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71.24% of retail CFD accounts lose money.

ActivTrades Vs. HF Markets (HFM) - Compare and Choose the Right One

Updated May 13 2022

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80% of retail CFD accounts lose money.

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71.24% of retail CFD accounts lose money.

Overview

ActivTrades is a global broker founded in Switzerland in 2001 that specialises in providing CFDs on stocks, ETFs, currencies, indices, commodities and cryptocurrencies along with their own proprietary platform and MT4 & 5.

HF Markets (HFM) is a global broker founded in 2010 under the brand name HotForex that specialises in CFDs trading on currencies, commodities, indices, stocks, ETFs, bonds and futures. Recently they added to their portfolio commission-free real stocks and ETFs.

Best For
  • Beginner and intermediate traders looking for a simple and powerful platform
  • Experienced currency traders looking to exploit the tight spreads
  • CFD traders looking for an de-leveraged option to trade
  • Low volume traders looking for a low minimum deposit, low trade size and competitive spreads
  • High volume traders looking for a competitive commission-driven environment through their zero spread account
  • Traders looking to copy or provide knowledge via their HFCopy account
Licenses

Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

2

Other Licenses

1

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Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

2

Other Licenses

5

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🏛 Financial Regulators
  • FCA (UK)
  • SCB (Bahamas)
  • CSSF (Luxembourg)
  • CySec (Cyprus)
  • FCA (UK)
  • DFSA (United Arab Emirates)
  • FSCA (South Africa)
  • FSA (Seychelles)
  • FSA (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)
  • CMA (Kenya)
The Good
  • Great and intuitive proprietary platform
  • MT4 and MT5 offered
  • Low currency spreads
  • Well-structured account offering with options for all types of traders
  • Competitive commissions on their Zero Spread and PAMM accounts
  • Copy trading via MT4 / 5 offered through their HF Copy account
The Bad
  • Asset offering is small when compared to similar competitors
  • Commissions are charged
  • Cryptocurrency trading is disabled during weekends
  • Platform offering is limited to MetaTrader 4 and 5
  • Asset offering in CFDs is below industry standards with 1,200 CFDs
  • Their proprietary mobile app does not offer trading capabilities
Status
Operational Operational
Recent News
N/A N/A
Key Data
⌛ Account Opening Time
1 Day 1 Day
📋 Documents Required
  • Valid identity document (Passport, ID Card, etc)
  • Valid proof of residence document (Bank statement, utility bills)

All documents must be under the account holder's name.

  • Valid identity document (Passport, ID Card, etc)
  • Valid proof of residence document (Bank statement, utility bills)

All documents must be under the account holder's name.

📍 Year Founded
2001 2010
💳 Minimum Deposit
$500 From $5 to $250 (depending on location or account)
💰 Payment Methods
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
  • Sofort
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
  • Sofort
  • FasaPay
  • WebMoney
  • BitPay
  • PayRetailers
  • PayRedeem
  • Bank Transfer
💵 Account Base Currencies
4 - EUR, USD, CHF, GBP. 6 - USD, EUR, NGN, JPY, ZAR, THB.
🗽 Available to U.S Citizens
No No
❌ Restricted Countries
US, CA, SY, IR. US, CA, SY, IR.
📊 STP Account
No No
📊 DMA Account
No No
📊 ECN Account
No No
Assets
📚 Available Assets

CFDs on stocks, indices, currencies, commodities, ETFs and cryptocurrencies.

  • CFDs on currencies, commodities, indices, ETFs, stocks and bonds.
  • Real stocks and ETFs.
📙 Stocks
1,000+ 2,113 Real Stocks / 54 CFDs
📘 Currency Pairs
50 53
📗 Commodities
16 13
📕 Indices
30 11
📔 ETFs
500+ 34
💸 Cryptocurrencies
11 N/A
📒 Bonds
N/A 3
📓 Options
N/A N/A
📗 Futures
N/A 14
📝 Notes:

All of ActivTrades’s assets are CFDs.

HF Markets provides both CFDs and real equities.

Trading Experience
📈 Minimum Stock Trade Size
Varies per share (Fractional share trading allowed) $5 (Fractional Share Trading
📉 Minimum ETFs Trade Size
Varies per ETF (Fractional ETF trading allowed) $5 (Fractional ETF Trading)
📈 Minimum Crypto Trade Size
$1,000 (0.01 Lots) N/A
📉 Minimum FX Trade Size
$1,000 (0.01 Lots) $1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📈 Minimum Commodities Trade Size
$1,000 (0.01 Lots) $1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📉 Minimum Bonds Trade Size
N/A $1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📈 Minimum Futures Trade Size
N/A $1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📉 Minimum Options Trade Size
N/A N/A
💪 Retail Leverage
Up to 1:30 Up to 1:1000 (Non EU)
💪 Professional Leverage
Up to 1:400 Up to 1:500 (EU Only)
✍ Customisable Leverage
Yes Yes
🎲 Deleveraged Trading
Yes Yes
🎓 Demo Account
Yes Yes
📱 IOS App
Yes Yes
📱 Android App
Yes Yes
📺 MetaTrader 4
Yes Yes
📺 MetaTrader 5
Yes Yes
💻 Web trader
Yes Yes
💻 TradingView Platform
Yes No
💻 Proprietary Platform
Yes No
📊 Multi-chart Tools
Yes Yes
👬 Copy Trading
No Yes
👫 Social Trading
No Yes
🔑 Guaranteed Stop-loss
No No
🔨 Trailing Stop-loss
Yes Yes
Fees
💰 Inactivity Fee

Yes, $10 monthly after 1 year of inactivity.

Yes, $5 monthly after 6 months of inactivity.
💰 Deposit Fees

Yes depending on method:

  • Credit and Debit cards have a 1.5% fee
No
💰 Withdrawal Fees

Yes, only for bank transfer withdrawals (9 GBP each)

No
💰 Commissions

Yes depending on asset:

  • For European shares (excluding London) there are fees of 0.05% of the transaction value (minimum 1€) or 0.01% of the transaction value (minimum 5€)
  • For London shares there are commissions of 0.10% of transaction value (minimum 1£)
  • For New york and other international shares there are commissions of $0.02 per share (minimum $1)

Along specific commissions per asset there can be market data fees such as 1€ monthly for New york exchanges or others.

Yes depending on account type:

  • Micro accounts have no commissions.
  • Premium accounts have no commissions
  • Zero Spread accounts have a minimum commission that varies between $3 to $4 per lot traded
  • PAMM (Premium) accounts have no commission
  • PAMM (Premium Plus) accounts have a commission of $8 per lot round turn
  • HFCopy accounts have no commissions
Spreads
📈 EUR/USD
From 0.5 Pips to 0.91 Pips Dynamic - From 0 Pips to 1.3 Pips
📉 SP500
From 23 Pips to 50 Pips Dynamic - From 41 Pips
📈 GOLD
From 98 Pips Dynamic - From 25 Pips
📉 TSLA (Stock CFD)
Dynamic - Market Spread Dynamic - From $0.33
📈 XLK (ETF - CFD)
Dynamic - Market Spread N/A
📉 BTC
From $55 to $91 N/A
Research and Analysis
⭐ Watchlists
Yes Yes
🔭 Stock Screener
No No
🗓 Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
📜 Integrated Newsfeed
No Yes
📡 Reuters Feed
No No

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