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XTB vs CMC Markets Review

Steven Hatzakis

Published by Steven Hatzakis


Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Is CMC Markets better than XTB? After grading forex brokers on nearly 100 different variables, CMC Markets is better than XTB. Through its offices regulated in major global financial centers, CMC Markets offers traders a wide range of offerings with excellent pricing and its Next Generation trading platform, which is packed with innovative trading tools and charting.

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Regulation
Trust Score
Year Founded
Publicly-Traded Company (Listed)
Regulated in Major Hub
Regulated in Emerging Hub
CFTC Registered (USA)
Authorised in the European Union
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)
Investments
Forex: Spot Trading
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)
CFDs - Total Offered
Cryptocurrency traded as actual
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD
Offering of Investments
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Cost
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
Active Trader or Premium/VIP
Commissions & Fees
Winner
Funding
Minimum Initial Deposit
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw)
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit)
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw)
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw)
UnionPay (Deposit/Withdraw)
Trading Platforms
Proprietary Platform
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Web Platform
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
MetaTrader4 (MT4)
MetaTrader5 (MT5)
cTrader
Trading Tools
Virtual Trading (Demo)
Alerts - Basic Fields
Watchlists - Total Fields
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)
Charting - Trade From Chart
Charting - Drawings Autosave
Order Type - Trailing Stop
Platform & Tools
Winner
Mobile Trading
Android App
Apple iOS App
Trading - Forex
Trading - CFDs
Alerts - Basic Fields
Watch List
Watch List Syncing
Charting - Indicators / Studies
Charting - Draw Trend Lines
Charting - Trend Lines Moveable
Charting - Multiple Time Frames
Charting - Drawings Autosave
Forex Calendar
Mobile Trading
Winner
Research
Daily Market Commentary
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)
Weekly Webinars
AutoChartist
Trading Central (Recognia)
Delkos Research
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs
Economic Calendar
Research
Winner
Education
Has Education - Forex
Has Education - CFDs
Client Webinars
Client Webinars (Archived)
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos
Investor Dictionary (Glossary)
Tutorials/Guide (PDF or Interactive)
Education
Winner
Major Forex Pairs
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)
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Winner
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79% of retail CFD accounts lose money
 
83
2002
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Yes
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No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
 
Yes
48
1728
No
Yes
3.5
 
0.9
N/A
No
4
 
$250.00
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
Yes
Yes
7
51
31
Yes
Yes
Yes
4
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
30
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
3.5
 
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
4
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
4
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
4
4.5
74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money
 
90
1989
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
 
Yes
183
9959
No
Yes
4
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0.744
0.744
Yes
5
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$0.00
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
 
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
 
Yes
Yes
8
81
24
No
Yes
Yes
4.5
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
23
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
4
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Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
4.5
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes
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4.5
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Our ForexBrokers.com team spent several months and hundreds of hours assessing 28 different forex broker accounts for trading FX. In total, over 2,200 data points were collected. For this review, we will compare CMC Markets vs XTB.

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 XTB's 4.00 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 XTB both are regulated in a major hub. CMC Markets alongside XTB are publicly traded companies. How many currency pairs are available to trade? XTB trails CMC Markets by 135 total currency pairs (for example, EUR/USD), with CMC Markets offering 183 and XTB offering 48.

To round out our comparison, let's look at the popular tools and features forex traders prefer. For platforms, some FX traders prefer MetaTrader. XTB offers Meta Trader 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 XTB by 7 total charting tools, with XTB offering 31 and CMC Markets offering 24. XTB trails CMC Markets by 30 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with CMC Markets offering 81 and XTB offering 51.

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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 02/18/2019 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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