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AvaTrade Review

Steven Hatzakis

January 11th, 2022
CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 71% 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. This content is intended for information and educational purposes only and should not be considered investment advice or investment recommendation.

AvaTrade is a trusted global brand best known for offering an extensive selection of trading platforms for forex and CFD traders, as well as exceptional educational content that helped it nab a Best in Class rating for Beginners for 2022.

Our testing found AvaTrade to be great for copy trading, competitive for mobile, and generally in line with the industry average for pricing and research.

AvaTrade pros & cons

Pros:

  • Founded in 2006, AvaTrade is regulated in three tier-1 jurisdictions and three tier-2 jurisdictions, making it a safe broker (low-risk) for trading CFDs and forex.
  • Alongside MetaTrader, AvaTrade offers its proprietary platforms AvaTrade WebTrader and AvaTradeGO, with innovative features such as AvaProtect.
  • The AvaOptions app, powered by Sentry Derivatives, provides AvaTrade clients with an excellent forex options mobile trading platform.
  • AvaTrade offers 44 forex options, in addition to over 1,200 CFDs.
  • AvaTrade offers AvaSocial, along with ZuluTrade and DupliTrade for social copy trading, and finished Best in Class for 2022.
  • AvaTrade ranks Best in Class for Professional traders for 2022.

Cons:

  • Pricing for retail accounts is in line with the industry average, but trails industry leaders.
  • The AvaOptions desktop platform is slow to load, and has an outdated design that doesn’t match up with the sleek responsive design of its mobile counterpart.
  • Out of 1,260 available symbols, at least 351 are on hold for both the MetaTrader and WebTrader platforms at AvaTrade.
  • Research is limited to Trading Central modules, and just one or two daily articles and videos.

Overall Summary

FeatureAvaTrade
Overall 4.5 Stars
Trust Score93
Offering of Investments 4 Stars
Commissions & Fees 4.5 Stars
Platforms & Tools 4 Stars
Research 3.5 Stars
Mobile Trading Apps 4.5 Stars
Education 4.5 Stars

Is AvaTrade safe?

help 93
Trust Score

AvaTrade is considered low-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 93 out of 99. AvaTrade is not publicly traded, does not operate a bank, and is authorised by three tier-1 regulators (high trust), four tier-2 regulators (average trust), and one tier-3 regulator (low trust). AvaTrade is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC), Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), and the Japanese Financial Services Authority (JFSA). Learn more about Trust Score.

Regulations Comparison

FeatureAvaTrade
Year Founded2006
Publicly Traded (Listed) No
Bank No
Tier-1 Licenses3
Tier-2 Licenses4
Tier-3 Licenses1
Trust Score93

Offering of investments

The range of markets available at AvaTrade will depend on which trading platform you choose, and which of the brand's global entities holds your account. AvaTrade offers 1,260 symbols in MT5 and nearly the same number in WebTrader, though a few hundred of those symbols have been put on hold.

The following table summarizes the different investment products available to AvaTrade clients.

Cryptocurrency: Cryptocurrency trading is available at AvaTrade through CFDs, but not available through trading the underlying asset (e.g. buying Bitcoin). Note: Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker's U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents.

AvaTrade offering of investments:

FeatureAvaTrade
Forex Trading Yes
CFD Trading Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total) 1260
Forex Pairs (Total)55
US Stock Trading (Non CFD) No
Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD) No
Cryptocurrency (Physical) No
Cryptocurrency (CFD) Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading Yes

Commissions and fees

AvaTrade's spreads are close to the industry average at just under one pip (0.9 pips), yet are slightly higher than the spreads available on the entry-level accounts offered by CMC Markets and Tickmill.

Professional traders: If you qualify as an elected professional trader, spreads on AvaTrade’s Professional account are competitive at 0.6 pips and comparable to FP Markets.

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AvaTrade pricing summary:

FeatureAvaTrade
Minimum Deposit$100.00
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard0.91 (August 2020)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active0.61 (August 2020)
Active Trader or VIP Discounts Yes
Execution: Agency Broker No
Execution: Market Maker Yes

Mobile trading apps

AvaTrade's proprietary apps provide a mobile experience that will satisfy most traders (including beginners), though they aren’t quite as advanced as the mobile apps provided by category leaders such as Saxo Bank, CMC Markets or TD Ameritrade (U.S. residents only). That said, AvaTrade continues to make incremental improvements in this category, and provides a generally well-rounded suite of apps.

Apps overview: AvaTrade provides its own proprietary mobile platforms, AvaTradeGO and AvaOptions, as well as the full MetaTrader suite (MT4 and MT5) for Android and iOS devices.

Ease of use: The AvaTradeGo app closely resembles its web counterpart, and features a robust default set of syncing watchlists as well as a volatility protection feature called AvaProtect. AvaProtect allows a trader to reduce the risk on an open trade by partially hedging their position with a forex option – for an added cost.

Charting: Charts in the AvaTradeGo app come with 93 indicators – though I found that it took multiple steps to access them. However, there are no drawing tools and only three selectable chart types. Trading Central provides integrated research and related tools, mirroring what’s available within the web platform. Overall, mobile charts at AvaTrade are good, but have room to improve.

AvaOptions: The AvaOptions app is well-designed, and takes a unique approach to displaying option-chain data. AvaTrade overlays strike prices onto a chart, allowing traders to change the strike price simply by dragging it higher or lower – a feature I found to be incredibly helpful. There are also 14 default options-trading strategies available, and selecting an option plan will automatically populate the order ticket with the related options contracts. One notable annoyance: the entire app experience was displayed in landscape mode, forcing me to hold my phone like a gaming controller.

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AvaTrade mobile trading:

FeatureAvaTrade
Android App Yes
Apple iOS App Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields Yes
Watch List Yes
Watch List Syncing Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies30
Charting - Draw Trendlines Yes
Charting - Trendlines Moveable Yes
Charting - Multiple Time Frames Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave No
Forex Calendar Yes

Other trading platforms

Thanks to AvaTrade's extensive offering of copy trading platform options, AvaTrade once again finished Best in Class for Copy Trading in 2022.

Platforms overview: AvaTrade offers two proprietary platforms (AvaTrade WebTrader and AvaOptions), the full MetaTrader suite, ZuluTrade, and DupliTrade (accessible via WebTrader).

Charting: Charts on AvaTrade’s WebTrader platform come with 90 indicators, 13 drawing tools, 10 ten time frames, and three chart types. That said, WebTrader still has a ways to go if it wants to compete with the depth and rich quality of features found on proprietary platforms from industry leaders such as IG, Saxo Bank, and CMC Markets. For example, I discovered a platform bug that caused chart data to appear compressed. As a result, I constantly found myself having to constantly zoom out by dragging up or down to decompress the prices.

Trading tools: I found AvaTrade’s proprietary WebTrader platform to have a well-designed responsive layout. AvaTrade won our award for #1 Innovation in 2021, due to the speed of its evolution as a new platform. I was also pleased to find a suite of trading tools from Trading Central directly integrated within the platform. Though alerts are only found in the mobile version, the AvaProtect feature is included in both platforms.

Copy trading: AvaTrade's steady progress in expanding and enhancing its copy trading offering has helped it compete with industry leaders such as eToro and Pepperstone. AvaTrade offers ZuluTrade, DupliTrade, and the native Signals market in MetaTrader. In addition, AvaTrade launched AvaSocial in the U.K., as part of its partnership with Pelican Exchange.

AvaOptions: For options traders that deposit at least $1,000, AvaTrade provides AvaOptions – its forex options platform for desktop and mobile. The desktop version is for Windows only, and requires that users install Microsoft's .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. As a seasoned trader, even I found the platform layout to be complex. Clearly suited for professionals, the platform needs a design overhaul.

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AvaTrade trading platform:

FeatureAvaTrade
Virtual Trading (Demo) Yes
Proprietary Platform Yes
Desktop Platform (Windows) Yes
Web Platform Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4) Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5) Yes
cTrader No
DupliTrade Yes
ZuluTrade Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)51
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)31
Charting - Trade From Chart Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields7
Order Type - Market Yes

Research

AvaTrade produces daily in-house research content in video and article format, and grants access to Trading Central research modules. While AvaTrade has made improvements in this category, its research offering can’t stack up against what the best forex brokers offer.

Research overview: Beyond AvaTrade’s support for ZuluTrade, AvaSocial, and DupliTrade for copy trading, the main highlight from AvaTrade's research offering is Trading Central. Trading Central is directly integrated within the AvaTrade web platform and includes a variety of TC-powered features, such as its Market Buzz, Analyst Views, and Featured Ideas tools, as well as an economic calendar and streaming news (available in MT5).

Market news and analysis: AvaTrade provides daily market analysis articles on its blog, along with daily market video updates published to its Vimeo and YouTube channels.

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AvaTrade research:

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

Education

AvaTrade provides a rich array of educational content from its in-house staff and its SharpTrader brand, as well as from third-party providers such as Trading Central. AvaTrade finished Best in Class in our 2022 review, taking second place for Education.

Learning center: AvaTrade’s website features 103 comprehensive articles that cover beginner and advanced topics. As part of its SharpTrader offering, AvaTrade provides in-depth courses that are organized by experience level. These courses include both video and written content, and feature progress tracking and integrated quizzes.

AvaTrade’s 48 educational videos cover a wide range of topics, and explore niche subjects like Donchian Channels (what they are, and how traders can use them). AvaTrade also uploads and archives video webinars on its YouTube and Vimeo channel, which help to round out its offering.

Room for improvement: Platform tutorials notwithstanding, the WebTrader and AvaTraderGo web and mobile platforms would benefit from an expansion of integrated video content.

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AvaTrade education:

FeatureAvaTrade
Has Education - Forex or CFDs Yes
Client Webinars Yes
Client Webinars (Archived) Yes
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos Yes
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos Yes
Investor Dictionary (Glossary) Yes

Final thoughts

AvaTrade stands out for its rich selection of trading platform options, and for its educational content for beginners – categories where it finished Best in Class. Its range of tradeable markets has nearly doubled year-over-year, and spreads for clients designated as Professional traders in the EU are quite competitive.

About AvaTrade

Founded in 2006, AvaTrade has offices in 11 countries and provides multiple trading platforms for web, desktop, and mobile devices, offering spot forex and forex options and CFDs on numerous asset classes, including cryptocurrencies. AvaTrade has 300,000 registered traders who place more than 3 million trades each month and has executed more than $1.47 trillion in traded value since inception.

AvaTrade holds regulatory licenses in multiple financial hubs across the globe. AvaTrade's headquarters is in Ireland, where its regulator is the Central Bank of Ireland and is a member of the Investor Compensation Company DAC (ICCL), which provides eligible clients up to EUR 20,000 of maximum reimbursement in the extraordinary event of their broker's insolvency. While not directly regulated in Canada, AvaTrade caters to clients in the country through its partnership with Friedberg Direct, which required regulatory approval.

How long do AvaTrade withdrawals take?

Withdrawals at AvaTrade take one to two business days, which is comparable to nearly every forex broker. The withdrawal time can also vary depending on your chosen withdrawal method. It’s important that your account is up to date; even though you may have been verified upon opening your account, your broker may ask you to provide an updated proof of ID and proof of address to process your request if considerable time has passed.

What is the minimum deposit at AvaTrade?

The minimum deposit at AvaTrade is generally 100 units of currency, depending on the denomination of your account balance. For example, a USD account will have a $100 minimum deposit whether you fund via wire or credit card. That said, AvaTrade recommends you start with one to two thousand of your preferred base currency, with the EUR, GBP, AUD all supported as available options, for traders looking for the full experience across its products.

Is my money safe in AvaTrade?

Yes, your money is as safe with AvaTrade as it would be with any online broker that is globally regulated in top-tier jurisdictions and authorized to hold its client’s funds. AvaTrade is trusted by over 300,000 customers with millions of dollars in deposits. There is always counterparty risk, which is why you should only choose brokers that are well-capitalized, in addition to being highly regulated.

The Central Bank of Ireland is one of AvaTrade’s many regulators, and AvaTrade segregates all client money from its own business funds. AvaTrade is also WebTrust compliant, and follows best practices to secure client information in terms of cybersecurity.

2022 Review Methodology

For our 2022 Forex Broker Review we assessed, rated, and ranked 39 international forex brokers over a three-month time period resulting in over 50,000 words of published research.

Each broker was graded on 113 different variables, including our proprietary Trust Score algorithm. This innovative scoring system ranks the level of trustworthiness for each broker based on factors such as licenses, regulation and corporate structure. Read about Trust Score here.

As part of our annual review process, all brokers had the opportunity to provide updates and key milestones and complete an in-depth data profile, which we hand-checked for accuracy.

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. Learn more about how we test.

Forex Risk Disclaimer

"There is a very high degree of risk involved in trading securities. With respect to margin-based foreign exchange trading, off-exchange derivatives, and cryptocurrencies, there is considerable exposure to risk, including but not limited to, leverage, creditworthiness, limited regulatory protection and market volatility that may substantially affect the price, or liquidity of a currency or related instrument. It should not be assumed that the methods, techniques, or indicators presented in these products will be profitable, or that they will not result in losses." Learn more.


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.








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