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Pepperstone vs ICM Capital 2019

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Is ICM Capital better than Pepperstone? After grading forex brokers on nearly 100 different variables, Pepperstone is better than ICM Capital. Pepperstone is an agency-execution broker offering competitive fees on its commission-based Razor Account, giving traders access to nearly 90 instruments, including forex and CFDs on popular markets including cryptocurrencies, across multiple third-party 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 Pepperstone ICM Capital
Overall 3.5 3.5
Pepperstone Review ICM Capital Review
79% of retail CFD accounts lose money 74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Regulation

Feature Pepperstone ICM Capital
Trust Score 79 60
Year Founded
2010 2009
Publicly Traded (Listed)
No No
Bank
No No
Tier-1 Licenses
2 0
Tier-2 Licenses
0 0
Tier-3 Licenses
0 0
Authorised in the European Union
Yes Yes

Tier-1 Licenses

Feature Pepperstone ICM Capital
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)
Yes Yes
CFTC Registered (USA)
No No

Tier-2 Licenses

Feature Pepperstone ICM Capital
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 Pepperstone ICM Capital
FSC Authorised (British Virgin Islands)
No No
FSC Authorised (Mauritius)
No No
Offshore Authorised
No No

Investments

Feature Pepperstone ICM Capital
Forex: Spot Trading
Yes Yes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)
59 32
CFDs - Total Offered
31 36
Cryptocurrency traded as actual
No No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD
Yes No
Offering of Investments 3 3
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Cost

Feature Pepperstone ICM Capital
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
1.16 (as of May 19) 1.3 (as of May 19)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
0.86 (as of May 19) 0.9 (as of May 19)
Active Trader or VIP Discounts
Yes Yes
Commissions & Fees 4 3.5
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Funding

Feature Pepperstone ICM Capital
Minimum Initial Deposit
$200.00 $200.00
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes Yes
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit)
Yes Yes
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes No
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes No
UnionPay (Deposit/Withdraw)
Yes No

Trading Platforms

Feature Pepperstone ICM Capital
Proprietary Platform
No No
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Yes Yes
Web Platform
Yes No
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Yes Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4)
Yes Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5)
Yes No
cTrader
Yes Yes

Trading Tools

Feature Pepperstone ICM Capital
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 3.5 3
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Mobile Trading

Feature Pepperstone ICM Capital
Android App
Yes Yes
Apple iOS App
Yes Yes
Trading - Forex
Yes No
Trading - CFDs
Yes No
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watch List
Yes Yes
Watch List Syncing
Yes No
Charting - Indicators / Studies
30 30
Charting - Draw Trend Lines
Yes Yes
Charting - Trend Lines Moveable
Yes No
Charting - Multiple Time Frames
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
No No
Forex Calendar
No No
Mobile Trading 3 3.5
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Research

Feature Pepperstone ICM Capital
Daily Market Commentary
Yes Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)
Yes Yes
Weekly Webinars
No No
AutoChartist
Yes No
Trading Central (Recognia)
No Yes
Delkos Research
No No
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Yes Yes
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs
Yes Yes
Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
Research 4 3
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Education

Feature Pepperstone ICM Capital
Has Education - Forex
Yes No
Has Education - CFDs
No No
Client Webinars
Yes No
Client Webinars (Archived)
Yes No
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
No No
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos
No No
Investor Dictionary (Glossary)
Yes Yes
Tutorials/Guide (PDF or Interactive)
Yes No
Education 3 1.5
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Major Forex Pairs

Feature Pepperstone ICM Capital
GBPUSD (or USDGBP)
Yes Yes
USDJPY (or JPYUSD)
Yes Yes
EURUSD (or USDEUR)
Yes Yes
USDCHF (or CHFUSD)
Yes Yes
USDCAD (or CADUSD)
Yes Yes
NZDUSD (or USDNZD)
Yes Yes
AUDUSD (or USDAUD)
Yes Yes
USDCNH (or CNHUSD)
Yes Yes
USDSGD (or SGDUSD)
Yes Yes

Overall

Feature Pepperstone ICM Capital
Pepperstone Review ICM Capital Review
Overall 3.5 3.5
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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 ICM Capital vs Pepperstone.

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. Pepperstone received a rating of 4.00 stars over ICM Capital's 3.50 stars.

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. ICM Capital and Pepperstone both are regulated in a major hub. Neither are publicly traded companies. How many currency pairs are available to trade? Pepperstone boasts an offering of 59 different currency pairs compared to ICM Capital's 32 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. ICM Capital and Pepperstone both 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. ICM Capital and Pepperstone offer the same number of charting tools, 31. ICM Capital and Pepperstone offer the same number of indicators (eg, volume), 51.

ICM Capital Review
Pepperstone Review


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.

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