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easyMarkets Review

Steven Hatzakis

September 29th, 2021
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easyMarkets is easy to use and offers several unique features attractive to beginners through its proprietary trading platform. However, easyMarkets is pricey, offers only a small selection of tradeable products, and lacks market research.

Top Takeaways for 2021

  1. Founded in 2001, easyMarkets is regulated in one tier-1 jurisdiction and one tier-2 jurisdiction, making it a safe broker (average-risk) for forex and CFDs trading.
  2. easyMarkets is best known for its proprietary web-based platform that is easy to use and offers two beginner-friendly features: dealCancellation and Freeze Rate. Low-points in the easyMarkets lineup include a lack of extensive forex market research tools, a limited offering of just 256 tradeable instruments, and a mediocre mobile app.
  3. Despite offering free guaranteed stop-loss orders (GSLO), we do not recommend the easyMarkets MetaTrader 4 (MT4) offering. With MT4, easyMarkets excludes market headlines in desktop and does not offer the browser-based version.

Overall Summary

Please Note: easyMarkets was not included in the 2021 annual review. As a result, this broker's ratings may be outdated. Read our best forex brokers guide for a breakdown of the top rated forex and CFDs brokers for 2021.

FeatureeasyMarkets
Overall 3.5 Stars
Trust Score82
Offering of Investments 3.5 Stars
Commissions & Fees 3.5 Stars
Platforms & Tools 3.5 Stars
Research 3.5 Stars
Mobile Trading 3.5 Stars
Education 3 Stars

Is easyMarkets Safe?

help 82
Trust Score

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

Regulations Comparison

FeatureeasyMarkets
Year Founded2001
Publicly Traded (Listed) No
Bank No
Tier-1 Licenses1
Tier-2 Licenses1
Tier-3 Licenses1
Trust Score82

Offering of Investments

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

Cryptocurrency: Cryptocurrency trading is available 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 UK entity, nor to UK residents.

FeatureeasyMarkets
Forex Trading Yes
CFD Trading Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total) 199
Forex Pairs (Total)62
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

Account types: easyMarkets offers three account types for which trading costs (spreads + any commissions) vary, and spreads are fixed (not variable) across web platform, MetaTrader4 (MT4), and a VIP account.

Minimum and Spreads: The most competitive pricing easyMarkets offers is on its VIP account, which requires a $2,500 deposit ($100 for EU and UK residents), as well as its web platform, which requires a $250 deposit. Both accounts offer fixed spreads of 0.9 pips on the EUR/USD on the easyMarkets platform, as well as when using the MT4 account.

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FeatureeasyMarkets
Minimum Deposit$100.00
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard0.9 (as of Mar 2020)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active0.9 (as of Mar 2020)
Active Trader or VIP Discounts Yes
Execution: Agency Broker No
Execution: Market Maker Yes

Platforms and Tools

easyMarkets offers two platforms, its own proprietary HTML5 web-based platform and MetaTrader 4 (MT4).

Beyond a watch list (favorites list), news, charts, sentiment indicator, and a few other tools, the easyMarkets trading platform is otherwise light. The clean and simplicity focused platform design does well in keeping users focused on trading, although it will not be enough to satisfy more demanding traders.

Trading tools: Two unique tools offered through the easyMarkets platform include dealCancellation and Freeze Rate. For a small fee, the dealCancellation feature gives you a specific amount of time (up to a maximum of six hours)to have the option to undo your trade and reclaim your losses. Meanwhile, the Freeze Rate button allows you to "freeze" a quote for three seconds.

Both tools appear attractive, but clearly, easyMarkets advertises them for a reason, which means that overall, they must be profitable for easyMarkets. Also, in support of less experienced traders, easyMarkets platform offer guaranteed stop-loss orders (GSLO) for free, compared to most brokers who charge a small premium.

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FeatureeasyMarkets
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) No
cTrader No
DupliTrade No
ZuluTrade No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)51
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)31
Charting - Trade From Chart Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields7
Order Type - Trailing Stop Yes

Research

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.

Overall, despite a broad selection of features, easyMarkets’ research offering is just a touch above the bare minimum industry standard.

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FeatureeasyMarkets
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

Mobile Trading

easyMarkets offers its proprietary mobile app, as well as the MetaTrader 4 (MT4) mobile app. Looking at the easyMarkets mobile app, it offers a clean design that mostly mirrors its web-based counterpart, syncing watch lists included.

Charting is powered by Trading View in the mobile app, with the same 81 indicators that the web version of the platform has. Overall, I found it to be simple and basic yet falls behind the best mobile trading apps in our review, in terms of depth of features and tools.

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FeatureeasyMarkets
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

Customer Service

For our 2018 Forex Review, 129 customer service phone tests were conducted over three months. The data collected is institutional grade. On average, three questions were asked for each test. To score each test, the tests were divided into three separate groups and scores were given for the time taken to connect with each support representative and the ability of each representative to professionally (and thoroughly) answer each question. A Net Promoter Score was also given for the overall experience.

Results

  • Average Connection Time: <1 minute
  • Average Net Promoter Score: 6.66 / 10
  • Average Professionalism Score: 7.1 / 10
  • Overall Score: 7.3 / 10
  • Ranking: 10th (43 brokers)

Final Thoughts

With 256 symbols to trade, including over-the-counter FX options and forwards on 28 pairs, easyMarkets offers a light multi-asset brokerage solution. Tradeable assets aside, easyMarkets does provide its proprietary trading platform, alongside MT4, which helps it stand out from other MT4-only brokers. Also, easyMarkets finished Best in Class for Beginners in 2020, thanks to its user-friendly platform interface.

MetaTrader4 is also an option at easyMarkets given no difference in pricing between the broker's web platform. That said, easyMarkets' flagship web platform and VIP accounts struggle to compete with the best forex brokers in our annual review.

About easyMarkets

easyMarkets (formerly easyForex) was founded in 2001 and is an early pioneer in offering retail forex trading. The broker 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.

easyMarkets Trading Features

FeatureeasyMarkets
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) No
cTrader No
DupliTrade No
ZuluTrade No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)51
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)31
Charting - Trade From Chart Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields7
Order Type - Trailing Stop Yes

easyMarkets Research Features

FeatureeasyMarkets
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

easyMarkets Mobile App Features

FeatureeasyMarkets
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

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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