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Updated Dec 22 2021

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Overview

Skilling is a multi-platform global broker founded in 2016 that specialises in CFD trading over several asset classes.

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
  • Forex traders who want relatively straightforward, intuitive platforms with low commissions
  • Beginner traders who need assistance implementing first trades
  • 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
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The Good
  • Multiple intuitive platforms for traders with different levels of experience
  • Several payment methods for deposits and withdrawals
  • No commission for standard accounts
  • Trade Assistant tool is great for beginners opening their first trade
  • Great and intuitive proprietary platform
  • MT4 and MT5 offered
  • Low currency spreads
The Bad
  • Doesn’t allow deleveragred trading or customizable leverage
  • Charges commission on forex and spot metal trading for premium accounts 
  • Asset offering is not that comprehensive
  • Asset offering is small when compared to similar competitors
  • Commissions are charged
  • Cryptocurrency trading is disabled during weekends
Status
Operational Operational
Recent News
N/A N/A
Key Data
⌛ Account Opening Time
1 Day 1 Day
📋 Documents Required
  • Valid identity documents (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
  • CySec (Cyprus)
  • FSA (Seychelles)
  • FCA (UK)
  • SCB (Bahamas)
  • CSSF (Luxembourg)
📍 Year Founded
2016 2001
💳 Minimum Deposit
$, €, £ - 100 (Standard, MT4), 5,000 (Premium, MT4 Premium) $500
💰 Payment Methods
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Fasapay
  • Webmoney
  • PayRetailers
  • PayTrust
  • Pagsmile
  • Directa
  • NganLuong.vn
  • UnionPay
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
  • Sofort
  • Bank Transfer
💵 Account Base Currencies
5 - EUR, USD, GBP, NOK, SEK. 4 - EUR, USD, CHF, GBP.
🗽 Available to U.S Citizens
No No
❌ Restricted Countries
US, SY, IR. US, CA, SY, IR.
📊 STP Account
Yes - depending on product traded, available liquidity and trade size No
📊 DMA Account
No No
📊 ECN Account
No No
Assets
📚 Available Assets

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

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

📙 Stocks
762 1,000+
📘 Currency Pairs
73 50
📗 Commodities
6 16
📕 Indices
18 30
📔 ETFs
45 500+
💸 Cryptocurrencies
34 11
📒 Bonds
N/A N/A
📓 Options
N/A N/A
📗 Futures
N/A N/A
📝 Notes:

All of Skilling’s assets are CFDs

All of ActivTrades’s assets are CFDs.

Trading Experience
📈 Minimum Stock Trade Size
Varies per share - From 0.1 shares (Fractional trading) Varies per share (Fractional share trading allowed)
📉 Minimum ETFs Trade Size
Varies per ETF (Eg: VanEck Gold Miners 0.1 unit, XLK 1 unit) Varies per ETF (Fractional ETF trading allowed)
📈 Minimum Crypto Trade Size
Varies per Cryptocurrency (Eg: 0.01 BTC, 0.5 LTC) $1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📉 Minimum FX Trade Size
$1,000 (0.01 Lots) $1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📈 Minimum Commodities Trade Size
Varies per commodity (eg: Gold 0.1 contracts, Silver 10 contracts) $1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📉 Minimum Bonds Trade Size
N/A N/A
📈 Minimum Futures Trade Size
N/A N/A
📉 Minimum Options Trade Size
N/A 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
Yes Yes
💻 Proprietary Platform
Yes Yes
📊 Multi-chart Tools
Yes Yes
👬 Copy Trading
Yes No
👫 Social Trading
No No
🔑 Guaranteed Stop-loss
No No
🔨 Trailing Stop-loss
Yes, for cTrader, MT4 and MT4 Premium accounts Yes
Fees
💰 Inactivity Fee
No

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

Skilling charges commission on its forex pairs and spot metals for its premium account. The commission starts from $35 per million USD traded (eg: EUR/USD $35, GBP/USD $40 and Gold $60)

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 to 1.3 Pips From 0.5 Pips to 0.91 Pips
📉 SP500
Dynamic - From 120 Pips From 23 Pips to 50 Pips
📈 GOLD
Dynamic - From 36 Pips From 98 Pips
📉 TSLA (Stock CFD)
Dynamic - From $4.62 Dynamic - Market Spread
📈 XLK (ETF - CFD)
Dynamic - From $0.84 Dynamic - Market Spread
📉 BTC
Dynamic - From $131.8 From $55 to $91
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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