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AvaTrade Review

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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 multiple asset classes, including cryptocurrencies.

AvaTrade is regulated in major regulatory 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 20000 of maximum reimbursement in the extraordinary event of their broker's insolvency.

Review Summary

Rank: 24th (of 28)

AvaTrade provides multiple platforms for automated and social copy trading. It also offers forex options, in addition to spot CFDs (cryptocurrency included) across multiple markets via its entities regulated in major and emerging financial hubs.

Benefits

  • Regulated in the EU, Japan, Australia, BVI, and South Africa.
  • Provides off-exchange forex options on 44 currency pairs.
  • Supports cryptocurrency CFD trading on 14 crypto pairs.
  • Offers multiple platforms including a social copy-trading platform.

Considerations

  • Beyond AutoChartist and SharpTrader, the range of research content and forex news is limited.
  • AvaTradeGo Mobile app is not compatible with most phones; use the MT4 app instead.

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Is AvaTrade Safe?

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Trust Score

AvaTrade is considered average-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 82 out of 99. AvaTrade is not publicly traded and does not operate a bank. AvaTrade is authorised by two tier-1 regulators (high trust), one tier-2 regulator (average trust), and two tier-3 regulators (low trust). AvaTrade is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) 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 Licenses2
Tier-2 Licenses1
Tier-3 Licenses2
Trust Score82

Commissions & Fees

Rank: 22nd (of 28)

Overall, AvaTrade’s spreads are not its most competitive feature, as the average spreads on its variable pricing are higher than those of its top competitors.

Benefits

  • With variable pricing, AvaTrade offers typical floating spreads of 1.3 pips (median value derived from spreads during trading hours – 7:00-18:00 GMT – over prior quarter).
  • Compared to our 2018 review, the broker’s spreads have slightly worsened.

Considerations

  • The trading costs for forex at AvaTrade consist of floating (variable) spreads, as the broker discontinued its fixed spread offering in 2018.

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Fees Comparison

FeatureAvaTrade
Minimum Initial Deposit$100.00
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard1.30
All-in Cost EUR/USD - ActiveN/A
Active Trader or VIP Discounts Yes

Platforms & Tools

Rank: 20th (of 28)

AvaTrade offers a proprietary platform and multiple third-party trading platforms such as ZuluTrade, DupliTrade, as well as the popular MetaTrader 4 (MT4) web and desktop platform, and in select locations the MetaTrader 5 (MT5) platform from MetaQuotes Software Corporation.

Benefits

  • The ZuluTrade and Tradency platforms are primarily for social copy trading.
  • The newest addition to the broker's offering is its AvaTrade web platform which is lightweight and easy to use with basic functionality.

Considerations

  • A major change for the broker in 2017 was the shift away from the AvaTraderAct desktop, which was discontinued in 2018, making the firm primarily an MT4-broker, although multiple social copy-trading platforms help elevate its offering.
  • The AvaTrade web platform has limited charting capabilities with just a few functions available.

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Tools Comparison

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
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)51
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)31
Charting - Trade From Chart Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields7
Order Type - Trailing Stop Yes

Customer Service

Rank: 23rd (of 28)

To score Customer Service, ForexBrokers.com partnered with customer experience research group Customerwise to conduct phone tests from locations throughout the UK. For our 2019 Review, 229 customer service tests were conducted over six weeks.

Results

  • Average Connection Time: >5 minutes
  • Average Net Promoter Score: 1 / 10
  • Average Professionalism Score: 0 / 10
  • Overall Score: 0.8 / 10
  • Ranking: 23rd (23 brokers)
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Research

Rank: 19th (of 28)

AvaTrader has an okay balance of research solutions across multiple channels, helping to round out its offering in this category.

Benefits

  • AvaTrade combines in-house research tools and resources with content from third parties. On SharpTrader, users can find daily and weekly technical and fundamental analysis articles published daily from a team of analysts, along with integrated tools from external providers.
  • For finding trading opportunities, AvaTrade offers several social copy-trading platforms, including ZuluTrade, in addition to Dupli Trade and the Signals market on MT4.
  • AvaTrade also offers AutoChartist – a popular set of pattern-recognition tools for technical and fundamental analysis for live account holders who deposit at least $500.

Considerations

  • There is barely any research content or forex news on the broker's website
  • Over seven months since the last market video update and blog post on SharpTrader and much of the rest of its content is outdated.

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Research Comparison

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

Mobile Trading

Rank: 24th (of 28)

For traders encountering any challenges with AvaTradeGO, the broker’s MT4 mobile app remains a viable alternative.

Benefits

  • AvaTrade offers multiple third-party trading platforms for mobile, including the popular MetaTrader 4 (MT4) mobile app from MetaQuotes Software Corporation, as well as the AvaTradeGO mobile app that syncs with MT4.

Considerations

  • For this review, I focused on using the AvaTradeGO mobile app for Android. Unfortunately, I was unable to run the AvaTradeGO mobile app as it was not compatible with any of my mobile devices.

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Mobile Apps Comparison

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

Offering of Investments

Rank: 18th (of 28)

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

Offering Comparison

FeatureAvaTrade
Forex: Spot Trading Yes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)60
CFDs - Total Offered221
Cryptocurrency traded as actual No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD Yes

Final Thoughts

Rank: 24th (of 28)

AvaTrade offers traders multiple platforms through its regulated brands, providing clients with a wide range of options for using trading tools across a good range of markets, including spot forex on 60 currency pairs and 44 currency pairs for forex options trading.

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"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.


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.

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