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IG Vs. Admiral Markets - Compare and Choose the Right One

Updated May 26 2022

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75% 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.

Admiral Markets (now Admirals) is a global broker headquartered in Estonia with a comprehensive asset offering (5000+) in CFDs and real stocks or ETFs along with MetaTrader 4 & 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
  • Beginners looking to get started investing in stocks or ETFs
  • Intermediate and advanced traders looking to trade CFDs
  • Professional traders and asset managers 
Licenses

Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

7

Other Licenses

1

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Top-tier Licenses

2

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🏛 Financial Regulators
  • ASIC (Australia)
  • FCA (UK)
  • NFA (United States)
  • ADGM (United Arab Emirates)
  • FINMA (Switzerland)
  • MAS (Singapore)
  • FFAJ (Japan)
  • FSCA (South Africa)
  • ASIC (Australia)
  • CySec (Cyprus)
  • FCA (United Kingdom)
  • JSC (Jordan)
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
  • Broad offering of 5000+ assets including CFDs, real stocks and ETFs
  • MetaTrader 4 & 5 along their propietary trading app
  • Tools for professionals and asset managers
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
  • Costly spreads in some of their assets when compared to similar competitors
  • No propietary web trading platform 
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
1974 2001
💳 Minimum Deposit

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

€, £, $ - 100
💰 Payment Methods
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Bank Transfer
  • Paypal
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Bank Transfer
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
💵 Account Base Currencies
6 - AUD, EUR, GBP, HKD, SGD, USD. 10 -EUR, GBP, USD, CHF, BGN, CZK, HRK, HUF, PLN, RON.
🗽 Available to U.S Citizens
Yes (excluding CFDs) No
❌ Restricted Countries
SY, IR. US, CA.
📊 STP Account
No Yes
📊 DMA Account
Yes Yes
📊 ECN Account
Yes No
Assets
📚 Available Assets
  • Real stocks and ETFs
  • CFDs on stocks, ETFs, currencies, commodities, cryptocurrencies indices and bonds.
  • Real stocks and ETFs
  • CFDs on stocks, commodities, currencies, cryptocurrencies, indices and ETFs.
📙 Stocks

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

778 Real Stocks / 3,254 CFDs
📘 Currency Pairs
210 40
📗 Commodities
37 28
📕 Indices
76 43
📔 ETFs
2,000 + both CFDs and real ETFs 372 ETFs CFDs / 192 Real ETFs
💸 Cryptocurrencies
15 42
📒 Bonds
19 2
📓 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.

Admiral Markets provides the option to trade either CFDs or real stocks and ETFs with their direct market access offering.

Trading Experience
📈 Minimum Stock Trade Size
1 Share Varies by share (Fractional share trading)
📉 Minimum ETFs Trade Size
1 ETF N/A
📈 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)

Varies by cryptocurrency (Eg: 0.01 BTC)
📉 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)

$1000 (0.01 Lots)
📈 Minimum Commodities Trade Size
1 Contract Varies by Commodity (Eg: 1 Troy ounce of Gold)
📉 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 1:500
✍ Customisable Leverage
No No
🎲 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 No
💻 Proprietary Platform
Yes Yes (Only on mobile)
📊 Multi-chart Tools
Yes Yes
👬 Copy Trading
No Yes
👫 Social Trading
No No
🔑 Guaranteed Stop-loss
Yes Yes
🔨 Trailing Stop-loss
Yes No
Fees
💰 Inactivity Fee

After 24 months of inactivity, IG charges an $18 monthly fee.

$10 monthly after 24 months of inactivity
💰 Deposit Fees
No No
💰 Withdrawal Fees
No No
💰 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 account type (Eg: Zero MT4 or 5 accounts have a $3 per lot round turn commission, ASX shares have a 0.15% fee, etc)

Spreads
📈 EUR/USD
Dynamic - From 0.9 Pips From 0.8 Pips
📉 SP500
Dynamic - From 150 Pips From 50 Pips
📈 GOLD
Dynamic - From 50 Pips Dynamic - From 20 Pips
📉 TSLA (Stock CFD)
Dynamic - From $1.03 Dynamic - From $1.45
📈 XLK (ETF - CFD)
Dynamic - From 0 Pips Dynamic - From 2 Pips
📉 BTC
Dynamic - From $140 Variable - From $208
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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