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Alpari vs CMC Markets Review

Steven Hatzakis

Published by Steven Hatzakis


Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Our ForexBrokers.com team spent seven months and hundreds of hours assessing 43 different forex broker accounts for trading FX. In total, over 6,000 data points were collected. For this review, we will compare Alpari vs CMC Markets.

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. CMC Markets's score is 5.00 stars versus Alpari's 4.00 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. CMC Markets is regulated in a major hub, Alpari isn't. CMC Markets is a publicly traded company while Alpari is not. How many currency pairs are available to trade? CMC Markets boasts an offering of 183 different currency pairs compared to Alpari's 48 available pairs.

To round out our comparison, let's look at the popular tools and features forex traders prefer. For platforms, some FX traders prefer MetaTrader. Alpari has Meta Trader, CMC Markets doesn't. Within the trading platform, charting should be robust, so we counted the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available. Alpari offers its clients access to 31 charting tools while CMC Markets has 24 charting tools, a difference of 7. Alpari trails CMC Markets by 23 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with CMC Markets offering 74 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, CMC Markets posted awards Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Research, Best in Class - Active Trading and Best in Class - Mobile Trading in 2018, while Alpari found itself with none of these.
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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)
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
Acuity Trading
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs
Client Webinars
Client Webinars (Archived)
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
Economic Calendar
Calendar Includes Forecasts
Economic News Sentiment
Trade Ideas - Backtesting
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
 
75
1998
No
No
Yes
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
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
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
5
5
4
3
4
4
4.5
 
90
1989
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
 
Yes
183
10172
No
Yes
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0.772
0.772
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
74
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
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
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 4/03/2018 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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