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 Markets.com.
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. Alpari's score is 4.00 stars versus Markets.com's 3.00 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. Markets.com is regulated in a major hub while Alpari is not. Markets.com is a publicly traded company, while Alpari is not. How many currency pairs are available to trade? Markets.com boasts an offering of 55 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. Both Alpari and Markets.com offer Meta Trader. Within the trading platform, charting should be robust, so we counted the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available. Both Alpari and Markets.com provide clients with access to 31 total charting tools. Alpari and Markets.com offer the same number of indicators (eg, volume), 51.
Overall, both Alpari and Markets.com are rated 3.50 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, unfortunately, neither Alpari nor Markets.com received awards 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.