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FOREX.com Review

Steven Hatzakis

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

January 30, 2024

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Trading forex carries a high level of risk. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

FOREX.com is a trusted brand that delivers an excellent trading experience for forex and CFDs traders across the globe. It offers a wide range of markets and provides an impressive suite of proprietary platforms – alongside limited access to MetaTrader.

Though it’s not a discount broker unless you trade larger volumes, FOREX.com’s multi-asset offering will appeal to forex traders of all experience levels.

FOREX.com
5/5 Stars Overall
  • Minimum Deposit: $100
  • Trust Score: 99
  • Tradeable Symbols (Total): 5500
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Yes, based on your detected country of US, you can open an account with this broker.

FOREX.com pros & cons

thumb_up_off_alt Pros

  • FOREX.com's parent company StoneX is publicly traded (NASDAQ: SNEX) and regulated in seven Tier-1 jurisdictions, one Tier-2 jurisdiction, and one Tier-4 jurisdiction.
  • FOREX.com's Trading Academy won our 2024 Annual Award for #1 Interactive Educational Experience.
  • With a wide range of markets available, FOREX.com's multi-asset offering shines the most on its flagship Advanced Trading (desktop) and Web Trading (browser) platforms.
  • Web Trader features TradingView's advanced charting, which is fully integrated and conveniently accessible through the same username.
  • With FOREX.com’s acquisition of Chasing Returns, performance analytics are now available to live account holders for free.
  • MetaTrader 5 was recently launched in the U.S. and Canada.

thumb_down_off_alt Cons

  • Only about 600 instruments are available on FOREX.com's MT4 platform, compared to over 5,500 on its non-MetaTrader platforms.
  • FOREX.com doesn’t produce video content as actively as peers in the research and education category, despite offering quality written content across both.

Overall summary

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Overall Rating info 5/5 Stars
Trust Score info 99
Offering of Investments 5/5 Stars
Commissions & Fees 4.5/5 Stars
Platform & Tools 5/5 Stars
Research 4.5/5 Stars
Mobile Trading 5/5 Stars
Education 5/5 Stars

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Is FOREX.com safe?

Trust Score
99
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FOREX.com is considered Highly Trusted, with an overall Trust Score of 99 out of 99. FOREX.com's ultimate parent company, StoneX, is publicly traded, does not operate a bank, and is authorised by seven Tier-1 regulators (Highly Trusted), one Tier-2 regulator (Trusted), zero Tier-3 regulators (Average Risk), and one Tier-4 regulator (High Risk). FOREX.com is authorised by the following Tier-1 regulators: Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC), Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO), Japanese Financial Services Authority (JFSA), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) , and regulated in the European Union via the MiFID passporting system. Learn more about Trust Score or see where the different FOREX.com entities are regulated.

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Year Founded info 1999
Publicly Traded (Listed) info Yes
Bank info No
Tier-1 Licenses info 7
Tier-2 Licenses info 1
Tier-3 Licenses info 0
Tier-4 Licenses info 1

Offering of investments

The products and services available to you at FOREX.com will depend on your location, and on which of its regulated entities holds your account. For example, while CFDs are not available in the U.S. due to regulatory issues, FOREX.com offers an impressive selection of over 4,500 CFDs for traders living outside of the U.S. FOREX.com offers CFDs for commodities and metals, though spot metals (like gold and silver) are unavailable to traders in the U.S. Also, knock-out options are now available at FOREX.com in Japan, Singapore, and Australia.

Cryptocurrency: Cryptocurrency trading is available at FOREX.com 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.

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

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Forex Trading (Spot or CFDs) info Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total) info 5500
Forex Pairs (Total) info 91
U.S. Stock Trading (Non CFD) info No
Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD) info No
Social Trading / Copy Trading info No
Cryptocurrency (Physical) info No
Cryptocurrency (Derivative) info 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

FOREX.com offers multiple execution methods and account types, as well as transparent execution statistics. That said, our research found that FOREX.com is slightly expensive when compared to the industry average, unless you are trading outside of the US, where spreads averaged 0.74 for the EUR/USD in July 2023 (using a time-weighted average).

Standard account: FOREX.com’s Standard account is the only option available for MetaTrader clients – and would not be my ideal choice. Average spreads are high at 1.4 in the U.S. on the EUR/USD, based on typical spread data provided to us by FOREX.com (July 2023). The Standard account will appeal to traders who are willing to pay a premium (in the form of a higher spread) for the benefits of market-maker execution.

Active trading accounts: The DMA account has been replaced by the RAW account offering in the U.S. (existing DMA clients are unaffected). RAW accounts are commission-based and (unlike DMA accounts) are eligible for active trader discounts on FOREX.com’s proprietary Advanced Trading platform suite, with spreads nearing zero before commission.

  • The effective all-in cost is nearly the same as the base tier in the Raw account (see below) unless you trade more than $100 million per month (Tier Two), which brings the effective spread lower. Meanwhile, traders that turn over more than $2 billion per month (Tier Six) would realize effective spreads comparable to what IC Markets or Tickmill offer.

RAW Spread account: FOREX.com’s recently launched RAW Spread account delivers commission-based pricing (similar to its STP account) and volume-based rebates for active traders. The RAW account (along with MetaTrader 5) is now available to FOREX.com’s clients in Canada and the U.S. Learn more about forex trading in Canada by checking out our Canada forex guide.

  • There are six volume tiers with rebates ranging from $2 per million at the base tier to $9 per million at the highest tier (level five). Note: Rebates are not available to DMA accounts.
  • The base commission for the lowest tier on the Raw account is a bit expensive at $10 per Standard lot ($5 per side), which adds about one pip to the typical spreads of 0.8 pips for the EUR/USD (based on August 2020 spread data).
  • After factoring in the $2 discount (equivalent to 0.2 pips), the effective spread is 1.6 pips – this total includes the typical spread of 0.8 pips and the 1.0 pip round-turn commission equivalent (minus the 0.2 pip discount).
  • Bottom line: unless you trade more than $50 million per month, the all-in costs for FOREX.com’s Commission account are practically the same as the Standard account for U.S. residents, the only differences being execution method and available platforms.
Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Minimum Deposit info $100
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard info 1.4 info
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active info 1.0 info
Active Trader or VIP Discounts info Yes
ACH or SEPA Transfers info Yes
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw) info Yes
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw) info No
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit) info Yes
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw) info Yes

Mobile trading apps

Overall, FOREX.com’s mobile offering competes among the best brokers in the industry.

Apps overview: FOREX.com offers its proprietary mobile app alongside the full suite of MetaTrader mobile apps, including MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader 5 (MT5).

Ease of use: Trading and managing positions within FOREX.com’s mobile app is easy and straightforward, thanks to its fluid user interface and minimalist design. Highlights include an economic calendar, an integrated suite of modules from Trading Central, alerts, market updates, and news headlines from Reuters. The app also supports complex order types such as OCOs, trailing-stops, and a "close all" button which allows traders to exit multiple positions quickly for a given instrument.

Charting: The FOREX.com app automatically syncs watchlists, and includes easy-to-use charts powered by TradingView that feature over 80 indicators and a vast array of drawing tools. Your chart settings won’t sync automatically with the web version, but I found the "load chart layout" function can be used to manually load your saved templates.

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Android App info Yes
Apple iOS App info Yes
Mobile Alerts - Basic Fields info Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields info 20
Watchlist Syncing info Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) info 88
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) info 239
Mobile Charting - Draw Trendlines info Yes
Mobile Charting - Multiple Time Frames info Yes
Mobile Economic Calendar info Yes

Other trading platforms

FOREX.com goes above and beyond to provide forex traders with everything they need to trade effectively. FOREX.com's platform suite has historically been – and continues to be – robust.

Platforms overview: FOREX.com provides its own flagship Advanced Trading (desktop) and Web Trading platforms, alongside TradingView, the full MetaTrader suite (MT4 and MT5), and NinjaTrader.

Charting: FOREX.com's flagship desktop platform, Advanced Trading, is best suited for seasoned traders and comes with a robust charting package loaded with a large selection of over 200 technical indicators (this number includes automated strategies that are indicator-based), as well as drawing tools and over a hundred predefined automated strategies.

That said, charts on the FOREX.com desktop platform are not as smooth as its Web Trading web platform counterpart, which features charts powered by TradingView. TradingView is adored by technical analysis enthusiasts for its powerful charting capabilities; learn more by checking out our TradingView guide.

Web trading: Best suited for casual traders, FOREX.com's Web Trading platform makes browsing through markets, conducting research, and placing trades a breeze. Charts are powered by TradingView, and come loaded with nearly 100 indicators, 14 timeframes, and ten chart types.

The Advanced Trading platform features advanced order types, deep customization, and plenty of subtle-but-useful features – such as the ability to set price tolerance from within the trade ticket. I found the layout well-designed, easy to use, and rich with features. For the sake of comparison, I found the Advanced Trading platform similar to FXCM's own impressive proprietary platform.

Trading Analytics: The PlayMaker module, part of FOREX.com's Trading Analytics suite of tools (formerly known as Chasing Returns) stands out for its innovative approach to helping traders manage their risk, and helped FOREX.com win our award for #1 Risk Management Tool in 2024.

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Virtual Trading (Demo) info Yes
Proprietary Platform info Yes
Desktop Platform (Windows) info Yes
Web Platform info Yes
Social Trading / Copy Trading info No
MetaTrader 4 (MT4) info Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5) info Yes
DupliTrade info No
ZuluTrade info No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) info 88
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) info 239
Charting - Trade From Chart info Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields info 20
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Market research

FOREX.com does a great job of centralizing its research within the Advanced Trading platform and keeping it organized for easy accessibility. The only downside to FOREX.com’s research offering is the low quantity of available video content, although the amount of available content continues to improve each year.

Research overview: Multiple news channels, automated pattern-recognition modules from Trading Central, and blog updates from FOREX.com's global research team are all available within the Web Trading platform. Headlines stream from Reuters and a Trading Central-powered economic calendar is integrated across the site and platforms.

Market news and analysis: FOREX.com produces a variety of good-quality written content each day, covering multiple markets and sector themes. Content includes weekly posts such as its "Week Ahead" series, daily articles produced by FOREX.com’s in-house analysts, as well as integrated resources from third-party providers. For example, research tools powered by Trading Central are directly integrated throughout its suite of platforms, such as its popular Market Buzz, Technical Insight, and Analyst Views modules.

Video content: Market-based research in video format continues to improve at FOREX.com. For example, FOREX.com features daily market updates as well as a weekly video on the broker's YouTube channel. I'd love to see FOREX.com expand this coverage with additional video series.

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Daily Market Commentary info Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) info Yes
Autochartist info No
Trading Central (Recognia) info Yes
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs info Yes

Education

FOREX.com offers nearly a hundred written articles that are conveniently organized by experience level, with content for beginner, intermediate, and advanced users. Overall, I found these articles to be high-quality.

Learning center: In addition to the dozens of platform tutorials available on its YouTube channel, FOREX.com also made significant progress in the education category with the launch of its Trading Academy, which won our 2024 Annual Award for #1 Interactive Educational Experience. I found the graphics and accompanying information within FOREX.com's interactive courses to be incredibly detailed and highly informative. The Trading Academy courses include progress tracking, quizzes, and other interactive features that make the learning experience fun.

Video production has also improved year over year with the addition of new educational videos, including dedicated playlists for Technical Analysis, Mindset, and general Education, on FOREX.com's YouTube channel.

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Education (Forex or CFDs) info Yes
Client Webinars info Yes
Client Webinars (Archived) info Yes
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos info Yes
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos info No
Investor Dictionary (Glossary) info Yes

Final thoughts

FOREX.com is a trusted forex broker that shines thanks to its extensive product offering, excellent platform options and trading tools, and its selection of in-house and third-party market research.

That being said, pricing is not its strongest feature, and there is an opportunity for more video content across research and education categories. Still, FOREX.com still delivers a great experience to forex traders of all experience levels.

What is the minimum deposit for FOREX.com?

For the Standard and Commission accounts, the minimum deposit at FOREX.com is generally $100 (or the equivalent in your local base currency) when funding with Neteller, Skrill or a credit or debit card, while the DMA account requires $25,000. There is no minimum per transaction when funding via wire, though FOREX.com recommends at least $1,000 for all accounts besides the DMA account.

Does FOREX.com charge a fee?

Like every forex broker, FOREX.com charges a fee when you trade – either in the form of a commission fee or spread fee. FOREX.com offers commission-based accounts and a spread-only Standard account. There may also be fees when you deposit or withdraw funds – depending on your payment method. FOREX.com doesn’t charge any fees for incoming deposits – though your bank may charge you depending on the method used (i.e., when sending a wire).

Is FOREX.com a good broker for beginners?

FOREX.com is a well-rounded broker that scores highly in nearly all categories, and is a good broker for beginners thanks to its wide range of educational content, quality market research, and the ease-of-use factor across all of its platforms. For example, its straightforward web platform delivers a good variety of both basic and advanced features, including risk-management tools and robust charts, making it a good choice if you are a less-experienced trader looking to develop your trading skills.

About FOREX.com

Founded in 1999, FOREX.com is a GAIN Capital brand under the parent company of StoneX Group (NASDAQ: SNEX), a Fortune 100 company and a member of the National Futures Association (NFA) in the U.S. StoneX holds $7.8 billion in assets as of its latest annual report for 2023, employing over 4,000 staff and servicing more than 400,000 retail clients across 180 countries. Through its trading names and subsidiaries, including the City Index brand, Gain Capital operates in multiple countries and with licenses in several major regulatory hubs, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Japan, and Australia.

With over $7.8 billion in client assets and over 4,000 staff, StoneX group entities traded over $4.4 trillion in volume in 2023, as of its latest annual report for that year. As an early pioneer in offering online forex trading in the U.S., FOREX.com remains one of the largest retail FX brokers globally. Read more on Wikipedia.

ForexBrokers.com 2024 Annual Awards

For the ForexBrokers.com 2024 Annual Awards, brokers were evaluated against ForexBrokers.com’s 8 Primary Categories: Commissions & Fees, Offering of Investments, Platforms & Tools, Mobile Trading Apps, Research, Education, Trust Score, and Overall.

Best in Class honors were awarded to the Top 7 forex brokers in each of the following areas: Beginners, Social Copy Trading, Ease of Use, MetaTrader, Algo Trading, Crypto Trading, and Professional Trading.

ForexBrokers.com also recognized brokers that demonstrated excellence and innovation with our exclusive Industry Awards.

Category awards

FOREX.com logoFOREX.com Overall [Dynamic] Platforms & Tools Mobile Trading Apps Education MetaTrader Professional Trading Trust Score
Rank #1
Streak #1
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Best in Class Streak 3 2 4 1 1 2 3

Industry awards

FOREX.com logoFOREX.com #1 Risk Management Tool #1 Interactive Educational Experience
Rank #1 check check
Streak 1 1

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About the Editorial Team

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.