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Markets.com Review 2019

4.2 4 stars · Jun 2019
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Markets.com is a global CFD and FX broker established in 2010. Markets.com is operated by Safecap Investment Limited, which is regulated by two regulators, the Cypriot Cysec and the South African FSCA. It is not regulated by FCA, the top-tier, UK regulator. Safecap is owned by Playtech, a gambling software development company.

Markets.com is considered safe, because its parent company, Playtech is listed on a stock exchange.

Markets.com is a CFD and forex broker. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 73% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Recommended for traders wanting to venture in CFD trading.

Pros
  • Low trading fees
  • Account open is seamless and fast
  • Innovative research tools
Cons
  • Limited product portfolio, only CFDs
  • Not FCA regulated, Cysec and FSB only

Markets.com pros and cons

Markets.com has low trading fees. Its account opening is seamless and fast. Its research tools are innovative and easy to use

It only provides CFDs and FX. It is regulated only by the Cypriot and the South-African regulators.

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Fees 3 stars

Markets.com has low trading fees and financing rates. On the negative side, there is a high inactivity fee and the fee structures are not transparent.
Pros
  • Low trading fees
  • No withdrawal fee
  • Low financing rate
Cons
  • Inactivity fee
  • Not transparent fee structure
  • Financing rate calculation is non-transparent
Markets.com fees snapshot
Assets Fee level Fee terms
US stock Low The fees are built into spread. 0.35 spread is the spread cost
EURUSD High The fees are built into spread, 2.4 pips is the spread cost
US tech fund - Not available
Inactivity fee High $10 per month after 3 month of inactivity

We ranked Markets.com's fee levels as low, average or high based on how they compare to those of all reviewed brokers.

To get things rolling, let's go over some lingo relating to broker fees. What you need to keep an eye on are trading fees, financing rates, and non-trading fees.

We also compared Markets.com's fees with those of two similar brokers we selected, Plus500 and eToro. This selection is based on factors like products offered, client profile, fee structure, etc.

Let's start with the trading fees.

When you are an average investor it is extremely hard to figure out Market.com’s fees. There is no dedicated fee description on its website.

Trading fees

Markets.com fees are low for stock CFDs and high for forex. There is no commission, everything is included in the spread, the difference between the ask and the bid prices. 

It is super hard to compare trading fees for CFD brokers. What we did at Brokerchooser? Instead of quoting long fee tables, we compare brokers by calculating all fees of a typical trade for three assets.  

For the assets we chose cleverly and arbitrarily:

  • Apple, a large US stock
  • Vodafone, a large European stock
  • EURUSD, a popular currency pair

The typical trade means buying a position, holding for one week, and selling it. For the volume, we chose a $2,000 position for the stocks and $20,000 for the EURUSD.

This super catch-all benchmark includes spreads, commissions and financing costs for all brokers.

Here is the verdict. Markets.com stock CFD trading fees are low, and FX fees are high. 

Markets.com fees benchmarked
  Markets.com Plus500 eToro
Apple benchmark fee $5.6 $8.9 $0.0
Vodafone benchmark fee $6.8 $7.6 $0.0
EURUSD benchmark fee $28.6 $17.6 $19.1

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Financing rates

Markets.com's yearly financing rates are high. Brokers charge financing rates if you hold a leveraged position for more than one day. 

This can influence your trading fees very much if you tend to hold positions for longer.

Markets.com financing rates are only published on the trading platform, and the calculation method is not transparent. Markets.com can also change the rates anytime at its discretion.

Yearly financing rate
  Markets.com Plus500 eToro
Apple financing rate 7.9% 13.9% 8.9%
Vodafone financing rate 6.0% 12.1% 8.9%
EURUSD financing rate 6.6% 4.5% 3.7%

Non-trading fees

Markets.com has average non-trading fees. There are no account fee, deposit or withdrawal fee. 

The inactivity fee is high, after 3 months there is a $10 per month fee.

  Markets.com Plus500 eToro
Account fee No No No
Inactivity fee Yes Yes Yes
Withdrawal fee $0 $0 $25

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Account opening 5 stars

Markets.com account opening is seamless, fast and fully digital. You can open your trading account within a day.
Pros
  • Fast account opening
  • Fully digital account opening
  • User-friendly
Cons
  • $/€/£100 minimum funding

Can you open an account?

Markets.com accepts customers from almost all countries. There are a few exceptions. Some notable exceptions are the citizen of US, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, South-Korea, Israel, Russia, Brazil, Turkey, and Belgium.

Minimum deposit

The minimum deposit is $/€/£100.

Account types

Markets.com has only one, standard account type.

How to open your account

The account opening is very easy and fully digital. It took one day until our account was approved.

Three steps of Markets.com account open:

  1. Give your personal and financial information.
  2. Give your trading experience and fill out a test on your knowledge.
  3. Verify your ID and residency. You can upload national ID, passport, or driver's license for verifying your ID. Utility bill and bank statements are accepted for residency verification.

Markets.com  review - Account opening

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Deposit and withdrawal 5 stars

Markets.com deposit and withdrawal are free of charge, with many options and easy-to-do.
Pros
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • No deposit fee
  • Several account base currencies
Cons
  • None

Account base currencies

There are a lot of base currencies: USD, AUD, DKK, EUR, GBP, NOK, PLN, SEK, and ZAR.

Why does this matter? Because if you fund your account in the same currency as your bank account, currency conversion fees won't be charged. 

A convenient way to save on the currency conversion fees can be to open a multi-currency bank account. Revolut or Transferwise both offer bank accounts in several currencies with great currency exchange rates as well as free or cheap international bank transfers. The account opening only takes a few minutes on your phone.

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Deposit fees and options

Markets.com deposit is free of charge.

 

As other CFD broker, there are a lot of options at Markets.com:

  • Bank transfer
  • Credit Card Payment
  • Paypal
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
Deposit options
  Markets.com Plus500 eToro
Bank transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/Debit card Yes Yes Yes
Electronic wallets Yes Yes Yes

The bank transfer can take more business days, while electronic wallets and credit/debit cards are instant.

Markets.com  review - Deposit and withdrawal - Deposit

You can only deposit money from sources which are on your name.

Withdrawal fees and options

Markets.com withdrawal fee is free of charge. This is very competitive. 

Withdrawing money is easy. Funds can be withdrawn in the same way as deposited. 

Withdrawal fees and options
  Markets.com Plus500 eToro
Bank Transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/Debit card Yes Yes Yes
Electronic wallets Yes Yes Yes
Withdrawal fee $0 $0 $25
Withdrawal Time 1 day 2 days >3 days

The quoted withdrawal time was 7 days, that is not the fastest. We tested the card withdrawal and we received the money in 4 business days, less than the quoted.  

You can only withdraw money from sources which are on your name.

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Web trading platform 3 stars

Markets.com's web trading platform looks nice, easy to use, and has a great search function. It has limited order types, and the two step login is missing.
Pros
  • User-friendly
  • Good search function
  • Available in several languages
Cons
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited order types
  • No order confirmation
Markets.com platforms to choose from
Trading platform Score Available
Web 3 / 5 stars Yes
Mobile 4 / 5 stars Yes
Desktop - No

At Markets.com you can use its own platform, or you can use MetaTrader 4 and 5. We tested Markets.com trading platforms.

The web platform is available in 15 languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Russian, Arabic, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Polish, Czech. The mobile platform covers even more languages including e.g. Hungarian, etc.

Look and feel

Markets.com web trading platform is easy to navigate around. Its design is good, it got upgraded in 2018.

However, you cannot customize the platform.

Markets.com review - Web Trading platform

Login and security

Markets.com applies a one-step username / password login. Brokerchooser was missing a more secure two-step authentication.

Markets.com review - Web Trading platform - Login

Search functions

The search function is great. You will find easily everything. We searched "Apple" "Japan" and "Oil" and managed to get the relevant results quickly.

You can also browse by categories. You can select for example stocks from South Africa, or have the "Top Volatile"s lined up by a few clicks.

Markets.com review - Web Trading platform - Search

Placing orders

Markets.com order panel is simple and clean because there are not a lot of functions built in. 

You have

  • market order
  • limit order
  • stop-loss order

If you keep the platform and the default mode and do not change to the advanced mode, you only see market order. You can find a short explanation of the order types in our guidebook.

Markets.com review - Web Trading platform - Order panel

Alerts and notifications

We also liked the alert and notification function. You can set up email, SMS and push notifications.

You could set an alert for the same price level and circumvent this. However, there is no way to set a notification for order confirmation.

Portfolio and fee reports

The portfolio and fee reports are clear and easy to access. E.g. it is clear how much financing rate you paid. It is a bit confusing that in the statement, funds and withdrawals are added to profits and losses. This makes the statement a bit hard to read.

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Mobile trading platform 4 stars

The Markets.com mobile platform looks nice and it is easy to use. There are only basic order types, two step login is missing, and you cannot setup an order confirmation.
Pros
  • User-friendly
  • Good search function
  • Looks appealing
Cons
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited order types
  • No order confirmation

Markets.com operates mobile platforms both on iOS and Android.

The mobile platform is very similar to the web platform. It looks nice, and you can easily get around. There is a great onboarding when you first log in, and after a few minutes, you will be good to go. Furthermore, the search function is great.

However, there is no two-step login, there are only a few order types. You cannot set up notifications.

Markets.com review - mobile trading platform
Markets.com review - mobile trading platform - Order panel

 

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Markets and products 2 stars

At Markets.com you can trade only with CFDs, forex, and cryptos.

Markets.com is a CFD and forex broker. To learn more on CFDs read our CFD trading tips.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 73% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Markets.com has a competitive FX offering, but the CFDs are not the best. There are a few cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin Futures, Ripple, Ethereum, Dash, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin.

Products and markets
  Markets.com Plus500 eToro
Currency pairs (#) 55 59 47
Stock index CFDs (#) 27 23 13
Stock CFDs (#) 2,000 1,800 1,300
ETF CFDs (#) 39 80 83
Commodity CFDs (#) 8 17 6
Bond CFDs (#) - - -
Cryptos (#) 5 9 15

Based on the customer support answers, you cannot change the default leverage level of the products. We think you should be in control of this.

Markets.com offers CFD Blends, which are practically more CFDs organized along themes, like "legal cannabis", "trade war losers" The composition of the CFD portfolios are clear and well disclosed, also its past performance. We liked this function.

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Research 4 stars

Markets.com provides great research tools, including recommendations, sentiments and a good charting tool. Fundamental data is missing.
Pros
  • Trading ideas
  • Good quality news flow
  • Good set of analytical tools
Cons
  • No fundamental data available

Markets.com research tools are available in all 15 languages the platform is available at. This is great.

Recommendations

There are a lot of recommendations you can use at Markets.com. These recommendations are clear, stating both the direction and in some cases the target price. They do not provide argumentation behind the recommendations. Most of them are provided by TipRanks, a 2012 founded startup.

You can find recommendations from analysts. They are from top-tier bank analysts (UBS, Merrill Lynch etc.) and they give recommendations on shares. Also, a good feature that analysts are ranked based on their past performance.

You can also see what bloggers on SeekingAlpha or MotleysFool write about a few stocks.

There is also a Hedge Fund sentiment. It shows the insiders, e.g. management or other stakeholders what trade with a stock.

Markets.com review - Research - Recommendations

Fundamental data

There is a menu for fundamental data, but there is no real fundamental data, like financial ratios or historic financial reports.

Charting

Markets.com's charting tool is good. Besides the basics, you can add plenty of indicators. For a few stocks, you can access Trading Central's technical recommendations. Trading Central is a third party technical analysis firm. 

Markets.com review - Web Trading platform - Charting

News feed

There is no real news feed. All the news you get is through the economic calendar. There is also a pop-up alert when Markets.com thinks something newsworthy is happening. Sadly, you cannot set alerts manually.

How does the economic calendar work?

Beyond the listing upcoming events, you can also see the currency pairs the events influence.

Markets.com review - Research - Economic calendar

Furthermore, you can see whether the FX pair out or underperformed the consensus after a similar economic event.

Let’s see an example. The UK GDP YoY growth rate report is an economic event. With the tool you can investigate the effect of the GDP report on the GBPUSD. You can hit trade straight away.

This is by no means a bulletproof advice on how to trade currencies. Still, it is a handy tool.

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Customer service 5 stars

Markets.com customer service is great. You can contact them on all channels. The answers are relevant and fast. However, you can only reach them on weekdays.
Pros
  • Live chat
  • Relevant answers
  • Available in local languages
Cons
  • No support on the weekends

Markets.com's customer service is available via

  • phone
  • chat
  • email.

The customer service is available in multiple languages. We know about English, German, Spanish and Italian.  

Markets.com's customer service was always quick and reliable when we tested it. E.g. when we asked about fees, they talked about the financing rate too. You can rate your agent, a good way to give feedback. The tone was also nice.

You can call a local phone number, so there is no need for an international call.

On the flip side, the customer service cannot be reached on the weekends, it is 24/5.

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Education 5 stars

Markets.com's education is good. There is a demo account. You can sign up for regular webinars about trading and also watch tutorial videos.
Pros
  • Demo account
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Good production quality
Cons
None

You can practice on the demo account and that is a good way to learn.

There are quite a few videos in the Knowledge Centre. There are platform tip videos. A Canadian trader hosts short videos about trading tips and also makes some longer, 60-minute videos on special topics, like trend signals.

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Safety

Markets.com's parent company is listed on the London Stock Exchange. This is a good sign. However, it is only regulated by the Cypriot and the South African regulator, and not by the FCA or other top-tier ones.
Pros
  • Parent company is listed on the London Stock Exchange
Cons
  • Financial information is not publicly available
  • Not regulated by FCA or other top-tier regulators

Markets.com is a Cypriot broker established in 2010 serving clients globally. Is Markets.com safe? To be certain, it is best to check two things: how you are protected if something goes south and what the background of the broker is.

How you are protected

Markets.com is regulated in Cyprus and South Africa. Clients from all countries, except South Africa benefit from the Cypriot investor protection, in case Markets.com defaults. 

Cyprus has more online brokers than its global economic strength would suggest. Allegedly, because of its relaxed regulation. Being regulated only in Cyprus is not the best sign when it comes to a broker’s safety.

Markets.com legal entities
Client country Protection Amount Regulator Legal Entity
Europe and other eligible countries €20,000 Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (‘CySEC’) Safecap Investments Ltd
South Africa No protection Financial Sector Conduct Authority (‘FSCA’), South Africa Safecap Investments Ltd

Markets.com provides negative balance protection. This means you cannot lose more than what you have in your account.

Background

Markets.com's background is a bit complicated. Playtech, a gambling software company, acquired TradeFX in 2016. TradeFX owned Safecap Investments Limited, the Cypriot firm which operates Markets.com. Hence, Playtech is the owner of Markets.com. Playtech is listed on the London Stock Exchange. This is a good sign as companies listed on major exchanges need to be transparent. 

Markets.com has done significant steps to become a transparent broker. The sheer fact that Markets.com owners are transparent shows Playtech's efforts. There is also a good press coverage on how Markets.com is transforming its business to be more diligent. Nevertheless, keep in mind that Markets.com is neither regulated by the stringent UK regulator, nor is listed directly on an exchange, nor discloses its financials transparently and regularly. These factors would show more transparency and regulation quality.

Markets.com's parent company, Playtech is listed on the London Stock Exchange. This is a good sign for Markets.com's safety.

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Bottom line

In our Markets.com review, we tested Markets.com thoroughly and here is the verdict. It is an ok broker, especially if you want to concentrate on CFD trading. It has low trading fees, an easy-to-use platform, and great research tools.

It is not regulated by top-tier financial regulators, like the FCA or the SEC.

All in all, it is a good choice. The account opening is super easy and there is no inactivity fee, feel free to try it.

Markets.com main features and highlights

🗺️ Country of regulation Cyprus, South Africa
💰 Trading fees class Low
💰 Inactivity fee charged Yes
💰 Withdrawal fee amount $0
💰 Minimum deposit $100
🕖 Time to open an account 1 day
💳 Deposit with credit card Available
👛 Depositing with electronic wallet Available
💱 Number of base currencies supported 5
🎮 Demo account provided Yes
🛍️ Products offered Forex, CFD, Crypto, "Blends" which are CFD funds

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Markets.com is a global CFD and FX broker established in 2010. Markets.com is operated by Safecap Investment Limited, which is regulated by two regulators, the Cypriot Cysec and the South African FSCA. It is not regulated by FCA, the top-tier, UK regulator. Safecap is owned by Playtech, a gambling software development company.

Markets.com is considered safe, because its parent company, Playtech is listed on a stock exchange.

Markets.com is a CFD and forex broker. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 73% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Recommended for traders wanting to venture in CFD trading.

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Overall 4 stars

Pros
  • Low trading fees
  • Account open is seamless and fast
  • Innovative research tools
Cons
  • Limited product portfolio, only CFDs
  • Not FCA regulated, Cysec and FSB only

Fees 3 stars

Pros
  • Low trading fees
  • No withdrawal fee
  • Low financing rate
Cons
  • Inactivity fee
  • Not transparent fee structure
  • Financing rate calculation is non-transparent

Account opening 5 stars

Pros
  • Fast account opening
  • Fully digital account opening
  • User-friendly
Cons
  • $/€/£100 minimum funding

Deposit and withdrawal 5 stars

Pros
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • No deposit fee
  • Several account base currencies
Cons
  • None

Web trading platform 3 stars

Pros
  • User-friendly
  • Good search function
  • Available in several languages
Cons
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited order types
  • No order confirmation

Mobile trading platform 4 stars

Pros
  • User-friendly
  • Good search function
  • Looks appealing
Cons
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited order types
  • No order confirmation

Markets and products 2 stars

The available asset classes to trade:

  • Forex
  • CFD
  • Crypto
  • "Blends" which are CFD funds

Research 4 stars

Pros
  • Trading ideas
  • Good quality news flow
  • Good set of analytical tools
Cons
  • No fundamental data available

Customer service 5 stars

Pros
  • Live chat
  • Relevant answers
  • Available in local languages
Cons
  • No support on the weekends

Education 5 stars

Pros
  • Demo account
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Good production quality
Cons
None

Safety

Pros
  • Parent company is listed on the London Stock Exchange
Cons
  • Financial information is not publicly available
  • Not regulated by FCA or other top-tier regulators

AUTHOR OF THIS REVIEW

Gergely Korpos
Gergely Korpos
Co-founder, CPO
Gergely's aim is to bring more clarity into personal investing. He has 10 years of experience in financial markets with GE Money, KPMG and MOL. He concluded thousands of trades as a commodity trader and financial portfolio manager

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