FP Markets vs IC Markets vs Pepperstone
FP Markets, IC Markets and Pepperstone are three prominent heavyweights in the retail industry, each striving for excellence.
The time has come to take a closer look at these giants and shed light on what they have on offer.
|Brokers under review|
|Account Application Time||1 Business Day||1 Business Day||1 Business Day|
|Minimum Account Balance||100 AUD (Lowest)||200||500 (Highest)|
|Account Types||Standard, Raw and ViewPoint, and||Standard and Raw Spread Accounts||Standard and Razor Accounts|
|Range of Markets||10,000+ (Additional Share via their Platform)||300+ (Additional Futures Products)||500+ (No Futures Products)|
|Low Spreads - Commission per side is 3.0 per one standard lot||Low Spreads - Commission per side is 3.5 per one standard lot||Low Spreads - Commission per side is 3.76 per one standard lot|
|Execution Speed||36 Milliseconds||40 Milliseconds||30 Milliseconds|
|Regulation – Tier 1 Licences||;||;||; FCA|
|Market Research and Education||9||7||6|
FP Markets, an Australian-based / provider, was founded in 2005. The company is a strong competitor in the retail
industry, recently celebrating its 15th anniversary.
With headquarters located in the heart of Sydney, FP Markets has grown into a globally-recognised organisation, offering s access to a broad range of markets, including () as well as , , s and more (10,000 + products).
The company also boasts more than 40 international industry awards – voted Best Global Value Broker in 2019. Another plus point with FP Markets is their innovative, user-friendly website.
Founded in 2007, IC Markets is an Australian-based provider, and is, according to the company, the most renowned provider, offering solutions for active day s and .
Headquartered in Sydney, IC Markets offers clients a wide array of products (232+ products) and an easy-to-navigate website.
When asked about awards, their support service informed us they do not participate in external competitions so have no awards – they stated all their energy goes to their services.
Pepperstone is a provider, founded in 2010, in Melbourne, Australia. The organisation, according to their company website, was designed by a team of experienced s with a shared commitment to improve the world of online .
Pepperstone available instruments, similar to FP Markets and IC Markets, offers clients a wide selection of products (180+ products) as well as an easy-to-use well-presented website.
Pepperstone boasts a number of awards. Most recent are the 2019 Capital International (CFI.co) and 2020 ADVFN International Awards Winner.
Fees and Spreads
Fees and Spreads
They do not charge a commission on their Standard account, though there is a mark-up on the spread by 1 pip.
For their Raw account, specifically or metals, an additional commission is incurred. Commission per side is 3.0 USD per one standard lot, plus a variable spread cost.
Data acquired from their server shows spread to be 0.0 pips on average 64.74% of the time from 01- 05-2020 to 31-05-2020 (available for raw accounts only).
According to FP Market’s spread table, their raw account offers incredibly tight average spreads with and coming in as low as 0, along with at 0.2 pips.
The above is associated costs with Meta currencies, not or share (which incur additional fees/adjustments). Visit https://www.fpmarkets.com/fees-charges/ for more information.
According to the company, IC Markets do not charge commission on standard accounts. Instead they informed us they add a mark-up on a variable spread by 1 pip above the rate received from their liquidity providers.
IC Market’s raw spread account, according to their website, shows the raw interbank spread received from their liquidity providers. On this account they charge a commission of 3.5 USD per one standard lot (per side) for FX and metals.
They state on their webpage https://www.icmarkets.com/sc/en/-pricing/spreads spreads can go as low as 0.0 pips on Meta and c raw spread platforms. Data acquired from an independent third-party provider shows their spread to be 0.0 pips on average 95% of the time from 01-07-2019 to 31-12-2019 (available for raw spread accounts only).
Commissions for their standard account are built into the spread for all products, similar to FP Markets and IC Markets.
For their razor account, commission for a account based in USD is 3.76 USD (7.53 USD round turn) per one standard lot. Their razor account commission, however, is 3.50 USD (7.00 USD round turn). They also state c’s 7-unit charge per standard lot refers to the first currency (the base currency) displayed of the pair being traded. For example, = 7 NZD per lot traded. This value is then converted to your account currency at market rates.
During liquid times, they claim spreads can go as low as 0 pips on the via their Razor account.
Platforms – Account Types
Platforms – Account Types
FP Markets provides its s with Meta 4 () and Meta 5 (), as well as the platform, a comprehensive active platform. This broker also provides its clients three additional platforms, ViewPoint, and .
FP Markets has two account types for both and : Standard and Raw.
All aforementioned platforms offer mobile solutions, both for iOS and Android. FP Markets offer demo accounts for all platforms, but if left inactive for 30 days the accounts will be archived.
RANGE OF MARKETS:
IC Markets offer clients and platforms, as well as c, a specifically designed platform for high- speed execution.
This broker provides two types of accounts: Standard account and a Raw Spread account. Both accounts are available on and . For c, only the raw spread account is available.
/5 and c also come with mobile solutions: iOS and Android.
According to this broker, they offer demo accounts for all platforms, with no inactivity limits/fees imposed.
RANGE OF MARKETS:
Like IC Markets, Pepperstone offer /5 and c platforms.
Pepperstone offer two types of accounts: Razor and Standard accounts. According to their support service, the Razor account is popular with ; the Standard account, however, is popular for those wanting a simpler account, and for beginners. Both accounts are available on , and c.
Similar to FP Markets and IC Markets, Pepperstone’s platforms come with mobile solutions, both for iOS and Android, and offer demo accounts for all platforms. /5 demo accounts with Pepperstone expire automatically after 30 days unless you have a live account and request them to set it to non-expiry. c demo accounts do not expire if they are logged into at least once every 30 days.
RANGE OF MARKETS:
Through FP Markets, clients can access up to 1:500 on pairs and precious metals. This broker provides a reasonably detailed webpage here https://www.fpmarkets.com/uk// showing you their rates for specific products, how works and the maximum equity balance.
IC Markets offers flexible options ranging from 1:1 to 1:500.
We were unable to find any webpage detailing specifics.
Their website states:
If you are a FCA-licensed client you can trade with up to 1:30 as a retail . Professional clients can trade up to 1:500.
The average order execution time between the trade being received, processed and confirmed is 36 milliseconds.
FP Markets was rated by Investment Trends as the Best for Quality of Trade Execution 2019.
The average execution speed is around 40 milliseconds. They state as they’re located nearby their liquidity providers, they offer competitive speed.
Trade execution is from as low as 30 milliseconds and orders are always executed at the best available prices at the time the order is received. This is according to their support team.
Regulations and Licences
FP Markets is regulated by the Australian Securities and Commission () and the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission () and registered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
IC Markets are authorised and regulated by the Services Authority () of Seychelles.
They also hold an Australian services licence () No. 335692. In addition, IC Markets holds a Securities Dealer Licence No SD018.
Pepperstone is licensed by the Australian Securities and Commission ().
Pepperstone UK is authorised and regulated by the UK Conduct Authority (FCA).
Pepperstone AE is authorised and regulated by the Dubai Services (DFSA) Authority.
Pepperstone Markets is authorized and regulated by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas (SCB).
Contact – Customer Service
With respect to customer service, each broker takes a similar approach,
providing phone support, a dedicated support email and an online chat facility.
All three brokers offer a support page; the majority of general questions are answered here.
Market Research – Educational Content
A dedicated ’s Hub is available with FP Markets.
In-depth daily technical and fundamental analysis can be accessed for free via separate pages, covered by industry experts. The broker also provides a detailed Weekly Technical Market Insight, including analysis of the US dollar index.
What’s also particularly impressive is their Black and White Technical report which looks at detailed pattern structure in various markets – this is a weekly report. Also weekly, FP Markets provides Currency Point, a video- based review of the week, presented by industry expert Evan Lucas.
In terms of Educational content, FP Markets deliver a number of articles via their Knowledge page. What’s more, for newer s, the broker provides dedicated eBooks loaded with information and a handful of video tutorials.
FP Markets holds regular webinars and has begun growing its presence on Telegram and Twitter, providing daily news and analysis.
The company also provide clients access to various tools, including Autochartist and the Toolbox. According to their support team, these features are available on both demo and live.
IC Markets offer an Information Hub.
In-depth daily (and weekly) technical and fundamental analysis can be accessed for free with this broker.
Regarding educational content, IC Markets offer 101 articles for FX , Technical and Fundamental analysis, risk management, psychology and plan. The 101 section is regularly updated with detailed articles.
According to their support team, they do not offer webinars.
Their presence on social media, in particular Twitter, is relatively impressive. Like FP Markets, they regularly air market events and display technical charts.
IC Markets offer s free access to Autochartist as well as Central, both on live and demo accounts.
From what we could find, Pepperstone do not have a dedicated technical and fundamental analysis page, similar to that of FP Markets and IC Markets.
Chris Weston, head of research, along with a few other analysts, are regularly active. You can sign up to Weston’s Daily Fix, a service that delivers market news to your inbox prior to the European session getting underway.
As for educational content, they provide a number of clear and detailed articles, labelled beginner to advanced. This was a nice touch we thought as newer s know where to begin. Pepperstone also regularly hold webinars, largely focused on technical analysis from their FX Evolution team.
Autochartist is provided by this broker along with Smart Tools, a suite of expert advisor tools, including sophisticated alarms and broadcast facilities, with up-to-date market data.
It can take up to 1 business day for your account to be approved. Demo account access is available immediately.
FP Markets need proof of ID and proof of residence. As ID they accept a passport, National ID card or driving license. As proof of residence they accept a utility bill or a bank statement issued in the past 6 months.
For corporate accounts, FP Markets require proof of identity and proof of residence for all directors and beneficial owners. They also require the certificate of incorporation and memorandum of articles of association. If the beneficial owner is another entity, they will also require additional documentation. You can reach out to their onboarding team (email@example.com) for more information.
The minimum deposit for an /5 account is 100 AUD, or currency equivalent. The minimum deposit for the platform is 1,000 AUD, or currency equivalent.
Restricted countries, according to FP Markets, are the US, Japan and New Zealand, or residents from any other country or jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to those local laws or regulations.
Account verification usually takes a few minutes but can take a couple of hours in some cases, according to their website. Demo account access is available immediately.
In terms of documentation, for live accounts, IC Markets require an ID document (National ID card, passport or driving license) and recent proof of residence (utility bill or bank statement) that shows your name and address. For corporate accounts, they state the following is required:
1. Copy of your company’s constitution or articles of incorporation.
2. Certificate of Incorporation.
3. Details of directors and shareholders.
4. Company proof of address (utility bill or bank statement no older than 3 months).
5. All proof of residence documents must be no older than 90 days.
For more information, check out: https://www.icmarkets.com/sc/en/company/aml-policy
IC Markets allows clients to open an account with as little as 200 USD or currency equivalent.
US Japan and New Zealand are listed as restricted countries. For other countries, see this link: https://www.icmarkets.com/sc/en/company/aml-policy.
For retail clients, account opening should be complete within 1 business day. For company or trust account applications, however, Pepperstone claim account opening can take up to two business days. Demo account access is available immediately.
To have your account approved by Pepperstone, you’ll need one form of photo ID (such as a driver’s licence, passport, National ID or electoral card) and one form of secondary ID such as a utility bill or bank statement issued within the past 6 months, to verify your address.
For corporate accounts, under the regulation, according to their support staff, Pepperstone require the Certificate of Incorporation/Registration and either a Certificate of Incumbency, Articles of Association or Company Extract. These documents must contain the following details – company name, company number, registered office address, list of directors and beneficial owners. In addition, they require two of the following ID documents from all Directors and Shareholders of the company: passport, driver’s licence, National ID, bank statement or utility bill (the last two should be dated within the last six months). For more information: https://pepperstone.com/en-gb/support/does-pepperstone-offer-company-or-corporate-trust-accounts/.
Pepperstone recommend a minimum deposit of 500 USD or equivalent. However, they do not appear to enforce a minimum deposit. According to their support team, the majority of clients deposit around 200 USD.
United States, Japan, India, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and Saudi Arabia.