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ThinkMarkets vs FXCM 2019

Is FXCM better than ThinkMarkets? After grading forex brokers on nearly 100 different variables, FXCM is better than ThinkMarkets. While its range of tradeable markets is narrow, FXCM caters well to high-volume traders, algorithmic traders, and traders that appreciate robust charting tools and quality market research.
CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Overall Rating

Feature ThinkMarkets FXCM
Overall 3.5 4
ThinkMarkets Review FXCM Review
74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money 74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Regulation

Feature ThinkMarkets FXCM
Trust Score 77 90
Year Founded
2010 1999
Publicly Traded (Listed)
No Yes
Bank
No No
Tier-1 Licenses
2 3
Tier-2 Licenses
0 2
Tier-3 Licenses
0 0
Authorised in the European Union
Yes Yes

Tier-1 Licenses

Feature ThinkMarkets FXCM
ASIC Authorised (Australia)
Yes Yes
IIROC Authorised (Canada)
No Yes
SFC Authorised (Hong Kong)
No No
FSA Authorised (Japan)
No No
MAS Authorised (Singapore)
No No
FINMA Authorised (Switzerland)
No No
FCA Authorised (UK)
Yes Yes
CFTC Registered (USA)
No No

Investments

Feature ThinkMarkets FXCM
Forex: Spot Trading
Yes Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Yes Yes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)
40 39
CFDs - Total Offered
192 32
Cryptocurrency traded as actual
No No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD
Yes Yes
Offering of Investments 3 3
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Cost

Feature ThinkMarkets FXCM
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
N/A 1.3 (as of Q2 19)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
N/A 0.7 (as of Q2 19)
Active Trader or VIP Discounts
Yes Yes
Commissions & Fees 3.5 3.5
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Funding

Feature ThinkMarkets FXCM
Minimum Initial Deposit
$250.00 $0.00
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes Yes
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit)
Yes Yes
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw)
No No
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw)
No Yes

Trading Platforms

Feature ThinkMarkets FXCM
Proprietary Platform
Yes Yes
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Yes Yes
Web Platform
Yes Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Yes Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4)
Yes Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5)
No No
cTrader
No No

Trading Tools

Feature ThinkMarkets FXCM
Virtual Trading (Demo)
Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields
7 7
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)
51 51
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)
31 31
Charting - Trade From Chart
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
Yes Yes
Order Type - Trailing Stop
Yes Yes
Platform & Tools 3.5 4.5
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Mobile Trading

Feature ThinkMarkets FXCM
Android App
Yes Yes
Apple iOS App
Yes Yes
Trading - Forex
Yes Yes
Trading - CFDs
Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watch List
Yes Yes
Watch List Syncing
No Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
30 30
Charting - Draw Trend Lines
Yes Yes
Charting - Trend Lines Moveable
Yes Yes
Charting - Multiple Time Frames
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
No Yes
Forex Calendar
No Yes
Mobile Trading 4 4
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Research

Feature ThinkMarkets FXCM
Daily Market Commentary
Yes Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)
Yes Yes
Weekly Webinars
Yes Yes
AutoChartist
Yes Yes
Trading Central (Recognia)
No Yes
Delkos Research
No No
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs
No Yes
Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
Research 3.5 4
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Education

Feature ThinkMarkets FXCM
Has Education - Forex
Yes Yes
Has Education - CFDs
Yes No
Client Webinars
Yes Yes
Client Webinars (Archived)
Yes Yes
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
No Yes
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos
No Yes
Investor Dictionary (Glossary)
Yes Yes
Education 3.5 4
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Major Forex Pairs

Feature ThinkMarkets FXCM
GBP/USD
Yes Yes
USD/JPY
Yes Yes
EUR/USD
Yes Yes
USD/CHF
Yes Yes
USD/CAD
Yes Yes
NZD/USD
Yes Yes
AUD/USD
Yes Yes

Overall

Feature ThinkMarkets FXCM
ThinkMarkets Review FXCM Review
Overall 3.5 4
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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 FXCM 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. Both FXCM and ThinkMarkets hold a 3.50 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. Both FXCM and ThinkMarkets are regulated in a major hub. FXCM is a publicly traded company, ThinkMarkets isn't. How many currency pairs are available to trade? ThinkMarkets offers its clients access to 40 different currency pairs while FXCM has 39 available pairs, a difference of 1.

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 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. Both FXCM and ThinkMarkets provide clients with access to 31 total charting tools. FXCM and ThinkMarkets offer the same number of indicators (eg, volume), 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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