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Swissquote Review

Steven Hatzakis

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

May 03, 2024

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 79% 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.

Swissquote delivers access to a vast multi-asset offering alongside high-quality market research. Traders at Swissquote (and its related group entities) enjoy the benefits of dealing with a highly trusted, well-regulated brand – though they have to be willing to pay a premium to have their brokerage account held with a Swiss bank.

Swissquote's U.K. branch provides the best pricing out of its available account options, though it offers a smaller range of markets.

4.5/5 Stars Overall
  • Minimum Deposit: $1000
  • Trust Score: 99
  • Tradeable Symbols (Total): 472

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Swissquote pros & cons

thumb_up_off_alt Pros

  • Founded in 1996, Swissquote is publicly traded (SIX: SQN) and regulated in five Tier-1 jurisdictions.
  • Swissquote operates three banks and took our top award for Best Banking Services in 2024.
  • Swissquote offers the MetaTrader platform suite, along with additional add-ons such as the MetaTrader Master Edition.
  • Swissquote produces great research content.
  • The CFXD web platform (previously known as Advanced Trader) features TradingView charts and has been upgraded to HTML5 for a smoother user experience.
  • Swissquote won our award for #1 New Trading Tool, thanks to its seamless integration of Autochartist into the CXFD web and mobile platform experience.
  • Though crypto CFDs and cryptocurrency products are kept separate from its forex offering, Swissquote launched its SQX cryptocurrency exchange with 40 crypto assets available from its eTrading account.
  • Swissquote is an excellent choice if you want the benefits of a brokerage account combined with your own personal Swiss bank account (IBAN) number.

thumb_down_off_alt Cons

  • While Swissquote provides over 3 million financial products, including stocks, options, futures, derivatives, ETFs, and structured products, they are separated (in the eTrading account) from its nearly 500 CFDs (with only 333 in MetaTrader 5).
  • Swissquote doesn't publish its average forex spreads, and its minimum spreads are expensive across all account types compared to its industry peers.
  • Inactivity fee of up to 10 units of base currency (equal to 10 CHF) after 6 months no open positions or trading (not applicable to corporate clients) in the forex account.
  • Custody fees vary per quarter, from CHF 20 up to a maximum of CHF 50 if you hold more than 150,000 CHF in assets with Swissquote.
  • Minimum deposit of $1k could be steep (depending on your trading budget).
  • The desktop version of Swissquote's Advanced Trader platform has been discontinued, as it was superseded by the CXFD platform which is only available for web.
  • Research and news headlines are absent from the CXFD platform experience.
  • Trading Central is available – but only as a plugin for MetaTrader.

Overall summary

Feature Swissquote logoSwissquote
Overall Rating info 4.5/5 Stars
Trust Score info 99
Offering of Investments 5/5 Stars
Commissions & Fees 3.5/5 Stars
Platform & Tools 4.5/5 Stars
Research 4.5/5 Stars
Mobile Trading 4.5/5 Stars
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Is Swissquote safe?

Trust Score

Swissquote is considered Highly Trusted, with an overall Trust Score of 99 out of 99. Swissquote is a publicly traded company, operates a regulated bank, and is authorised by five Tier-1 regulators (Highly Trusted), one tier-2 regulator (average trust), zero Tier-3 regulators (Average Risk), and zero Tier-4 regulators (High Risk). Swissquote is authorised by the following Tier-1 regulators: Securities Futures Commission (SFC), Monetary Authority of Sinagpore (MAS), Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and regulated in the European Union via the MiFID passporting system. Learn more about Trust Score.

Feature Swissquote logoSwissquote
Year Founded info 1996
Publicly Traded (Listed) info Yes
Bank info Yes
Tier-1 Licenses info 5
Tier-2 Licenses info 1
Tier-3 Licenses info 0
Tier-4 Licenses info 0

Offering of investments

Swissquote was the first bank in the world to provide the ability to trade underlying cryptocurrencies (non-CFDs), as part of its Swissquote crypto offering. A total of 34 cryptocurrencies are available, including Dogecoin, Polkadot, Cardano, Uniswap, and other popular crypto assets. Swissquote now offers crypto staking and lending following the launch of its cryptocurrency exchange, SQX.

eTrading vs eForex accounts: With the Swissquote eTrading account offering, clients can trade cryptocurrencies alongside a seemingly endless variety of products (over 3 million) across 60 global market exchanges. However, traders who want to trade forex and CFDs alongside forwards and options must use Swissquote’s eForex account, which offers only 472 tradeable symbols. This is a relatively narrow selection compared to Saxo and CMC Markets, which both offer over 10,000 CFDs – including forex – from within the same trading platform.

Swissquote robo advisor: Swissquote offers a robo advisor service for passive investors as part of its brokerage offering. Similarly, its themes trading and structured products – including its own exchange traded products (ETPs) – help further distinguish Swissquote's offering.

Feature Swissquote logoSwissquote
Forex Trading (Spot or CFDs) info Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total) info 472
Forex Pairs (Total) info 80
U.S. Stock Trading (Non CFD) info Yes
Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD) info Yes
Social Trading / Copy Trading info Yes
Cryptocurrency (Physical) info Yes
Cryptocurrency (Derivative) info No
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

The primary benefit of using Swissquote is the appeal of holding an account with a Swiss banking conglomerate – and that comes at a slight premium. As such, trading costs are not Swissquote’s best feature, and can’t compete with what’s offered by the lowest-cost forex brokers.

The commissions and spreads from Swissquote's U.K. entity, Swissquote Ltd, differ from its Switzerland entity (Swissquote Bank Ltd) and Luxembourg branch (Swissquote Bank Europe SA). Between the three, the U.K.-based accounts have lower costs and lighter deposit requirements, though they feature a narrower product offering.

Swissquote U.K.: There are four accounts available at Swissquote's U.K. entity. If you are an active trader and deposit at least $10,000, the commission-based Elite account’s lower spreads (and $5 charge per round-turn trade) make it the best option. Swissquote’s Professional account is nearly identical, except that the threshold for a margin call stop-out is lower.

Less attractive is Swissquote’s Standard account option, with spreads on the EUR/USD starting at 1.3 pips, while the Prime account has a spread from 0.6 pips (though it’s important to note that this is a minimum spread – not an average price).

Swissquote Luxembourg: Swissquote’s Luxembourg entity also offers three account types, each with its own minimum deposit requirement: the Standard account ($1,000 minimum), Premium account ($5,000), and Prime account ($50,000). Minimum spreads range from 0.8 pips for Prime account holders to as much as 1.5 pips for Standard account holders, making the pricing similar to Swissquote’s U.K. entity.

Swiss branch: Though Swissquote’s eTrading account doesn’t offer forex or CFDs, there are three primary account options available in Switzerland for Swissquote's forex clients. The Standard account requires a $1,000 deposit and features spreads starting at 1.7 pips on the EUR/USD, while the Premium account’s spreads drop slightly to 1.4 pips, though that option requires a $10,000 deposit.

The Prime account requires a $50,000 deposit and offers spreads from 1.1 pips, which is slightly higher than the industry average. Custom pricing is available for active traders, but it is negotiated based on volume, as Swissquote does not list any related volume tiers and pricing.

Cryptocurrency trading fees: Fees for Swissquote's eTrading account start at 1% of the cryptocurrency trade value, and drop to 0.75% for trades above CHF 10K, and then down to 0.5% for transactions worth more than CHF 50K. While there are no cryptocurrency custody fees, a $10 fee applies to deposits of less than $500.

Feature Swissquote logoSwissquote
Minimum Deposit info $1000
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard info N/A info
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active info N/A info
Active Trader or VIP Discounts info Yes
ACH or SEPA Transfers info Yes
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw) info Yes
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw) info Yes
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit) info Yes
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw) info Yes

Mobile trading apps

Swissquote's CXFD mobile app (previously known as Advanced Trader) is easy to use and cleanly designed, with a decent number of research features and integrated educational content. However, charting is severely limited and headlines are absent, leaving the MetaTrader suite as my recommended choice. Swissquote still needs to improve its flagship app if it wants to compete with the best mobile trading apps provided by category leaders Saxo, CMC Markets, and Charles Schwab (U.S. residents only). That said, the addition of Autochartist into the mobile app helped elevate the CXFD trading experience in 2024.

Apps overview: For forex and CFD traders, Swissquote offers its proprietary CXFD app, as well as the MetaTrader suite of mobile apps (MT4 and MT5). For stock and cryptocurrency trading, the Swissquote app is available for Android, iOS devices, and Huawei smartwatches.

As part of its partnership to power PostFinance (one of the largest financial institutions in Switzerland), Swissquote offers the YUH app, which is a passive investing app for stocks and crypto.

Ease of use: MetaTrader’s MT4 and MT5 mobile apps feature charts with 30 indicators and nine selectable time frames, along with smooth panning and zooming functions. In the CXFD app, there are six chart types and 11 time-frames to choose from, but there are no available indicators. It’s worth noting that its charts do not support landscape mode or the ability to zoom in and out when viewing chart data.

Research: For the MetaTrader mobile app suite at Swissquote, research is mostly limited to an economic calendar and headlines that stream from top-tier sources including Dow Jones Newswire. It’s worth noting that CXFD does feature a selection (roughly 25) of integrated educational videos. CXFD does offer trading signals, but lacks news headlines and substantial research content.

Feature Swissquote logoSwissquote
Android App info Yes
Apple iOS App info Yes
Mobile Alerts - Basic Fields info Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields info 11
Watchlist Syncing info No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) info 86
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) info 75
Mobile Charting - Draw Trendlines info Yes
Mobile Charting - Multiple Time Frames info Yes
Mobile Economic Calendar info Yes

Other trading platforms

Swissquote’s CXFD platform (previously known as Advanced Trader) continues to evolve yet still trails behind industry leaders like IG and CMC Markets. For example, while Autochartist is seamlessly integrated and helped Swissquote win our award for #1 New Trading Tool in 2024, research is largely absent with no headlines available in the CXFD platform. As an alternative, the full MetaTrader suite is available with nearly 333 products on MT5 at Swissquote.

Platforms overview: Swissquote’s flagship platform CXFD, is available for web. The Swissquote website acts as the platform login for its eTrading account, but doesn’t support forex and CFDs (only crypto and shares).

Swissquote also provides access to the popular MetaTrader platform suites (MT4 and MT5) developed by MetaQuotes Software Corporation. To enhance the default MetaTrader desktop platform experience, Swissquote offers the MetaTrader Master Edition suite of tools, developed by FX Blue LLP, along with support for Trading Central and Autochartist plugins.

Charting: The CXFD platform has a modern look and minimalist feel, and the platform now incorporates TradingViewcharts. Overall, Swissquote has built a good foundation with the CXFD platform and I look forward to seeing additional features make their way into the web app.

Trading tools: A long-time provider of Autochartist plugins and related tools, Swissquote recently overhauled its web platform with several enhancements, including a highly detailed integration of Autochartist signal technology as part of its upgrade of the CXFD platform experience. The level of detail in Swissquote’s integration helped earn it our 2024 Annual Award for #1 New Trading Tool in 2024. CXFD also includes robust charting and complex order types, and supports forex options trading on 45 pairs – on a Request for Quote (RFQ) basis.

Feature Swissquote logoSwissquote
Virtual Trading (Demo) info Yes
Proprietary Platform info Yes
Desktop Platform (Windows) info Yes
Web Platform info Yes
Social Trading / Copy Trading info Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4) info Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5) info Yes
DupliTrade info No
ZuluTrade info No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) info 86
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) info 75
Charting - Trade From Chart info Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields info 11
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Market research

Swissquote differentiates itself from its competitors with high-quality market research content, including streaming news headlines, economic calendars, blog commentary, webinars, and video content. Swissquote's YouTube channel continues to evolve with series such as Market Talk and Crypto Market Talk.

Research overview: Swissquote provides daily written articles via its Morning News series from the Newsroom section of its website, along with Themes Trading articles and a high-quality bimonthly magazine with nearly 80 pages of technology-rich content spanning global markets. Swissquote's quantitative research team also helps structure some of its products, such as the exchange-traded certificate for crypto, with its latest one added in 2020.

Market news and analysis: Swissquote provides traders with access to Trading Central, which consists of automated chart pattern analysis and analyst commentary. Autochartist, a similar service, is fully integrated within its CXFD platform (and is also available as a plugin for MetaTrader). In MetaTrader headlines stream from Dow Jones Newswire and other top-tier providers, and traders receive free reports from Morningstar. Swissquote’s in-house Market Talk series includes daily videos and podcast recordings that cover fundamental and technical analysis. It's worth noting that headlines and research are not available yet within the CXFD platform.

Video format: Swissquote provides a Daily Market Analysis series, available in multiple languages (including English) across several language-specific YouTube channels. There are also numerous archived webinars which have been arranged in convenient video playlists.

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


Swissquote’s strength in this category is its video content, with dozens of educational videos and webinars available on its YouTube channel. That said, its bare-bones written content (besides a growing number of eBooks) and absence of interactive lesson programs make for an unremarkable educational experience that can’t compete with the best forex brokers for education.

Learning center: Swissquote’s learning center provides 21 eBooks and 31 videos as part of its forex and CFD educational courses. I was glad to see that at least 15 instructional videos are also available within the CFXD mobile app, along with a selection of platform tutorials.

Room for improvement: Expanding Swissquote’s educational content to include a greater variety of written articles, incorporating quizzes and progress tracking, and adding the ability to filter by experience level would help lift Swissquote's ranking in this category.

Feature Swissquote logoSwissquote
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 Yes
Investor Dictionary (Glossary) info Yes

Final thoughts

Swissquote is a trusted global brand that finished among our Best in Class for Crypto Trading, Offering of Investments, and Trust Score. In 2024, Swissquote also won our Industry Awards for #1 Banking Services and #1 New Trading Tool.

The best all-around forex trading experience at Swissquote can be found through the firm’s U.K. entity, by way of the MetaTrader platform.

The Swiss-based offering of forex and CFDs, on the other hand, is a bit of a mixed bag due to the absence of forex or CFD trading within its otherwise vast multi-asset offering.

Does Swissquote offer a demo account?

Yes, Swissquote offers multiple options for demo accounts across its MetaTrader and CXFD platform suite, available for web and mobile.

About Swissquote

Swissquote (SIX: SQN) was founded in 1996 and was publicly listed in 2000 on the SIX Swiss stock exchange. Swissquote has since grown to be an established banking group, with two banking licenses in Luxembourg and one in Switzerland where the group is headquartered. As of its 2023 annual report, Swissquote employs over 1,110 full-time staff servicing 574,274 client accounts, and holds CHF 58 billion across its subsidiaries that are regulated in the U.K., Europe and Asia.

Swissquote Bank offers traders access to over three million products, including shares, ETFs, funds, bonds, warrants, futures, forex, options, and other securities. In addition, Swissquote offers comprehensive wealth management and advisory services. Read more on Wikipedia about Swissquote. 2024 Annual Awards

For the 2024 Annual Awards, brokers were evaluated against’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. also recognized brokers that demonstrated excellence and innovation with our exclusive Industry Awards.

Category awards

Swissquote logoSwissquote Offering of Investments Crypto Trading Trust Score
Rank #1
Streak #1
Best in Class check check check
Best in Class Streak 1 7 5

Industry awards

Swissquote logoSwissquote #1 Banking Services #1 New Trading Tool #1 Tradeable Symbols
Rank #1 check check check
Streak 8 1 1

2024 Review Methodology

At, our reviews of online forex brokers and their products and services are based on our collected data as well as the observations and qualified opinions of our expert researchers. Each year we publish tens of thousands of words of research on the top forex brokers and monitor dozens of international regulator agencies (read more about how we calculate Trust Score here).

Our research team conducts thorough testing on a wide range of features, products, services, and tools (collecting and validating thousands of data points in the process). We test all available trading platforms for each broker – whether they are proprietary or come from third-party providers – and evaluate them based on a host of data-driven variables.

We also take an in-depth look at each broker’s commissions and fees, such as bid/ask spreads – including the average spread data for some of the most popular forex currency pairs. We research other trading costs, such as inactivity or custody fees, minimum deposit requirements, VIP rebates and/or discounts, and a range of other important fee-based data points.

Some of the other important research categories that are factored into our testing include mobile trading accessibility and capability, availability of market research and educational content, and each broker’s overall Trust Score.

All content on is handwritten by a writer, fact-checked by a member of our research team, and edited and published by an editor. Generative AI tools are not a part of our content creation or product testing processes. Our ratings, rankings, and opinions are entirely our own, and the result of our extensive research and decades of collective experience covering the forex industry. Read our Generative AI policy to learn more.

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About the Editorial Team

Steven Hatzakis
Steven Hatzakis

Steven Hatzakis is the Global Director of Research for 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 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 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.