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SquaredFinancial Vs. IG - Compare and Choose the Right One

Updated May 13 2022

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63.2% of retail CFD accounts lose money.

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75% of retail CFD accounts lose money.

Overview

SquaredFinancial is a global brokerage firm founded in 2005 and headquartered in Cyprus that specialises in providing real stocks along with CFDs on all major asset classes paired with MT4 & MT5 platforms.

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.

Best For
  • Professional high volume traders looking to exploit their competitive commissions in shares
  • High volume FX traders looking to open a SquaredElite account with spreads from 0 Pips
  • 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
Licenses

Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

0

Other Licenses

2

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Regulation

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🏛 Financial Regulators
  • CySec (Cyprus)
  • FSAS (Seychelles)
  • ASIC (Australia)
  • FCA (UK)
  • NFA (United States)
  • ADGM (United Arab Emirates)
  • FINMA (Switzerland)
  • MAS (Singapore)
  • FFAJ (Japan)
  • FSCA (South Africa)
The Good
  • Extensive asset offering (more than 10,000+ products)
  • Real stocks are offered along with CFDs
  • Very competitive share trading commissions when compared to similar brokers
  • Broad platform offering with high customisability and integrated news feeds
  • Comprehensive asset offering with more than 10,000 + CFDs or real stocks and ETFs
The Bad
  • Platform offering is limited to only MT4 and MT5
  • High minimum deposit for SquaredElite account (5,000 €)
  • 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
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
2005 1974
💳 Minimum Deposit

250 € (SquaredPro Account), 5,000 € SquaredElite Account

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

💰 Payment Methods
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Bank Transfer
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
  • Instatransfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Bank Transfer
  • Paypal
💵 Account Base Currencies
5 - EUR, USD, GBP, CHF, ZAR. 6 - AUD, EUR, GBP, HKD, SGD, USD.
🗽 Available to U.S Citizens
No Yes (excluding CFDs)
❌ Restricted Countries
US, CA, IR, SY. SY, IR.
📊 STP Account
Yes No
📊 DMA Account
Yes Yes
📊 ECN Account
Yes Yes
Assets
📚 Available Assets
  • Real stocks and ETFs
  • CFDs on stocks, ETFs, commodities, currencies, indices, futures, cryptocurrencies.
  • Real stocks and ETFs
  • CFDs on stocks, ETFs, currencies, commodities, cryptocurrencies indices and bonds.
📙 Stocks
8,000 Real Stocks / 8,000 Stock CFDs

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

📘 Currency Pairs
40+ 210
📗 Commodities
5 37
📕 Indices
15 76
📔 ETFs
1,000 ETFs CFDs 2,000 + both CFDs and real ETFs
💸 Cryptocurrencies
25+ 15
📒 Bonds
N/A 19
📓 Options
N/A Availability only for select countries.
📗 Futures
16

Several contracts in commodities and indices with various expiration dates.

📝 Notes:

SquaredFinancial provides real stocks along with CFDs on the most common asset classes.

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

Trading Experience
📈 Minimum Stock Trade Size
1 Share 1 Share
📉 Minimum ETFs Trade Size
1 ETF 1 ETF
📈 Minimum Crypto Trade Size
Varies per Cryptocurrency (Eg: 0.01 BTC)

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

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

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)

📈 Minimum Commodities Trade Size
Varies per Commodity (Eg: 1 Gold Contract) 1 Contract
📉 Minimum Bonds Trade Size
N/A 1 Contract
📈 Minimum Futures Trade Size
Varies per future (Eg: 1 Contract) 1 Contract
📉 Minimum Options Trade Size
N/A Varies per option (usually 1 contract)
💪 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
Yes No
🎓 Demo Account
Yes Yes
📱 IOS App
No Yes
📱 Android App
No Yes
📺 MetaTrader 4
Yes Yes
📺 MetaTrader 5
Yes No
💻 Web trader
Yes Yes
💻 TradingView Platform
No No
💻 Proprietary Platform
No Yes
📊 Multi-chart Tools
Yes Yes
👬 Copy Trading
No No
👫 Social Trading
No No
🔑 Guaranteed Stop-loss
No Yes
🔨 Trailing Stop-loss
No Yes
Fees
💰 Inactivity Fee
No

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

💰 Deposit Fees
No No
💰 Withdrawal Fees
No No
💰 Commissions

Yes, depending on account type or assets. For account types:


  • SquaredPro account has no default commissions
  • SquaredElite account has a commission of $5 per lot

For particular assets there are commissions on all accounts, specifically in shares as follows:


  • USA shares have a $0.06 per share commission (with a minimum of $2)
  • European shares have a 0.15% commission of the transaction value (with a minimum of 5 €)

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.

Spreads
📈 EUR/USD
Dynamic - From 0 to 1.2 Pips Dynamic - From 0.9 Pips
📉 SP500
Dynamic - From 150 Pips Dynamic - From 150 Pips
📈 GOLD
Dynamic - From 110 Pips Dynamic - From 50 Pips
📉 TSLA (Stock CFD)
Dynamic - Market Spread Dynamic - From $1.03
📈 XLK (ETF - CFD)
Dynamic - Market Spread Dynamic - From 0 Pips
📉 BTC
Dynamic - From $250 Dynamic - From $140
Research and Analysis
⭐ Watchlists
Yes Yes
🔭 Stock Screener
No No
🗓 Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
📜 Integrated Newsfeed
No Yes
📡 Reuters Feed
No Yes

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