Founded in 2001, easyMarkets (formerly easyForex) was an early pioneer in offering retail forex trading and obtained regulatory status with the Australian Securities and Exchange Commission (ASIC) in 2005 under Easy Markets Pty Ltd, and in 2007 with the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) under Easy Forex Trading Ltd.
After launching its own proprietary trading platform, easyMarkets followed by offering MetaTrader 4 (MT4), the widely popular software developed by MetaQuotes Software Corporation, and integrates options trading capabilities from ORE Technologies LTD.
Ahead of 2016, easyForex rebranded to easyMarkets as the company pivoted from a forex broker towards a multi-asset offering. In addition to its easyMarkets web platform, the broker launched its mobile app in May 2017. Today, easyMarkets offers nearly 200 instruments, including 115 currency pairs, 26 metals, 12 commodities, 15 indices, and 29 forex options, and forward contracts.
Commissions & Fees
easyMarkets offers three account types for which trading costs (spreads + any commissions) vary, and spreads are fixed (not variable) across its standard account, the Standard 1 account, and the VIP account.
The most competitive pricing easyMarkets offers is on its VIP account, which requires a $2,500 deposit, as well as its Standard 1 account, which requires a $250 deposit. Both offer fixed spreads of 1 pip on the EUR/USD on the easyMarkets platform (1.8 pips in MT4).
|View All Fees||easyMarkets||Admiral Markets||ThinkMarkets||OANDA|
|Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard||1.800||1.200||N/A||1.200|
|Average Spread GBP/USD - Standard||3.000||1.700||N/A||1.700|
|All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active||1.800||1.200||N/A||1.000|
|All-in Cost GBP/USD - Active||3.000||1.500||N/A||1.500|
|Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)||97||55||33||71|
|CFDs - Total Offered||78||106||154||52|
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The standard account – which can be opened with as little as $100 – has spreads of 3 pips on the EUR/USD, making it an expensive option compared to the other two account options.
easyMarkets integrates several research resources into its trading platforms, including a sentiment indicator, economic news calendar, streaming news headlines from FxWirePro, as well as trading signals from Trading Central for live account holders.
In addition to content from third-party providers, easyMarkets’ in-house analysts provide technical and fundamental analysis on the company’s blog with a daily Bullet report, weekly outlooks, weekly recaps, and daily news articles.
Overall, easyMarkets’ research tools are a touch above the minimum industry standards. For example, adding a heatmap and screener would help boost its offering. Also, centralizing its research resources into one place (i.e., from the company’s blog) would simplify the user experience.
Platforms & Tools
easyMarkets offers two platforms, its own easyMarkets proprietary software and MetaTrader 4 (MT4). To learn more about MT4, read our MetaTrader guide. For this review, I focused on using the easyMarkets platform, which comes available as a web and mobile app (no desktop version is currently offered).
The easyMarkets platform is built with HTML5 supporting the latest web standards.
Beyond a watch list (favorites list), news, charts, sentiment indicator, and a few other tools, the platform is otherwise light. This simplicity does do well in keeping users focused on trading with a static trade-ticket window front and center in the layout, although it might not be enough to satisfy more advanced or demanding traders.
The few advanced features that do exist, including the deal cancellation and freeze rate capabilities, are also geared towards those who might need the extra support these tools offer. And finally, the forward and options contracts enable traders to add another layer of complexity to their spot forex trading.
Moving to the charting section, charts come pre-loaded with 25 drawing tools and 39 technical indicators and support the ability to overlay symbols for comparison purposes, and across ten time frames and three chart types. While charts are housed alongside the news, signals, and economic calendar tabs, users can detach the chart window, as the default view is otherwise small.
When clicking on the “show more” button for additional symbols to appear, there was a delay between when the symbols showed and when their respective rates first appeared, which was a minor drawback.
Aside from this minor bug, features that could be improved include the ability to open charts from the instruments list and to expand the charting capabilities beyond the dedicated charting tab and integrate them further into the platform.
The unique features in the platform, including the deal cancellation facility and the ability to freeze rates, are offered at an additional premium. Meanwhile, the broker offers guaranteed stop loss orders (GSLO) for free as all stop-loss orders default to GSLO automatically (and on MT4 too) – which is a nice perk, considering other brokers usually charge a premium for a GSLO.
Overall, the easyMarkets web-based platform lives up to its name of keeping things easy, with trading front and center, thanks to the static order dialogue window, responsive interface and a good foundation for future revisions.
easyMarkets offers its own proprietary mobile app, as well as the MetaTrader 4 (MT4) mobile app developed by MetaQuotes Software Corporation. For more information about MT4 mobile, see our guide to MetaTrader. For this review, I used the easyMarkets mobile app, which ranked well for a newly launched mobile app but is not yet at the level of competing with mobile apps from industry leaders. More demanding traders may opt for MT4 mobile at easyMarkets.
All in all, the easyMarkets mobile app has a clean design that is smoother than its web-based counterpart and is nearly identical to the sentiment, economic calendar, and integrated news headlines. Although the freeze rate feature has not yet made its way into the app, the deal cancellation feature and GSLO are also available, just as in the web version.
Charting was generally smooth, with several drawing tools and indicators available, although not as many as the web version.
Rounding off the mobile app experience was a watch list (favorites list) that was in sync with the web version, helping to unify easyMarkets’ platform experience, which was a smooth process, in spite of the app’s light features. As mentioned above, more experienced traders may opt to use MT4 at easyMarkets to access a wider range of features on mobile.
Aside from platform tours and company information on its website, easyMarkets offers a diverse range of educational content, including nearly 50 articles in its learning center, together with several videos and eBooks.
While easyMarkets offers no slippage while executing orders as a dealer (market maker), depending on the trading tools traders choose, an order can be rejected if the rate is not available, like a fill-or-kill (FOK) order.
It is also worth noting that when a trade is executed with easyMarkets’ web or mobile app, a stop-loss order and limit order will always be attached to manage the risk/reward potential of each trade. In addition, there is a cap on the maximum limit value a client can select. The same goes for the stop-loss level.
This requirement on the easyMarkets platform is comparable to the thresholds eToro imposes and a mandatory stop/limit is attached to each trade. While placing such caps can help protect certain trading strategies, it might not suit other strategies. However, traders who need more flexibility can opt to use MT4 at easyMarkets where these limitations – including the 180-day cap on holding spot forex trades open – are not imposed.
easyMarkets has nearly 200 tradeable symbols across multiple asset classes, and continues to evolve into a multi-asset broker. That said, it is not yet at the level of offering thousands of symbols usually seen when single-stock CFDs are launched. Nonetheless, traders still have a respectable range of markets and products to choose from and the firm goes beyond the usual MT4-only forex broker by offering its own platform, as well as options and forward contracts, in addition to spot forex and CFDs.
Certain traders will find the free GSLO and premium trade protection tools useful including deal cancellation and the rate freeze feature – on the easyMarkets web and mobile app, as well as the mandatory stop/limit requirement. Meanwhile, the broker’s MT4 offering serves as an option for those who need more flexibility with their stop and limit levels and who don’t require the trade protection features. The free guaranteed stop-loss orders by default is a nice feature.
With a three-pip fixed spread on the EUR/USD pair, the standard account is expensive and would not be my choice at easyMarkets. Instead, the easyMarkets Standard 1 and VIP accounts provide lower costs all round that are worth the extra minimum account deposit.
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Reviewed by 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. Over the past 18 years, Steven has held numerous positions within the international forex markets, from writing to consulting to serving as a registered commodity futures representative.