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AvaTrade Review

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AvaTrade is a trusted global brand best known for offering traders an extensive selection of trading platform options. Our testing found AvaTrade to be great for copy trading, competitive for mobile, mostly in line with the industry average for pricing and research, and a winner for investor education.

Top Takeaways for 2020

Here are our top findings on AvaTrade:

  • Founded in 2006, AvaTrade is regulated in three tier-1 jurisdictions and three tier-2 jurisdictions, making it a safe broker (low-risk) for forex and CFDs trading.
  • Alongside MetaTrader, AvaTrade offers its proprietary platforms, as well as ZuluTrade and DupliTrade, for social copy trading. The variety of platform options makes AvaTrade competitive in this area.
  • Compared to pricing leaders such as IG and Saxo Bank, AvaTrade does not rank among the best brokers for low-cost trading, except for clients designated as Professional traders in the EU.

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Overall Summary

FeatureAvaTrade
Overall 3.5 Stars
Trust Score93
Offering of Investments 3.5 Stars
Commissions & Fees 4 Stars
Platforms & Tools 3.5 Stars
Research 3.5 Stars
Mobile Trading 3 Stars
Customer Service 1 Stars
Education 4 Stars

Is AvaTrade Safe?

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Trust Score

AvaTrade is considered low-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 93 out of 99. AvaTrade is not publicly-traded and does not operate a bank. AvaTrade 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) and the Japanese Financial Services Authority (JFSA), and via Friedberg Direct, with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). 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

Rank: 21st

The range of markets available at AvaTrade will depend on which of the brand's global entities and trading platform you choose. The following table summarizes the different investment products available to AvaTrade clients.

FeatureAvaTrade
Forex: Spot Trading Yes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)55
CFDs - Total Offered722
Social Trading / Copy-Trading Yes
Cryptocurrency traded as actual No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD Yes

Commissions & Fees

AvaTrade's spreads are close to the industry average, just below one pip on the EUR/USD at 0.9 pips, yet slightly higher than entry-level accounts offered by CMC Markets and Saxo Bank. The exception is if you qualify as a Professional trader, in which case spreads on the EUR/USD drops to 0.6 pips.

Spreads: With variable pricing, AvaTrade lists spreads of 0.9 pips on the EUR/USD, which is a touch above the industry average, while spreads on its Professional account are competitive and comparable to FP Markets.

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FeatureAvaTrade
Minimum Initial 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

Platforms & Tools

AvaTrade offers two proprietary platforms (AvaTrade WebTrader, AvaOptions), the full MetaTrader suite, ZuluTrade, and DupliTrade (accessible via WebTrader). Thanks to AvaTrade's extensive offering of copy trading platform options, AvaTrade once again finished Best in Class for copy trading.

MetaTrader vs. WebTrader: While MetaTrader offers nearly 800 tradeable symbols, WebTrader only provides around 200.

AvaTrade WebTrader: I found the proprietary WebTrader platform to be well-designed in a responsive layout. Charting comes with 90 indicators, and I was pleased to find a suite of trading tools from Trading Central is directly integrated into the platform. That said, WebTrader lacks in the richness and depth of features found on proprietary platforms from industry leaders such as IG, Saxo Bank, and CMC Markets.

Copy trading: AvaTrade's steady progress in expanding and enhancing its copy trading offering has helped elevate it closer to industry leaders such as eToro and Pepperstone. More recently, AvaTrade launched AvaSocial in the UK, although it does not yet permit automated copying of traders.

AvaOptions: For options traders that deposit at least $1k, 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. Being 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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Research

Overall, AvaTrade offers mostly average research experience for traders.

In-house research: AvaTrade does not provide a rich array of in-house research beyond its YouTube uploaded daily market analysis videos, which I found to be great. Unfortunately, there is little to distinguish AvaTrade's in-house research offering when compared to the best forex brokers.

Third-party content: Aside from ZuluTrade and DupliTrade for copy trading, the main highlight from AvaTrade's research offering is Trading Central. Within the AvaTrade web platform, Trading Central is directly integrated, including the Market Buzz, Analyst Views, Featured Ideas section, as well as an economic calendar. News in MT5 also streams from Trading Central.

Education

AvaTrade provides a rich array of educational content from its in-house staff, as well as from third-party providers such as SharpTrader. Overall, AvaTrade finished Best in Class in our 2020 review.

Articles: There are nearly 60 comprehensive articles in the beginner section, and 29 for advanced topics. For example, AvaTrade breaks down the most important economic indicators and explains how central bank announcements alongside financial news can move the markets.

Videos: Aside from some platform tutorials, there are at least 48 videos with good coverage of topics, such as a comprehensive video explaining what a Donchian channel is and how a trader can use it. AvaTrade also uploads multiple archived video webinars on its YouTube channel, helping to round-out its offering.

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Mobile Trading

Overall, AvaTrade's mobile experience is good and will satisfy most traders. However, it isn't quite good enough to challenge category leaders such as Saxo Bank, CMC Markets or TD Ameritrade (US residents only).

Besides the full MetaTrader suite, including MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader 5 (MT5) available for Android and iOS devices, AvaTrade's proprietary mobile platforms include AvaTradeGO and AvaOptions.

AvaTradeGo: The AvaTradeGo app closely resembles its web-counterpart and comes with a robust set of default syncing watchlists and a volatility protection feature called AvaProtect. This feature allows a trader to reduce the risk on their open trade by partially hedging their position with a forex option for an added cost. Charting comes with 93 indicators, and there is integrated research and related tools from Trading Central, just like in the web platform. All in all, it is a well-rounded app, especially for beginners.

AvaOptions: I found the AvaOptions app design to be impressive because AvaTrade isn't afraid to take design risks in its quest to enhance usability. For example, AvaTrade offers a unique design for reading option chains, which I found impressive. That said, I did find that the "payoff" diagrams (depicted visually) are hard to understand and could use explanatory notes. Options chains aside, with 14 default options trading strategies available, merely selecting an option plan will automatically populate the order-ticket with the related options contracts. Yet another nice touch is that traders can change the strike price by simply dragging it higher or lower.

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Customer Service

To score Customer Service, ForexBrokers.com partnered with customer experience research group Customerwise to conduct phone tests from locations throughout the UK. For our 2020 Review, 330 customer service tests were conducted over six weeks.

Results

  • Average Connection Time: >5 minutes
  • Average Net Promoter Score: 1.5 / 10
  • Average Professionalism Score: 1.3 / 10
  • Overall Score: 1.63 / 10
  • Ranking: 21 st (22 brokers)

Final Thoughts

Overall, AvaTrade stands out for its rich selection of trading platform options alongside educational content for beginners. Downsides include an average research experience alongside a limited range of tradeable markets. Also, while AvaTrade's retail pricing is close to the industry average, spreads for clients designated as Professional traders in the EU are 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 200,000 registered traders who place more than 2 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.

AvaTrade Trading Features

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

AvaTrade Research Features

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

AvaTrade Mobile App Features

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

2020 Review Methodology

For our 2020 Forex Broker Review we assessed, rated, and ranked 30 international forex brokers over a five month time period. Each broker was graded on 105 different variables and, in total, over 50,000 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.

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.


Steven Hatzakis

About the author: 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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