AuthorBy Björn Michels
Updated: November 24, 2022

Trading with a reputable online broker is a crucial factor for success in the international markets. At FxScouts, we help you find the broker that suits your trading needs.

Each year we spend thousands of hours testing brokers by opening accounts, testing their platforms, and rating them according to a set of over 200 metrics. We deposit real money with the brokers to ensure that the products and user experience they advertise are consistent with reality.

We have found that the best way for traders to choose a broker is to compare brokers side-by-side. The comparison tool below allows you to compare two brokers based on their ratings and features.

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11110.54.22/ 5 GBP 50ASIC Regulated BrokersCySEC Regulated BrokersECN/DMACommodities, Cryptocurrencies, Stock CFDs, Forex, Indices, Metals, ETFs, Bonds7011
  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
  • Good range of accounts
  • Great customer support
  • Expensive withdrawals
Read Review 111104/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111003/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111104/ 5 111104/ 5 030:10 pips Platinum IRESS, Premier IRESS, RAW, Standard, Standard IRESS MT4, MT5, IRESSVisa, Mastercard, Bank Transfer, Neteller, Skrill, Broker to Broker, Fasapay, SticPay, PerfectMoney, NganLuong, xPay, Broker to Broker6 USD / lot - RAW Accounts
11110.54.48/ 5 GBP 100CySEC Regulated BrokersFCA Regulated Forex BrokersLabuan Financial Services AuthorityFinancial Services Conduct AuthorityThe Seychelles Financial Services AuthoritySTPBonds, Stock CFDs, Forex, Futures, Indices, Metals628
  • Tight spreads
  • Well regulated
  • Fast and free withdrawals
  • Limited base currencies
Read Review 111104/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111104/ 5 73%30:10 pips Classic, Pro, VIP MT4, MT5Visa, Mastercard, Bank Transfer, Neteller, Skrill, SticPay, Fasapay, Unionpay, NganLuong, WebMoney4 USD / lot

How do Tickmill and FP Markets stack up against each other?

The Radar Chart below highlights how the brokers stack up against each other across various metrics. The highest score a broker can receive in each area is 5.

FP Markets

Tickmill

At FxScouts, we help traders find the broker that suits their trading needs. In many cases, the best way to achieve this is to compare brokers side-by-side.

To compare Tickmill and FP Markets, we used the same factors we use when reviewing brokers: The trust and regulation of the broker, the trading platform, the costs and trading conditions, and the level of education and market analysis available at the broker.

Does Tickmill or FP Markets have a better trust and regulation rating?

Trust and regulation are some of the most important factors to consider when choosing a Forex broker. Trust in the Forex trading business is almost entirely founded upon regulation. We spend many hours evaluating the safety of each broker by delving into their fine print and confirming each one of their regulatory licences on the online registers. The more top-tier authorities a broker is regulated by, the higher its trust rating.

In our comparison, we found that Tickmill holds one Tier 1 and one Tier 2 licences, and FP Markets holds one Tier 1 and one Tier 2 licences.

 

Can I trust Tickmill?

Yes as Tickmill was founded in 2014 and is regulated by CySEC, FCA, FSCA, LFSA and FSA-Seychelles.

 

Can I trust FP Markets?

Yes as FP Markets was founded in 2005 and is regulated by ASIC and CySEC.

 

Based on these findings, Tickmill earned a higher trust rating than FP Markets.

Does Tickmill or FP Markets have lower costs?

Another important aspect we consider when comparing brokers is the cost of trading. When evaluating trading costs, we always consider the minimum deposit required to open an account and the ongoing trading costs, including the spreads and commissions. When calculating trading costs, we measure the cost to trade one lot of EUR/USD using the broker’s account with the lowest minimum deposit. The cost includes both the spread and any commission charged. 

Not all brokers publish their trading costs, so we often open accounts and trade on their platforms to verify the spreads and commissions. Based on our reviews, we found that Tickmill has overall lower trading costs than FP Markets. 

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FP Markets
111115/ 5
USD, AUD, CAD, CHF, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD
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111115/ 5
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USD 4

 

Does Tickmill or FP Markets offer a better choice of trading platforms?

Traders want Forex brokers to offer them a choice of trading platforms, so we give brokers who offer multiple platforms higher ratings. Trading platforms we consider include MetaTrader4, MetaTrader5, cTrader and proprietary mobile and web-based platforms. 

In this case, FP Markets offers support for MT4 and MT5 and Tickmill offers support for MT4, MT5 and IRESS. 

Do the brokers offer copy trading?

Copy trading is a great option for beginner traders who can’t trade full-time or lack experience with Forex trading. In this case both FP Markets and Tickmill offer copy trading.

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11110.54.5/ 5
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11110.54.5/ 5

 

Which broker offers a better choice of trading instruments?

A variety of CFD instruments – and a large range of CFDs for each instrument category allow traders more opportunities for profitable trading. The best brokers will have thousands of CFDs to trade, covering all these instrument categories. We found that FP Markets offers a greater range and depth of instruments to trade than Tickmill. FP Markets offers 70 Forex pairs to trade and Tickmill offers 62 Forex pairs to trade.

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And what about Cryptocurrencies?

In this case, FP Markets offers 11 cryptocurrencies while Tickmill offers 8 cryptocurrencies. So if you want to trade cryptocurrencies, we advise trading with FP Markets.

Which broker offers better deposit and withdrawal processes?

Although brokers may have reasonable trading fees, many traders are caught out by the high non-trading fees charged by some brokers, including deposits and withdrawals. Traders want to be able to deposit and withdraw funds quickly and cheaply. Most brokers have multiple funding methods with zero fees for making deposits, but some brokers make it more expensive and take longer to process withdrawals. 

We rate brokers more highly that process withdrawals within 24 hours by multiple withdrawal methods and without charging processing fees. We found that FP Markets charges a withdrawal fee and Tickmill does not. Overall, Tickmill has better deposit and withdrawal processes than FP Markets. 

Which broker offers better educational support?

We often find that brokers offer very little in the way of educational materials, forcing traders to use other third-party sites or self-educate elsewhere. Beginner traders need well-structured, well-presented materials in multiple formats to get a good start at trading. More experienced traders also benefit from webinars led by experts in the field and advanced trading strategy sections with new trading ideas. 

Tickmill has better educational support than FP Markets. Tickmill offer educational support for more experienced traders and FP Markets does not.

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Tickmill

 

Which broker offers better market analysis materials?

To successfully predict the price movements of an instrument, traders will need access to frequent market research and analysis. We find that research and market analysis are always better when they are produced in-house and updated frequently. Third-party resources don’t show the same expertise in trading ideas, so we place a strong emphasis on frequent in-house updates. Some brokers also often offer interactive webinars where traders can learn from experts in the field. 

We found that Tickmill offers better research analysis than FP Markets and that both FP Markets and Tickmill offer frequent webinars.

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Tickmill

 

Our overall Verdict on Tickmill

A trustworthy broker with MT4 and MT5 support and two of the lowest-cost trading accounts in the industry, Tickmill provides a perfect trading environment for serious beginners and more experienced traders.

Tickmill provides two commission-based accounts with low spreads (0.0 pips on the EUR/USD) and some of the lowest commissions in the industry. A standard account is also available, with no commission and spreads starting at 1.6 pips on the EUR/USD. Education and market analysis are both excellent and experienced traders will appreciate the wide range of currency pairs.

Overall, while Tickmill’s standard account is more expensive than other similar brokers, the two low-cost commission accounts make it an excellent choice of broker for Metatrader users looking for a new broker.

Our overall Verdict on FP Markets

FP Markets is a well-regulated Forex broker with an excellent stock trading platform designed for more experienced stock pickers. We were also impressed with how easy the FP Markets Trading App was to use and the quality of FP Markets' customer service.

In terms of fees, FP Markets has an “ECN pricing” model, which it claims provides “extremely competitive” costs. Unfortunately, we found that the fees on its MT4 and MT5 trading accounts were higher than most of its ECN competitors. But FP Markets does make it easy for beginners to get started, with 50 GBP minimum deposits and unlimited demo accounts.

FP Markets also stands out for its support for active and professional stock traders. FP Markets is one of few brokers offering the IRESS suite of trading platforms. These Direct Market Access platforms provide access to 10,000+ international stocks, but the basic IRESS account requires a minimum deposit of 1000 USD and commissions are charged on most trades.

Which broker has the highest overall rating?

Tickmill has an overall rating of 4.48 and FP Markets has an overall rating of 4.22. For more detail please read our reviews of Tickmill and FP Markets.

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