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ThinkMarkets vs Plus500 Review

Steven Hatzakis

Published by Steven Hatzakis


Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

After spending seven months and hundreds of hours researching 43 different forex brokers for trading FX, our team at ForexBrokers.com team collected over 6,000 data points. For this review, we will compare Plus500 vs ThinkMarkets.

To compare these two FX brokers, we will first take a look at the fees charged for trading (no easy task). Not every forex broker publicizes their average spreads, spreads data can vary, as can execution policies and how commissions are charged. Specifically, is the broker a dealing desk (market maker), no dealing desk (agency broker) or are both execution methods offered (dealing desk + STP/ECN)? To simplify this research, we assessed everything for you and provide a single star rating for cost. ThinkMarkets's score is 4.00 stars versus Plus500's 3.00 stars.

Commissions and fees aside, let's take a look at regulation and currency availability. Trust is critical, and you should highly consider choosing a broker that regulated in a major hub. Plus500 and ThinkMarkets both are regulated in a major hub. Plus500 is a publicly traded company, ThinkMarkets isn't. As far as how many currency pairs are available for trading, here's the answer. ThinkMarkets trails Plus500 by 27 total currency pairs (for example, EUR/USD), with Plus500 offering 60 and ThinkMarkets offering 33.

Next, let's look at the tools and features fx traders desire. With trading platforms, forex traders are all familiar with MetaTrader. ThinkMarkets makes Meta Trader available to clients, while Plus500 does not. Regardless of the trading platform you use, charting should be feature rich. To help compare these two brokers, we counted the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available. Plus500 trails ThinkMarkets by 31 total charting tools, with ThinkMarkets offering 31 and Plus500 offering 0. Plus500 boasts an offering of 103 different indicators (for example, moving averages) compared to ThinkMarkets's 51 available indicators.

Overall, ThinkMarkets takes the upper hand with 4.00 stars over Plus500's 3.00 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, both Plus500 and ThinkMarkets found themselves without awards for Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Research, Best in Class - Customer Service, Best in Class - Active Trading, Best in Class - Mobile Trading and Best in Class - Investor Education in 2018.
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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
ThinkMarkets
ThinkMarkets Review
74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money.
 
4
3.5
4
4
4.5
3
4
4
 
80
2010
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
 
Yes
33
154
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Yes
 
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N/A
Yes
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Yes
Yes
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Yes
7
Yes
Yes
Yes
31
51
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Yes
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Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
30
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
 
$250.00
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
 
4
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Plus500
Plus500 Review
80.6% of retail CFD accounts lose money.
 
3
4
3
3
1
1.5
3.5
1
 
83
2008
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
60
2045
No
Yes
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N/A
0.6
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
 
Yes
10
Yes
No
No
0
103
No
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
18
No
 
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
 
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
€100
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
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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.

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