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Pepperstone vs OctaFX 2021

Is OctaFX better than Pepperstone? In our analysis of 23 international regulators across 50 brokers, OctaFX is considered high-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 59 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 OctaFX
Overall 4 3.5
Commissions & Fees 4 4
Offering of Investments 3.5 3
Platforms & Tools 4 3.5
Mobile Trading 4 3.5
Research 4 3
Education 4 3
Trust Score 92 61
Pepperstone Review OctaFX Review
Between 74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money 54.54% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Regulation

Feature Pepperstone OctaFX
Trust Score 92 61
Year Founded
2010 2011
Publicly Traded (Listed)
No No
Bank
No No
Tier-1 Licenses
2 0
Tier-2 Licenses
2 1
Tier-3 Licenses
1 0
Authorised in the European Union
Yes Yes

Tier-1 Licenses (High Trust)

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

Tier-2 Licenses (Average Trust)

Feature Pepperstone 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 Pepperstone 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 Pepperstone OctaFX
Forex Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
Yes Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total)
127 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 Pepperstone OctaFX
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
0.69 (May 24th-28th 2021) 0.6 (August 2021)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
0.79 (April 2021) N/A
Active Trader or VIP Discounts
Yes No
Execution: Agency Broker
Yes Yes
Execution: Market Maker
No Yes

Funding

Feature Pepperstone OctaFX
Minimum Deposit
$200.00 $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 Pepperstone 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
Yes No
ZuluTrade
No No

Trading Tools

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

Mobile Trading

Feature Pepperstone OctaFX
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) MetaTrader (Default)
Charting - Draw Trendlines
Yes Yes
Charting - Trendlines Moveable
Yes No
Charting - Multiple Time Frames
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
Yes Yes
Forex Calendar
Yes Yes

Research

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

Education

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

Major Forex Pairs

Feature Pepperstone 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
Yes Yes

Overall

Feature Pepperstone OctaFX
Overall 4 3.5
Commissions & Fees 4 4
Offering of Investments 3.5 3
Platforms & Tools 4 3.5
Mobile Trading 4 3.5
Research 4 3
Education 4 3
Trust Score 92 61
Pepperstone 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 OctaFX vs Pepperstone.

Does OctaFX 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, Pepperstone offers better pricing overall for traders.

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

Which trading platform is better: OctaFX or Pepperstone?
To compare the trading platforms of both OctaFX 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. OctaFX and Pepperstone both offer copy trading. Both OctaFX and Pepperstone offer MetaTrader 4 (MT4).

How many forex pairs and CFDs are available to trade?
Pepperstone provides traders 61 currency pairs (e.g., EUR/USD) compared to OctaFX's 28 available pairs. Forex pairs aside, Pepperstone offers traders access to 127 CFDs while OctaFX has 52 available CFDs, a difference of 75.

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).

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 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.

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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