2022 Category Winners
For the ForexBrokers.com 2022 Annual Review, all online broker participants were assessed on 113 variables across seven primary categories. 4,407 data points were collected in total. Here's how we tested.
Alongside primary categories, ForexBrokers.com ranks brokers by the most popular investor categories. Finally, each year ForexBrokers.com honors the brokerages who go above and beyond in the areas that matter most to investors.
Regulated and trusted across the globe, IG offers traders the ultimate package of excellent trading and research tools, industry-leading education, comprehensive market research, and an extensive list of tradeable products. This fantastic all-round experience makes IG the best overall broker in 2022.
- Trust: Founded in 1974, IG is publicly traded (LON: IGG) and regulated in six tier-1 jurisdictions, making it a safe broker (low-risk) for forex and CFDs trading. All jurisdictions considered, IG ranks as the most trusted forex and CFDs broker in our 2022 Review.
- Commissions: IG uses its size to provide traders with consistent pricing across the board — regardless of the product you trade — and shines for its active trader pricing available through its Forex Direct accounts.
- Forex trading platforms: While IG also offers MetaTrader and premium MT4 add-ons from FX Blue, only 76 tradeable instruments are available. There's no question; IG's flagship platform is the better choice between the two, and offers an extensive range of tradeable markets.
Runner-Up: Saxo Bank
For traders who can afford the steep $2,000 minimum deposit (GBP 500 for the U.K.), Saxo Bank offers fair pricing, excellent trading platforms, phenomenal research, reliable customer service, and over 40,000 instruments to trade.
- Trust: Founded in 1992, Saxo Bank operates multiple regulated banks and is licensed in six tier-1 jurisdictions, making it a safe broker (low-risk) for trading forex and CFDs.
- Commissions: Saxo Bank provides traders with excellent all-around pricing. For active traders (and those with large account balances), Saxo Bank offers competitive pricing in its Platinum and VIP accounts, which require a $200,000 and $1 million balance, respectively.
- Forex trading platforms: The entire Saxo Trader client experience is absolutely brilliant. Alongside access to 40,000 tradeable instruments, Saxo Bank's flagship SaxoTraderGo platform is terrific, and includes everything traders require to navigate the market — and is our pick for the best web-based platform in 2022.
Podium finisher: CMC Markets
CMC Markets is a globally-trusted broker that delivers a terrific offering for traders thanks to notably low pricing, nearly 10,000 tradeable instruments, and the Next Generation trading platform, which comes packed with quality research and innovative features such as its Dynamic Trading portfolio tool.
- Trust: Founded in 1989, CMC Markets is publicly traded and regulated in four tier-1 jurisdictions alongside two tier-2 jurisdictions, making it a safe broker (low-risk) for trading forex and CFDs.
- Commissions: CMC Markets is a leader for low-cost trading, offering trading costs for forex that are measurably lower than the industry average.
- Forex trading platforms: The CMC Markets Next Generation platform comes with a massive selection of nearly 10,000 tradeable instruments. With its advanced tools, comprehensive market research and excellent mobile app, CMC delivers a terrific user experience.
Best Forex Trading Platforms
Of the 39 brokers that we evaluated for our 2022 annual review, the following forex brokers delivered the best trading platform experience:
- Saxo Bank - Best VIP client experience
- IG - Most trusted, great for beginners
- CMC Markets - Best platform technology
- Interactive Brokers - Best for professionals
- TD Ameritrade FX - Best desktop platform (U.S. only)
- FXCM - Great for algorithmic traders
Which broker is the best for forex?
IG takes first place in our 2022 Annual Review as the best forex broker, with 100 available currency pairs and the ability to trade CFDs and forex options, traders have plenty of choices. IG is the only broker that is regulated in both Switzerland and the U.S., in addition to nearly a dozen global licenses — making IG one of the most trusted brokers.
What does a forex broker do?
A forex broker is a company that is licensed (or considered exempt) by a national regulator to grant you — as a retail or professional client — the ability to buy or sell foreign currencies, by way of an online trading platform or over the phone (known in the industry as voice broking). A forex broker may offer you the underlying currency, or a non-deliverable spot contract or derivative such as a contract for difference, or CFD, depending on any relevant country-specific regulatory restrictions. It's important to only use brokers that are properly regulated to reduce your risk of being scammed.
Do I need a broker for forex?
Yes, to trade forex you'll need to use a forex broker. You'll need to open an account and deposit enough collateral (margin) to enable you to place orders with your broker to buy or sell forex.
The forex broker's job is to execute your orders — either internally by acting as the principal to your trade (market maker execution), or by sending your orders to another market thus acting as your agent (agency execution).
Your broker should be a trustworthy one, regulated and properly licensed in the same country you reside or in a major financial center. Learn about our Trust Score.
Are forex brokers reliable?
The most trustworthy brokers are also reliable. Reliability depends on which broker you choose, and can vary across brokers. You must be able to rely on your broker to safeguard the money in your brokerage account.
There are other trust factors to consider how dependable a broker is, such as ensuring it has adequate financial operating capital, how long it's been in operation, and whether it holds proper regulatory licenses in the countries where it operates to help ensure compliance with local laws.
Who is the biggest forex broker in the world?
IC Markets is the largest forex broker by trading volume, with over $774 billion in forex trading volume in the third quarter of 2021 alone, according to data compiled by Finance Magnates.
Note: The largest broker may vary depending on the time period used to measure size. But common to the biggest brokers is that they have the most assets under management, the largest number of clients, and greatest market capitalization (valuation for public companies). All are important factors to consider when gauging the size of a forex broker.
What are the top 10 forex brokers?
Here are the top 10 brokers by forex and CFD trading volume according to data compiled by Finance Magnates during the third quarter of 2021 (data excludes Japan due to the abnormally high trading volumes known to come from Japanese brokers):
- IC Markets
- Saxo Bank
- CMC Markets
- GAIN Capital
Which forex broker has the best platform?
CMC Market's Next Generation platform comes with a massive selection of nearly 10,000 tradeable instruments. It delivers a terrific user experience, as well as advanced tools, comprehensive market research, and an excellent mobile app. Hands down, the CMC Markets Next Generation trading platform is a market leader that will impress even the pickiest of traders. The new Dynamic Trading tool allows you to place multiple trades simultaneously, which was a nice innovation by CMC Markets this year.
If you're a particular fan of mobile platforms, see our picks for best forex trading apps here.
Is $100 enough for forex?
Yes, $100 can be enough to trade forex and test a trading strategy. It's not a lot of money, so the potential risk/reward will be limited. However, trading with a small amount of risk capital can let you test a new investment methodology, or allow beginners new to forex trading learn by trial and error.
Trading forex with such a small amount of capital will severely hamper your bottom line but can be a great way to learn with less risk. For example, if you open the smallest trade size for forex — such as 1,000 units of the EUR/USD pair — and the price is 1.1224, your broker may require a 30:1 margin requirement. That 3.33% of the resulting $1,122.4 trade value would end up as $37.41 in collateral, which would become frozen upon opening the trade. This would only leave $62.41 available (and this calculation doesn't even include the cost of the spread).
Which forex broker charges the lowest fees?
When it comes to pricing — commission plus spread — Tickmill offers the most competitive all-in costs, especially for active and VIP traders, who have access to pricing that is among the lowest in the industry. Using typical spread data listed by Tickmill for its Pro account offering of 0.13 pips for the EUR/USD, the all-in cost equates to 0.53 pips when factoring in the RT commission equivalent of 0.4 pips.
Methodology: To assess brokers, we take into consideration how much beginners, average traders, and even more seasoned traders would pay, looking at average spreads for standard forex contracts (100,000 units) as well as mini accounts (10,000 units) and micro accounts (1,000 units), where applicable. We then calculate the all-in cost by including any round-turn commission that is added to prevailing spreads.
Which forex broker offers the most CFDs?
IG offers the most tradeable CFDs in the industry, 19,537. CFDs, or "contracts for difference," enable traders to speculate whether the price of a stock, forex pair, market index, or commodity will go up or down without taking ownership of the underlying asset.
Which forex broker offers the most currency pairs?
Alongside nearly 10,000 CFDs, CMC Markets offers the most tradeable currency pairs, with 158 pairs that can be quoted both ways (i.e. EUR/USD or USD/EUR), which comes to a total of 316 pairs.
Which forex broker is best for professionals?
As a highly-trusted and regulated global brand, Interactive Brokers (IBKR) provides everything professional traders might need, from advanced trading tools and platform features to competitive pricing across a wide variety of markets, as well as connectivity to over 130 global exchanges. In addition to competitive spreads and low commission-based pricing for forex, Interactive Brokers provides more third-party research than any other broker.
Interactive Brokers continues to innovate its platform offering, such as with its new Impact app for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, alongside the related Impact dashboard available in its Trader Workstation (TWS) desktop and WebTrader platforms.
Professional client status: In today's highly regulated forex world, traders who want to maximize their margin leverage must apply and obtain ESMA's professional client status with their broker. Traders designated as Professionals in the EU do not receive negative balance protection and other consumer safety mechanisms such as eligibility for compensation schemes in the event of a broker's insolvency.
Methodology: We broke down each forex broker's active trading program to assess brokers for professional trading, comparing available rebates, tiers, and all-in costs. Alongside pricing, each broker's trading platform was tested for the availability of advanced trading tools frequently used by professionals.
How do I choose a forex broker?
Here are three of the most important factors to keep in mind when choosing an online broker for forex trading.
- First, make sure your broker is properly licensed and regulated. The safety of your deposit is always the top priority.
- Next, compare the account offerings, trading platforms, tools, and investment research provided by each broker.
- Finally, read detailed forex broker reviews to compare pricing and product offerings (e.g., number of forex pairs and CFDs available to trade) to find what is most important to your forex trading and investment needs.
How do I know if my forex broker is regulated?
It is crucial to use a well-known, properly regulated broker to avoid forex scams. To check if your forex broker is regulated, first identify the registration number from the disclosure text at the bottom of the broker's homepage. Next, look up the firm on the regulator's website to validate the registration number; to help traders, we track, rate, and rank forex brokers across over 20 international regulators, and you can find their websites here. If the broker is not regulated in your country, do more research.
What's the difference between a dealing-desk and an agency broker?
If a forex broker is operating as a dealer, also known as dealing-desk, they will be on the other side of their client's trades. If a forex broker is not on the other side of their client's trades, they will be acting as an agent (agency broker) by routing the trade on to another dealer.
There are also hybrid-desks, which may operate as a dealing-desk and agency. Lastly, matched-principals are dealers who immediately hedge their trades to remove any potential conflict of interest.
How do I calculate forex trading costs?
For forex and CFDs trading, the all-in cost to complete (open or close) each trade consists of the spread, plus any round-turn commissions. There may also be overnight financing charges, known as carrying costs, which can be either a net debit (loss) or a net credit (refund). To keep trading costs low, focus on trading the major forex pairs such as the EUR/USD, which offer the most liquidity, and thus the tightest spreads (lowest costs).
ForexBrokers.com 2022 Overall Ranking
Here are the Overall rankings for the 39 online brokers who participated in our 2022 Annual Review, sorted by Overall ranking.
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Our research team conducts thorough testing on a range of features, including each broker’s individual products, services, and tools (collecting and validating thousands of data points in the process). We test all available trading platforms for each broker – whether they are proprietary or come from third-party providers – and evaluate them based on a host of data-driven variables.
We also take an in-depth look at each broker’s commissions and fees, such as bid/ask spreads – including the average spread data for some of the most popular forex currency pairs. We research other trading costs, such as inactivity or custody fees, minimum deposit requirements, VIP rebates and/or discounts, and an exhaustive list of other important fee-based data points.
Some of the other important research categories that are factored into our testing include mobile trading accessibility and capability, availability of market research and educational content, and each broker’s overall Trust Score.
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Ultimately, our rigorous data validation process yields an error rate of less than .1% each year, providing site visitors with quality data they can trust. For a full explanation and accounting of our research and testing process, please click here to learn more about how we test.
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