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Pepperstone vs IC Markets 2021

Is IC Markets better than Pepperstone? 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. Pepperstone is considered low-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 92 out of 99. Learn more about Trust Score.


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Overall Rating

Feature Pepperstone IC Markets
Overall 4 4
Commissions & Fees 4 4.5
Offering of Investments 3.5 3.5
Platforms & Tools 4 4
Mobile Trading 4 4
Research 4 3.5
Education 4 3.5
Trust Score 92 85
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Between 74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money 74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Regulation

Feature Pepperstone IC Markets
Trust Score 92 85
Year Founded
2010 2007
Publicly Traded (Listed)
No No
Bank
No No
Tier-1 Licenses
2 1
Tier-2 Licenses
2 1
Tier-3 Licenses
1 1
Authorised in the European Union
Yes No

Tier-1 Licenses (High Trust)

Feature Pepperstone IC Markets
ASIC Authorised (Australia)
Yes Yes
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)
Yes No
CFTC Registered (USA)
No No

Tier-2 Licenses (Average Trust)

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

Investments

Feature Pepperstone IC Markets
Forex Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
Yes Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total)
127 3583
Forex Pairs (Total)
61 61
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 Pepperstone IC Markets
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
0.69 (May 24th-28th 2021) 0.62 (August 2021)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
0.79 (April 2021) 0.8 (August 2021)
Active Trader or VIP Discounts
Yes Yes
Execution: Agency Broker
Yes Yes
Execution: Market Maker
No Yes

Funding

Feature Pepperstone IC Markets
Minimum Deposit
$200.00 $200
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes Yes
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit)
Yes Yes
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes Yes
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes Yes

Trading Platforms

Feature Pepperstone IC Markets
Proprietary Platform
No No
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 Yes
DupliTrade
Yes No
ZuluTrade
No Yes

Trading Tools

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

Mobile Trading

Feature Pepperstone IC Markets
Android App
Yes Yes
Apple iOS App
Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watch List
Yes Yes
Watch List Syncing
Yes No
Charting - Indicators / Studies
(Default MetaTrader/cTrader) (default MT4/MT5/cTrader)
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 Pepperstone IC Markets
Daily Market Commentary
Yes Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)
Yes Yes
Weekly Webinars
Yes No
Autochartist
Yes Yes
Trading Central (Recognia)
No Yes
Delkos Research
No No
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs
Yes Yes
Economic Calendar
Yes Yes

Education

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

Major Forex Pairs

Feature Pepperstone IC Markets
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 No

Overall

Feature Pepperstone IC Markets
Overall 4 4
Commissions & Fees 4 4.5
Offering of Investments 3.5 3.5
Platforms & Tools 4 4
Mobile Trading 4 4
Research 4 3.5
Education 4 3.5
Trust Score 92 85
Pepperstone Review IC Markets 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 Pepperstone.

Does IC Markets or Pepperstone 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 Pepperstone 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. Pepperstone holds 2 global Tier-1 licenses, while IC Markets holds 1. Pepperstone holds 2 global Tier-2 licenses, while IC Markets holds 1. In our analysis of 23 international regulators across 50 brokers, Pepperstone earned a higher Trust Score than IC Markets.

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

How many forex pairs and CFDs are available to trade?
IC Markets and Pepperstone offer traders the same number of currency pairs, 61. Forex pairs aside, IC Markets offers traders access to 3583 CFDs while Pepperstone has 127 available CFDs, a difference of 3,456.

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 Pepperstone?
Pepperstone is not publicly traded and does not operate a bank. Pepperstone is authorised by two tier-1 regulators (high trust), two tier-2 regulators (average trust), and one tier-3 regulators (low trust). Pepperstone is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Pepperstone is authorised by the following tier-2 regulators: Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC).

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 Pepperstone good?
While Pepperstone offers a small set of tradeable products, it provides one of the largest selections of third-party platforms, including multiple social copy trading options.

Overall winner: Pepperstone

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