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 FXCM vs Swissquote.
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. FXCM received a rating of 4.00 stars over Swissquote'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 FXCM and Swissquote are regulated in a major hub. Both FXCM and Swissquote are publicly traded companies. How many currency pairs are available to trade? Swissquote boasts an offering of 78 different currency pairs compared to FXCM's 39 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. FXCM alongside Swissquote 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. Both FXCM and Swissquote provide clients with access to 31 total charting tools. Both FXCM and Swissquote provide clients with access to 51 total indicators (eg, moving averages).
Overall, FXCM boasts 4.50 stars versus Swissquote's 4.00 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, Swissquote posted awards Best in Class - Customer Service in 2018, while FXCM found itself with Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Mobile Trading and Best in Class - Investor Education.