Barclays vs IC Markets compared

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

Barclays
IC Markets
Barclays
3.9
IC Markets
4.5
74.32% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Last update of dataAug 2022

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.

IC Markets

IC Markets is a global forex and CFD broker. The company is regulated by finanacial authorities globally, including the top-tier ASIC.

Recommended for forex and CFD traders who value easy account opening and free deposit/withdrawal options.

Barclays's service is slightly weaker than IC Markets's and a comparison of their fees shows that Barclays's fees are slightly higher than IC Markets's.

Account opening takes more effort at Barclays compared to IC Markets, deposit and withdrawal processes are somewhat more complicated at Barclays, while customer service quality is considerably lower than IC Markets's.

Our experts rated the trading platform of Barclays as much less user-friendly than the platform of IC Markets, found that clients have access to slightly less markets and products with Barclays, while IC Markets provides just about the same quality of research and education.

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Basic data of broker

Overall Score
3.9

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

Overall Score
4.5

Recommended for Forex and CFD traders who value easy account opening and free deposit/withdrawal options

Country of origin

UK

Country of origin

Australia

Fees

Fees score
3.8
Fees score
4.6
Fees summary

Low trading and non-trading fees

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
4.0
Deposit and withdrawal score
4.9
Number of base currencies

1

Number of base currencies

10

Deposit type

Withdrawal type

Account opening

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

$0

*
Minimum deposit
*

$200

*
Time to open account

>3 days

Time to open account

1 day

Required documents

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

Required documents

Proof of identity: national ID / passport / driver's license Proof of residency: bank statement / utility bill / credit card statement / tax statement from last 3 months

Trading platform

Web platform score
3.5
Web platform score
2.8
Mobile platform score
-
Mobile platform score
3.8
Desktop platform score
-
Desktop platform score
3.4

Markets and products

Markets and products score
1.3
Markets and products score
2.4
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: 74.32% 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
4.0
Research score
4.0
Charting quality

Poor

Charting quality

Mid-range

Education score
1.5
Education score
4.5
Demo account
Demo account

Customer service

Customer service score
0.0
Customer service score
3.6
Phone
Phone
Live chat
Live chat
Email
Email
24/7 availability
24/7 availability

Security

Investor protection amount

£85,000

Investor protection amount

€20,000 protection for customers under CySEC, no protection for others

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

1992

Foundation date

2007

Country of regulation

UK

Country of regulation

Cyprus, Australia, Seychelles

Barclays

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

IC Markets

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

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