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FXCM Vs. IC Markets - Compare and Choose the Right One

Updated Nov 30 2021

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74-89% of retail CFD accounts lose money.

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73.59% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Overview

FXCM is a global brokerage headquartered in the U.K that specialises in both retail and institutional trading with a comprehensive API offering.

ICMarkets is an Australian broker with a global presence specialising in Forex trading. One of their greatest advantages is providing RAW spread accounts with interbank pricing.

Best For
  • Professional algorithmic traders looking to benefit from their comprehensive API offering 
  • Professional traders looking for Interbank rates
  • High volume traders that will save great amounts of costs with their low spreads and commissions
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The Good
  • Comprehensive API offering with a variety of conditions and programming languages at no additional cost
  • Proprietary platform (Trading Station)
  • Customisable leverage per asset before opening trades
  • Interbank rates and low commissions
  • Great platform variety
The Bad
  • Lack of asset variety in their offering (over 300+ financial instruments)
  • Costly spreads when compared to similar competitors
  • Avaliable assets are limited (Also No ETFs)
  • No ability to purchase real stocks or cryptocurrencies, only CFDs
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
Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission
Financial Conduct Authority
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Financial Sector Conduct Authority
Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Financial Services Authority Seychelles
📍 Year Founded
1999 (FXCM Group) 2007
💳 Minimum Deposit
€, £, $ - 50 (Varies by payment method) $200
💰 Payment Methods
Visa
Mastercard
Bank Transfer
Neteller
Skrill

Skrill and Neteller are not available to FXCM EU clients at the moment

Visa
Mastercard
Bank Transfer
Bitcoin
Sofort
Neteller
Paypal
Skrill
💵 Account Base Currencies
4 - EUR GBP, USD, CHF. 10 - USD, GBP, EUR, AUD, CHF, JPY, HKD, CAD, SGD, NZD.
🗽 Available to U.S Citizens
No No
❌ Restricted Countries
RU, US, CA, JP, SK and more. US, CA, IL.
📊 STP Account
No Yes
📊 DMA Account
No No
📊 ECN Account
No Yes
Assets
📚 Available Assets
Stocks
Cryptos
Commodities
Currencies
Indices
CFDs
Stocks
Cryptos
Commodities
Currencies
Indices
CFDs
📙 Stocks
200+ 1600 +
📘 Currency Pairs
39 61
📗 Commodities
11 22
📕 Indices
15 25
📔 ETFs
N/A N/A
💸 Cryptocurrencies

6 (Cryptocurrencies CFDs are not available to retail clients residing in the UK)

18
📒 Bonds
N/A 11
📓 Options
N/A N/A
📗 Futures
N/A 4
📝 Notes:
All of FXCM's assets are CFDs. All ICMarkets assets are CFDs.
Trading Experience
📈 Minimum Stock Trade Size
1 share Varies by Stock
📉 Minimum ETFs Trade Size
N/A N/A
📈 Minimum Crypto Trade Size
1 unit of any cryptocurrency Varies by Cryptocurrency (Eg: 0.01 BTC)
📉 Minimum FX Trade Size
$1000 (0.01 Lots) $1,000 - 0.01 Lots
📈 Minimum Commodities Trade Size
Varies by Commodity (Eg: 1 Troy ounce of Gold) Varies by Commodity (Eg: 0.01 Troy ounces of Gold)
📉 Minimum Bonds Trade Size
N/A Varies by Bond
📈 Minimum Futures Trade Size
N/A Varies by Future
📉 Minimum Options Trade Size
N/A N/A
💪 Retail Leverage
Up to 1:30 Up to 1:30
💪 Professional Leverage
Up to 1:500 (Varies) Up to 1:500
✍ Customisable Leverage
No Yes
🎲 Deleveraged Trading
No No
🎓 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
Yes No
💻 Proprietary Platform
Yes No
📊 Multi-chart Tools
Yes Yes
👬 Copy Trading
Yes Yes
👫 Social Trading
Yes Yes
🔑 Guaranteed Stop-loss
No No
🔨 Trailing Stop-loss
Yes Yes
Fees
💰 Inactivity Fee

50 units of the account's base currency yearly after 1 year of inactivity.

No
💰 Deposit Fees
No No
💰 Withdrawal Fees

Yes on bank transfer withdrawals depending on location (from $10 to $40 on local currency).

No
💰 Commissions
No

No commissions in standard accounts but rather a 1 Pip spread markup on interbank prices received. For Raw spreads accounts, $7 per lot round turn.

Spreads
📈 EUR/USD
From 1.2 Pips (As per our research) Dynamic - From 0 to 0.6 Pips
📉 SP500
From 58 Pips (As per our research) Dynamic - From 20 to 45 Pips
📈 GOLD
From 41 Pips (As per our research) Dynamic - From 30 Pips
📉 TSLA (Stock CFD)
Dynamic - From $1.04 (As per our research) Dynamic - Market Spread
📈 XLK (ETF - CFD)
N/A N/A
📉 BTC
Variable - From $51 (As per our research) Dynamic - From $8.7 to $42
Research and Analysis
⭐ Watchlists
Yes Yes
🔭 Stock Screener
No No
🗓 Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
📜 Integrated Newsfeed
Yes No
📡 Reuters Feed
No No

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