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 AvaTrade vs FXCM.
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. FXCM is a better option with a 4.00 star rating over AvaTrade's 3.50 star rating.
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. AvaTrade and FXCM both are regulated in a major hub. FXCM is a publicly traded company while AvaTrade is not. How many currency pairs are available to trade? AvaTrade boasts an offering of 60 different currency pairs compared to FXCM's 39 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. AvaTrade and FXCM both 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 AvaTrade and FXCM provide clients with access to 31 total charting tools. AvaTrade and FXCM offer the same number of indicators (eg, volume), 51.
Overall, FXCM boasts 4.50 stars versus AvaTrade's 3.50 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, FXCM finished with awards Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Mobile Trading and Best in Class - Investor Education in 2018, while AvaTrade came up with none of these.