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CMC Markets Vs. ActivTrades - Compare and Choose the Right One

Updated Dec 14 2021

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Overview

CMC Markets is a global broker headquartered in the U.K that holds 6 high value financial licenses and offers CFD trading on stocks, etfs, commodities, currencies, bonds and cryptocurrencies.

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.

Best For
  • Professional high volume traders looking to offset the cost of commissions through larger trades
  • Intermediate and professional traders looking for a professional custom platform with customisable layouts
  • 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
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The Good
  • Comprehensive asset offering with more than 12,000+ tradable assets and the possibility to add data connections to exchanges to add more
  • Powerful professional platform with customisable layouts and integrated reuters feed
  • Great and intuitive proprietary platform
  • MT4 and MT5 offered
  • Low currency spreads
The Bad
  • High commissions on stocks and ETFs
  • Platform is not beginner friendly
  • Asset offering is small when compared to similar competitors
  • Commissions are charged
  • Cryptocurrency trading is disabled during weekends
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.

🏛 Financial Regulators
  • ASIC (Australia)
  • FCA (UK)
  • IIROC (Canada)
  • MAS (Singapore)
  • BaFin (Germany)
  • FCA (UK)
  • SCB (Bahamas)
  • CSSF (Luxembourg)
📍 Year Founded
1989 2001
💳 Minimum Deposit
0 $500
💰 Payment Methods
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Bank Transfer
  • Paypal
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
  • Sofort
  • Bank Transfer
💵 Account Base Currencies
10 - AUD, GBP, CAD, EUR, NZD, NOK, PLN, SGD, SEK, USD. 4 - EUR, USD, CHF, GBP.
🗽 Available to U.S Citizens
No No
❌ Restricted Countries
US, JP, SY, ZA, IR. US, CA, SY, IR.
📊 STP Account
No No
📊 DMA Account
Yes No
📊 ECN Account
Yes No
Assets
📚 Available Assets

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

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

📙 Stocks
10,169 1,000+
📘 Currency Pairs
330+ 50
📗 Commodities
124 16
📕 Indices
95 30
📔 ETFs
1084 500+
💸 Cryptocurrencies
18 (Not available in the U.K) 11
📒 Bonds
55 N/A
📓 Options
N/A N/A
📗 Futures

CFDs on commodities futures contracts with various expiration dates.

N/A
📝 Notes:
N/A

All of ActivTrades’s assets are CFDs.

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

After 12 months of inactivity, CMC Markets charges a £10 inactivity fee.

Yes, $10 monthly after 1 year of inactivity.

💰 Deposit Fees
No

Yes depending on method:

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

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

💰 Commissions

Yes and they vary per share exchange location. For U.S shares, there is a minimum $10 in-and-out commission. 

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.

Spreads
📈 EUR/USD
Dynamic - From 0.7 Pips From 0.5 Pips to 0.91 Pips
📉 SP500
From 60 Pips From 23 Pips to 50 Pips
📈 GOLD
From 30 Pips From 98 Pips
📉 TSLA (Stock CFD)
Dynamic - Market Spread Dynamic - Market Spread
📈 XLK (ETF - CFD)
Dynamic - Market Spread Dynamic - Market Spread
📉 BTC
N/A From $55 to $91
Research and Analysis
⭐ Watchlists
Yes Yes
🔭 Stock Screener
No No
🗓 Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
📜 Integrated Newsfeed
Yes No
📡 Reuters Feed
Yes No

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