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Plus500 vs IC Markets 2021

Is IC Markets better than Plus500? 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. Plus500 is considered low-risk, with an overall trust score of 98 out of 99. Learn more about Trust Score.


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Overall Rating

Feature Plus500 IC Markets
Overall 4 4
Commissions & Fees 4 4.5
Offering of Investments 4 3.5
Platforms & Tools 4 4
Mobile Trading 4 4
Research 3 3.5
Education 3 3.5
Trust Score 98 85
Plus500 Review IC Markets Review
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Regulation

Feature Plus500 IC Markets
Trust Score 98 85
Year Founded
2008 2007
Publicly Traded (Listed)
Yes No
Bank
No No
Tier-1 Licenses
3 1
Tier-2 Licenses
4 1
Tier-3 Licenses
0 1
Authorised in the European Union
Yes No

Tier-1 Licenses (High Trust)

Feature Plus500 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)
Yes No
FINMA Authorised (Switzerland)
No No
FCA Authorised (UK)
Yes No
CFTC Registered (USA)
No No

Tier-2 Licenses (Average Trust)

Feature Plus500 IC Markets
CBRC Authorised (China)
No No
CySEC Authorised (Cyprus)
Yes Yes
CBI Authorised (Ireland)
No No
ISA Authorised (Israel)
Yes No
FMA Authorised (New Zealand)
Yes No
CBR Authorised (Russia)
No No
FSCA Authorised (South Africa)
Yes No
SEC Authorised (Thailand)
No No

Tier-3 Licenses (Low Trust)

Feature Plus500 IC Markets
SCB Authorised (Bahamas) No 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 Plus500 IC Markets
Forex Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
Yes Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total)
1896 3583
Forex Pairs (Total)
71 61
US Stock Trading (Non CFD)
Yes No
Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD)
Yes No
Cryptocurrency (Physical)
No No
Cryptocurrency (CFD)
Yes Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
No Yes

Cost

Feature Plus500 IC Markets
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
0.6 (as of Aug 2018) 0.62 (August 2021)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
N/A 0.8 (August 2021)
Active Trader or VIP Discounts
No Yes
Execution: Agency Broker
No Yes
Execution: Market Maker
Yes Yes

Funding

Feature Plus500 IC Markets
Minimum Deposit
€100 $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 Plus500 IC Markets
Proprietary Platform
Yes No
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No Yes
Web Platform
Yes Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
No Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4)
No Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5)
No Yes
cTrader
No Yes
DupliTrade
No No
ZuluTrade
No Yes

Trading Tools

Feature Plus500 IC Markets
Virtual Trading (Demo)
Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields
9 (Default MT4/MT5/cTrader)
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)
110 (Default MT4/MT5/cTrader)
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)
21 (Default MT4/MT5/cTrader)
Charting - Trade From Chart
No Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
No Yes
Order Type - Trailing Stop
Yes Yes

Mobile Trading

Feature Plus500 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
110 (default MT4/MT5/cTrader)
Charting - Draw Trendlines
Yes Yes
Charting - Trendlines Moveable
No No
Charting - Multiple Time Frames
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
No No
Forex Calendar
Yes No

Research

Feature Plus500 IC Markets
Daily Market Commentary
Yes Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)
No Yes
Weekly Webinars
No No
Autochartist
No Yes
Trading Central (Recognia)
No Yes
Delkos Research
No No
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs
Yes Yes
Economic Calendar
Yes Yes

Education

Feature Plus500 IC Markets
Has Education - Forex or CFDs
No Yes
Client Webinars
No No
Client Webinars (Archived)
No Yes
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
Yes No
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos
No No
Investor Dictionary (Glossary)
No Yes

Major Forex Pairs

Feature Plus500 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 Plus500 IC Markets
Overall 4 4
Commissions & Fees 4 4.5
Offering of Investments 4 3.5
Platforms & Tools 4 4
Mobile Trading 4 4
Research 3 3.5
Education 3 3.5
Trust Score 98 85
Plus500 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 Plus500.

Does IC Markets or Plus500 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 Plus500 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. Plus500 holds 3 global Tier-1 licenses, while IC Markets holds 1. Plus500 holds 4 global Tier-2 licenses, while IC Markets holds 1. In our analysis of 23 international regulators across 50 brokers, Plus500 earned a higher Trust Score than IC Markets.

Which trading platform is better: IC Markets or Plus500?
To compare the trading platforms of both IC Markets and Plus500, we tested each broker's trading tools, research capabilities, and mobile apps. For trading tools, Plus500 offers a better experience. With research, IC Markets offers superior market research. Finally, we found Plus500 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. While IC Markets offers copy trading, Plus500 does not. IC Markets offers MetaTrader 4 (MT4), while Plus500 does not.

How many forex pairs and CFDs are available to trade?
Plus500 provides traders 71 currency pairs (e.g., EUR/USD) compared to IC Markets's 61 available pairs. Forex pairs aside, IC Markets offers traders access to 3583 CFDs while Plus500 has 1896 available CFDs, a difference of 1,687.

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 Plus500?
Plus500 is publicly traded and does not operate a bank. Plus500 is authorised by three tier-1 regulators (high trust), four tier-2 regulators (average trust), and zero tier-3 regulators (low trust). Plus500 is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC), and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

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 Plus500 good?
Plus500 is a trusted global brand that offers online traders an easy-to-use trading platform and a thorough selection of CFD instruments. However, Plus500 trails industry leaders in market research and advanced trading tools desired by active traders.

Overall winner: Plus500

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