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Markets.com 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. 70% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Thanks to its web-based MarketsX platform, Markets.com is easy to use and new trader friendly. However, Markets.com is pricey and lacks the feature-rich trading tools required to compete with the best trading platforms.

Markets.com
4.5 Stars Overall
  • Minimum Initial Deposit: $100
  • Trust Score: 98
  • Tradeable Symbols (Total): 2179

Top Takeaways

Here are our top findings on Markets.com:

  1. Founded in 1999, Markets.com is a subsidiary of a UK publicly-listed company (LSE: PTEC). Markets.com is regulated in two tier-1 jurisdictions, making it a safe broker (low-risk) for forex and CFDs trading.
  2. Markets.com's MarketsX platform is cleanly designed, easy to use, and includes a respectable offering of features, including integrated research, market analysis, webinars, and educational videos. That said, there is a lack of depth with trading tools to compete with platform leaders such as IG and Saxo Bank.
  3. Spreads on forex pairs are wide (expensive) compared to pricing leaders such as CMC Markets and IG.

Overall Summary

Please Note: Markets.com was not included in our last 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 As a result, this broker's ratings may be outdated.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.

Feature Markets.com logoMarkets.com
Overall Rating 4.5 Stars
Trust Score 98
Offering of Investments 4 Stars
Commissions & Fees 3.5 Stars
Platform & Tools 4 Stars
Research 4 Stars
Mobile Trading 4 Stars
Education 3.5 Stars

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Is Markets.com Safe?

Trust Score
98
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Markets.com is considered low-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 98 out of 99. Markets.com is publicly traded, does not operate a bank, and is authorised by two tier-1 regulators (high trust), two tier-2 regulators (average trust), and one tier-3 regulator (low trust). Markets.com 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 Markets.com logoMarkets.com
Year Founded 1999
Publicly Traded (Listed) Yes
Bank No
Tier-1 Licenses 2
Tier-2 Licenses 2
Tier-3 Licenses 1

Offering of Investments

Overall, compared to the Markets.com Metatrader offering, the MarketsX platform offering would be my choice because of its lower comparable spreads and access to a more significant number of tradeable instruments (57 forex pairs and 2,179 CFDs).

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

Feature Markets.com logoMarkets.com
Forex Trading (Spot or CFDs) Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total) 2179
Forex Pairs (Total) 57
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

Assessing Markets.com for trading costs is tricky. All in all, our bottom line assessment is that Markets.com is expensive and far from being competitive with industry leaders CMC Markets and IG.

MarketsX: Markets.com offers a premium account called MarketsX for traders who deposit at least $250, where spreads are comparably lower than its primary account offering and with added platform benefits.

Variable spreads: In terms of trading costs, spreads at Markets.com changed from being fixed to variable on its forex pairs, bringing the broker in line with most multi-asset brokers that offer variable spreads. That said, the minimum listed spreads are still comparably higher, and I was unable to make an adequate comparison given the lack of average spread data published by the broker.

MetaTrader accounts: It's also worth noting that spreads are generally tighter on the company’s proprietary Web Trader platform, compared to its third-party trading platforms offered, including MT4 and MT5, where the product range is not as extensive.

Average spreads: The firm advertises spreads as low as 1.9 pips on the EUR/USD, and 3.0 pips on its MT4 offering, which are more expensive when compared to other firms with variable (floating) spreads. Summary aside, we would like to see Markets.com share average spread data for its new variable spread offering, to help make a level comparison with other brokers with variable spreads.

Feature Markets.com logoMarkets.com
Minimum Initial Deposit $100
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard 1.9 (as of Oct 2019)
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active 1.9 (as of May 2019)
Active Trader or VIP Discounts Yes
Execution: Agency Broker No
Execution: Market Maker Yes

Platforms and Tools

Markets.com offers its flagship trading platform, MarketsX, as well as the full MetaTrader suite.

MarketsX charting: In terms of charting in MarketsX, there are nearly 90 indicators available for technical analysis – which is more than the industry average. That said, only four drawing tools are available.

MarketsX usability: Web Trader is very easy to use. Throughout the platform, Markets.com has emphasized providing traders a smooth user experience. For example, alongside pre-defined screeners, module linking is enabled by default.

MetaTrader: Markets.com also offers MetaTrader4 (MT4) and MetaTrader5 (MT5) for algorithmic traders, although pricing is higher compared to its flagship platform.

Feature Markets.com logoMarkets.com
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
DupliTrade No
ZuluTrade No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) 89
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) 4
Charting - Trade From Chart No
Watchlists - Total Fields 6
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Research

Overall, Markets.com has a good foundation for research. However, there remains room for further improvement as the broker trails industry leaders IG and Saxo Bank. For example, adding content from in-house analysts, a heatmap tool, or forex news videos would improve Markets.com’s research offering.

Third-party research: Research from third-parties includes TipRanks and pattern recognition from Delkos.

Integrated tools: I enjoyed exploring the modules under the Sentiment tab, including the Insider Trades, Analyst Recommendations, Bloggers Opinion, and the Hedge Fund Confidence section. The Fundamental section was also rich with tools, including the Events & Trade section, which contains useful event-related analysis, alongside financial news and market commentary.

Reports: Another highlight is that Markets.com provides detailed research reports for many of its single-share CFDs.

Education: Markets.com also does an excellent job integrating live webinars into its trading platform as part of its XRay offering and educational video content from Trading Central (Recognia).

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

Mobile Trading

Besides the MT4 native app available for mobile, Markets.com also offers its proprietary mobile app as a counterpart to the MarketsX web-based platform. Like MT4 mobile, the Markets.com app is available for Android and iOS devices.

Pros: The Markets.com mobile app combines many features found in the flagship platform, keeping a consistent look and feel across both platforms, with nearly all features available. For example, I was pleased to see most of the research resources from the web version integrated into the mobile app under the trading tools tab.

Cons: While the Markets.com mobile experience is respectable, the charting tool lacks drawing tools and indicators, which leaves a notable gap in the mobile offering. Also, watch lists don't sync across platforms.

Feature Markets.com logoMarkets.com
Android App Yes
Apple iOS App Yes
Mobile Alerts - Basic Fields Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields 6
Watchlist Syncing Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) 89
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) 4
Mobile Charting - Draw Trendlines Yes
Charting - Multiple Time Frames No
Forex Calendar No

Final Thoughts

Thanks to its MarketsX platform, Markets.com provides a decent balance of simplicity and functionality. That said, Markets.com research tools are respectable but still trail industry leaders. And while spreads have improved, Markets.com remains expensive, especially on its MetaTrader offering. All in all, Markets.com finished Best in Class across three categories in 2020, including Ease of Use, Beginners, and Trust Score, which are key areas where it stands out against peers.

About Markets.com

Markets.com’s parent company, Playtech, has been listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) since 2012 under ticker symbol PTEC and is part of the FTSE 250 Index. As of June 2019, the company boasts a market capitalization of over £1.2 billion and holds £304m in cash on its balance sheet.

Playtech develops gambling, casino, and financial trading technology that powers its brands’ products, including those of Markets.com. The broker serves forex and CFD traders through its proprietary and third-party trading platforms under the Markets.com brand. Read more on Wikipedia about Markets.com.

2022 Review Methodology

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Each broker was graded on 113 different variables, including our proprietary Trust Score algorithm. This innovative scoring system ranks the level of trustworthiness for each broker based on factors such as licenses, regulation and corporate structure. Read about Trust Score here.

As part of our annual review process, all brokers had the opportunity to provide updates and key milestones and complete an in-depth data profile, which we hand-checked for accuracy.

Ultimately, our rigorous data validation process yields an error rate of less than .1% each year, providing site visitors with 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. Read more on forex trading risks.

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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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