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TD Ameritrade Forex Review

Steven Hatzakis

May 6th, 2022
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. This content is intended for information and educational purposes only and should not be considered investment advice or investment recommendation.

TD Ameritrade's thinkorswim platform offers over 70 tradeable currency pairs alongside a plethora of impressive tools, research, and education. For traders in the U.S., TD Ameritrade provides the ultimate trading technology experience.


TD Ameritrade pros & cons

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  • TD Ameritrade is publicly traded (NYSE: SCHW) and regulated in four tier-1 jurisdictions.
  • TD Ameritrade is trusted by over 11 million clients, with over $1 trillion in assets.
  • Part of Charles Schwab Corporation since October 2020, with a combined 28 million clients and $6 trillion in assets.
  • The availability of currency ETFs, exchange-traded forex futures, and options on forex futures elevate TD Ameritrade's already-impressive forex offering.
  • The thinkorswim platform left us so impressed that it won our award for Best Desktop Platform for 2022.
  • In-house research from TD Ameritrade's Ticker Tape hub and TD Ameritrade Network.
  • Third-party market news integration from sources like CNBC, Dow Jones, Thomson Reuters, Morningstar, and FXWirePro.
  • Learning Center boasts over 400 pieces of content — both written and audio-visual — many of which are forex-related.
  • Robust multimedia offering, including a well-maintained YouTube channel, and a catalogue of archived webinars with quality content such as its Trader Talks Webcasts.

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  • As a U.S.-only forex broker, TD Ameritrade does not offer copy trading or MetaTrader (MT4).
  • Live video broadcasting is more focused on equities markets and futures than forex.
  • With average spreads close to 1.2 pips on the EUR/USD, pricing is slightly above the industry average.
  • Only available for U.S. clients (see our complete review of TD Ameritrade for U.S. traders on our sister site, StockBrokers.com).

Overall Summary

FeatureTD Ameritrade
Overall 4.5 Stars
Trust Score99
Offering of Investments 4.5 Stars
Commissions & Fees 4 Stars
Platforms & Tools 4.5 Stars
Research 4.5 Stars
Mobile Trading Apps 4.5 Stars
Education 4 Stars

Is TD Ameritrade safe?

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Trust Score

TD Ameritrade is considered low-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 99 out of 99. TD Ameritrade is publicly traded, does operate a bank, and is authorised by four tier-1 regulators (high trust), zero tier-2 regulators (average trust), and zero tier-3 regulators (low trust). TD Ameritrade is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Securities Futures Commission (SFC), Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Learn more about Trust Score.

Regulations Comparison

FeatureTD Ameritrade
Year Founded1955
Publicly Traded (Listed) Yes
Bank Yes
Tier-1 Licenses5
Tier-2 Licenses0
Tier-3 Licenses0
Trust Score99

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2022 Review Methodology

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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.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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