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IC Markets vs eToro Review

Steven Hatzakis

Published by Steven Hatzakis


Wednesday, August 15th, 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 eToro vs IC Markets.

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. IC Markets's score is 4.00 stars versus 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. Both eToro and IC Markets are regulated in a major hub. eToro nor IC Markets are publicly traded companies. How many currency pairs are available to trade? IC Markets offers its clients access to 63 different currency pairs while eToro has 47 available pairs, a difference of 16.

To round out our comparison, let's look at the popular tools and features forex traders prefer. For platforms, some FX traders prefer MetaTrader. IC Markets offers Meta Trader while eToro does not. Within the trading platform, charting should be robust, so we counted the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available. IC Markets offers its clients access to 31 charting tools while eToro has 14 charting tools, a difference of 17. eToro boasts an offering of 66 different indicators (for example, moving averages) compared to IC Markets's 51 available indicators.

Overall, both eToro and IC Markets share a rating of 4.00 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, eToro posted awards Best in Class - Customer Service in 2018, while IC Markets found itself with none of these.
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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
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
IC Markets
IC Markets Review
 
4
3
4
4
4
2
3.5
4
 
69
2007
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
 
Yes
63
41
No
Yes
 
0.7
0.7
No
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No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
 
Yes
7
Yes
Yes
Yes
31
51
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
30
Yes
 
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
$200
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
4
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
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N/A
3
Yes
 
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
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Yes
6
No
No
Yes
14
66
Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
5
No
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No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
$200
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
4
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