After spending several months and hundreds of hours researching 28 different forex brokers for trading FX, our team at ForexBrokers.com team collected over 2,200 data points. For this review, we will compare Alpari vs easyMarkets.
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. Alpari received a rating of 4.00 stars over easyMarkets's 3.00 stars.
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. easyMarkets is regulated in a major hub, Alpari isn't. Neither are publicly traded companies. As far as how many currency pairs are available for trading, here's the answer. Alpari trails easyMarkets by 49 total currency pairs (for example, EUR/USD), with easyMarkets offering 97 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 and easyMarkets both offer Meta Trader. 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. Alpari and easyMarkets offer the same number of charting tools, 31. Both brokers offer clients access to the same number of indicators (eg, moving averages), 51.