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CMC Markets vs FXCM Review

Steven Hatzakis

Published by Steven Hatzakis


Thursday, November 1st, 2018

To find the top fx brokers, the team here at ForexBrokers.com collected over 6,000 data points during a seven month review of the forex industry. In this fx broker comparison, we will compare CMC Markets vs FXCM.

To assess both of these forex brokers, we will begin with cost. Comparing two fx brokers on cost is not easy. First, not every broker publicizes their average spreads. And, for the brokers that do publish their data, the formulas used to calculate average spreads can vary. Furthermore, the currency pair you are trading can impact cost, as well as the execution policies of the broker. Dealing desk or no dealing desk? The list goes on and on. To make comparing cost easy, we have a star rating that takes everything into account. CMC Markets received a rating of 5.00 stars over FXCM's 4.00 stars.

Next to commissions and fees, regulation and currency availability are important to take into consideration. You want to trust and have confidence the forex broker you choose. CMC Markets alongside FXCM are regulated in a major hub. CMC Markets alongside FXCM are publicly traded companies. And, when it comes to total currency pairs available to trade, a quick comparison is helpful. FXCM trails CMC Markets by 144 total currency pairs (for example, EUR/USD), with CMC Markets offering 183 and FXCM offering 39.

To round out our comparison of CMC Markets vs FXCM, let's look at the tools and features most used by forex traders. For trading platforms, traders are all familiar with MetaTrader. FXCM makes Meta Trader available to clients, while CMC Markets does not. With a platform picked out, looking at charts is a must so they should be of high-quality. As part of our research, we count the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators available. FXCM offers its clients access to 31 charting tools while CMC Markets has 24 charting tools, a difference of 7. CMC Markets boasts an offering of 74 different indicators (for example, moving averages) compared to FXCM's 51 available indicators.

Overall, both CMC Markets and FXCM share a rating of 4.50 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, FXCM was rated Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Mobile Trading and Best in Class - Investor Education 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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% of retail CFD accounts that lose money
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
Advantage
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
Active Trader or Premium/VIP
Advantage
Proprietary
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Web Platform
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
MetaTrader4 (MT4)
MetaTrader5 (MT5)
cTrader
Currenex
ZuluTrade
MirrorTrader
Advantage
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
Advantage
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
Advantage
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
Advantage
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)
Overall
Advantage
CMC Markets
CMC Markets Review
74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money.
 
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74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money.
 
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Trading CFDs, FX, and cryptocurrencies involves a high degree of risk. All providers have a percentage of retail investor accounts that lose money when trading CFDs with their company. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money and whether you understand how CFDs, FX, and cryptocurrencies work. 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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