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AvaTrade

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

 Offers Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dash, Ripple and Litecoin
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AAA

Used by:

200,000

Established in:

2006

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Finspreads

Offers one way to trade: Forex

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Trust Score:

A

Established in:

1999

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Financial Conduct Authority

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eToro

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

eToro
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Trust Score:

AAA

Used by:

6,000,000

Established in:

2006

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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

Core Spreads
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City Index

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

City Index
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XTB

Offers one way to trade: Forex

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XM

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

XM
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Admiral Markets

Offers two ways to trade: Forex, CFDs

Admiral Markets
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HY Markets

Offers two ways to trade: CFDs, Forex

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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 Micro Accounts

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 Micro Accounts?

AvaTrade scored best in our review of the top brokers for micro accounts, 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
  • 2 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 Finspreads eToro
Trust Score AAA A AAA
Year Established 2006 1999 2006
Regulated by Central Bank of Ireland, ASiC , FSA, FSB and BVI Financial Conduct Authority 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. Finspreads vs. eToro


Want to see how AvaTrade stacks up against Finspreads 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 Finspreads eToro
Fixed Spreads
Variable Spreads
EUR/USD Spread 1.0 0.5 3.0
GBP/USD Spread 1.8 0.8 4.0
USD/CAD Spread 1.81.73.0
USD/JPY Spread 0.90.52.0
DAX Spread 1.5 1.0 100.0
FTSE 100 Spread 1.0 1.0 100.0
S&P500 Spread 0.25 N/A 100.0

Comparison of account & trading features

AvaTrade Finspreads eToro
Spread type Fixed A AAA
EUR/USD Spread 2006 1999 2006
EUR/GBP Spread Central Bank of Ireland, ASiC , FSA, FSB and BVI Financial Conduct Authority Financial Conduct Authority, CySEC
Crude Oil Spread
Gold Spread Private Public Private
DAX Spread

Part 4

Forex trading with micro accounts

The demand for micro accounts when trading forex is particularly high with new traders. Mini and micro accounts have remained an essential part of the forex trading business, and that is why a majority of brokers provide them.

Trading forex with a micro account makes it possible for traders to start trading with a smaller amount of capital and with higher leverage, depending on the broker. Traders also sometimes use micro accounts to try out new brokers with a live account whilst minimising the risks.

With micro accounts traders can open trades with contract sizes starting from 1,000 lots rather than the larger 100,000 standard lot. This allows traders to refine their trading strategy with smaller deposits before moving to larger account sizes.

With smaller micro accounts the leverage offered by brokers is often larger, however this can be a double edged sword amplifying both profits or losses.

What is a Micro Trading Account?

Micro account have minimum trade sizes starting at 0.01 lots. This is what makes micro accounts a popular choice for traders with lower deposits as it allows them to make more trades while they are still refining their trading strategy. 1 micro lot is equal to 10 cents per pip vs a 10$ per pip with a standard account.

We have compiled a top five list of top regulated brokers that offer accounts to make micro traders (1,000 lot contract size).

1. BrokerNotes’ Popular Micro Account Broker: AvaTrade

Avatrade gets credit as the broker that brought digital currency trading into the market. It is also among the first brokers to introduce CFD trading. The requirement for a minimum deposit is £100 with a trading maximum leverage of 400:1. Traders can make deposits through wire transfer, Neteller, Paypal, or credit cards. The broker facilitates trading on the AvaTrade platform, which offers various features and customisation options. When trading forex, a trader does not have to pay for the advanced trading tools, just the spreads. There is also the availability of the platform on mobile devices. The Ireland-based broker operates under EU regulations.

2. ETX Capital

(Regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority, UK #124721)

The minimum deposit a trader needs to open a live account with ETX Capital is £100, and there is only one account type available; the standard account. There is a demo account as well that traders can use before opening a live account. The broker offers competitive spreads with a 400:1 leverage and lot of 0.01. Traders have access to three trading platforms; TraderPro, MT4, and ETX Binary. ETX Capital is a forex and CFDs broker with licensing from the FCA in the UK. More than 5,000 markets are available for traders, which include currency pairs, shares, and indices.

3. London Capital Group

LCG has been operating since 1996 and is FCA regulated. One of the reasons traders prefer it is because its holding company is traded publicly on the London Stock Exchange. £1 is the minimum deposit that a trader can put in. Trading is on the MT4 platform with 39 currency pairs, indices, and commodities. The maximum leverage for trading forex is 300:1. Payment methods supported by the broker include Skrill, Paypal, and major credit cards. LCG includes low commission charges in the spread when trading and traders don’t get hidden fees. It offers one account type and demo.

4. Plus500

The minimum deposit requirement when trading with Plus500 is £100. Traders can deposit funds through wire transfer, Moneybookers, Visa, or MasterCard. There is a welcome bonus of £20 on all account; live or demo. The broker is listed on the LSE. Clients can access a trading platform that provides real-time analyses and allows trading in multiple markets. There are other features available that traders can use when making their trading decisions. Plus500 is not available to US clients.

5. eToro

eToro is not a conventional broker. The focus is more on education and attracting new clients. There are videos available that cater to different skill levels. One element that sets the broker apart is the OpenBook platform that traders use to learn from other traders. Clients with minimum experience can look at how their experienced counterparts operate and copy their trading patterns. It is what is known social trading. The minimum trading amount is $50 with a maximum leverage of 400:1. The maximum leverage for US clients is 50:1. Traders can use the common payment methods for deposits such as wire transfer and credit cards.

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