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Interactive Brokers Vs. Admiral Markets - Compare and Choose the Right One

Updated May 13 2022

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Overview

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.

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
  • 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
  • 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

10

Other Licenses

1

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🏛 Financial Regulators
  • 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)
  • ASIC (Australia)
  • CySec (Cyprus)
  • FCA (United Kingdom)
  • JSC (Jordan)
The Good
  • High regulation
  • Exceptional number of investment instruments (Above 100,000+)
  • Competitive discount fees
  • 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
  • Complicated account opening process
  • Platforms are not beginner friendly
  • Narrow choice of deposit options (Mostly bank transfer)
  • 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 - 3 Days 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
1978 2001
💳 Minimum Deposit
$ - 0 €, £, $ - 100
💰 Payment Methods
  • Bank Transfer
  • ACH (US only)
  • Check (US only)
  • Debit Card (US only)
  • BPAY (Australia only)
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Bank Transfer
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
💵 Account Base Currencies
23 - USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, CHF, CNY, CZK, DK, HKD, HUF, INR, ILS, JPY, MXN, NZD, NOK, PLN, RUB, SGD, ZAR, KRW, SEK 10 -EUR, GBP, USD, CHF, BGN, CZK, HRK, HUF, PLN, RON.
🗽 Available to U.S Citizens
Yes No
❌ Restricted Countries
AF, SY, SO, SD, LY, NG, BI. US, CA.
📊 STP Account
Yes Yes
📊 DMA Account
Yes Yes
📊 ECN Account
Yes No
Assets
📚 Available Assets
  • Real stocks, currencies, ETFs, options, futures, bonds, cryptocurrencies
  • CFDs on almost every possible asset class
  • Structured Products
  • Real stocks and ETFs
  • CFDs on stocks, commodities, currencies, cryptocurrencies, indices and ETFs.
📙 Stocks
78 markets 778 Real Stocks / 3,254 CFDs
📘 Currency Pairs
105 40
📗 Commodities
35 markets 28
📕 Indices
13 43
📔 ETFs
13,000+ 372 ETFs CFDs / 192 Real ETFs
💸 Cryptocurrencies
4 42
📒 Bonds
60,000+ 2
📓 Options
33 markets N/A
📗 Futures
32 markets N/A
📝 Notes:

Interactive brokers provides real assets (equities) from more than 100+ markets (exchanges) across the world and also provides CFDs (in allowed regions).

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

From 1 share - except for exchanges that allow fractional trading (US stock exchanges)

Varies by share (Fractional share trading)
📉 Minimum ETFs Trade Size
N/A for EU Citizens N/A
📈 Minimum Crypto Trade Size

No minimum, but minimum fee is $1.75 per order

Varies by cryptocurrency (Eg: 0.01 BTC)
📉 Minimum FX Trade Size
$25,000 (0.25 lots) $1000 (0.01 Lots)
📈 Minimum Commodities Trade Size
Varies per commodity (eg: 1 Ounce of Gold) Varies by Commodity (Eg: 1 Troy ounce of Gold)
📉 Minimum Bonds Trade Size
$1,000 for corporate/muni bonds, $1 million for treasury bonds N/A
📈 Minimum Futures Trade Size
1 contract N/A
📉 Minimum Options Trade Size
1 contract N/A
💪 Retail Leverage
Up to 1:30 Up to 1:30
💪 Professional Leverage
N/A Up to 1:500
✍ Customisable Leverage
No No
🎲 Deleveraged Trading
Yes Yes
🎓 Demo Account
Yes Yes
📱 IOS App
Yes Yes
📱 Android App
Yes Yes
📺 MetaTrader 4
No 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
No Yes
🔨 Trailing Stop-loss
Yes No
Fees
💰 Inactivity Fee
No $10 monthly after 24 months of inactivity
💰 Deposit Fees
No No
💰 Withdrawal Fees

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

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

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 0.1 pips From 0.8 Pips
📉 SP500
Dynamic - From 1 Pip From 50 Pips
📈 GOLD
N/A Dynamic - From 20 Pips
📉 TSLA (Stock CFD)
Dynamic - From $0.50 Dynamic - From $1.45
📈 XLK (ETF - CFD)
N/A Dynamic - From 2 Pips
📉 BTC
N/A Variable - From $208
Research and Analysis
⭐ Watchlists
Yes Yes
🔭 Stock Screener
Yes No
🗓 Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
📜 Integrated Newsfeed
Yes No
📡 Reuters Feed
Yes No

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