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Plus500 vs XM Group 2021

Is Plus500 better than XM Group? In our analysis of 23 international regulators across 39 brokers, Plus500 is considered low-risk, with an overall trust score of 99 out of 99. XM Group is considered average-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 87 out of 99. Learn more about Trust Score.


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Overall Rating

Feature Plus500 XM Group
Overall 4.5 4
Commissions & Fees 4.5 3.5
Offering of Investments 4 4
Platforms & Tools 4 4
Mobile Trading Apps 4.5 4
Research 3.5 4.5
Education 3 4.5
Trust Score 99 90
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Regulation

Feature Plus500 XM Group
Trust Score 99 90
Year Founded
2008 2009
Publicly Traded (Listed)
Yes No
Bank
No No
Tier-1 Licenses
5 3
Tier-2 Licenses
3 2
Tier-3 Licenses
0 1
Authorised in the European Union
Yes Yes

Tier-1 Licenses (High Trust)

Feature Plus500 XM Group
ASIC Authorised (Australia)
Yes Yes
IIROC Authorised (Canada)
No No
SFC Authorised (Hong Kong)
No No
CBI Authorised (Ireland)
No No
FSA Authorised (Japan)
Yes No
MAS Authorised (Singapore)
Yes No
FINMA Authorised (Switzerland)
No No
FCA Authorised (UK)
Yes Yes
CFTC Registered (USA)
No Yes
FMA Authorised (New Zealand)
Yes No

Tier-2 Licenses (Average Trust)

Feature Plus500 XM Group
CBRC Authorised (China)
No No
CySEC Authorised (Cyprus)
Yes Yes
SEBI Authorised (India)
No No
ISA Authorised (Israel)
Yes No
CBR Authorised (Russia)
No No
FSCA Authorised (South Africa)
Yes No
SEC Authorised (Thailand)
No No
DFSA / Central Bank Authorised (UAE)
No No

Tier-3 Licenses (Low Trust)

Feature Plus500 XM Group
SCB Authorised (Bahamas) No No
IFSC Authorised (Belize) No Yes
Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA)
No No
BMA Authorised (Bermuda) No No
FSC Authorised (British Virgin Islands)
No No
FSC Authorised (Mauritius)
No No
VFSC Authorised (Vanuatu)
No No

Investments

Feature Plus500 XM Group
Forex Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
Yes Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total)
1896 1372
Forex Pairs (Total)
71 57
US Stock Trading (Non CFD)
Yes Yes
Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD)
Yes Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading
No Yes
Cryptocurrency (Physical)
No No
Cryptocurrency (CFD)
Yes Yes
Crypto Disclaimer (UK) Note: Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker's U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents (except to Professional clients). Note: Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker's U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents (except to Professional clients).

Cost

Feature Plus500 XM Group
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard
0.6 (as of Aug 2018) 1.6 (Aug 2020)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active
N/A 0.8 (Aug 2021)
Active Trader or VIP Discounts
No No
Execution: Agency Broker
Yes No
Execution: Market Maker
Yes Yes

Funding

Feature Plus500 XM Group
Minimum Deposit
€100 $5
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 Plus500 XM Group
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 No
DupliTrade
No No
ZuluTrade
No No

Trading Tools

Feature Plus500 XM Group
Virtual Trading (Demo)
Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields
9 7
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)
110 30
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)
21 15
Charting - Trade From Chart
No Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
No Yes

Mobile Trading

Feature Plus500 XM Group
Android App
Yes Yes
Apple iOS App
Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields
Yes Yes
Watch List
Yes Yes
Watch List Syncing
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
110 30
Charting - Draw Trendlines
Yes Yes
Charting - Trendlines Moveable
No No
Charting - Multiple Time Frames
Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave
No No
Forex Calendar
Yes Yes

Research

Feature Plus500 XM Group
Daily Market Commentary
Yes Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)
No Yes
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 XM Group
Has Education - Forex or CFDs
No Yes
Client Webinars
No Yes
Client Webinars (Archived)
No No
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
Yes Yes
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos
No Yes
Investor Dictionary (Glossary)
No No

Major Forex Pairs

Feature Plus500 XM Group
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 Plus500 XM Group
Overall 4.5 4
Commissions & Fees 4.5 3.5
Offering of Investments 4 4
Platforms & Tools 4 4
Mobile Trading Apps 4.5 4
Research 3.5 4.5
Education 3 4.5
Trust Score 99 90
Plus500 Review XM Group Review

Comparing forex brokers side by side is no easy task. For our 2022 annual forex broker review, we spent hundreds of hours assessing 39 forex and CFD brokerages to find the best forex broker. Let's compare Plus500 vs XM Group.

Does Plus500 or XM Group 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, Plus500 offers better pricing overall for traders.

Is Plus500 or XM Group safer for forex and CFDs trading?
At ForexBrokers.com, we track where each forex and CFD broker is regulated across over 23 international regulator databases. Here's our findings. Plus500 holds 5 global Tier-1 licenses, while XM Group holds 3. Plus500 holds 3 global Tier-2 licenses, while XM Group holds 2. In our analysis of 23 international regulators across 50 brokers, Plus500 earned a higher Trust Score than XM Group.

Which trading platform is better: Plus500 or XM Group?
To compare the trading platforms of both Plus500 and XM Group, we tested each broker's trading tools, research capabilities, and mobile apps. For trading tools, Plus500 offers a better experience. With research, XM Group 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 XM Group offers copy trading, Plus500 does not. XM Group 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 XM Group's 57 available pairs. Forex pairs aside, Plus500 offers traders access to 1896 CFDs while XM Group has 1372 available CFDs, a difference of 524.

Can I trust Plus500?
Plus500 is publicly traded and does not operate a bank. Plus500 is authorised by five tier-1 regulators (high trust), three 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).

Can I trust XM Group?
XM Group is not publicly-traded and does not operate a bank. XM Group is authorised by two tier-1 regulators (high trust), one tier-2 regulator (average trust), and one tier-3 regulator (low trust). XM Group is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) and, via its parent company's other brand Trading.com, with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Is Plus500 good?
Plus500 is a trusted global brand that offers an easy-to-use trading platform for online traders, alongside access to share trading and a thorough selection of CFDs.

Is XM Group good?
XM Group is a MetaTrader-only broker that offers a strong selection of high-quality educational content and market research.

Overall winner: Plus500

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