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.