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AvaTrade

Offers four ways to trade: Forex, Spread betting, CFD trading, and options trading

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AAA

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Plus500

Offers two ways to trade: CFDs, Forex

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Trust Score:

B

Used by:

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eToro

Offers two ways to trade: CFD trading, and social trading

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AAA

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London Capital Group

Offers one way to trade: Forex

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IG

Offers four ways to trade: Forex, Spread Betting, CFD, Stock trading and Binary options

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ETX Capital

Offers three ways to trade: Forex, Spread betting, CFD and Binary options

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Core Spreads

Offers one way to trade: Forex

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City Index

Offers three ways to trade: Forex, CFDs, Spread Betting

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XTB

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XM

Offers five ways to trade: Forex, Commodities, Equity Indices, Precious Metals, Energies

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CFDs are leveraged products and can result in the loss of your capital. All information collected on 1/11/2017.

The Ultimate Guide to

Choosing a Broker
For Trading EUR/USD

Not sure which broker is right for you?

Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. In this guide, you’ll learn:

Ready?

Part 1

Why Choose AvaTrade
For Trading EUR/USD?

AvaTrade scored best in our review of the top brokers for trading eur/usd, which takes into account 120+ factors across eight categories. Here are some areas where AvaTrade scored highly in:

  • 11+ years in business
  • Offers 250+ instruments
  • A range of platform inc. MT4, Mac, Mirror Trader, ZuluTrade, Web Trader, Tablet & Mobile apps
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Tight spreads from 1.0 pips
  • Used by 200,000+ traders
  • Allows hedging
  • 5 languages
  • Leverage up to 1:400

AvaTrade offers four ways to trade: Forex, Spread betting, CFD trading, and options trading. If you wanted to trade EURUSD through copy trading or other means, skip to part two.

The two most important categories in our rating system are the cost of trading and the broker’s trust score. To calculate a broker’s trust score, we take into account a range of factors, including their regulation history, years in business, liquidity provider etc.

AvaTrade have a AAA trust score, which is v. good. This is largely down to them being regulated by Central Bank of Ireland, ASiC , FSA, FSB and BVI, segregating client funds, being established for over 11 years, and much more. For comparison:

Trust Score comparsion

AvaTrade Plus500 eToro
Trust Score AAA B AAA
Year Established 2006 2008 2006
Regulated by Central Bank of Ireland, ASiC , FSA, FSB and BVI Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 509909) and Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (License No. 250/14) Financial Conduct Authority, CySEC
Uses tier 1 banks
Company Type Private Public Private
Segregates client funds

The second thing we look for is the competitiveness of the spreads, and what fees they charge. We've compared these in detail in part three of this guide.

Part 2

Who AvaTrade is (& Isn’t)
Suitable For

As mentioned, AvaTrade allows you to trade in four ways: Forex, Spread betting, CFD trading, and options trading.

Suitable for:

  • Spread Betting
  • CFD Trading
  • Forex Trading
  • Social Trading

Not Suitable for:

  • Share Dealing

To trade with AvaTrade, you'll need a minimum deposit of $100. AvaTrade offers a range of different account types for different traders including a micro account, mini account, vip account.

Finally, AvaTrade isn't available in the following countries: US, Belgium, Canada & Singapore.

Part 3

A Comparison of AvaTrade vs. Plus500 vs. eToro


Want to see how AvaTrade stacks up against Plus500 and eToro? We've compared their spreads, features, and key information below.



Spread & fee comparsion

The spreads below are illustrative. For more accurate pricing information, click on the names of the brokers at the top of the table to open their websites in a new tab.
AvaTrade Plus500 eToro
Fixed Spreads
Variable Spreads
EUR/USD Spread 1.0 0.01% 3.0
GBP/USD Spread 1.8 0.01% 4.0
USD/CAD Spread 1.80.02%3.0
USD/JPY Spread 0.90.02%2.0
DAX Spread 1.5 0.01% 100.0
FTSE 100 Spread 1.0 0.02% 100.0
S&P500 Spread 0.25 0.02% 100.0

Comparison of account & trading features

AvaTrade Plus500 eToro
Spread type Fixed B AAA
EUR/USD Spread 2006 2008 2006
EUR/GBP Spread Central Bank of Ireland, ASiC , FSA, FSB and BVI Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 509909) and Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (License No. 250/14) Financial Conduct Authority, CySEC
Crude Oil Spread
Gold Spread Private Public Private
DAX Spread

Part 4

Forex Trading: The EUR/USD Forex Currency Pair

The EUR/USD is a major forex currency pair and is among the most traded currency pairs in the world. According to the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), US dollar trades accounted for 88% of the daily turnover of OTC forex instruments in 2016. This amounted to a daily average of US$4,438 billion. The Euro accounted for 31% of the daily forex OTC turnover which amounted to an average of $US1,591 per day.

Because the US dollar and the Euro are the two largest currencies in the world, significant numbers of multinational corporations conduct business between the US and the European economies. This gives rise to the need to hedge against foreign exchange risk which is one of the main reasons why the EUR/USD is a popular trading pair.

In addition, due to the liquidity of the two currencies, the spreads are relatively low, making trading opportunities attractive for retail traders.

At the end of trading on Friday February 24, 2017, the currency pair closed at a price of 1.0563, a 0.16% fall from the previous close. The volatility of the EUR/USD currency pair during the last 10 weeks was 0.85%, with the pair moving by some 88.86 pips during the period.

Fundamental Factors Affecting the EUR/USD

There are several fundamental factors that may affect the EUR/USD currency pair, with the more impacting factors being interest rates, and employment numbers. Other factors include political decisions, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), trade balances and retail sales, and Consumer and Producer Price Indices.

Brexit has had a negative impact on not only the Pound Sterling, but also the Euro, with the euro falling by some 1% versus the US dollar since the June 23rd referendum in 2016. Factors that are likely to affect the EUR/USD in 2017 include Trump policies, European economies and interest rates.

There is some amount of uncertainty surrounding what will happen to the dollar if President Trump makes good on his promises of border tariffs and taxes. This may lead to an increase in the real effective exchange rate. If the Federal Reserve increases interest rates in the US, this is likely to create greater demand for the dollar, pushing up the exchange rate

How to Trade the EUR/USD

Trading the EUR/USD through a CFD broker is a popular way of trading among retail traders. With CFD trading, it is advisable to use a regulated CFD broker such as London Capital Group (LCG), since trading is supervised and therefore is likely to present a safer trading environment.

Brokers allow traders to buy and sell currencies using their computers or mobile devices.

Some of the advantages of CFD trading with a regulated broker include:

· The opportunity to trade several different currency pairs with smaller deposit requirements than traditional trading methods. CFD brokers may allow for trading with margin deposits ranging between 2% and 10%. With traditional trading, much larger deposits, sometimes as much as 50%, are usually required. It is important to remember that leverage can go both ways and amplify both losses and profits.

For larger deposit sizes, reputable brokers such as LCG, ECN accounts are available which means tighter spreads. However, this will only prove beneficial for high volume traders due to commission structures. LCG offers traders up to 60 forex pairs.

· The ability to trade smaller lot sizes to a minimum of 0.01 lots per trade

· Greater leverage which maximizes potential rewards. However greater leverage also magnifies potential losses. For. Eg, with LCG, the leverage is as high as 1:500.

· Access to live feeds, charting information and education

Summary: Trading The Major Forex Pair:EUR/USD

The EUR/USD currency pair is a popular choice among traders. The pair is characterised with a high amount liquidity which gives rise to relatively smaller spreads. Using a CFD broker is a popular way to trade the pair given the tighter spreads, smaller deposit requirements, greater leverage, access to several markets and trading support.

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