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FXCM vs XM Group 2021

Is FXCM better than XM Group? In our analysis of 23 international regulators across 50 brokers, FXCM is considered low-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 93 out of 99. XM Group is considered average-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 84 out of 99. Learn more about Trust Score.


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 FXCM XM Group
Overall 4 4
Commissions & Fees 3.5 4
Offering of Investments 4 4
Platforms & Tools 4.5 4
Mobile Trading 4 4
Research 4 4.5
Education 4 4.5
Trust Score 93 84
FXCM Review XM Group Review
Between 70% of retail CFD accounts lose money 77.29% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Regulation

Feature FXCM XM Group
Trust Score 93 84
Year Founded
1999 2009
Publicly Traded (Listed)
Yes No
Bank
No No
Tier-1 Licenses
3 2
Tier-2 Licenses
3 2
Tier-3 Licenses
0 1
Authorised in the European Union
Yes Yes

Tier-1 Licenses (High Trust)

Feature FXCM XM Group
ASIC Authorised (Australia)
Yes Yes
IIROC Authorised (Canada)
Yes No
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

Tier-2 Licenses (Average Trust)

Feature FXCM XM Group
CBRC Authorised (China)
No No
CySEC Authorised (Cyprus)
Yes Yes
CBI Authorised (Ireland)
No No
ISA Authorised (Israel)
Yes No
FMA Authorised (New Zealand)
No No
CBR Authorised (Russia)
No No
FSCA Authorised (South Africa)
Yes No
SEC Authorised (Thailand)
No No

Tier-3 Licenses (Low Trust)

Feature FXCM XM Group
SCB Authorised (Bahamas) No No
IFSC Authorised (Belize) No Yes
BMA Authorised (Bermuda) No No
FSC Authorised (British Virgin Islands)
No No
FSC Authorised (Mauritius)
No No

Investments

Feature FXCM XM Group
Forex Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
Yes Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total)
276 1372
Forex Pairs (Total)
42 57
US Stock Trading (Non CFD)
Yes Yes
Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD)
Yes Yes
Cryptocurrency (Physical)
No No
Cryptocurrency (CFD)
Yes No
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Yes Yes

Cost

Feature FXCM XM Group
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
1.4 (Q2 2020) 1.6 (Aug 2020)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
1.1 (Q2 2020) 0.8 (Aug 2021)
Active Trader or VIP Discounts
Yes No
Execution: Agency Broker
Yes No
Execution: Market Maker
Yes Yes

Funding

Feature FXCM XM Group
Minimum Deposit
Starts from $50 $5-100
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes Yes
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit)
Yes Yes
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw)
No No
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes Yes

Trading Platforms

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

Trading Tools

Feature FXCM XM Group
Virtual Trading (Demo)
Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields
12 (Default MT4/MT5)
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)
57 (Default MT4/MT5)
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)
26 (Default MT4/MT5)
Charting - Trade From Chart
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
Yes Yes
Order Type - Trailing Stop
Yes Yes

Mobile Trading

Feature FXCM XM Group
Android App
Yes Yes
Apple iOS App
Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watch List
Yes Yes
Watch List Syncing
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
59 (Default MT4/MT5)
Charting - Draw Trendlines
Yes Yes
Charting - Trendlines Moveable
Yes No
Charting - Multiple Time Frames
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
Yes No
Forex Calendar
Yes No

Research

Feature FXCM XM Group
Daily Market Commentary
Yes Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)
Yes Yes
Weekly Webinars
Yes Yes
Autochartist
Yes Yes
Trading Central (Recognia)
Yes Yes
Delkos Research
No No
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs
Yes Yes
Economic Calendar
Yes Yes

Education

Feature FXCM XM Group
Has Education - Forex or CFDs
Yes Yes
Client Webinars
Yes Yes
Client Webinars (Archived)
Yes No
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
Yes Yes
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos
Yes Yes
Investor Dictionary (Glossary)
Yes No

Major Forex Pairs

Feature FXCM XM Group
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 FXCM XM Group
Overall 4 4
Commissions & Fees 3.5 4
Offering of Investments 4 4
Platforms & Tools 4.5 4
Mobile Trading 4 4
Research 4 4.5
Education 4 4.5
Trust Score 93 84
FXCM Review XM Group Review

Comparing forex brokers side by side is no easy task. For our 2021 annual forex broker review, we spent hundreds of hours assessing 27 forex and CFD brokerages to find the best forex broker. Let's compare FXCM vs XM Group.

Does FXCM or XM Group offer lower pricing?
Comparing the trading costs of forex and CFDs is not easy. Not every broker publishes average spreads data, and pricing structures vary. Based on our thorough annual assessment, XM Group offers better pricing overall for traders.

Is FXCM or XM Group safer for forex and CFDs trading?
At ForexBrokers.com, we track where each forex and CFD broker is regulated across over 20 international regulator databases. Here's our findings. FXCM holds 3 global Tier-1 licenses, while XM Group holds 2. FXCM holds 3 global Tier-2 licenses, while XM Group holds 2. In our analysis of 23 international regulators across 50 brokers, FXCM earned a higher Trust Score than XM Group.

Which trading platform is better: FXCM or XM Group?
To compare the trading platforms of both FXCM and XM Group, we tested each broker's trading tools, research capabilities, and mobile apps. For trading tools, FXCM offers a better experience. With research, XM Group offers superior market research. Finally, we found FXCM to provide better mobile trading apps.

What about MetaTrader and copy trading?
For forex and CFDs traders, copy trading and MetaTrader are both popular platform options. FXCM and XM Group both offer copy trading. Both FXCM and XM Group offer MetaTrader 4 (MT4).

How many forex pairs and CFDs are available to trade?
XM Group provides traders 57 currency pairs (e.g., EUR/USD) compared to FXCM's 42 available pairs. Forex pairs aside, XM Group offers traders access to 1372 CFDs while FXCM has 276 available CFDs, a difference of 1,096.

Can I trust FXCM?
FXCM's parent company is publicly-traded, does not operate a bank, and is authorised by three tier-1 regulators (high trust), three tier-2 regulators (average trust), and zero tier-3 regulators (low trust). FXCM is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and via Friedberg Direct, with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).

Can I trust XM Group?
XM Group is not publicly-traded and does not operate a bank. XM Group is authorised by two tier-1 regulators (high trust), one tier-2 regulator (average trust), and one tier-3 regulator (low trust). XM Group is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) and, via its parent company's other brand Trading.com, with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Is FXCM good?
While the range of tradeable markets is narrow and pricing is just average, traders that appreciate robust trading tools alongside quality market research will find FXCM to be a winner.

Is XM Group good?
While XM Group struggles to stack up against industry leaders, in terms of its platform offering, range of markets, and pricing, XM Group provides an outstanding offering of quality educational content and market research.

Overall winner: FXCM

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