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IC Markets vs OANDA 2019

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Is IC Markets better than OANDA? After grading forex brokers on nearly 100 different variables, OANDA is better than IC Markets. OANDA caters well to traders of all experience levels, offering access to forex trading and CFDs on major indices and commodities via its regulated international businesses. OANDA combines powerful charting and comprehensive research tools across multiple trading platforms.

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 IC Markets OANDA
Overall 4 4
IC Markets Review OANDA Review
74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money 77% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Regulation

Feature IC Markets OANDA
Trust Score 72 84
Year Founded
2007 1996
Publicly Traded (Listed)
No No
Bank
No No
Tier-1 Licenses
1 6
Tier-2 Licenses
0 0
Tier-3 Licenses
0 0
Authorised in the European Union
No Yes

Tier-1 Licenses

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

Tier-2 Licenses

Feature IC Markets OANDA
CBRC Authorised (China)
No No
CySEC Authorised (Cyprus)
No No
ISA Authorised (Israel)
No No
FMA Authorised (New Zealand)
No No
CBR Authorised (Russia)
No No
FSB Authorised (South Africa)
No No
SEC Authorised (Thailand)
No No
DFSA / Central Bank Authorised (UAE)
No No

Tier-3 Licenses

Feature IC Markets OANDA
FSC Authorised (British Virgin Islands)
No No
FSC Authorised (Mauritius)
No No
Offshore Authorised
No No

Investments

Feature IC Markets OANDA
Forex: Spot Trading
Yes Yes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)
63 71
CFDs - Total Offered
41 52
Cryptocurrency traded as actual
No No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD
Yes Yes
Offering of Investments 3 3.5
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Cost

Feature IC Markets OANDA
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
1.1 (as of May 18) 1.4 (as of Q3 2018)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
0.7 (as of May 18) 1.4 (as of May 19)
Active Trader or VIP Discounts
No Yes
Commissions & Fees 4 4
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Funding

Feature IC Markets OANDA
Minimum Initial Deposit
$200 $0.00
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes Yes
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit)
Yes Yes
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes No
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes No

Trading Platforms

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

Trading Tools

Feature IC Markets OANDA
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 4 4
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Mobile Trading

Feature IC Markets OANDA
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 No
Charting - Indicators / Studies
30 30
Charting - Draw Trend Lines
Yes Yes
Charting - Trend Lines Moveable
No Yes
Charting - Multiple Time Frames
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
No Yes
Forex Calendar
No Yes
Mobile Trading 3.5 3.5
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Research

Feature IC Markets OANDA
Daily Market Commentary
Yes Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)
No Yes
Weekly Webinars
No Yes
AutoChartist
No Yes
Trading Central (Recognia)
No No
Delkos Research
No No
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Yes Yes
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs
No Yes
Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
Research 2 4.5
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Education

Feature IC Markets OANDA
Has Education - Forex
Yes Yes
Has Education - CFDs
No No
Client Webinars
No Yes
Client Webinars (Archived)
Yes Yes
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
No Yes
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos
No Yes
Investor Dictionary (Glossary)
Yes Yes
Tutorials/Guide (PDF or Interactive)
No Yes
Education 4 3.5
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Major Forex Pairs

Feature IC Markets OANDA
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
No Yes
USDCNH (or CNHUSD)
Yes Yes
USDSGD (or SGDUSD)
Yes Yes

Overall

Feature IC Markets OANDA
IC Markets Review OANDA Review
Overall 4 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 IC Markets vs OANDA.

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 IC Markets and OANDA hold a 4.00 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 IC Markets and OANDA are regulated in a major hub. Neither IC Markets and OANDA are publicly traded companies. How many currency pairs are available to trade? OANDA boasts an offering of 71 different currency pairs compared to IC Markets's 63 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 IC Markets and OANDA 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. IC Markets and OANDA offer the same number of charting tools, 31. IC Markets and OANDA 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.

OANDA - CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 77% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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