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 FOREX.com (GAIN Capital) vs ThinkMarkets.
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. FOREX.com (GAIN Capital)'s score is 4.50 stars versus ThinkMarkets'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. Both FOREX.com (GAIN Capital) and ThinkMarkets are regulated in a major hub. FOREX.com (GAIN Capital) is a publicly traded company while ThinkMarkets is not. How many currency pairs are available to trade? FOREX.com (GAIN Capital) boasts an offering of 84 different currency pairs compared to ThinkMarkets's 33 available pairs.
To round out our comparison, let's look at the popular tools and features forex traders prefer. For platforms, some FX traders prefer MetaTrader. Both FOREX.com (GAIN Capital) and ThinkMarkets offer Meta Trader. Within the trading platform, charting should be robust, so we counted the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available. FOREX.com (GAIN Capital) trails ThinkMarkets by 9 total charting tools, with ThinkMarkets offering 31 and FOREX.com (GAIN Capital) offering 22. FOREX.com (GAIN Capital) boasts an offering of 139 different indicators (for example, moving averages) compared to ThinkMarkets's 51 available indicators.
Overall, FOREX.com (GAIN Capital) comes out on top with 4.50 stars over ThinkMarkets's 4.00 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, FOREX.com (GAIN Capital) was rated Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Research and Best in Class - Investor Education in 2018, while ThinkMarkets was rated none of these.