HF Markets (HFM)
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Investing in financial products involves taking risk.

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

Updated Oct 20 2022

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71.24% of retail CFD accounts lose money.

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Investing in financial products involves taking risk.

Overview

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.

Interactive Brokers is a global brokerage founded in 1978 that holds 11+ high tier financial licenses and provides discounted electronic trading services in nearly all the globe with access to more than 100,000+ financial instruments.

Best For
  • 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
  • Seasoned investors looking for a one-stop shop to cover a variety of needs
  • Global investors who seek the most reliable discount service available
  • Traders from intermediate to advanced level
Licenses

Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

2

Other Licenses

5

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Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

10

Other Licenses

1

Provided by
TheTradingBible.com

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🏛 Financial Regulators
  • CySec (Cyprus)
  • FCA (UK)
  • DFSA (United Arab Emirates)
  • FSCA (South Africa)
  • FSA (Seychelles)
  • FSA (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)
  • CMA (Kenya)
  • SEC (United States)
  • FINRA (United States)
  • FCA (United Kingdom)
  • ASIC (Australia)
  • IIROC (Canada)
  • MNB (Hungary)
  • BSE (India)
  • CBI (Ireland)
  • FSA (Japan)
  • CSSF (Luxembourg) CSSF
  • MAS (Singapore)
The Good
  • 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
  • High regulation
  • Exceptional number of investment instruments (Above 100,000+)
  • Competitive discount fees
The Bad
  • 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
  • Complicated account opening process
  • Platforms are not beginner friendly
  • Narrow choice of deposit options (Mostly bank transfers)
Status
Operational Operational
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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
2010 1978
💳 Minimum Deposit Range
From $5 to $250 0
💰 Payment Methods
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
  • Sofort
  • FasaPay
  • WebMoney
  • BitPay
  • PayRetailers
  • PayRedeem
  • Bank Transfer
  • Bank Transfer
  • ACH (US only)
  • Check (US only)
  • Debit Card (US only)
  • BPAY (Australia only)
💵 Account Base Currencies
6 - USD, EUR, NGN, JPY, ZAR, THB. 23 - USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, CHF, CNY, CZK, DK, HKD, HUF, INR, ILS, JPY, MXN, NZD, NOK, PLN, RUB, SGD, ZAR, KRW, SEK.
🗽 Available to U.S Citizens
No Yes
❌ Restricted Countries

US, CA, SY, IR.

AF, SY, SO, SD, LY, NG, BI.

📊 STP Account
No Yes
📊 DMA Account
No Yes
📊 ECN Account
No Yes
Banking License
No No
Debit Card
No Yes
Assets
📚 Assets Type
Hybrid Hybrid
Total Asset Offering
2,295 173,105
Exchange Access
0 78
📙 Real Stocks
2,113 100,000
📙 Stock CFDs
54 0
📘 Currency Pairs
0 105
📘 Currency Pair CFDs
53 0
📗 Commodities
0 0
📗 Commodities CFDs
13 0
📕 Indices
0 0
📕 Indices CFDs
11 0
📔 ETFs
0 13,000
📔 ETFs CFDs
34 0
💸 Cryptocurrencies
0 0
💸 Cryptocurrency CFDs
0 0
📒 Bonds
0 60,000
📒 Bonds CFDs
3 0
📓 Options
0 0
📓 Options CFDs
0 0
📗 Futures
0 0
📗 Futures CFDs
14 0
Trading Experience
📈 Minimum Stock Trade Size
$5 - Fractions Allowed Variable - Fractions Allowed
📉 Minimum ETFs Trade Size
$5 - Fractions Allowed Variable - Fractions Allowed
📈 Minimum Crypto Trade Size
Unavailable Unavailable
📉 Minimum FX Trade Size
$1,000 (0.01 Lots) $25,000 (0.25 lots)
📈 Minimum Commodities Trade Size
$1,000 (0.01 Lots) Varies per commodity (eg: 1 Ounce of Gold)
📉 Minimum Bonds Trade Size
$1,000 (0.01 Lots) $1,000 for corporate/muni bonds, $1 million for treasury bonds
📈 Minimum Futures Trade Size
$1,000 (0.01 Lots) 1 Contract
📉 Minimum Options Trade Size
Unavailable 1 Contract
💪 Retail Leverage
1000 Unavailable
💪 Professional Leverage
500 Unavailable
✍ Customisable Leverage
Yes No
🎲 Deleveraged Trading
Yes Yes
🎓 Demo Account
Yes Yes
📱 IOS App
Yes Yes
📱 Android App
Yes Yes
📺 MetaTrader 4
Yes No
📺 MetaTrader 5
Yes No
📺 cTrader
No No
💻 Web trader
Yes Yes
💻 TradingView Platform
Yes No
💻 Proprietary Platform
No Yes
📊 Multi-chart Tools
Yes Yes
👬 Copy Trading
Yes No
👫 Social Trading
Yes No
🔑 Guaranteed Stop-loss
No No
🔨 Trailing Stop-loss
Yes Yes
Fees
💰 Inactivity Fee

Yes, $5 monthly after 6 months of inactivity.

None
💰 Deposit Fees
None None
💰 Withdrawal Fees
None

One free withdrawal per month, subsequent are $10 per withdrawal or equivalent

💰 Commissions

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

Commissions depend on market and residency:

  • US residents are eligible for zero commission US stock trading. Else, for US stocks it is $0.005/share with a minimum $1 and maximum 1% of the trade value.
  • European stocks have €3 minimum and 0.05% trade value.
  • Forex commissions are volume based starting at 0.20 basis points of trade value or $2 minimum per trade, and going low as 0.08 basis points and $1.
  • Options start at $0.25 per contract and go as low as $0.15 per contract.
  • Futures start at $0.85 per contract and go as low as $0.25 per contract
Spreads
📈 EUR/USD
Dynamic - From 0 to 1.3 Pips Dynamic - From 0.1 Pips
📉 SP500
Dynamic - From 41 Pips Dynamic - From 01 Pip
📈 GOLD
Dynamic - From 25 Pips Unavailable
📉 TSLA (Stock CFD)
Dynamic - From $0.33 Dynamic - From $0.50
📈 XLK (ETF - CFD)
Unavailable Unavailable
📉 BTC
Unavailable Unavailable
Research and Analysis
⭐ Watchlists
Yes Yes
🔭 Stock Screener
No Yes
🗓 Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
📜 Integrated Newsfeed
Yes Yes
📡 Reuters Feed
No Yes
📡 Educational Content
Yes No
📡 Live Chat Support
No Yes
📡 Video Tutorials
No No
📡 Account Management
No Yes
📡 Webinars
Yes No