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IG Vs. ActivTrades - Compare and Choose the Right One

Updated Jul 12 2022

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79% of retail CFD accounts lose money.

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81% of retail CFD accounts lose money.

Overview

IG is a global broker established in 1974 that holds 10 reputable financial licenses and provides CFD trading on stocks, commodities, ETFs, indices, cryptocurrencies, bonds, futures, options along with real stocks through their share dealing account.

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 traders looking to exploit their customisable platform and broad asset offering
  • High volume traders that can offset their commission costs by trading in larger volumes
  • 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
Licenses

Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

7

Other Licenses

1

Provided by
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Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

2

Other Licenses

1

Provided by
TheTradingBible.com

Learn More
🏛 Financial Regulators
  • ASIC (Australia)
  • FCA (UK)
  • NFA (United States)
  • ADGM (United Arab Emirates)
  • FINMA (Switzerland)
  • MAS (Singapore)
  • FFAJ (Japan)
  • FSCA (South Africa)
  • FCA (UK)
  • SCB (Bahamas)
  • CSSF (Luxembourg)
The Good
  • Broad platform offering with high customisability and integrated news feeds
  • Comprehensive asset offering with more than 10,000 + CFDs or real stocks and ETFs
  • Great and intuitive proprietary platform
  • MT4 and MT5 offered
  • Low currency spreads
The Bad
  • There are too many small costs such as custody, in-and-out-commissions in some cases, management fees, etc
  • Their standard contracts can be too large some times for low volume traders
  • Asset offering is small when compared to similar competitors
  • Commissions are charged
  • Cryptocurrency trading is disabled during weekends
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
1974 2001
💳 Minimum Deposit

0 for Bank Transfers, 300 € for Paypal and Debit / Credit cards.

$500
💰 Payment Methods
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Bank Transfer
  • Paypal
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
  • Sofort
  • Bank Transfer
💵 Account Base Currencies
6 - AUD, EUR, GBP, HKD, SGD, USD. 4 - EUR, USD, CHF, GBP.
🗽 Available to U.S Citizens
Yes (excluding CFDs) No
❌ Restricted Countries
SY, IR. US, CA, SY, IR.
📊 STP Account
No No
📊 DMA Account
Yes No
📊 ECN Account
Yes No
Assets
📚 Available Assets
  • Real stocks and ETFs
  • CFDs on stocks, ETFs, currencies, commodities, cryptocurrencies indices and bonds.

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

📙 Stocks

10,000+ CFDs / Offering from 8 exchanges worldwide for real stocks

1,000+
📘 Currency Pairs
210 50
📗 Commodities
37 16
📕 Indices
76 30
📔 ETFs
2,000 + both CFDs and real ETFs 500+
💸 Cryptocurrencies
15 11
📒 Bonds
19 N/A
📓 Options
Availability only for select countries. N/A
📗 Futures

Several contracts in commodities and indices with various expiration dates.

N/A
📝 Notes:

IG provides both CFD trading and real equity. US traders cannot trade CFDs.

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

0.01 Contracts (IG Provides a standard contract containing a particular quantity of an asset, for example, ADA’s contract has 100 ADA coins)

$1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📉 Minimum FX Trade Size

1 Contract (IG Provides a standard contract containing a particular quantity of an asset, for example, 1 EUR / USD standard contract has 10,000 units)

$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
Varies per option (usually 1 contract) 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 24 months of inactivity, IG charges an $18 monthly 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, they charge depending on the client’s account base currency and exchange location of the shares being traded. For example, for some clients US shares can have a minimum charge of $10 in-and-out.

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 0.9 Pips From 0.5 Pips to 0.91 Pips
📉 SP500
Dynamic - From 150 Pips From 23 Pips to 50 Pips
📈 GOLD
Dynamic - From 50 Pips From 98 Pips
📉 TSLA (Stock CFD)
Dynamic - From $1.03 Dynamic - Market Spread
📈 XLK (ETF - CFD)
Dynamic - From 0 Pips Dynamic - Market Spread
📉 BTC
Dynamic - From $140 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