ActivTrades vs Barclays compared

Online brokers compared for fees, trading platforms, safety and more. See how ActivTrades stacks up against Barclays!

ActivTrades
Barclays
73-85% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Last update of dataNov 2022

ActivTrades

ActivTrades is a UK CFD and forex broker. It is regulated by the FCA and is available globally for clients.

Recommended for forex and CFD traders looking for low fees and great deposit/withdrawal conditions.

Barclays

Barclays is a UK-based bank. Barclays Smart Investor is the brokerage service provided by Barclays and regulated by the top-tier FCA.

Recommended for long-term investors looking for a broker with low fees and solid background.

ActivTrades's service is on par with Barclays's and a comparison of their fees shows that ActivTrades's fees are slightly lower than Barclays's.

Account opening takes less effort at ActivTrades compared to Barclays, deposit and withdrawal processes are somewhat easier at ActivTrades, while customer service quality is much better than Barclays's.

Our experts rated the trading platform of ActivTrades as much better than the platform of Barclays, found that clients have access to slightly more markets and products with ActivTrades, while Barclays provides somewhat better research and education.

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Basic data of broker

Overall Score
4.4

Recommended for Forex and CFD traders looking for low fees and great deposit/withdrawal conditions

Overall Score
4.2

Recommended for Long-term investors looking for a broker with low fees and solid background

Country of origin

UK

Country of origin

UK

Fees

Fees score
4.3
Fees score
3.8
Fees summary

Trading fees are low, non-trading fees are average.

Fees summary

Low trading and non-trading fees

Stock and ETF fees

Forex fees

Fund fees

Bond fees

Options fees

Futures fees

CFD fees

Non-trading fees

Deposit and withdrawal

Deposit and withdrawal score
4.5
Deposit and withdrawal score
4.0
Number of base currencies

4

Number of base currencies

1

Deposit type

Withdrawal type

Account opening

Account opening score
5.0
Account opening score
3.5
Account opening fully online
Account opening fully online
Minimum deposit
*

$500

*
Minimum deposit
*

$0

*
Time to open account

1 day

Time to open account

>3 days

Required documents

Proof of identity: national ID / passport / driver's license AND Proof of residency: bank statement / utility bill / telecommunication bill / residential certificate AND One photo of yourself

Required documents

Proof of identity: passport / driver's license Proof of residency: bank statement / utility bill

Trading platform

Web platform score
4.4
Web platform score
3.5
Mobile platform score
3.9
Mobile platform score
-
Desktop platform score
3.4
Desktop platform score
-

Markets and products

Markets and products score
1.9
Markets and products score
1.4
Stocks
Stocks
Fractional shares
Fractional shares
ETFs
ETFs
Forex
*
*
Forex
Funds
Funds
Bonds
Bonds
Options
Options
Futures
Futures
Crypto
*
*
Crypto
CFDs
CFDs
CFD disclaimer

Disclaimer: 73-85% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Research, education

Research score
3.3
Research score
4.0
Charting quality

Great

Charting quality

Poor

Education score
5.0
Education score
1.5
Demo account
Demo account

Customer service

Customer service score
5.0
Customer service score
0.0
Phone
Phone
Live chat
Live chat
Email
Email
24/7 availability
24/7 availability

Security

Investor protection amount

£85,000 for cliens under FCA, €100,000 for cash deposits and €20,000 for securities for other European clients

Investor protection amount

£85,000

Banking background
Banking background
Listed on stock exchange
Listed on stock exchange
Foundation date

2001

Foundation date

1992

Country of regulation

UK, Luxembourg, The Bahamas

Country of regulation

UK

ActivTrades

For detailed information and hands-on experience, read our review of this broker.

Barclays

For detailed information and hands-on experience, read our review of this broker.

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