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Eightcap Review

Steven Hatzakis

Written by Steven Hatzakis
Edited by John Bringans
Fact-checked by Blain Reinkensmeyer

October 13, 2022
CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Eightcap enhances its status as a MetaTrader-only broker with support for a suite of third-party plug-ins and access to Capitalise.ai’s algorithmic trading platform.

Despite Eightcap’s impressive crypto offering, its narrow range of markets, lack of standout educational content, and meager research material leave it struggling to keep up with the best forex brokers.

Eightcap
4 Stars Overall
  • Minimum Initial Deposit: $100
  • Trust Score: 87
  • Tradeable Symbols (Total): 326

Eightcap pros & cons

thumb_up_off_alt Pros

  • Eightcap (also known as “8cap”) was founded in 2009 and is regulated in two tier-1 jurisdictions and one tier-2 jurisdiction.
  • Eightcap has a good variety of written articles.
  • Offers a vast selection of over 200 cryptocurrency CFDs.

thumb_down_off_alt Cons

  • Narrow range of CFD symbols, and only 45 forex pairs available.
  • Eightcap’s research content lacks depth, variety, and consistency.
  • Educational resources lack the ability to filter content by experience level, and would benefit from the inclusion of a progress-tracking feature.
  • Educational videos are sparse compared to what the best forex brokers for beginners offer.
  • The range of markets, accounts, and execution methods available at Eightcap simply can’t compete with the best MetaTrader brokers.

Overall Summary

Feature Eightcap logoEightcap
Overall Rating 4 Stars
Trust Score 87
Offering of Investments 4 Stars
Commissions & Fees 4 Stars
Platform & Tools 4 Stars
Research 3.5 Stars
Mobile Trading 4 Stars
Education 3.5 Stars

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Is Eightcap safe?

Trust Score
87
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Eightcap is considered average-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 87 out of 99. Eightcap is not publicly traded, does not operate a bank, and is authorised by two tier-1 regulators (high trust), one tier-2 regulator (average trust), and one tier-3 regulators (low trust). Eightcap is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Learn more about Trust Score.

Feature Eightcap logoEightcap
Year Founded 2009
Publicly Traded (Listed) No
Bank No
Tier-1 Licenses 2
Tier-2 Licenses 1
Tier-3 Licenses 1

Offering of investments

Eightcap’s 45 forex pairs and roughly a dozen CFDs put its offering of investments below the industry average. The following table summarizes the different investment products available to Eightcap clients.

Cryptocurrency: Cryptocurrency trading is available at Eightcap 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.

Feature Eightcap logoEightcap
Forex Trading (Spot or CFDs) Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total) 326
Forex Pairs (Total) 45
U.S. Stock Trading (Non CFD) No
Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD) No
Social Trading / Copy Trading Yes
Cryptocurrency (Physical) No
Cryptocurrency (CFD) Yes
Disclaimers Note: Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker's U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents (except to Professional clients).

Commissions and fees

Eightcap offers two account types across its global entities, including those in Australia and Vanuatu. The commissions and fees you pay will depend on whether you choose the commission-based Raw account or the spread-only Standard account.

Eightcap lists an average spread of 0.06 pips for its commission-based Raw account. However, after factoring in the per-side commission of $3.50 per trade, the all-in cost amounts to roughly 0.76 pips – coming in just under the industry average of 0.8 pips. It’s worth noting that Eightcap did not provide a date range for its published average spread data.

Overall, Eightcap is slightly more expensive than the lowest-cost forex brokers.

Feature Eightcap logoEightcap
Minimum Initial Deposit $100
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard N/A
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active 0.76
Active Trader or VIP Discounts No
Execution: Agency Broker Yes
Execution: Market Maker Yes

Mobile trading apps

With no proprietary mobile app available, Eightcap simply can’t compete with industry leaders like IG and Saxo Bank. For our top picks among trading apps, read our guide to best forex trading apps.

Apps overview: As Eightcap is a MetaTrader-only broker, iOS and Android versions of the MT5 app come standard and are both available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play store, respectively.

Feature Eightcap logoEightcap
Android App Yes
Apple iOS App Yes
Mobile Alerts - Basic Fields Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields 7
Watchlist Syncing No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) 30
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) 15
Mobile Charting - Draw Trendlines Yes
Charting - Multiple Time Frames No
Forex Calendar Yes

Other trading platforms

Eightcap offers a suite of plug-ins from FX Blue that enhance the standard MetaTrader platform suite. It also supports integration with Capitalise.ai, allowing algorithmic trading within your MetaTrader 4 (MT4) account. With a variety of extra features that enhance the standard MetaTrader experience, Eightcap has inched closer towards offering what the best MetaTrader brokers provide, but did not finish best in class in 2022.

Platforms overview: Eightcap is a MetaTrader-only broker offering the popular MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader 5 (MT5) platform suite from MetaQuotes Software Corporation. Eightcap also recently introduced the ability for clients to connect their accounts to TradingView, a popular third-party charting platform.

Trading tools: In addition to plug-ins from FX Blue, Eightcap provides access to Capitalise.ai, a third-party platform for coding automated trading strategies in plain English – without the need to program any code.

Feature Eightcap logoEightcap
Virtual Trading (Demo) Yes
Proprietary Platform No
Desktop Platform (Windows) Yes
Web Platform Yes
Social Trading / Copy Trading Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4) Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5) Yes
DupliTrade No
ZuluTrade No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) 30
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) 15
Charting - Trade From Chart Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields 7
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Market research

Eightcap produces a modest variety of research content that includes daily updates in both written and video format – however, its research offering doesn’t stack up against what the best brokers offer.

Research overview: Eightcap’s research primarily takes the form of daily written updates from its in-house staff – such as its Trading Week Ahead series – accompanied by the occasional video posted to the firm’s YouTube channel, which hosts its Market Update video series.

Market news and analysis: Expanding the range of research by integrating third-party research tools and content (such as Autochartist and Trading Central) would help lift Eightcap’s ranking in this category.

Feature Eightcap logoEightcap
Daily Market Commentary Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) No
Autochartist No
Trading Central (Recognia) No
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs No

Education

Eightcap’s educational offering delivers a wide variety of written articles, but only a limited selection of videos. Some of the best brokers in this category offer lesson programs, complete with quizzes and progress tracking – features that are absent at Eightcap.

Learning center: Eightcap offers just a dozen educational videos, and a handful of archived webinars, such as its TraderFest series which covers CFDs and forex. These videos are archived on its YouTube channel and organized by playlist. The selection of written educational content articles has improved, and includes at least 74 articles covering fundamentals and trading strategies.

Room for improvement: Expanding the selection of educational videos and organizing articles by experience level would help balance Eightcap’s overall educational offering.

Feature Eightcap logoEightcap
Has Education - Forex or CFDs Yes
Client Webinars No
Client Webinars (Archived) Yes
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos Yes
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos No
Investor Dictionary (Glossary) Yes

Final thoughts

By offering various platform plug-ins and granting access to third-party tools like Capitalise.ai, Eightcap has taken strides to improve on the standard MetaTrader platform suite. Eightcap also offers more cryptocurrency pairs than nearly every other broker we reviewed – a feature it launched in 2021.

Significant hurdles remain for Eightcap to become a top MetaTrader Broker, such as its narrow range of available markets and lack of a proprietary mobile app.

About Eightcap

Eightcap was established in 2009 in Melbourne, Australia, and holds an Australian Financial Service License (AFSL) with the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC). Eightcap's U.K. entity, Eightcap Group Ltd, is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and its EU entity is authorised by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC). Lastly, in the offshore island nation of Vanuatu, Eightcap Global Pty Ltd holds regulatory status with the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC) since December 2019.

2022 Review Methodology

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About the Author

Steven Hatzakis
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. A forex industry expert and an active fintech and crypto researcher, Steven advises blockchain companies at the board level and holds a Series III license in the U.S. as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA).


John Bringans
John Bringans

John Bringans is the Senior Editor of ForexBrokers.com. An experienced media professional, John has close to a decade of editorial experience with a background that includes key leadership roles at global newsroom outlets. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University, and conducts research on forex and the financial services industry while assisting in the production of content.


Blain Reinkensmeyer
Blain Reinkensmeyer

Blain Reinkensmeyer has 20 years of trading experience with over 2,500 trades placed during that time. He heads research for all U.S.-based brokerages on StockBrokers.com and is respected by executives as the leading expert covering the online broker industry. Blain’s insights have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune, among other media outlets.


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