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 ThinkMarkets.
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. Both Alpari and ThinkMarkets are rated 4.00 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. ThinkMarkets 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 offers its clients access to 48 different currency pairs while ThinkMarkets has 33 available pairs, a difference of 15.
Next, let's look at the tools and features fx traders desire. With trading platforms, forex traders are all familiar with MetaTrader. Alpari alongside ThinkMarkets 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. Both Alpari and ThinkMarkets provide clients with access to 31 total charting tools. Both brokers offer clients access to the same number of indicators (eg, moving averages), 51.
Overall, ThinkMarkets boasts 4.00 stars versus Alpari's 3.50 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, neither Alpari nor ThinkMarkets were rated 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.