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 AvaTrade 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 AvaTrade and ThinkMarkets are rated 3.5 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. AvaTrade alongside ThinkMarkets are regulated in a major hub. Neither are publicly traded companies. As far as how many currency pairs are available for trading, here's the answer. ThinkMarkets trails AvaTrade by 20 total currency pairs (for example, EUR/USD), with AvaTrade offering 60 and ThinkMarkets offering 40.
Next, let's look at the tools and features fx traders desire. With trading platforms, forex traders are all familiar with MetaTrader. AvaTrade and ThinkMarkets 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. Both AvaTrade 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 takes the upper hand with 3.5 stars over AvaTrade's 3 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, neither AvaTrade 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.