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ThinkMarkets vs ActivTrades 2019

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Is ActivTrades better than ThinkMarkets? After grading forex brokers on nearly 100 different variables, ThinkMarkets is better than ActivTrades. ThinkMarkets provides forex and CFDs on multiple asset classes, including cryptocurrencies, on its recently acquired Trade Interceptor platform and MetaTrader 4 (MT4) through its Australia, UK, and offshore entity in Bermuda.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Overall Rating

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
Overall 3.5 3.5
ThinkMarkets Review ActivTrades Review
74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money 74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Regulation

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
Trust Score 77 75
Year Founded
2010 2001
Publicly Traded (Listed)
No No
Bank
No No
Tier-1 Licenses
2 1
Tier-2 Licenses
0 1
Tier-3 Licenses
0 1
Authorised in the European Union
Yes Yes

Tier-1 Licenses

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
ASIC Authorised (Australia)
Yes No
IIROC Authorised (Canada)
No No
SFC Authorised (Hong Kong)
No No
FSA Authorised (Japan)
No No
MAS Authorised (Singapore)
No No
FINMA Authorised (Switzerland)
No No
FCA Authorised (UK)
Yes Yes
CFTC Registered (USA)
No No

Tier-2 Licenses

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
CBRC Authorised (China)
No No
CySEC Authorised (Cyprus)
No No
ISA Authorised (Israel)
No No
FMA Authorised (New Zealand)
No No
CBR Authorised (Russia)
No No
FSB Authorised (South Africa)
No No
SEC Authorised (Thailand)
No No
DFSA / Central Bank Authorised (UAE)
No Yes

Tier-3 Licenses

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
FSC Authorised (British Virgin Islands)
No No
FSC Authorised (Mauritius)
No No
Offshore Authorised
No Yes

Investments

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
Forex: Spot Trading
Yes Yes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)
40 47
CFDs - Total Offered
192 541
Cryptocurrency traded as actual
No No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD
Yes Yes
Offering of Investments 3 3.5
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Cost

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
N/A 0.63 (as of May 2019)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
N/A N/A
Active Trader or VIP Discounts
Yes No
Commissions & Fees 3.5 2
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Funding

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
Minimum Initial Deposit
$250.00 $100
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes Yes
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit)
Yes Yes
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw)
No No
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw)
No Yes
UnionPay (Deposit/Withdraw)
No No

Trading Platforms

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
Proprietary Platform
Yes Yes
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Yes Yes
Web Platform
Yes Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Yes Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4)
Yes Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5)
No Yes
cTrader
No No

Trading Tools

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
Virtual Trading (Demo)
Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields
7 7
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)
51 51
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)
31 31
Charting - Trade From Chart
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
Yes Yes
Order Type - Trailing Stop
Yes Yes
Platform & Tools 3.5 3.5
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Mobile Trading

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
Android App
Yes Yes
Apple iOS App
Yes Yes
Trading - Forex
Yes Yes
Trading - CFDs
Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watch List
Yes Yes
Watch List Syncing
No No
Charting - Indicators / Studies
30 30
Charting - Draw Trend Lines
Yes Yes
Charting - Trend Lines Moveable
Yes No
Charting - Multiple Time Frames
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
No Yes
Forex Calendar
No No
Mobile Trading 4 3
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Research

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
Daily Market Commentary
Yes Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)
Yes Yes
Weekly Webinars
Yes No
AutoChartist
Yes No
Trading Central (Recognia)
No No
Delkos Research
No No
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Yes Yes
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs
No Yes
Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
Research 3.5 3
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Education

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
Has Education - Forex
Yes Yes
Has Education - CFDs
Yes No
Client Webinars
Yes Yes
Client Webinars (Archived)
Yes Yes
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
No No
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos
No No
Investor Dictionary (Glossary)
Yes Yes
Tutorials/Guide (PDF or Interactive)
Yes No
Education 3.5 3
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Major Forex Pairs

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
GBP/USD
Yes Yes
USD/JPY
Yes Yes
EUR/USD
Yes Yes
USD/CHF
Yes Yes
USD/CAD
Yes Yes
NZD/USD
Yes Yes
AUD/USD
Yes Yes
USDCNH (or CNHUSD)
Yes Yes
USDSGD (or SGDUSD)
Yes Yes

Overall

Feature ThinkMarkets ActivTrades
ThinkMarkets Review ActivTrades Review
Overall 3.5 3.5
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Our ForexBrokers.com team spent several months and hundreds of hours assessing 28 different forex broker accounts for trading FX. In total, over 2,200 data points were collected. For this review, we will compare ActivTrades vs ThinkMarkets.

To start this comparison, first, we will take a look at the fees charged for trading forex. It's important to note this is no easy task. Not every broker shares their average spreads, spreads can be fixed or variable (floating), execution policies differ, and brokers can act as market makers (dealers) or act as agents for execution. To simplify things, we analyzed everything for you and provide a single star rating for cost. ThinkMarkets is a better option with a 3.50 star rating over ActivTrades's 2.00 star rating.

Cost aside, we can now turn our focus to regulation alongside currency availability. For regulation, it's very important to select a broker you can trust with your money. ActivTrades and ThinkMarkets both are regulated in a major hub. Neither ActivTrades and ThinkMarkets are publicly traded companies. How many currency pairs are available to trade? ActivTrades offers its clients access to 47 different currency pairs while ThinkMarkets has 40 available pairs, a difference of 7.

To round out our comparison, let's look at the popular tools and features forex traders prefer. For platforms, some FX traders prefer MetaTrader. Both ActivTrades and ThinkMarkets offer Meta Trader. Within the trading platform, charting should be robust, so we counted the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available. ActivTrades and ThinkMarkets offer the same number of charting tools, 31. Both ActivTrades and ThinkMarkets provide clients with access to 51 total indicators (eg, moving averages).

ActivTrades Review
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Trading CFDs, FX, and cryptocurrencies involves a high degree of risk. All providers have a percentage of retail investor accounts that lose money when trading CFDs with their company. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money and whether you understand how CFDs, FX, and cryptocurrencies work. All data was obtained from a published web site as of 02/18/2019 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. The ForexBrokers.com staff is constantly working with its online broker representatives to obtain the latest data. If you believe any data listed above is inaccurate, please contact us using the link at the bottom of this page.

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