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 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 share a rating of 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 FXCM and ThinkMarkets are regulated in a major hub. FXCM is a publicly traded company while ThinkMarkets is not. How many currency pairs are available to trade? ThinkMarkets trails FXCM by 6 total currency pairs (for example, EUR/USD), with FXCM offering 39 and ThinkMarkets offering 33.
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. FXCM and ThinkMarkets offer the same number of charting tools, 31. Both brokers offer clients access to the same number of indicators (eg, moving averages), 51.
Overall, FXCM comes out on top with 4.50 stars over ThinkMarkets's 4.00 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, FXCM was rated Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Mobile Trading and Best in Class - Investor Education in 2018, while ThinkMarkets was rated none of these.