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Best UK Forex Brokers for 2019

Steven Hatzakis

The ForexBrokers.com annual forex broker review (three years running) is the most cited in the industry. With over 60,000 words of research across the site, we spend hundreds of hours testing forex brokers each year. How we test.

Trading forex (currencies) in the United Kingdom (UK) is popular among residents. Before any fx broker can accept UK forex and CFD traders as clients, they must become authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which is the financial regulatory body in the UK. The FCA's website is FCA.org.uk. We recommend UK residents also follow the FCA on twitter, @TheFCA.

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) logo

The FCA was formed out of the Financial Services Act of 2012, effectively replacing its predecessor, the Financial Services Authority (FSA). For a historical breakdown, here's a link to Financial Conduct Authority webpage on Wikipedia.

Best UK Forex Brokers for 2019

To find the best forex broker in the UK, we created a list of all FCA authorised brokers, then ranked brokers by their 2019 Overall Ranking. Here is our list of the top UK forex brokers.

Best Forex Brokers UK Comparison

Compare UK authorised forex and CFDs brokers side by side using the forex broker comparison tool or the summary table below. This broker list is sorted by the firm's ForexBrokers.com Trust Score.

Forex BrokerAccepts GB ResidentsAverage Spread EUR/USD - StandardMinimum Initial DepositTrust ScoreOverallVisit Site
IGYes0.750£250.0099 4.5 Stars Visit Site
SwissquoteYesN/A€500.0099 4 Stars N/A
Saxo BankYes0.900$2,000.0098 4.5 Stars N/A
CMC MarketsYes0.744$0.0098 4.5 Stars N/A
Plus500Yes0.600€10093 3 Stars N/A
FOREX.comYes0.770$250.0091 4 Stars Visit Site
City IndexYes0.770 £100.0091 4 Stars N/A
XTBYes0.900$250.0090 4 Stars N/A
eToroYes3.00$20088 4 Stars N/A
PepperstoneYes1.160$200.0079 3.5 Stars N/A
LCGYes1.450$0.0079 4 Stars N/A
DarwinexYesN/A$50079 3.5 Stars N/A
XM GroupYes1.600$5-10078 3.5 Stars N/A
HenyepYesN/A$10078 3 Stars N/A
ThinkMarketsYesN/A$250.0077 3.5 Stars N/A
ForexTimeYes0.80$10069 3.5 Stars N/A

How to Verfiy FCA Authorisation

To identify if a forex broker is licensed to operate in the United Kingdom (UK), the first step is to identify the register number from the disclosure text at the bottom of the broker's UK homepage. For example, here's the key disclosure text from IG's website,

Both IG Markets Ltd (Register number 195355) and IG Index Ltd (Register number 114059) are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority."

Next, look up the firm on the FCA website to validate the register number is, in fact, legitimate. Here is the official FCA page for IG Markets Limited.

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Methodology

For our 2019 Forex Broker Review we assessed, rated, and ranked 28 international forex brokers. Each broker was graded on 81 different variables and, in total, over 60,000 words of research were produced.

While encouraged, broker participation was optional. Each broker had the opportunity to complete an in-depth data profile and provide executive time (live in person or over the web) for an annual update meeting.

All data submitted by brokers is hand-checked for accuracy. Ultimately, our rigorous data validation process yields an error rate of less than .1% each year, providing site visitors quality data they can trust. Learn more about how we test.

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Steven Hatzakis

About the author: Steven Hatzakis Steven Hatzakis is the Global Director of Research for ForexBrokers.com. Steven previously served as an Editor for Finance Magnates, where he authored over 1,000 published articles about the online finance industry. Steven is an active fintech and crypto industry researcher and advises blockchain companies at the board level. Over the past 20 years, Steven has held numerous positions within the international forex markets, from writing to consulting to serving as a registered commodity futures representative.


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 02/18/2019 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 - 76% 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.

OANDA - CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 77% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Plus500UK Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 509909).



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