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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11110.54.69/ 5 GBP 0FCA Regulated Forex BrokersASIC Regulated BrokersBundesanstalt für FinanzdienstleistungsaufsichtFinansinspektionenMarket MakerBonds, Commodities, Digital 100s, Stock CFDs, ETFs, Forex, Indices, Interest Rates8010
  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
  • Great platform choice
  • Excellent education
  • Excellent market analysis
  • High minimum deposit
Read Review 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111115/ 5 111115/ 5 111115/ 5 111104/ 5 66%30:10.60 pips DMA, Live Account, Spread Betting MT4, L2 Dealer, ProRealTimeBank Transfer, Visa, Mastercard, PaypalFees Included in Spread
11110.54.58/ 5 GBP 100FCA Regulated Forex BrokersCySEC Regulated BrokersASIC Regulated BrokersFinancial Services Conduct AuthorityBritish Virgin Islands Financial Services CommissionMarket MakerBlends, Bonds, Commodities, Stock CFDs, ETFs, Forex, Futures, Indices6725
  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
  • Wide range of assets
  • Fast and free withdrawals
  • High minimum deposit
Read Review 11110.54.5/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111104/ 5 79.9%30:10.60 pips Live, Markets.com, Marketsx, MetaTrader 4, MetaTrader 5 MT4, MT5Mastercard, Visa, Neteller, Skrill, Bank TransferFees Included in Spread

How do IG and markets.com 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.

IG

markets.com

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 IG and markets.com, 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 IG or markets.com 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 IG holds three Tier 1 and one Tier 2 licences, and markets.com holds two Tier 1 and one Tier 2 licences.

 

Can I trust IG?

Yes as IG was founded in 1974 and is regulated by ASIC, BaFin, FCA and Fi.

 

Can I trust markets.com?

Yes as markets.com was founded in 2008 and is regulated by ASIC, B.V.I FSC, CySEC, FCA and FSCA.

 

Based on these findings, IG earned a higher trust rating than markets.com.

Does IG or markets.com 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 IG has overall lower trading costs than markets.com. 

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IG
11110.54.5/ 5
AUD, USD, JPY, GBP, EUR, CAD, CHF, NZD, SGD, HKD
0.60 pips
USD 6
0.85 pips
1.40 pips
0.94 pips
USD 0
Markets.com
111115/ 5
USD, AUD, CHF, CZK, DKK, EUR, GBP, NOK, PLN, SEK, ZAR
0.70 pips
USD 7
0.60 pips
1.20 pips
0.70 pips
USD 0

 

Does IG or markets.com 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, IG offers support for MT4, L2 Dealer and ProRealTime and markets.com offers support for MT4 and MT5. 

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 IG and markets.com offer copy trading.

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IG
11110.54.5/ 5
L2 Dealer
ProRealTime
Markets.com
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 IG offers a greater range and depth of instruments to trade than markets.com. IG offers 80 Forex pairs to trade and markets.com offers 67 Forex pairs to trade.

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And what about Cryptocurrencies?

In this case, markets.com offers 25 cryptocurrencies while IG offers 10 cryptocurrencies. So if you want to trade cryptocurrencies, we advise trading with markets.com.

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 neither IG nor markets.com charges a withdrawal fee. Overall, IG has better deposit and withdrawal processes than markets.com. 

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. 

IG and markets.com both have very good educational support. Both IG and markets.com offer educational support for more experienced traders.

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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 IG offers better research analysis than markets.com and that both IG and markets.com offer frequent webinars.

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Autochartist
Trading Central
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IG
Markets.com

 

Our overall Verdict on IG

Founded in London in 1974 and regulated by the FCA, IG is a low-cost CFD broker with a long history of providing safe and secure trading and a vast range of trading instruments.

Our research found that IG has over 320,000 clients worldwide and has been the largest CFD broker in the world by revenue for the last few years. It has two low-cost trading accounts and a spread betting account with no minimum deposit requirements and offers trading on over 17,000 instruments, all of which can be accessed on its award-winning app and web trader platform. 

For more traditional investors, IG also runs a fully licenced stock brokerage on the side. And in addition to a wide range of trading tools, IG has a world-class selection of educational and market analysis materials to get new traders started.

Our overall Verdict on markets.com

With a listing on the London Stock Exchange, a well-regulated and competitive trading environment, and a user-friendly, full-featured trading platform that allows spread betting, British traders will be hard-pressed to find a better broker.

Markets.com offers traders fast, low-cost trading on a broad range of financial instruments, including over 2000 stock CFDs, Forex, commodities, indices, ETFs, and bonds. Although Markets.com offers only one live account, spreads start at 0.6 pips (EUR/USD), with no commissions and a minimum deposit requirement of only 100 GBP.

Full support is offered for MT4, MT5, and Markets.com's award-winning in-house platform. An advanced multi-asset trading platform, the Markets.com platform is packed full of features, including excellent trading tools, expert analysis, and in-depth charting. 

Markets.com also provides a high level of customer service compared to other brokers, and all traders are assigned a dedicated Account Manager to assist with any queries regarding their account or using the platform.

Which broker has the highest overall rating?

IG has an overall rating of 4.69 and markets.com has an overall rating of 4.58. For more detail please read our reviews of IG and markets.com.

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