Halifax vs IC Markets compared

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

Halifax
IC Markets
74.32% of retail CFD accounts lose money

Last update of dataJan 2023

Halifax

UK stockbroker, part of Halifax (Bank of Scotland), owned by Lloyds Banking Group

Recommended for beginners and long-term investors.

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.

Halifax's service is on par with IC Markets's and a comparison of their fees shows that Halifax's fees are slightly higher than IC Markets's.

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

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

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Basic data of broker

Overall Score
4.4

Recommended for Beginners and long-term investors

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
4.0
Fees score
4.6
Fees summary

Low non-trading fees, but high trading fees.

Fees summary

Low trading and non-trading fees

Stock and ETF fees

Forex fees

Fund fees

Bond fees

Options fees

Futures fees

Crypto fees

CFD fees

Non-trading fees

Deposit and withdrawal

Deposit and withdrawal score
3.8
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
4.0
Account opening score
5.0
Account opening fully online
Account opening fully online
Minimum deposit
*

$0

*
Minimum deposit
*

$200

*
Time to open account

1 day

Time to open account

1 day

Required documents

May require proof of residency at a UK address for the last 3 years, for trading of US investments a special W-8BEN form for tax purposes

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
2.8
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
3.2
Markets and products score
2.2
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
3.5
Research score
3.8
Charting quality

Mid-range

Charting quality

Mid-range

Education score
3.5
Education score
4.5
Demo account
Demo account

Customer service

Customer service score
0.0
Customer service score
4.5
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

1996

Foundation date

2007

Country of regulation

UK

Country of regulation

Cyprus, Australia, Seychelles

Halifax

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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