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Forex.com Vs. CMC Markets - Compare and Choose the Right One

Updated May 13 2022

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Overview

Forex.com is a global broker headquartered in the U.S and part of StoneX (publicly traded company on NASDAQ) that specialises in offering CFDs based on commodities, currencies, indices, stocks, ETFs, shares, bonds and cryptocurrencies.

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.

Best For
  • Traders of all levels (beginner to advanced) looking for competitive pricing
  • Trades of all levels looking for a great platform variety
  • High volume traders looking for ECN or DMA accounts offering deep liquidity for large trades
  • 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
Licenses

Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

4

Other Licenses

2

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Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

5

Other Licenses

0

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🏛 Financial Regulators
  • FINRA (United States)
  • FCA (UK)
  • FFAJ (Japan)
  • IIROC (Canada)
  • CySec (Cyprus)
  • CIMA (Cayman Islands)
  • ASIC (Australia)
  • FCA (UK)
  • IIROC (Canada)
  • MAS (Singapore)
  • BaFin (Germany)
The Good
  • Great platform offering (Proprietary, TradingView, MetaTrader 4 & 5)
  • Excellent asset offering (more than 5,000+ instruments)
  • Competitive spreads in some of their assets
  • 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
The Bad
  • Despite presenting a great customisable platform, it still feels messy and not intuitive to use
  • Commissions are expensive when compared to similar competitors 
  • High commissions on stocks and ETFs
  • Platform is not beginner friendly
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 1989
💳 Minimum Deposit
$100 0
💰 Payment Methods
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Bank Transfer
  • Paypal
💵 Account Base Currencies
6 - GBP, USD, EUR, AUD, JPY, CHF. 10 - AUD, GBP, CAD, EUR, NZD, NOK, PLN, SGD, SEK, USD.
🗽 Available to U.S Citizens
Yes No
❌ Restricted Countries
None US, JP, SY, ZA, IR.
📊 STP Account
Yes No
📊 DMA Account
Yes Yes
📊 ECN Account
Yes Yes
Assets
📚 Available Assets

CFDs on currencies, commodities, indices, bonds, shares and cryptocurrencies.

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

📙 Stocks
4,500+ 10,169
📘 Currency Pairs
93 330+
📗 Commodities
35 124
📕 Indices
24 95
📔 ETFs
700+ 1084
💸 Cryptocurrencies
5 18 (Not available in the U.K)
📒 Bonds
14 55
📓 Options
N/A N/A
📗 Futures
N/A

CFDs on commodities futures contracts with various expiration dates.

📝 Notes:

All of Forex.com’s assets are CFDs.

N/A
Trading Experience
📈 Minimum Stock Trade Size
Varies per share (eg: 0.3 AMZN shares) 1 Share
📉 Minimum ETFs Trade Size
Varies per ETF (eg: 5 contracts of XLK) 1 ETF
📈 Minimum Crypto Trade Size
Varies per Cryptocurrency (eg: 0.01 BTC) Varies per cryptocurrency (eg: 0.01 BTC)
📉 Minimum FX Trade Size
$1,000 (0.01 Lots) $1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📈 Minimum Commodities Trade Size
Varies per commodity (eg: 1 contract of Gold) 1 Contract
📉 Minimum Bonds Trade Size
Varies per Bond (eg: 1 contract of Euro Bobl) 1 Contract
📈 Minimum Futures Trade Size
N/A 1 Contract
📉 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 1:500
✍ Customisable Leverage
No No
🎲 Deleveraged Trading
Yes No
🎓 Demo Account
Yes Yes
📱 IOS App
Yes Yes
📱 Android App
Yes Yes
📺 MetaTrader 4
Yes Yes
📺 MetaTrader 5
Yes No
💻 Web trader
Yes Yes
💻 TradingView Platform
Yes No
💻 Proprietary Platform
Yes Yes
📊 Multi-chart Tools
Yes Yes
👬 Copy Trading
No No
👫 Social Trading
No No
🔑 Guaranteed Stop-loss
No Yes
🔨 Trailing Stop-loss
Yes Yes
Fees
💰 Inactivity Fee

Yes, $15 monthly after 1 year of inactivity.

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

💰 Deposit Fees
No No
💰 Withdrawal Fees
No No
💰 Commissions

Yes depending on account type.

  • Standard account has no commissions
  • “Commission Account” and “DMA Account” have a flat $5 fee commission per lot round turn

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

Spreads
📈 EUR/USD
Dynamic - From 0.8 Pips Dynamic - From 0.7 Pips
📉 SP500
From 60 Pips From 60 Pips
📈 GOLD
From 50 Pips From 30 Pips
📉 TSLA (Stock CFD)
Dynamic - Market Spread Dynamic - Market Spread
📈 XLK (ETF - CFD)
Dynamic - Market Spread Dynamic - Market Spread
📉 BTC
From $120 N/A
Research and Analysis
⭐ Watchlists
Yes Yes
🔭 Stock Screener
No No
🗓 Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
📜 Integrated Newsfeed
Yes Yes
📡 Reuters Feed
Yes Yes

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