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IG Group vs Interactive Brokers Review

Steven Hatzakis

Published by Steven Hatzakis


Monday, October 15th, 2018

To find the top fx brokers, the team here at ForexBrokers.com collected over 6,000 data points during a seven month review of the forex industry. In this fx broker comparison, we will compare IG Group vs Interactive Brokers.

To assess both of these forex brokers, we will begin with cost. Comparing two fx brokers on cost is not easy. First, not every broker publicizes their average spreads. And, for the brokers that do publish their data, the formulas used to calculate average spreads can vary. Furthermore, the currency pair you are trading can impact cost, as well as the execution policies of the broker. Dealing desk or no dealing desk? The list goes on and on. To make comparing cost easy, we have a star rating that takes everything into account. IG Group received a rating of 4.50 stars over Interactive Brokers's 4.00 stars.

Next to commissions and fees, regulation and currency availability are important to take into consideration. You want to trust and have confidence the forex broker you choose. IG Group and Interactive Brokers both are regulated in a major hub. IG Group alongside Interactive Brokers are publicly traded companies. And, when it comes to total currency pairs available to trade, a quick comparison is helpful. Interactive Brokers trails IG Group by 6 total currency pairs (for example, EUR/USD), with IG Group offering 91 and Interactive Brokers offering 85.

To round out our comparison of IG Group vs Interactive Brokers, let's look at the tools and features most used by forex traders. For trading platforms, traders are all familiar with MetaTrader. IG Group offers Meta Trader while Interactive Brokers does not. With a platform picked out, looking at charts is a must so they should be of high-quality. As part of our research, we count the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators available. IG Group boasts an offering of 31 charting tools compared to Interactive Brokers's 9 available charting tools. IG Group trails Interactive Brokers by 70 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with Interactive Brokers offering 121 and IG Group offering 51.

Overall, IG Group takes the upper hand with 5.00 stars over Interactive Brokers's 4.50 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, IG Group was rated Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Research, Best in Class - Customer Service, Best in Class - Active Trading and Best in Class - Investor Education in 2018, while Interactive Brokers was rated none of these.
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% of retail CFD accounts that lose money
Overall
Offering of Investments
Commissions & Fees
Platform & Tools
Customer Service
Research
Mobile Trading
Education
Trust Score
Year Founded
Publicly-Traded Company (Listed)
Regulated in Major Hub
Regulated in Emerging Hub
CFTC Registered (USA)
FCA Regulated (UK)
FINMA Authorised (Switzerland)
ASIC Authorised (Australia)
MAS Authorised (Singapore)
IIROC Authorised (Canada)
SFC Authorised (Hong Kong)
FSA Authorised (Japan)
CySEC Authorised (Cyprus)
FMA Authorised (New Zealand)
Forex: Spot Trading
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)
CFDs - Total Offered
Cryptocurrency traded as actual
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD
Advantage
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
Active Trader or Premium/VIP
Advantage
Proprietary
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Web Platform
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
MetaTrader4 (MT4)
MetaTrader5 (MT5)
cTrader
Currenex
ZuluTrade
MirrorTrader
Advantage
Virtual Trading (Demo)
Watchlists - Total Fields
Alerts - Basic Fields
Charting - Trade From Chart
Charts can be saved
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)
Charting - Drawings Autosave
Order Type - Trailing Stop
Advantage
Android App
Apple iOS App
Forex News
Alerts - Basic Fields
Alerts Delivery - Push Notifications
Watch List
Watch List Syncing
Charting - Technical Studies/Indicators
Charting - Draw Trend Lines
Advantage
Daily Market Commentary
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)
AutoChartist
Trading Central (Recognia)
Delkos Research
Acuity Trading
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs
Client Webinars
Client Webinars (Archived)
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
Economic Calendar
Calendar Includes Forecasts
Economic News Sentiment
Trade Ideas - Backtesting
Advantage
GBPUSD (or USDGBP)
USDJPY (or JPYUSD)
EURUSD (or USDEUR)
USDCHF (or CHFUSD)
USDCAD (or CADUSD)
NZDUSD (or USDNZD)
AUDUSD (or USDAUD)
USDCNH (or CNHUSD)
USDSGD (or SGDUSD)
USDMXN (or MXNUSD)
USDNOK (or NOKUSD)
USDSEK (or SEKUSD)
USDTRY (or TRYUSD)
USDZAR (or ZARUSD)
USDDKK (or DKKUSD)
USDBRL (or BRLUSD)
Minimum Initial Deposit
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw)
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit)
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw)
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw)
UnionPay (Deposit/Withdraw)
Overall
Advantage
IG Group
IG Group Review
79% of retail CFD accounts lose money.
 
5
5
4.5
4.5
3.5
4.5
4
4.5
 
97
1974
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
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No
Yes
 
Yes
91
15000
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0.363
0.75
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
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Yes
12
Yes
Yes
Yes
9
22
No
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
26
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes
 
£100.00
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
5
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Interactive Brokers
Interactive Brokers Review
63.5% of retail CFD accounts lose money.
 
4.5
5
4
4
4
4
4
4
 
91
1977
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
Yes
85
4217
No
Yes
 
N/A
N/A
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
 
Yes
300
Yes
Yes
No
9
121
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
68
No
 
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
 
$10,000
Yes
No
No
No
No
 
4.5

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 4/03/2018 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.

IG - 79% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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