Trading 212
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Majority of retail CFD accounts lose money.

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71.24% of retail CFD accounts lose money.

Trading 212 Vs. HF Markets (HFM) - Compare and Choose the Right One

Updated Jul 12 2022

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Majority of retail CFD accounts lose money.

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71.24% of retail CFD accounts lose money.

Overview

Trading 212 is a global broker headquartered in the U.K specialising in real stocks and ETFs investing along with CFD trading.

HF Markets (HFM) is a global broker founded in 2010 under the brand name HotForex that specialises in CFDs trading on currencies, commodities, indices, stocks, ETFs, bonds and futures. Recently they added to their portfolio commission-free real stocks and ETFs.

Best For
  • Passive investors looking to buy stocks or ETFs with their investing account
  • Traders of all levels of experience looking to trade CFDs on shares
  • Low volume traders looking for a low minimum deposit, low trade size and competitive spreads
  • High volume traders looking for a competitive commission-driven environment through their zero spread account
  • Traders looking to copy or provide knowledge via their HFCopy account
Licenses

Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

1

Other Licenses

2

Provided by
TheTradingBible.com

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Financial
Licenses

Regulation

Regulated

Top-tier Licenses

2

Other Licenses

5

Provided by
TheTradingBible.com

Learn More
🏛 Financial Regulators
  • FCA (UK)
  • CySec (Cyprus)
  • FSC (Bulgaria)
  • CySec (Cyprus)
  • FCA (UK)
  • DFSA (United Arab Emirates)
  • FSCA (South Africa)
  • FSA (Seychelles)
  • FSA (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)
  • CMA (Kenya)
The Good
  • Broad asset offering in their investing account (more than 10,000 assets)
  • Friendly, smooth and simple proprietary platforms (both web and mobile)
  • Great spreads on stocks and no commissions on investing accounts
  • Well-structured account offering with options for all types of traders
  • Competitive commissions on their Zero Spread and PAMM accounts
  • Copy trading via MT4 / 5 offered through their HF Copy account
The Bad
  • Despite both platforms being beautiful, they are gamified for engagement. Clicking on the buy button on mobile platform will trigger a random order without asking for confirmation
  • Asides from stocks, their asset offering lacks variety
  • Very high forex spreads (1.4 Pips on EUR/USD)
  • Platform offering is limited to MetaTrader 4 and 5
  • Asset offering in CFDs is below industry standards with 1,200 CFDs
  • Their proprietary mobile app does not offer trading capabilities
Status
Operational Operational
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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
2004 2010
💳 Minimum Deposit
1 to 10 €, £ From $5 to $250 (depending on location or account)
💰 Payment Methods
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Bank Transfer
  • Paypal
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
  • iDeal
  • Apple Pay
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
  • Sofort
  • FasaPay
  • WebMoney
  • BitPay
  • PayRetailers
  • PayRedeem
  • Bank Transfer
💵 Account Base Currencies
9 - USD, EUR, GBP, RON, PLN, CHF, SEK, NOK, CZK. 6 - USD, EUR, NGN, JPY, ZAR, THB.
🗽 Available to U.S Citizens
No No
❌ Restricted Countries
US, CA. US, CA, SY, IR.
📊 STP Account
No No
📊 DMA Account
Yes No
📊 ECN Account
No No
Assets
📚 Available Assets
  • Real stocks and ETFs
  • CFDs on stocks, ETFs, currencies, commodities and indices.
  • CFDs on currencies, commodities, indices, ETFs, stocks and bonds.
  • Real stocks and ETFs.
📙 Stocks
10,000+ Real stocks / 1,526 CFDs 2,113 Real Stocks / 54 CFDs
📘 Currency Pairs
179 53
📗 Commodities
25 13
📕 Indices
35 11
📔 ETFs
1,800 Real ETFs / 50 CFDs 34
💸 Cryptocurrencies
N/A N/A
📒 Bonds
N/A 3
📓 Options
N/A N/A
📗 Futures
N/A 14
📝 Notes:

Trading 212 provides 2 different accounts: Stock investing where users can buy real stocks or ETFs and CFD accounts.

HF Markets provides both CFDs and real equities.

Trading Experience
📈 Minimum Stock Trade Size
Fractional Share trading - 0.1 Units of a share $5 (Fractional Share Trading
📉 Minimum ETFs Trade Size
Fractional ETF trading - 0.1 Units of an ETF $5 (Fractional ETF Trading)
📈 Minimum Crypto Trade Size
N/A N/A
📉 Minimum FX Trade Size
$500 $1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📈 Minimum Commodities Trade Size
Varies by Commodity (Eg: 0.01 Troy ounce of Gold) $1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📉 Minimum Bonds Trade Size
N/A $1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📈 Minimum Futures Trade Size
N/A $1,000 (0.01 Lots)
📉 Minimum Options Trade Size
N/A N/A
💪 Retail Leverage
Up to 1:30 Up to 1:1000 (Non EU)
💪 Professional Leverage
Up to 1:500 Up to 1:500 (EU Only)
✍ Customisable Leverage
No Yes
🎲 Deleveraged Trading
Yes (Investing Account) 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 No
📊 Multi-chart Tools
Yes Yes
👬 Copy Trading
No Yes
👫 Social Trading
No Yes
🔑 Guaranteed Stop-loss
No No
🔨 Trailing Stop-loss
Yes Yes
Fees
💰 Inactivity Fee
No Yes, $5 monthly after 6 months of inactivity.
💰 Deposit Fees
No No
💰 Withdrawal Fees
No No
💰 Commissions
No

Yes depending on account type:

  • Micro accounts have no commissions.
  • Premium accounts have no commissions
  • Zero Spread accounts have a minimum commission that varies between $3 to $4 per lot traded
  • PAMM (Premium) accounts have no commission
  • PAMM (Premium Plus) accounts have a commission of $8 per lot round turn
  • HFCopy accounts have no commissions
Spreads
📈 EUR/USD
Dynamic - From 1.4 Pips Dynamic - From 0 Pips to 1.3 Pips
📉 SP500
Dynamic - From 166 Pips Dynamic - From 41 Pips
📈 GOLD
Dynamic - From 30 Pips Dynamic - From 25 Pips
📉 TSLA (Stock CFD)
Dynamic - From $0.6 Dynamic - From $0.33
📈 XLK (ETF - CFD)
N/A N/A
📉 BTC
N/A N/A
Research and Analysis
⭐ Watchlists
Yes Yes
🔭 Stock Screener
No No
🗓 Economic Calendar
Yes Yes
📜 Integrated Newsfeed
No Yes
📡 Reuters Feed
No No