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 XM.
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 is a better option with a 5.00 star rating over XM's 4.00 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. CMC Markets alongside XM are regulated in a major hub. CMC Markets is a publicly traded company, XM isn't. How many currency pairs are available to trade? CMC Markets offers its clients access to 183 different currency pairs while XM has 57 available pairs, a difference of 126.
To round out our comparison, let's look at the popular tools and features forex traders prefer. For platforms, some FX traders prefer MetaTrader. XM makes Meta Trader available to clients, while CMC Markets does not. Within the trading platform, charting should be robust, so we counted the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available. CMC Markets trails XM by 7 total charting tools, with XM offering 31 and CMC Markets offering 24. CMC Markets boasts an offering of 81 different indicators (for example, moving averages) compared to XM's 51 available indicators.
Overall, CMC Markets takes the upper hand with 4.50 stars over XM's 3.50 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, both CMC Markets and XM 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.