City Index

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

 Offers over 12,000 instruments
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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 Italy

Not sure which broker is right for you?

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


Part 1

Why Choose City Index
For Italy?

City Index scored best in our review of the top brokers for italy, which takes into account 120+ factors across eight categories. Here are some areas where City Index scored highly in:

  • 34+ years in business
  • Offers 12500+ instruments
  • A range of platform inc. MT4, Web Trader, Tablet & Mobile apps
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Tight spreads from 0.5 pips
  • Used by 140,000+ traders
  • Allows hedging
  • 3 languages
  • Leverage up to 1:200

City Index offers three ways to trade: Forex, CFDs, Spread Betting. 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.

City Index have a A trust score, which is good. This is largely down to them being regulated by Financial Conduct Authority, ASiC and MAS, segregating client funds, being established for over 34 years, and much more. For comparison:

Trust Score comparsion

City Index
Trust Score A
Year Established 1983
Regulated by Financial Conduct Authority, ASiC and MAS
Uses tier 1 banks
Company Type Private Private 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 City Index is (& Isn’t)
Suitable For

As mentioned, City Index allows you to trade in three ways: Forex, CFDs, Spread Betting.

Suitable for:

  • Spread Betting
  • CFD Trading
  • Forex Trading

Not Suitable for:

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

Finally, City Index isn't available in the following countries: CF, TD, CG, CG, CI, CU, GN, ER, GN, FR, GW, HT, IR, IQ, KR, LB, LR, LY, MM, NZ, NG, SL, SO, SD, SY, TM, UZ, VE, EH, YE, ZW. They do not offer islamic accounts either.

Part 3

A Comparison of City Index vs. vs.

Want to see how City Index stacks up against and ? 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.
City Index
Fixed Spreads
Variable Spreads
EUR/USD Spread 0.5
GBP/USD Spread 2.1
USD/CAD Spread 2.0
USD/JPY Spread 1.6
DAX Spread 1.0
FTSE 100 Spread 1.0
S&P500 Spread 0.4

Comparison of account & trading features

City Index
Spread type Fixed
EUR/USD Spread 1983
EUR/GBP Spread Financial Conduct Authority, ASiC and MAS
Crude Oil Spread
Gold Spread Private Private Private
DAX Spread

Part 4


AVA EU Trade Ltd. is an EEA Authorised firm, licensed to provide regulated financial products and services by the Central Bank of Ireland. As such, it is required to comply with the stringent requirements under MiFID (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive), making it a robust and trusted choice amongst Italian traders.

A selection of platforms are available for traders, including AvaTrade’s own AvaTradeAct and MetaTrader 4 – both of which can be accessed as a mobile version, so clients can easily stay up to date with trades and market activity. New traders who wish to test their trading abilities can set up a demo account with €100,000 available to trade in virtual currency for 21 days. This can be extended beyond 21 days by contacting an account manager. Euros can be set as the base currency upon opening an account.

Dedicated Italian speaking customer support is available, and Italian language learning tools and training materials, including fact sheets, e-books and video tutorials, are also available.

Just some of the financial instruments that can be traded through AvaTrade include Forex, CFDs and options. Cryptocurrencies can be traded as Forex pairs or CFDs.

Free withdrawals are available for all clients, with several standard payment methods accepted, including debit/credit cards and wire transfers. Although online payments such as PayPal and Skrill are not available for European customers, AvaTrade do also offer their own debit card, which is a convenient way for Italian traders to deposit and withdraw funds from their account.


The Plus500 trading platform is provided by the CySEC (Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission) regulated firm, Plus500CY. The stringent regulations they are required to adhere to make them a reliable choice for Italian traders. The company were founded in 2008, and have grown within the industry to become one of the top providers of contracts for difference (CFDs) around the world.

Just some of the underlying assets that Italian traders have access to when they set up a trading account with Plus500 include commodities such as oil and gold, cryptocurrencies and Forex. Call and put options are also available on markets and stocks that are popular with Italian traders, such as the Germany 30, the Italy 40 and Facebook.

24 hour, Italian speaking customer support is available, as well as a dedicated Italian language website. Traders can select Italian as their preferred language for the trading platform, and the account can be set up in the Italian currency of Euros.

City Index

City Index Limited was one of the first firms to offer spread-betting within the UK, with a history dating back to 1983. Since then, the company has continued to grow, adding to the number of clients, products and services, year upon year. They are authorised and regulated under parent company Gain Capital UK Ltd. by the reliable and trusted UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Now serving customers around the world, the strength and stability of the group are just some of the reasons that City Index are a preferred broker amongst traders in Italy.

Italian traders using the City Index platforms are able to trade CFDs and Forex, and have access to over 12,000 markets, and more than 80 currency pairs.

Traders can log in to a web-based trading platform, get the app for Android or iOS, or download a Windows platform to run from their own PC. The correct time zone can be selected upon logging in to the platform, and deposits can be made by debit and credit card, cheque, BACS, or CHAPS. Demo accounts are available for new traders with £2500 balance to test their ability with and a minimum of £100 deposit is recommended to open a live account. Customer service operatives are able to change the base currency of the account to Euros after it has been opened.

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