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 XTB.
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 XTB 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. XTB is regulated in a major hub, while Alpari is not. XTB is a publicly traded company while Alpari is not. As far as how many currency pairs are available for trading, here's the answer. Both brokers offer traders access to the same number of currency pairs, 48.
Next, let's look at the tools and features fx traders desire. With trading platforms, forex traders are all familiar with MetaTrader. Alpari alongside XTB 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 brokers offer clients access to the same number of charting tools, 31. Both Alpari and XTB provide clients with access to 51 total indicators (eg, moving averages).
Overall, XTB takes the upper hand with 4.00 stars over Alpari's 3.50 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, both Alpari and XTB 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.