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IC Markets vs OctaFX 2021

Is IC Markets better than OctaFX? In our analysis of 23 international regulators across 50 brokers, IC Markets is considered average-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 85 out of 99. OctaFX is considered high-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 59 out of 99. Learn more about Trust Score.


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Overall Rating

Feature IC Markets OctaFX
Overall 4 3.5
Commissions & Fees 4.5 4
Offering of Investments 3.5 3
Platforms & Tools 4 3.5
Mobile Trading 4 3.5
Research 3.5 3
Education 3.5 3
Trust Score 85 61
IC Markets Review OctaFX Review
74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money 54.54% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Regulation

Feature IC Markets OctaFX
Trust Score 85 61
Year Founded
2007 2011
Publicly Traded (Listed)
No No
Bank
No No
Tier-1 Licenses
1 0
Tier-2 Licenses
1 1
Tier-3 Licenses
1 0
Authorised in the European Union
No Yes

Tier-1 Licenses (High Trust)

Feature IC Markets OctaFX
ASIC Authorised (Australia)
Yes No
IIROC Authorised (Canada)
No 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)
No No
CFTC Registered (USA)
No No

Tier-2 Licenses (Average Trust)

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

Tier-3 Licenses (Low Trust)

Feature IC Markets OctaFX
SCB Authorised (Bahamas) Yes No
IFSC Authorised (Belize) No No
BMA Authorised (Bermuda) No No
FSC Authorised (British Virgin Islands)
No No
FSC Authorised (Mauritius)
No No

Investments

Feature IC Markets OctaFX
Forex Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
Yes Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total)
3583 52
Forex Pairs (Total)
61 28
US Stock Trading (Non CFD)
No No
Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD)
No No
Cryptocurrency (Physical)
No No
Cryptocurrency (CFD)
Yes Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Yes Yes

Cost

Feature IC Markets OctaFX
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
0.62 (August 2021) 0.6 (August 2021)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
0.8 (August 2021) N/A
Active Trader or VIP Discounts
Yes No
Execution: Agency Broker
Yes Yes
Execution: Market Maker
Yes Yes

Funding

Feature IC Markets OctaFX
Minimum Deposit
$200 $25
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes Yes
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit)
Yes Yes
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes No
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes Yes

Trading Platforms

Feature IC Markets OctaFX
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 Yes
cTrader
Yes No
DupliTrade
No No
ZuluTrade
Yes No

Trading Tools

Feature IC Markets OctaFX
Virtual Trading (Demo)
Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields
(Default MT4/MT5/cTrader) MetaTrader (Default)
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)
(Default MT4/MT5/cTrader) MetaTrader (Default)
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)
(Default MT4/MT5/cTrader) MetaTrader (Default)
Charting - Trade From Chart
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
Yes Yes
Order Type - Trailing Stop
Yes Yes

Mobile Trading

Feature IC Markets OctaFX
Android App
Yes Yes
Apple iOS App
Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watch List
Yes Yes
Watch List Syncing
No No
Charting - Indicators / Studies
(default MT4/MT5/cTrader) MetaTrader (Default)
Charting - Draw Trendlines
Yes Yes
Charting - Trendlines Moveable
No No
Charting - Multiple Time Frames
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
No Yes
Forex Calendar
No Yes

Research

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

Education

Feature IC Markets OctaFX
Has Education - Forex or CFDs
Yes Yes
Client Webinars
No Yes
Client Webinars (Archived)
Yes Yes
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
No Yes
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos
No No
Investor Dictionary (Glossary)
Yes Yes

Major Forex Pairs

Feature IC Markets OctaFX
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

Overall

Feature IC Markets OctaFX
Overall 4 3.5
Commissions & Fees 4.5 4
Offering of Investments 3.5 3
Platforms & Tools 4 3.5
Mobile Trading 4 3.5
Research 3.5 3
Education 3.5 3
Trust Score 85 61
IC Markets Review OctaFX 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 IC Markets vs OctaFX.

Does IC Markets or OctaFX 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, IC Markets offers better pricing overall for traders.

Is IC Markets or OctaFX 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. IC Markets holds 1 global Tier-1 licenses, while OctaFX holds 0. Both IC Markets and OctaFX hold 1 global Tier-2 licenses. In our analysis of 23 international regulators across 50 brokers, IC Markets earned a higher Trust Score than OctaFX.

Which trading platform is better: IC Markets or OctaFX?
To compare the trading platforms of both IC Markets and OctaFX, we tested each broker's trading tools, research capabilities, and mobile apps. For trading tools, IC Markets offers a better experience. With research, IC Markets offers superior market research. Finally, we found IC Markets 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. IC Markets and OctaFX both offer copy trading. Both IC Markets and OctaFX offer MetaTrader 4 (MT4).

How many forex pairs and CFDs are available to trade?
IC Markets provides traders 61 currency pairs (e.g., EUR/USD) compared to OctaFX's 28 available pairs. Forex pairs aside, IC Markets offers traders access to 3583 CFDs while OctaFX has 52 available CFDs, a difference of 3,531.

Can I trust IC Markets?
IC Markets is not publicly traded and does not operate a bank. IC Markets is authorised by one tier-1 regulator (high trust), one tier-2 regulator (average trust), and one tier-3 regulator (low trust). IC Markets is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC).

Can I trust OctaFX?
OctaFX is not publicly traded and does not operate a bank. OctaFX is authorised by zero tier-1 regulators (high trust), one tier-2 regulator (average trust), and zero tier-3 regulators (low trust).

Is IC Markets good?
IC Markets caters exceptionally-well to algorithmic traders through its commission-based accounts. That said, the range of markets, and research materials offered by IC Markets are not as impressive.

Is OctaFX good?
OctaFX offers traders a mostly vanilla MetaTrader and cTrader trading platforms experience. Beyond its European license in Cyprus, OctaFX lacks regulation in major jurisdictions, which puts it at a severe disadvantage compared to other trusted forex brokers.

Overall winner: IC Markets

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