Oanda offer two ways to trade: Forex, CFDs.
To open a live account, you’ll need a minimum deposit of at least $1. Alternatively, Oanda offer a demo account that you can use to practice and familiarise yourself with their platform.
Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, UK (FRN: 542574). Oanda puts all client funds in a segregated bank account and uses tier-1 banks for this. Oanda have been established since 1996, and have a head office in United States, Canada.
Before we dive into some of the more detailed aspects of Oanda’s spreads, fees, platforms and trading features, you may want to open Oanda‘s website in a new tab by clicking the button below in order to see the latest information directly from Oanda.
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What are Oanda's spreads & fees?
Like most brokers, Oanda take a fee from the spread, which is the difference between the buy and sell price of an instrument.
The spreads displayed below are based on the minimum spreads listed on Oanda’s website. The colour bars show how competitive Oanda’s spreads are in comparison to other popular brokers featured on BrokerNotes.
EUR/USD1.1 PIPS $0 per lot
The average spread for EUR/USD across all brokers on BrokerNotes is 0.82 pips. See popular brokers for trading EUR/USD
USD/JPYNot offered $0 per lot
The average spread for USD/JPY across all brokers on BrokerNotes is 0.91 pips. See popular brokers for trading USD/JPY
GBP/USDNot offered $0 per lot
The average spread for GBP/USD across all brokers on BrokerNotes is 1.18 pips. See popular brokers for trading GBP/USD
The average spread for Bitcoin across all brokers on BrokerNotes is 41.15 pips. See popular brokers for trading Bitcoin
The average spread for gold across all brokers on BrokerNotes is 8.62 pips. See popular brokers for trading gold
The average spread for DAX30 across all brokers on BrokerNotes is 14.95 pips. See popular brokers for trading DAX30
As you can see, Oanda's minimum spread for trading EUR/USD is 1.1 pips - which is relatively high compared to average EUR/USD spread of 0.82 pips. Below is a breakdown of how much it would cost you to trade one lot of EUR/USD with Oanda vs. similar brokers.See all Spreads
How much does Oanda charge to trade 1 lot of EUR/USD?
If you were to buy one standard lot of EUR/USD (100k units) with Oanda at an exchange rate of 1.1719 and then sell it the next day at the same price you would likely pay $18.14. Here's a rough breakdown of the fees and how this compares against AvaTrade & Plus500.
|Typical overnight fee:||$6.14||$5.00||$9.40|
|Total cost of a 100k trade:||$18.14||$12||$15.4|
|$6.14 less||$2.74 less|
|Visit Oanda||Visit AvaTrade||Visit Plus500|
All fees/prices are for informational purposes and are subject to change. Last updated: March 21, 2018.
What can you trade with Oanda?
Oanda offers over 100 different instruments to trade, including over 55 currency pairs. We’ve summarised all of the different types of instruments offered by Oanda below, along with the instruments offered by AvaTrade and Plus500 for comparison.
|FX / Currencies||Oanda||AvaTrade||Plus500|
|# of forex pairs offered||55||59||61|
|Major forex pairs||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Minor forex pairs||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Exotic forex pairs||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|# of commodities offered||0||16||17|
|Indiced & Stock CFDs||Oanda||AvaTrade||Plus500|
|# of Stocks offered||0||99||1816|
|See Oanda's Instruments||See AvaTrade's Instruments||See Plus500's Instruments|
What's the Oanda trading experience like?
1) Platforms and apps
Oanda also offer mobile apps for Android and iOS, making it easier to keep an eye on and execute your trades while you’re on the move.See Oanda's platforms
2) Executing Trades
With Oanda, the minimum and maximum trade requirements vary depending on the trader and the instrument.
As a market maker, Oanda may have lower entry requirements compared to an ECN broker who benefits from a higher volume of trades and typically have larger capital and minimum trade requirements. Market makers typically have lower minimum deposit, smaller minimum trades requirements and no commission on trades.
As a nice bonus, Oanda are one of very few brokers that claim to have no requotes, so you don’t have to worry about slippage (your trades being ordered at a different price to what you executed them at).
As with most brokers, margin requirements do vary depending on the trader, accounts and instruments, but as a guide, Oanda offer margin up to 0.02% on currencies.
Finally, we’ve listed some of the popular funding methods that Oanda offers its traders on the right.
3) Client support
Oanda support a wide range of languages including English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish
Oanda have a BrokerNotes triple AAA support rating because they offer a wide range of languages, live chat, phone and email support.
4) What you’ll need to open an account with Oanda
As Oanda is regulated by Financial Conduct Authority and ASiC, every new client must pass a few basic compliance checks to ensure that you understand the risks of trading and are allowed to trade. When you open an account, you’ll likely be asked for the following, so it’s good to have these handy:
- A scanned colour copy of your passport, driving license or national ID
- A utility bill or bank statement from the past three months showing your address
You’ll also need to answer a few basic compliance questions to confirm how much trading experience you have, so it’s best to put aside at least 10 minutes or so to complete the account opening process.
While you might be able to explore Oanda’s platform straight away, it’s important to note that you won’t be able to make any trades until you pass compliance, which can take up to several days, depending on your situation.
To start the process of opening an account with Oanda you can visit their website here.
CFDs are leveraged products and can result in the loss of your capital. All trading involves risk. Only risk capital you're prepared to lose. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
This post is for educational purposes and should not be considered as investment advice. All information collected from www.oanda.co.uk on March 21, 2018.