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ThinkMarkets Vs. FXCM - Compare and Choose the Right One

Updated May 13 2022

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Overview

ThinkMarkets is a global broker headquartered in Australia that offers real stocks and ETFs along with CFDs on stocks, etfs, commodities, indices and cryptocurrencies accompanied by their proprietary platform: ThinkTrader.

FXCM is a global brokerage headquartered in the U.K that specialises in both retail and institutional trading with a comprehensive API offering.

Best For
  • Passive investors looking to buy, hold or transfer real shares or ETFs from ASX
  • Active traders looking to exploit their low spreads on CFDs
  • MetaTrader 4 & 5 traders looking for a convenient offering
  • Professional algorithmic traders looking to benefit from their comprehensive API offering 
Licenses

Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

2

Other Licenses

2

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Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

2

Other Licenses

2

Provided by
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🏛 Financial Regulators
  • FCA (UK)
  • ASIC (Australia)
  • FSAS (Seychelles)
  • FSCA (South Africa)
  • ASIC (Australia)
  • CySec (Cyprus)
  • FCA (United Kingdom)
  • FSCA (South Africa)
The Good
  • Possibility to invest in real stocks and ETFs or trade CFDs
  • Proprietary platform ThinkTrader is smooth and user friendly
  • Spreads are very competitive when compared to similar competitors
  • Comprehensive API offering with a variety of conditions and programming languages at no additional cost
  • Proprietary platform (Trading Station)
The Bad
  • Real stocks or ETFs are only from ASX (Australian Securities Exchange)
  • Expensive stock trading commissions ($8 flat fee for ASX shares or ETFs)
  • While their stock and ETFs offering is great, they lack variety in all other asset classes
  • Lack of asset variety in their offering (over 300+ financial instruments)
  • Costly spreads when compared to similar competitors
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
2010 1999 (FXCM Group)
💳 Minimum Deposit

0 for Standard Account / $500 for Zero account

€, £, $ - 50 (Varies by payment method)
💰 Payment Methods
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
  • Bank Transfer
  • Bitcoin (BTC)
  • Ethereum (ETH)
  • Tether (USDT)
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Bank Transfer
  • Neteller
  • Skrill

Skrill and Neteller are not available to FXCM EU clients at the moment

💵 Account Base Currencies
6 - EUR, AUD, CHF, GBP, JPY, USD. 4 - EUR GBP, USD, CHF.
🗽 Available to U.S Citizens
No No
❌ Restricted Countries
US, CA, SY, IR. RU, US, CA, JP, SK and more.
📊 STP Account
No No
📊 DMA Account
Yes No
📊 ECN Account
No No
Assets
📚 Available Assets
  • Real stocks and ETFs from ASX.
  • CFDs on stocks, ETFs, indices, commodities and cryptocurrencies.

CFDs on stocks, currencies, commodities, cryptocurrencies and indices

📙 Stocks
3,100+ real shares (ASX) / 1246 CFDs 200+
📘 Currency Pairs
47 39
📗 Commodities
11 11
📕 Indices
27 15
📔 ETFs
103 N/A
💸 Cryptocurrencies
21

6 (Cryptocurrencies CFDs are not available to retail clients residing in the UK)

📒 Bonds
N/A N/A
📓 Options
N/A N/A
📗 Futures
N/A N/A
📝 Notes:

ThinkMarkets offers both real stocks & ETFs along with CFDs on several asset classes.

All of FXCM's assets are CFDs.
Trading Experience
📈 Minimum Stock Trade Size
Fractional share trading - From 0.1 Shares 1 share
📉 Minimum ETFs Trade Size
Fractional ETF trading - From 0.1 ETFs N/A
📈 Minimum Crypto Trade Size
Varies per cryptocurrency (eg: from 0.01 units of BTC) 1 unit of any cryptocurrency
📉 Minimum FX Trade Size
$1,000 (0.01 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
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 1:500 (Varies)
✍ Customisable Leverage
No No
🎲 Deleveraged Trading
Yes No
🎓 Demo Account
Yes Yes
📱 IOS App
Yes Yes
📱 Android App
Yes Yes
📺 MetaTrader 4
Yes Yes
📺 MetaTrader 5
Yes No
💻 Web trader
Only for MT4 and MT5. Yes
💻 TradingView Platform
No Yes
💻 Proprietary Platform
Yes (Only for Standard Account) Yes
📊 Multi-chart Tools
Yes Yes
👬 Copy Trading
Yes Yes
👫 Social Trading
Yes Yes
🔑 Guaranteed Stop-loss
No No
🔨 Trailing Stop-loss
No Yes
Fees
💰 Inactivity Fee
No

50 units of the account's base currency yearly after 1 year of inactivity.

💰 Deposit Fees
No No
💰 Withdrawal Fees
No

Yes on bank transfer withdrawals depending on location (from $10 to $40 on local currency).

💰 Commissions
  • For Standard account there are no commissions
  • For Zero account there is a commission of $3.5 per lot round turn

For real stocks and ETFs investing, there is a flat fee of $8 per trade (in-and-out) or if the trade value is above $200,000 then a 0.05% fee per trade.

No
Spreads
📈 EUR/USD
From 0.4 Pips to 1 Pip From 1.2 Pips (As per our research)
📉 SP500
From 40 Pips Dynamic - From 58 Pips (As per our research)
📈 GOLD
From 20 Pips Dynamic - From 41 Pips (As per our research)
📉 TSLA (Stock CFD)
From 20 Pips Dynamic - From $1.04 (As per our research)
📈 XLK (ETF - CFD)
Dynamic - From $0.01 N/A
📉 BTC
Dynamic - From $30 Dynamic - From $51 (As per our research)
Research and Analysis
⭐ Watchlists
Yes Yes
🔭 Stock Screener
No No
🗓 Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
📜 Integrated Newsfeed
Yes Yes
📡 Reuters Feed
No No

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