AuthorAuthor: Alison HeyerdahlUpdated: November 28, 2022

Last Updated On November 28, 2022

Alison Heyerdahl

Forex Awards 2022

Each year FxScouts and our sister sites evaluate the world’s favourite Forex and CFD brokers.  We have worked with some of these companies for over a decade, and as 2022 comes to a close, we want to award the best of them for their accomplishments this year. Our independent and unbiased review process is the only basis for these awards.

We would like to congratulate each of these brokers; and also extend our congratulations to their hard-working and dedicated staff, who are the backbone of their success. 


Pepperstone – Global Forex Broker of the Year

One of the most respected brokers in the world, Pepperstone wins our award for Global Forex Broker of the Year for its ongoing commitment to providing traders with low costs and the widest platform choice available. Pepperstone has no required minimum deposit and some of the lowest costs in the industry, and it has let traders choose between the MT4, MT5 and cTrader platforms for many years. This year, Pepperstone’s platform capacity has increased even further with the addition of TradingView integration for cTrader and’s MT4 plugin.

All platforms feature Pepperstone’s ultra-fast, low-cost market execution, with most orders executed in less than 30 milliseconds. With tight spreads on two simple accounts, deep liquidity, and discounts for high-volume traders, Pepperstone is our favourite Forex broker for good reason. 

Read our full Pepperstone review here.


HFM – Best Trading Account for Beginners

While traders have the choice of five account types at HFM, our winner of the best Trading Account for Beginners is the HFM Micro Account*. With tight spreads, leverage of up to 1000:1, and minimum deposits starting at 5 USD, the Micro Account is the best account for new Forex traders. Traders can access HFM’s full range of instruments, including Forex, cryptocurrencies, metals, energies, indices, shares, commodities, bonds, and ETFs and spreads are very competitive, starting at 1 pip on the EUR/USD.

Beginners will also appreciate HFM’s award-winning customer support, available 24/5 in over 27 languages. HFM also provides a world-class repository of educational and market analysis materials, including articles, video tutorials, and frequent webinars on current events, advanced trading strategies, and chart analysis.

*Please note, the HFM Micro Account is not available to residents of the UK or EU. Instead, we recommend the HF Markets Premium Account.

Read our full HF Markets review here.

IG – Best Trading Conditions

Founded in 1974, IG has established itself as one of the foremost brokerages in the world. Trading conditions at IG are unparalleled in the industry. The sheer volume of tradable instruments available is staggering. Not only does IG offer one of the widest selections of shares to trade in the industry – over 17,000 and rising – but it also offers some unique features such as weekend trading on major pairs and innovative CFDs such as Sectors and the Crypto Index. Trading costs are low, with IG’s standard CFD account featuring commission-free spreads as low as 0.75 pips on the EUR/USD.

IG’s trading conditions are further enhanced by its great range of trading tools, with trading signals from both Autochartist and PIAfirst available in its own awarding-winning, web-based trading platform and the ProRealTime advanced charting package. Finally, with an API and DMA accounts for experienced traders and MT4 support for devotees, IG ensures that all types of traders are catered for.

Read our full IG review here.


AvaTrade – Best Customer Service

AvaTrade is one of the best, largest, and most reputable brokers in the world, and for a good reason. It offers a wide range of trading platforms, including its award-winning mobile trading app, AvatradeGO. It also offers world-class customer service alongside excellent analytical and education sections.

AvaTrade’s customer support is available 24/5 for CFD trading and 24/7 for cryptocurrency trading. And while 24/7 customer service isn’t unique, we have found that the quality and responsiveness of AvaTrade’s customer service, even over the weekends, is head and shoulders above its competitors. In addition, support is available in various languages via local telephone numbers, email, and live chat in many countries around the world.

Read our full AvaTrade review here.


IC Markets – Best Trading Tools

An excellent all-around broker, IC Markets was founded in 2007 and is well-known for its low trading costs, choice of trading platforms, and wide range of trading tools. IC Markets is one of the few Forex brokers to support all three major trading platforms, including MetaTrader4, MetaTrader5, and cTrader, and offers numerous trading tools for each, including VPS services, managed accounts, Autochartist, Trading Central, and various copy trading services.

While it’s easy to find a broker with some of these tools, finding a single broker with all of them as well as all three major platforms and low trading costs is almost impossible. Once you add the integrated tools, IC Markets makes available on cTrader and the Metatrader platforms, IC Markets is plainly unbeatable for traders looking for the widest range of technical options. We were also very impressed with IC Market’s approach to education; with a full library of course material, independent market analysis, and webinars, IC Markets offers new traders a comprehensive education.

Read our full IC Markets review here.


XM – Best Education and Market Research

A well-regulated market maker broker, XM offers trading on over 1000 instruments, including over 57 Forex pairs. XM also provides some of the best educational and market analysis materials in the industry. XM’s education section is comprised of various sections, including live education available Monday to Friday, daily Q&A sessions, educational videos, Forex webinars presented by highly skilled experts in 19 languages, platform tutorials, and Forex seminars. We have always found XM’s education and analysis to be of the highest quality, and traders taking advantage of this wealth of material will be well-equipped to get their trading careers underway. 

Once fully educated, traders will appreciate XM’s broad range of assets, including Forex, stocks, commodities, equities, precious metals, energies, and shares.  Traders can choose between four live accounts on both the MT4 and MT5 platforms.  XM boasts a strict no requotes and no rejections policy, and 99.53% of all trading orders are executed in less than one second. 

Read our full XM review here.


Skilling – Best Forex Trading Innovation

Founded in 2016, Skilling is a CFD broker with low trading costs on Forex, crypto, indices, commodities, and equities. Alongside industry stalwart MT4, Skilling supports both cTrader and its own trading platform, which integrates directly with cTrader.This innovative approach continues with the Skilling Trader app. Available on both Android and iOS devices, the Skilling Trader app is well-designed and includes a Trading Assistant that walks you through the app. It also has a huge range of technical indicators and charts in multiple time frames. We loved how easy it was to execute orders, and all of Skilling’s educational materials and market news are available on the app.

Read our full Skilling review here.

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