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Interactive Brokers vs Admiral Markets 2019

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Is Admiral Markets better than Interactive Brokers? After grading forex brokers on nearly 100 different variables, Interactive Brokers is better than Admiral Markets. Professional traders and highly experienced investors looking for a complete multi-asset broker will find Interactive Brokers offers a comprehensive platform with competitive fees across multiple global financial markets.

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 Interactive Brokers Admiral Markets
Overall 4 4
Interactive Brokers Review Admiral Markets Review
63.5% of retail CFD accounts lose money 74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Regulation

Feature Interactive Brokers Admiral Markets
Trust Score 91 78
Year Founded
1977 2001
Publicly Traded (Listed)
Yes No
Bank
No No
Tier-1 Licenses
5 2
Tier-2 Licenses
0 1
Tier-3 Licenses
0 0
Authorised in the European Union
Yes Yes

Tier-1 Licenses

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

Tier-2 Licenses

Feature Interactive Brokers Admiral Markets
CBRC Authorised (China)
No No
CySEC Authorised (Cyprus)
No Yes
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 No

Tier-3 Licenses

Feature Interactive Brokers Admiral Markets
FSC Authorised (British Virgin Islands)
No No
FSC Authorised (Mauritius)
No No
Offshore Authorised
No No

Investments

Feature Interactive Brokers Admiral Markets
Forex: Spot Trading
Yes Yes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)
115 55
CFDs - Total Offered
6100 106
Cryptocurrency traded as actual
No No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD
Yes Yes
Offering of Investments 4.5 3.5
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Cost

Feature Interactive Brokers Admiral Markets
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
N/A 1.2 (as of Jan 17)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
N/A 1.2
Active Trader or VIP Discounts
Yes No
Commissions & Fees 4 3.5
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Funding

Feature Interactive Brokers Admiral Markets
Minimum Initial Deposit
$0 200
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes Yes
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit)
No Yes
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw)
No No
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw)
No Yes

Trading Platforms

Feature Interactive Brokers Admiral Markets
Proprietary Platform
Yes No
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Yes Yes
Web Platform
No Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
No No
MetaTrader 4 (MT4)
No Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5)
No Yes
cTrader
No No

Trading Tools

Feature Interactive Brokers Admiral Markets
Virtual Trading (Demo)
Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields
300 7
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)
121 51
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)
9 31
Charting - Trade From Chart
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
Yes Yes
Order Type - Trailing Stop
Yes Yes
Platform & Tools 4 3
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Mobile Trading

Feature Interactive Brokers Admiral Markets
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
Yes No
Charting - Indicators / Studies
68 30
Charting - Draw Trend Lines
No Yes
Charting - Trend Lines Moveable
No Yes
Charting - Multiple Time Frames
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
Yes No
Forex Calendar
No No
Mobile Trading 4 3.5
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Research

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

Feature Interactive Brokers Admiral Markets
Has Education - Forex
Yes Yes
Has Education - CFDs
Yes Yes
Client Webinars
Yes Yes
Client Webinars (Archived)
Yes Yes
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
No Yes
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos
Yes Yes
Investor Dictionary (Glossary)
Yes Yes
Tutorials/Guide (PDF or Interactive)
Yes No
Education 4 4
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Major Forex Pairs

Feature Interactive Brokers Admiral Markets
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 Interactive Brokers Admiral Markets
Interactive Brokers Review Admiral Markets Review
Overall 4 4
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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 Admiral Markets vs Interactive Brokers.

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. Interactive Brokers received a rating of 4.00 stars over Admiral Markets's 3.50 stars.

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. Admiral Markets alongside Interactive Brokers are regulated in a major hub. Interactive Brokers is a publicly traded company, while Admiral Markets is not. How many currency pairs are available to trade? Interactive Brokers offers its clients access to 115 different currency pairs while Admiral Markets has 55 available pairs, a difference of 60.

To round out our comparison, let's look at the popular tools and features forex traders prefer. For platforms, some FX traders prefer MetaTrader. Admiral Markets has Meta Trader, Interactive Brokers doesn't. Within the trading platform, charting should be robust, so we counted the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available. Interactive Brokers trails Admiral Markets by 22 total charting tools, with Admiral Markets offering 31 and Interactive Brokers offering 9. Admiral Markets trails Interactive Brokers by 70 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with Interactive Brokers offering 121 and Admiral Markets offering 51.

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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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