji_events #1 Interactive Educational Experience

Winner: FOREX.com - Trading Academy

Methodology: This award goes beyond a straightforward evaluation of the standard educational resources or trading courses provided by most forex brokers. When judging this award, we look for innovations in the educational space and take into account the interactive nature of the overall educational experience offered. We consider factors such as the quality and layout of course materials, the availability of interactive tools like quizzes and assessments, and the overall impact and difficulty of the educational content.

Methodology



"FOREX.com clinched the award for #1 Interactive Educational Experience in 2024 thanks to the overall quality of the content throughout the broker’s Trading Academy courses. I found the graphics and accompanying information within its interactive courses to be incredibly detailed and highly informative. The Trading Academy courses include progress tracking, quizzes, and other interactive features that are designed to make the learning experience fun." - Steven Hatzakis, Global Director of Online Broker Research

emoji_events #1 Platform Technology

Winner: Interactive Brokers

Methodology: Our #1 Platform Technology award is based on the sophistication and advanced nature of a broker’s proprietary trading technology. Our team considers the depth of available tools, variety of features, and richness of data that contributes to the overall platform experience. Results are determined in part by the data collected for the 22 variables within our Platforms & Tools category.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Desktop Platform

Winner: Saxo Bank - SaxoTraderPRO

Methodology: Brokers that offer a desktop platform, defined as a downloadable Windows-based or Mac-based trading platform, are considered for the #1 Desktop Platform award. This individual award is based in part on the results from our testing of 22 data-based variables within the Platforms & Tools category.

Methodology

“Saxo Bank’s flagship desktop platform, SaxoTraderPRO, offers a powerful selection of professional trading features. I appreciate that the SaxoTraderPRO platform resembles SaxoTraderGO (Saxo’s mobile platform) in both look and feel, delivering a seamless experience across devices. This platform suite is packed with advanced features as well as subtle design touches that helped it stand out from the pack and earned our award for #1 Desktop Platform in 2024.” - Steven Hatzakis, Global Director of Online Broker Research

emoji_events #1 Mobile App

Winner: IG Trading

Methodology: Awarded to the broker with the best mobile app for retail traders, our research team evaluates the richness (and sophistication) of available features within the trading app. Also considered is the quality of the app’s design and how it impacts the overall user experience. A dozen individual variables are assessed for each mobile app as part of our testing within the Mobile Trading category.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Web Platform

Winner: IG

Methodology: Brokers that offer a web trading platform, defined as a trading platform that runs through a web browser (such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge), are considered for the #1 Web Platform award. The winner of this award is determined in part by the results from our testing of 22 data-based variables within our Platforms & Tools category.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Most Currency Pairs

Winner: CMC Markets

Methodology: This award recognizes the broker that offers the largest number of currency pairs. Our calculation includes cross-currency pairs, exotic pairs, and forex pairs that may be quoted in both directions (i.e. EUR/USD and USD/EUR count as two distinct pairs).

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Most CFDs

Winner: Saxo Bank

Methodology: A contract for difference, or CFD, is a tradeable instrument that tracks the price of an underlying security or asset. CFDs are not available to traders in the U.S. but are otherwise offered by brokers around the world. Our award for #1 Most CFDs recognizes the international broker that offers the largest number of CFDs, worldwide.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Most Cryptos

Winner: Eightcap

Methodology: To choose the winner for our #1 Most Cryptos award, our team examines the full scope of a broker’s cryptocurrency offering, including whether crypto is offered through a third party or the broker offers an in-house solution. We consider additional features, such as whether the crypto is available as a CFD or the underlying asset, the ability to deposit and withdraw crypto with the broker, the availability of crypto wallets, and the ability to stake crypto and earn interest.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Institutional Clients

Winner: Interactive Brokers

Methodology: For this award, we focus on the areas of importance to institutional – or, professional – traders, such as those trading independently for a living (e.g., day traders) or those working for a professional institution such as a hedge fund. We look at platform depth, customization, trading tools, portfolio management, and order management, including the availability of complex order types. Results are determined in part by the data collected for the 22 variables within our Platforms & Tools category.

Methodology

“Interactive Brokers offers institutional traders the most platform configurations and settings, enables the most versatile customizations, and delivers access to the most global markets. These features come with competitive pricing and commissions for larger order size and high volume traders.” - Steven Hatzakis, Global Director of Online Broker Research

emoji_events #1 Tradeable Symbols

Winner: Swissquote

Methodology: When determining the winner for this Industry Award, we count each individual product as a trading symbol (i.e., TSLA is the ticker symbol for Tesla), and recognize the broker with the largest number of tradeable symbols across all available asset classes and underlying markets.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Trader Community

Winner: eToro

Methodology: This award recognizes the broker that most effectively encourages client social interaction and hosts an active, engaged trader community across a variety of venues, including social media, forums, networks, and other means of interaction.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Forex Options

Winner: IG

Methodology: This award recognizes the depth of a broker’s offering of forex options. We determine the number and type of available forex options, and whether it’s possible to trade forex options on-exchange (i.e. exchange-traded options on a national stock or derivatives exchange) or off-exchange. We also consider the number and quality of tools available, such as options screeners and pre-defined options strategies.

Methodology

“IG offers options, Turbos, and other exotic options that cater to a wide variety of investor risk appetites. IG offers exchange-traded options in the U.S. through its TastyTrade subsidiary and operates a Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF) for its exchange-traded forex options in the EU. IG’s vast range of products and the versatile contract sizes available for options traders helped it win our award for #1 Forex Options in 2024.” - Steven Hatzakis, Global Director of Online Broker Research

emoji_events #1 Banking Services

Winner: Swissquote

Methodology: As a rapidly expanding area of brokerage services, banking features have grown in importance to forex traders who value ease of money transfer and the ability to keep their investing and banking under one roof. Our research team evaluates each broker’s offerings, such as cash management tools, debit and credit cards, traditional bank accounts, mobile deposits, no-fee banking, and branch accessibility.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 VIP Client Experience

Winner: Saxo Bank

Methodology: Deciding factors when evaluating the best VIP Client Experience include any minimum deposit requirements, the availability (and quality) of associated perks, lifestyle benefits, entry to special events, and access to discounted trading costs (such as reduced commissions and/or spreads).

Methodology

emoji_events #1 YouTube Channel

Winner: TD Ameritrade - Schwab Network

Methodology: This Industry Award recognizes the broker with the most impressive forex-related YouTube channel. Deciding factors include the variety, quality, and quantity of available content. Also factored into our decision is the channel’s level of organization and the broker’s effective use of dedicated playlists.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 ESG Offering

Winner: Interactive Brokers - IMPACT App

Methodology: Our #1 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) award is heavily informed by the testing in our Research category, and highlights the broker that provides the most comprehensive experience for socially responsible investing. We consider the availability of screening tools, third-party ratings, visual data, and other research features that help to identify ESG-related investment opportunities.

Methodology



emoji_events #1 Podcast Series

Winner: CMC Markets - Opto Sessions

Methodology: This Industry Award recognizes the best podcast series developed and provided by a forex broker. Our research team considers the number and quality of podcast episodes available, any topical relevance or potential educational value for traders and investors, as well as the expertise and relevance of persons featured in persons featured and/or interviewed within podcast episodes.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Charting Technology

Winner: TD Ameritrade - thinkorswim

Methodology: Many investors and forex traders demand access to robust charts for analyzing current and historical market prices. When deciding the winner of our award for #1 Charting Technology, our research team considers the number (and quality) of tools, indicators, and features that are available with the broker’s charting software.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Risk Management Tool

Winner: FOREX.com and City Index (StoneX) - PlayMaker

Methodology: When determining the winner of this award, we look at a range of specialized risk management tools. We look for the availability of features including (but not limited to) automated stop-loss reminders, guaranteed stop-loss orders, and specialized tools that help traders calculate risk-reward ratios in real time. We’ve also tested tools that provide risk-management analysis on a pre-trade or post-trade basis.

Methodology



“PlayMaker is designed to provide actionable feedback based on your trading history. Once you have established at least five trades, PlayMaker computes up to a year's worth of your trading history (up to 10,000 trades) to create feedback and risk management cues as your trades fall in and out of alignment with your trading goals.” - Steven Hatzakis, Global Director of Online Broker Research



Industry Award Winners: Providers

New this year, our Industry Awards for "providers" recognize companies that provide some of the best tools and services in the industry. From trading platforms to software plug-ins to analytical tools, these products and services are designed to enhance the trading experience.

ForexBrokers.com 2024 Provider Award Winners

emoji_events #1 Trading Platform Provider

Winner: TradingView

Methodology: When choosing the winner of the #1 Trading Platform Provider award, our team considers the depth of available tools, variety of features, and richness of data that contributes to the overall platform experience. We also consider new approaches to platform design, such as creative layouts, streamlined navigation, or other optimizations to the user experience.

Methodology



“In the last few years, TradingView has transformed from a charting technology provider into a full-fledged trading platform technology developer that offers support for algorithmic trading and advanced backtesting features. TradingView has continued to build on its position as a market leader with the launch of its desktop platform and the expansion of its crowdsourced custom indicators and scripts built in Pine Script. These features helped TradingView win our award for #1 Trading Technology Provider in 2024.” - Steven Hatzakis, Global Director of Online Broker Research

emoji_events #1 Charting Technology Provider

Winner: TradingView

Methodology: Charting technology is important for analyzing historical market trends and current prices and determining future price projections using technical analysis. The best third-party charting technology providers deliver powerful, responsive charts that come with a range of customization settings that enhance the charting experience without hampering the user interface.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Copy Trading Technology Provider

Winner: Pelican

Methodology: Though many brokers develop copy-trading solutions in-house, there are a growing number of third-party developers that offer brokers a turn-key copy-trading solution by using the broker's network of traders or providing access to the developer’s network (or both). When deciding the winner of the #1 Copy Trading Technology Provider award, we consider the providers’ range of available platform settings, analysis features, screener tools, and underlying controls.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 MetaTrader Plug-In Provider

Winner: FX Blue

Methodology: The MetaTrader software suite has long enjoyed a rich market of third-party plugins designed to enhance the default platform experience. When determining the winner of the #1 MetaTrader Plug-In Provider award, our team looks at the availability of custom widgets and/or indicators that provide traders with real-time information to complement their trading platform experience. We also examine calculators, tools, and programs that enhance technical and sentiment analysis.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Trading Signals Technology Provider

Winner: Autochartist

Methodology: Factors considered for the #1 Trading Signals Technology Provider award include (but are not limited to) the number of qualitative parameters used to assess and categorize signals (i.e. probability, strength, and patterns). We also consider the user experience along with conveniences such as the ability to automatically copy a signal into a new order window.

Methodology

“Autochartist delivers powerful integrated research tools, including pattern recognition and trading signals, that help traders scan markets and identify trading opportunities. Autochartist’s modular technology makes it possible for brokers to integrate it in a variety of ways and creates a seamless user experience. These features helped Autochartist win our #1 Trading Signals Technology Provider award in 2024.” - Steven Hatzakis, Global Director of Online Broker Research

emoji_events #1 Sentiment Analysis Provider

Winner: Acuity - NewsIQ

Methodology: Factors considered for the #1 Sentiment Analysis Provider award include (but are not limited to), the availability of specialized tools designed to help traders identify sentiment trends and changes in sentiment.

Methodology

“Acuity has grown into a major player in the financial technology scene. Following its acquisition of Signal Centre, and the evolution of its sentiment technology and news analysis modules, the Acuity suite has expanded with a revamped offering in 2024. Thanks to the innovations Acuity is pursuing in this field, Acuity has won our award for #1 Sentiment Analysis Provider in 2024 thanks to its advancements in innovative research and market news tools.” - Steven Hatzakis, Global Director of Online Broker Research

emoji_events #1 Technical Analysis Provider

Winner: Trading Central

Methodology: Factors considered for the #1 Technical Analysis Provider award include (but are not limited to) the availability and quality of specialized technical analysis tools, such as pattern recognition, heat maps, and technical indicators. We also examine the technical analysis content provided (or algo-generated) by in-house staff.

Methodology

“Trading Central, long known for its suite of research tools, delivers an impressive suite of modules for technical and fundamental analysis, including trading signals, economic news, and sentiment data. Trading Central's Technical Insight, Technical Views, and Alpha Generation features helped it win our award for #1 Technical Analysis Provider in 2024.” - Steven Hatzakis, Global Director of Online Broker Research

emoji_events #1 Fundamental Analysis Provider

Winner: TipRanks

Methodology: When choosing a winner for the #1 Fundamental Analysis Provider award, we examine a range of specialized third-party tools designed to help traders filter out the noise from the myriad news headlines and economic calendar events that affect financial markets. Some tools track keywords and tags across assets to perform complex calculations, while others offer research reports and comprehensive fundamental analysis content.

“Forex traders who engage in fundamental analysis attempt to make sense of a wide range of news events in global markets, from geo-political developments to economic releases. Our #1 Fundamental Analysis Provider award recognizes third-party developers who provide brokers and their underlying clients with sophisticated tools for fundamental news analysis.” - Steven Hatzakis, Global Director of Online Broker Research

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Automated Trading Tool Provider

Winner: Capitalise.ai

Methodology:

Factors considered for the #1 Automated Trading Tool Provider include (but are not limited to) the ability to program with natural language powered by AI or the availability of specialized tools that make the complex task of programming algorithmic trading strategies easier.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Forex Trading Course Provider

Winner: BabyPips - School of Pipsology

Methodology: The best providers offer detailed forex trading courses across various levels of educational experience, often delivering content for beginners as well as advanced forex traders. Factors considered for the #1 Forex Trading Course Provider award include (but are not limited to) the quality, layout, format, and difficulty level of the course curriculums.

Methodology

emoji_events #1 Algo Trading Platform Provider

Winner: MetaQuotes - MetaTrader 5 (MT5)

Methodology: Factors considered for the #1 Algo Trading Platform Provider include (but are not limited to) the breadth of community support, the scope of available programming languages and backtesting capabilities, and the ability to run asynchronous scripts and concurrent operations in parallel with multithreading. We also consider the ability to develop custom scripts, indicators, and studies.

Methodology

“MetaQuotes’ flagship platform suite, MetaTrader, has long been one of the most popular trading platforms for retail forex traders – particularly those who want to build and deploy algorithmic trading systems or deploy along custom indicators and scripts. These features, as well as its ability to execute complex backtesting and handle multithreaded trading strategies across a wide number of compatible brokerages, helped MetaQuotes win our award for #1 Algo Trading Platform Provider in 2024.” - Steven Hatzakis, Global Director of Online Broker Research

Category Award Winners

Category Winners for the ForexBrokers.com Annual Awards are brokers that stand out as the best of the best in our carefully curated Awards Categories. Categories have been refined over our eight-year history of Annual Awards, and are designed to reflect the features, products, and services that matter most to investors and traders.

ForexBrokers.com 2024 Category Award Winners

emoji_events Overall

Winner: IG
Best in class: Interactive Brokers, Saxo Bank, CMC Markets, FOREX.com, TD Ameritrade, City Index

Methodology: The Overall category winner is determined by our proprietary formula that calculates the sum of rankings from our other core categories, including Commissions & Fees, Offering of Investments, Platforms & Tools, Research, Mobile Trading Apps, Education, and Trust Score. Weightings across each category can change from year to year; you can find more information by checking out our how we test page.

Methodology



emoji_events Offering of Investments

Winner: Interactive Brokers
Best in class: Swissquote, Saxo Bank, FlowBank, IG, BlackBull Markets, City Index

Methodology: When determining our rankings for the Offering of Investments category, we consider the full range of available markets for each broker. We examine all asset classes and tradeable symbols across each broker’s trading platforms and account for connectivity to national and international exchanges across global markets. Beyond our quantitative data collection, we also consider qualitative factors such as the accessibility of symbols across account types, platforms, websites, and devices.

Methodology

emoji_events Commissions & Fees

Winner: Tickmill
Best in class: CMC Markets, Interactive Brokers, Capital.com, IC Markets, FP Markets, IG

Methodology: Scoring for our Commissions & Fees category utilizes a different scoring rubric than our other categories due to the inherent complexity of the category.

First, multiple scenarios are assessed for placing trades. For example, the average reported and/or observed spread for the EUR/USD pair. Brokers are then awarded points depending on how expensive (or inexpensive) their average spreads (in this example) are, relative to their peers. Next, multiple scenarios are assessed for different investor types on a monthly basis, incorporating any miscellaneous account fees, alongside any active trader or VIP rates. The goal is to determine a net, "all-in" cost per trade. All data is analyzed to determine an overall score for the Commissions & Fees category.

Methodology

emoji_events Platforms & Tools

Winner: Saxo Bank
Best in class: IG, Interactive Brokers, CMC Markets, TD Ameritrade, FXCM, FOREX.com

Methodology: When determining the rankings for the Platforms & Tools category, we test each broker's full trading platform suite. This includes all platform software (whether developed in-house or by a third-party provider) across desktop, web, and mobile devices. Beyond assessing basic features such as a platform's charting capabilities, the versatility of its watchlists, and trade ticket parameters, we consider qualitative factors such as the range and depth of available features, quality of tools, and the level of customization and platform configuration options.

Methodology



emoji_events Research

Winner: IG
Best in class: Saxo Bank, OANDA, Interactive Brokers, CMC Markets, XM, XTB

Methodology: When determining rankings for the Research category, we look at the quantity, quality, frequency, and depth of research materials. We assess a wide range of formats, including written articles, video recordings, podcasts, webinars, and other content designed to help traders assess technical and fundamental market opportunities. Factors considered can be as subtle as the level of organization within a broker's video playlist or as complex as the way a broker integrates trading signals within their trading platform.

Methodology

emoji_events Education

Winner: IG
Best in class: AvaTrade, Interactive Brokers, FOREX.com, eToro, Capital.com, City Index

Methodology: Rankings for our Education category are determined based on the qualitative aspects of each broker's overall body of educational content. Factors considered include (but are not limited to) the variety and depth of offered materials and whether they are organized in a course, module, or academy structure. We also assess the overall level of detail and quality of provided content. We test and assess a variety of educational formats, including interactive courses, videos, written articles, and webinars. Other factors considered include community resources, FAQs, quizzes, and tests.

Methodology

“IG is a leader for its educational content, offering a vast selection of material in a variety of formats, including video, written articles, numerous weekly webinars, and guides from DailyFX. There are educational courses organized by experience level on IG Academy, complete with progress tracking and quizzes.” - Steven Hatzakis, Global Director of Online Broker Research

emoji_events Mobile Trading Apps

Winner: IG
Best in class: Saxo Bank, CMC Markets, TD Ameritrade, Interactive Brokers, FOREX.com, City Index

Methodology: As modern mobile devices have evolved, the lines separating the functionality of mobile platforms and their desktop/web platform counterparts have become increasingly blurred. As such, our approach to ranking brokers in the Mobile Trading Apps category is similar to our testing methodology for the Platforms & Tools category. In addition to the basic features we look for on any desktop or web platform, we consider the overall layout and responsiveness of the broker's mobile app(s), ease of navigation, and the simplicity of placing trades and managing orders. We also consider the level of customization available within the app(s).

Methodology

emoji_events Trust Score

Winner: IG
Best in class: Swissquote, Saxo Bank, Plus500, FOREX.com, TD Ameritrade, Interactive Brokers

Methodology: Our Trust Score algorithm is powered by our extensive research into each broker's regulatory licences across a range of global regulatory jurisdictions. Licenses and regulatory jurisdictions are categorized by Tier (Tier-1 is reserved for the most stringent regulators, and Tier-5 is for jurisdictions that may not offer any consumer protections whatsoever); learn more by checking out our Trust Score page. Beyond each broker's range of regulatory licenses, we also consider a range of secondary factors. These can include (but are not limited to) the number of years a company has been in business, whether the company is publicly listed, and whether it holds a banking license. Other factors include the existence of national compensation schemes and whether a broker offers indemnity issuance.

Methodology



emoji_events Social Copy Trading

Winner: eToro
Best in class: AvaTrade, Pepperstone, Vantage, FXCM, Tickmill, IC Markets

Methodology: When determining the rankings for the Social Copy Trading category, we consider the range of social copy trading platforms available (whether developed in-house or by a third-party provider) along with the scope and breadth of their related social offerings for traders. For example, some brokers may offer social copy trading on a standalone basis, segmented away from a trading platform, whereas others may integrate it directly within their platform. Beyond the basics, we look at the size of the trader community that can be copied, the length of history of related providers (other traders they wish to copy), and the range of performance statistics and tools available to traders. We also consider the level of control investors have for managing risk thresholds on their account (or on a per-strategy basis).

Methodology



emoji_events MetaTrader

Winner: IC Markets
Best in class: FP Markets, Pepperstone, CMC Markets, FOREX.com, FxPro, Tickmill

Methodology: When determining the rankings for the MetaTrader category, we first assess whether a broker offers both MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader (MT5). Then, we examine the availability of third-party tools such as plugins, add-ons, custom indicators, or other scripts that add value to the default platform experience. We also consider the range of account types offered and the number of markets available within each account and platform configuration. Given that MetaTrader was popularized for its automated trading capabilities, we also consider each broker's overall ability to cater to algorithmic trading.

Methodology

emoji_events Crypto Trading

Winner: eToro
Best in class: Swissquote, Capital.com, Interactive Brokers, Eightcap, XTB, Saxo Bank

Methodology: When determining the rankings for the Crypto Trading category, we look at which brokers offer the most comprehensive and extensive crypto trading offering. This may include crypto CFDs (where permissible), crypto securities and exchange-traded products (ETPs), structured instruments, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and of course the underlying cryptocurrency assets. We also look at qualitative factors such as the range of trading options – for example, some brokers don’t permit crypto withdrawals, requiring you to sell assets in order to withdraw cash.

Methodology

emoji_events Ease of Use

Winner: eToro
Best in class: Plus500, Trading 212, Trade Nation, Capital.com, OANDA, Saxo Bank

Methodology: When determining rankings for the Ease of Use category, we recognize brokers that have been able to pack a rich variety of powerful tools and features into a simplified user experience. The brokers that rank highest in this category effectively balance a dense ecosystem of tools and complex features with a clean, intuitive user experience. Our overall approach to ranking brokers in the Ease of Use category is similar to our testing methodology for the Platforms & Tools category; we consider many of the same factors, but our decisions are heavily influenced by the overall user experience.

Methodology

emoji_events Professional Trading

Winner: Interactive Brokers
Best in class: IG, Saxo Bank, CMC Markets, FOREX.com, FXCM, TD Ameritrade

Methodology: The Professional Trading category is entirely qualitative and rankings are based on a range of factors considered important for professional traders. Factors considered include (but are not limited to) the range of markets available, support for algorithmic trading and complex order types, discounts for high-volume and active trading, and the availability of API connectivity and advanced and speciality trading platforms.

Methodology

emoji_events Beginners

Winner: IG
Best in class: AvaTrade, eToro, Plus500, Capital.com, XTB, CMC Markets

Methodology: Rankings for the Beginners category are determined by each broker's ability to cater to forex traders and investors that are new to the forex markets. The testing methodology for the Beginners category is similar to that of the Ease of Use category as well as the Education category. Factors considered include the overall educational experience, quality of materials designed specifically for beginner traders, level of complexity within trading platforms, and the ease of the overall user experience. When determining rankings for this category, we assess each broker's platform, website, educational materials, and client portal.

Methodology

emoji_events Algo Trading

Winner: IC Markets
Best in class: FXCM, Interactive Brokers, Pepperstone, FP Markets, Tickmill, FxPro

Methodology: Rankings for the Algo Trading category are determined by the level of accommodation afforded to algorithmic traders. Factors considered include (but are not limited to) each broker's order execution policy, range of available orders, permitted trading strategies, commissions, spreads, and other factors considered important to high-frequency forex traders.

Methodology

2024 Overall Rankings Table

Company Overall Rating Offering of Investments Commissions & Fees Platforms & Tools Research Education Mobile Trading Apps Trust Score
IG logoIG 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 99
Interactive Brokers logoInteractive Brokers 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 99
Saxo Bank logoSaxo Bank 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 99
CMC Markets logoCMC Markets 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 99
FOREX.com logoFOREX.com 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 99
TD Ameritrade logoTD Ameritrade 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 99
City Index logoCity Index 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 99
XTB logoXTB 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 96
eToro logoeToro 4.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 90
Swissquote logoSwissquote 4.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 99
Capital.com logoCapital.com 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 87
AvaTrade logoAvaTrade 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 94
Plus500 logoPlus500 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 99
OANDA logoOANDA 4.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 93
FXCM logoFXCM 4.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 95
Admirals logoAdmirals 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 93
Pepperstone logoPepperstone 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 95
XM Group logoXM Group 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 88
FP Markets logoFP Markets 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 87
FxPro logoFxPro 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 90
IC Markets logoIC Markets 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 84
Markets.com logoMarkets.com 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 96
Tickmill logoTickmill 4.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 83
Fineco Bank logoFineco Bank 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 95
BlackBull Markets logoBlackBull Markets 4/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 77
Vantage logoVantage 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 90
HYCM (Henyep Capital Markets) logoHYCM (Henyep Capital Markets) 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 88
HFM logoHFM 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 86
ThinkMarkets logoThinkMarkets 4/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 92
FlowBank logoFlowBank 4/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 80
DooPrime logoDooPrime 4/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 83
Trading 212 logoTrading 212 4/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 77
BDSwiss logoBDSwiss 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 76
Trade Nation logoTrade Nation 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 85
TMGM logoTMGM 4/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 83
Moneta Markets logoMoneta Markets 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 72
Eightcap logoEightcap 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 85
MultiBank logoMultiBank 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 84
ACY Securities logoACY Securities 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 75
RoboForex (RoboMarkets) logoRoboForex (RoboMarkets) 4/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 71
VT Markets logoVT Markets 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 71
easyMarkets logoeasyMarkets 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 80
IronFX logoIronFX 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 83
Spreadex logoSpreadex 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 71
IFC Markets logoIFC Markets 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 67
Trade360 logoTrade360 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 76
Octa logoOcta 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 70
Axi logoAxi 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 81
TeleTrade logoTeleTrade 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 71
GKFX logoGKFX 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 65
Exness logoExness 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 71
Vestle logoVestle 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 78
FXOpen logoFXOpen 3.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 80
FXPrimus logoFXPrimus 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 71
Forex4you logoForex4you 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 61
GBE brokers logoGBE brokers 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 71
Alpari logoAlpari 3.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 68
TopFX logoTopFX 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 67
Libertex (Forex Club) logoLibertex (Forex Club) 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 73
LegacyFX logoLegacyFX 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 67
FXGT.com logoFXGT.com 3.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 69
ATFX logoATFX 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 4/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 73
Xtrade logoXtrade 3.5/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 2.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 3.5/5 Stars 3/5 Stars 80

Read Next

close