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eToro vs CMC Markets Review

Steven Hatzakis

Published by Steven Hatzakis


Friday, May 25th, 2018

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 CMC Markets vs eToro.

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. CMC Markets received a rating of 5.00 stars over eToro's 3.50 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. CMC Markets and eToro both are regulated in a major hub. CMC Markets is a publicly traded company while eToro is not. How many currency pairs are available to trade? eToro trails CMC Markets by 136 total currency pairs (for example, EUR/USD), with CMC Markets offering 183 and eToro offering 47.

To round out our comparison, let's look at the popular tools and features forex traders prefer. For platforms, some FX traders prefer MetaTrader. Neither offers Meta Trader. Within the trading platform, charting should be robust, so we counted the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available. CMC Markets offers its clients access to 24 charting tools while eToro has 14 charting tools, a difference of 10. CMC Markets offers its clients access to 74 different indicators (for example, volume) while eToro has 66 available indicators, a difference of 8.

Overall, CMC Markets boasts 4.50 stars versus eToro's 4.00 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, eToro was rated Best in Class - Customer Service in 2018, while CMC Markets was rated Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Research, Best in Class - Active Trading and Best in Class - Mobile Trading.
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Overall
Offering of Investments
Commissions & Fees
Platform & Tools
Customer Service
Research
Mobile Trading
Education
Trust Score
Year Founded
Publicly-Traded Company (Listed)
Regulated in Major Hub
Regulated in Emerging Hub
CFTC Registered (USA)
FCA Regulated (UK)
FINMA Authorised (Switzerland)
ASIC Authorised (Australia)
MAS Authorised (Singapore)
IIROC Authorised (Canada)
SFC Authorised (Hong Kong)
FSA Authorised (Japan)
CySEC Authorised (Cyprus)
FMA Authorised (New Zealand)
Forex: Spot Trading
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)
CFDs - Total Offered
Cryptocurrency traded as actual
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
Active Trader or Premium/VIP
Proprietary
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Web Platform
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
MetaTrader4 (MT4)
MetaTrader5 (MT5)
cTrader
Currenex
ZuluTrade
MirrorTrader
Virtual Trading (Demo)
Watchlists - Total Fields
Alerts - Basic Fields
Charting - Trade From Chart
Charts can be saved
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)
Charting - Drawings Autosave
Order Type - Trailing Stop
Android App
Apple iOS App
Forex News
Alerts - Basic Fields
Alerts Delivery - Push Notifications
Watch List
Watch List Syncing
Charting - Technical Studies/Indicators
Charting - Draw Trend Lines
Daily Market Commentary
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)
AutoChartist
Trading Central (Recognia)
Delkos Research
Acuity Trading
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs
Client Webinars
Client Webinars (Archived)
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
Economic Calendar
Calendar Includes Forecasts
Economic News Sentiment
Trade Ideas - Backtesting
GBPUSD (or USDGBP)
USDJPY (or JPYUSD)
EURUSD (or USDEUR)
USDCHF (or CHFUSD)
USDCAD (or CADUSD)
NZDUSD (or USDNZD)
AUDUSD (or USDAUD)
USDCNH (or CNHUSD)
USDSGD (or SGDUSD)
USDMXN (or MXNUSD)
USDNOK (or NOKUSD)
USDSEK (or SEKUSD)
USDTRY (or TRYUSD)
USDZAR (or ZARUSD)
USDDKK (or DKKUSD)
USDBRL (or BRLUSD)
Minimum Initial Deposit
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw)
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit)
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw)
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw)
UnionPay (Deposit/Withdraw)
eToro
eToro Review
 
4
4.5
3.5
4
3
2.5
4
3.5
 
86
2007
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
 
Yes
47
1096
Yes
Yes
 
N/A
3
Yes
 
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
 
Yes
6
No
No
Yes
14
66
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
5
No
 
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
$200
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
CMC Markets
CMC Markets Review
 
4.5
5
5
4
3
4
4
4.5
 
90
1989
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
 
Yes
183
10172
No
Yes
 
0.772
0.772
Yes
 
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
 
Yes
8
Yes
No
Yes
24
74
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
23
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
$0.00
Yes
Yes
No
No
No

Trading CFDs, FX, and cryptocurrencies involves a high degree of risk. All data was obtained from a published web site as of 4/03/2018 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. The ForexBrokers.com staff is constantly working with its online broker representatives to obtain the latest data. If you believe any data listed above is inaccurate, please contact us using the link at the bottom of this page.

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