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Alpari vs CMC Markets Review

Steven Hatzakis

Published by Steven Hatzakis


Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

After spending seven months and hundreds of hours researching 43 different forex brokers for trading FX, our team at ForexBrokers.com team collected over 6,000 data points. For this review, we will compare Alpari vs CMC Markets.

To compare these two FX brokers, we will first take a look at the fees charged for trading (no easy task). Not every forex broker publicizes their average spreads, spreads data can vary, as can execution policies and how commissions are charged. Specifically, is the broker a dealing desk (market maker), no dealing desk (agency broker) or are both execution methods offered (dealing desk + STP/ECN)? To simplify this research, we assessed everything for you and provide a single star rating for cost. CMC Markets is a better option with a 5.00 star rating over Alpari's 4.00 star rating.

Commissions and fees aside, let's take a look at regulation and currency availability. Trust is critical, and you should highly consider choosing a broker that regulated in a major hub. CMC Markets is regulated in a major hub, Alpari isn't. CMC Markets is a publicly traded company, while Alpari is not. As far as how many currency pairs are available for trading, here's the answer. Alpari trails CMC Markets by 135 total currency pairs (for example, EUR/USD), with CMC Markets offering 183 and Alpari offering 48.

Next, let's look at the tools and features fx traders desire. With trading platforms, forex traders are all familiar with MetaTrader. Alpari makes Meta Trader available to clients, while CMC Markets does not. Regardless of the trading platform you use, charting should be feature rich. To help compare these two brokers, we counted the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available. CMC Markets trails Alpari by 7 total charting tools, with Alpari offering 31 and CMC Markets offering 24. Alpari trails CMC Markets by 30 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with CMC Markets offering 81 and Alpari offering 51.

Overall, CMC Markets boasts 4.50 stars versus Alpari's 3.50 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, both Alpari and CMC Markets found themselves without awards for Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Research, Best in Class - Customer Service, Best in Class - Active Trading, Best in Class - Mobile Trading and Best in Class - Investor Education in 2018.
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% of retail CFD accounts that lose money
Overall
Offering of Investments
Commissions & Fees
Platform & Tools
Customer Service
Research
Mobile Trading
Education
Trust Score
Year Founded
Publicly-Traded Company (Listed)
Regulated in Major Hub
Regulated in Emerging Hub
CFTC Registered (USA)
Authorised in the European Union
FCA Regulated (UK)
FINMA Authorised (Switzerland)
ASIC Authorised (Australia)
MAS Authorised (Singapore)
IIROC Authorised (Canada)
SFC Authorised (Hong Kong)
FSA Authorised (Japan)
CySEC Authorised (Cyprus)
FMA Authorised (New Zealand)
Forex: Spot Trading
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)
CFDs - Total Offered
Cryptocurrency traded as actual
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD
Advantage
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
Active Trader or Premium/VIP
Advantage
Proprietary
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Web Platform
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
MetaTrader4 (MT4)
MetaTrader5 (MT5)
cTrader
Currenex
ZuluTrade
MirrorTrader
Advantage
Virtual Trading (Demo)
Watchlists - Total Fields
Alerts - Basic Fields
Charting - Trade From Chart
Charts can be saved
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)
Charting - Drawings Autosave
Order Type - Trailing Stop
Advantage
Android App
Apple iOS App
Forex News
Alerts - Basic Fields
Alerts Delivery - Push Notifications
Watch List
Watch List Syncing
Charting - Technical Studies/Indicators
Charting - Draw Trend Lines
Advantage
Daily Market Commentary
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)
AutoChartist
Trading Central (Recognia)
Delkos Research
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs
Client Webinars
Client Webinars (Archived)
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
Economic Calendar
Economic News Sentiment
Advantage
GBPUSD (or USDGBP)
USDJPY (or JPYUSD)
EURUSD (or USDEUR)
USDCHF (or CHFUSD)
USDCAD (or CADUSD)
NZDUSD (or USDNZD)
AUDUSD (or USDAUD)
USDCNH (or CNHUSD)
USDSGD (or SGDUSD)
USDMXN (or MXNUSD)
USDNOK (or NOKUSD)
USDSEK (or SEKUSD)
USDTRY (or TRYUSD)
USDZAR (or ZARUSD)
USDDKK (or DKKUSD)
USDBRL (or BRLUSD)
Minimum Initial Deposit
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw)
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit)
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw)
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw)
UnionPay (Deposit/Withdraw)
Overall
Advantage
Alpari
Alpari Review
74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money.
 
3.5
3
4
3
4
3.5
3.5
3
 
74
1998
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
 
Yes
48
16
No
Yes
 
0.82
0.92
Yes
 
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
 
Yes
7
Yes
Yes
Yes
31
51
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
30
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
 
$100.00
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
 
3.5
CMC Markets
CMC Markets Review
74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money.
 
4.5
4
5
4.5
4
4.5
4
4
 
90
1989
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
 
Yes
183
9959
No
Yes
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0.744
0.744
Yes
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Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
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Yes
8
Yes
No
Yes
24
81
Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
23
Yes
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Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
$0.00
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
 
4.5
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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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