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FOREX.com Review

Steven Hatzakis

Written by Steven Hatzakis
Edited by John Bringans
Fact-checked by Blain Reinkensmeyer

April 13, 2023
CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 73% of retail CFD accounts lose money. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

FOREX.com is a trusted brand that delivers an excellent trading experience for forex and CFDs traders across the globe. It offers a wide range of markets and provides an impressive suite of proprietary platforms – alongside limited access to MetaTrader.

Though it’s not a discount broker unless you trade larger volumes, FOREX.com’s multi-asset offering will appeal to forex traders of all experience levels.

FOREX.com
5/5 Stars Overall
  • Minimum Deposit: $100
  • Trust Score: 99
  • Tradeable Symbols (Total): 5500
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(73% of retail CFD accounts lose money)

FOREX.com pros & cons

thumb_up_off_alt Pros

  • FOREX.com's parent company StoneX is publicly traded (NASDAQ: SNEX) and regulated in four tier-1 jurisdictions, making it a safe broker (low-risk) for trading forex and CFDs.
  • FOREX.com was Best in Class across multiple core categories for our 2023 Annual Awards, including Platforms & Tools.
  • With a wide range of markets available, FOREX.com's multi-asset offering shines the most on its flagship Advanced Trading (desktop) and Web Trading (browser) platforms.
  • Web Trader features TradingView's advanced charting, which is fully integrated and conveniently accessible through the same username.
  • With FOREX.com’s acquisition of Chasing Returns, performance analytics are now available to live account holders for free.

thumb_down_off_alt Cons

  • MetaTrader 5 is only available outside of the U.S. – though it is set to launch domestically in 2022.
  • The educational offering for U.S. traders is not as robust as what’s available on FOREX.com’s new U.K. website.
  • Only about 600 instruments are available on FOREX.com's MT5 platform, compared to over 4,500 on its non-MetaTrader platforms.
  • FOREX.com doesn’t produce video content as actively as peers in the research and education category, despite offering quality written content across both.

Overall summary

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Overall Rating 5/5 Stars
Trust Score 99
Offering of Investments 5/5 Stars
Commissions & Fees 4.5/5 Stars
Platform & Tools 5/5 Stars
Research 4.5/5 Stars
Mobile Trading 5/5 Stars
Education 4.5/5 Stars

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Is FOREX.com safe?

Trust Score
99
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FOREX.com is considered highly trusted, with an overall Trust Score of 99 out of 99. FOREX.com's ultimate parent company, StoneX, is publicly traded, does not operate a bank, and is authorised by four tier-1 regulators (high trust), one tier-2 regulator (average trust), and one tier-3 regulator (low trust). FOREX.com is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), Japanese Financial Services Authority (JFSA), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Learn more about Trust Score.

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Year Founded 1999
Publicly Traded (Listed) Yes
Bank No
Tier-1 Licenses 4
Tier-2 Licenses 2
Tier-3 Licenses 1

Offering of investments

The products and services available to you at FOREX.com will depend on your location, and on which of its regulated entities holds your account. For example, while CFDs are not available in the U.S. due to regulatory issues, FOREX.com offers an impressive selection of over 4,500 CFDs for traders living outside of the U.S. Also, knock-out options are now available at FOREX.com in Japan, Singapore, and Australia.

Cryptocurrency: Cryptocurrency trading is available at FOREX.com through CFDs, but not available through trading the underlying asset (e.g., buying Bitcoin). Note: Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker's U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents.

The following table summarizes the different investment products available to FOREX.com clients.

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Forex Trading (Spot or CFDs) Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total) 5500
Forex Pairs (Total) 91
U.S. Stock Trading (Non CFD) No
Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD) No
Social Trading / Copy Trading No
Cryptocurrency (Physical) No
Cryptocurrency (CFD) Yes
Disclaimers Note: Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker's U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents (except to Professional clients).

Commissions and fees

FOREX.com offers multiple execution methods, three account types, and transparent execution statistics. That said, our research found that FOREX.com is slightly expensive when compared to the industry average.

Standard account: FOREX.com’s Standard account is the only option available for MetaTrader clients – and would not be my ideal choice. Average spreads are high at 1.1 pips (1.3 in the U.S.) on the EUR/USD, based on typical spread data provided to us by FOREX.com (August 2021). The Standard account will appeal to traders who are willing to pay a premium (in the form of a higher spread) for the benefits of market-maker execution.

DMA account (known as the STP PRO account in the U.S.): The DMA account is available globally, and is tied to FOREX.com’s proprietary Advanced Trading platform suite. It also offers agency execution and the highest potential discounts at FOREX.com.

  • Typical spreads for this account for the EUR/USD pair during August 2020 were 0.03 pips, which comes to 1.5 pips after adding the round-turn commission equivalent of 1.2 pips in the base tier.
  • The effective all-in cost is nearly the same as the base tier in the Commission account (see below) unless you trade more than $100 million per month (Tier Two), which brings the effective spread down to 1.1 pips. Meanwhile, traders that turn over more than $2 billion per month (Tier Six) would realize effective spreads of 0.7 pips, comparable to what IC Markets or Tickmill offer.

Commission account (U.S. only): The Commission account option is tied to FOREX.com’s proprietary trading platforms (not available with MetaTrader), and requires a $10,000 deposit alongside at least $25 million in monthly volume. It is designed for medium-to-high volume traders seeking discounts from FOREX.com's Active Trader program (which is also available in Canada).

  • There are five volume tiers with rebates ranging from $2 per million at the base tier to $9 per million at the highest tier (level five).
  • The base commission for the lowest tier is expensive at $10 per Standard lot ($5 per side), which adds about one pip to the typical spreads of 0.8 pips for the EUR/USD (based on August 2020 spread data).
  • After factoring in the $2 discount (equivalent to 0.2 pips), the effective spread is 1.6 pips – this total includes the typical spread of 0.8 pips and the 1.0 pip round-turn commission equivalent (minus the 0.2 pip discount).
  • Bottom line: unless you trade more than $50 million per month, the all-in costs for FOREX.com’s Commission account are practically the same as the Standard account for U.S. residents, the only differences being execution method and available platforms.
Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Minimum Deposit $100
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard 1.0 info
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active 1.0 info
Active Trader or VIP Discounts Yes
ACH or SEPA Transfers Yes
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw) Yes
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw) No
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit) Yes
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw) Yes

Mobile trading apps

Overall, FOREX.com’s mobile offering competes among the best brokers in the industry.

Apps overview: FOREX.com offers its proprietary mobile app alongside the full suite of MetaTrader mobile apps, including MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader 5 (MT5).

Ease of use: Trading and managing positions within FOREX.com’s mobile app is easy and straightforward, thanks to its fluid user interface and minimalist design. Highlights include an economic calendar, an integrated suite of modules from Trading Central, alerts, market updates, and news headlines from Reuters. The app also supports complex order types such as OCOs, trailing-stops, and a "close all" button which allows traders to exit multiple positions quickly for a given instrument.

Charting: The FOREX.com app automatically syncs watchlists, and includes easy-to-use charts powered by TradingView that feature over 80 indicators and a vast array of drawing tools. Your chart settings won’t sync automatically with the web version, but I found the "load chart layout" function can be used to manually load your saved templates.

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Android App Yes
Apple iOS App Yes
Mobile Alerts - Basic Fields Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields 20
Watchlist Syncing Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) 203
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) 25
Mobile Charting - Draw Trendlines Yes
Mobile Charting - Multiple Time Frames Yes
Forex Calendar Yes

Other trading platforms

FOREX.com goes above and beyond to provide forex traders with everything they need to trade effectively. FOREX.com's platform suite has historically been – and continues to be – robust.

Platforms overview: FOREX.com provides its own flagship Advanced Trading (desktop) and Web Trading platforms, alongside TradingView, the full MetaTrader suite (MT4 and MT5), and NinjaTrader.

Charting: FOREX.com's flagship desktop platform, Advanced Trading, is best suited for seasoned traders and comes with a robust charting package loaded with a large selection of over 200 technical indicators (this number includes automated strategies that are indicator-based), as well as drawing tools and over a hundred predefined automated strategies.

That said, charts on the FOREX.com desktop platform are not as smooth as its Web Trading web platform counterpart, which features charts powered by TradingView. TradingView is adored by technical analysis enthusiasts for its powerful charting capabilities; learn more by checking out our TradingView guide.

Web trading: Best suited for casual traders, FOREX.com's Web Trading platform makes browsing through markets, conducting research, and placing trades a breeze. Charts are powered by TradingView, and come loaded with nearly 100 indicators, 14 timeframes, and ten chart types.

The Advanced Trading platform features advanced order types, deep customization, and plenty of subtle-but-useful features – such as the ability to set price tolerance from within the trade ticket. I found the layout well-designed, easy to use, and rich with features. For the sake of comparison, I found the Advanced Trading platform similar to FXCM's own impressive proprietary platform.

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Virtual Trading (Demo) Yes
Proprietary Platform Yes
Desktop Platform (Windows) Yes
Web Platform Yes
Social Trading / Copy Trading No
MetaTrader 4 (MT4) Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5) Yes
DupliTrade No
ZuluTrade No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) 203
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) 25
Charting - Trade From Chart Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields 20
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Market research

FOREX.com does a great job of centralizing its research within the Advanced Trading platform and keeping it organized for easy accessibility. The only downside with FOREX.com’s research offering is its general lack of video content.

Research overview: Multiple news channels, automated pattern-recognition modules from Trading Central, and blog updates from FOREX.com's global research team are all available within the Web Trading platform. Headlines stream from Reuters and a Trading Central-powered economic calendar is integrated across the site and platforms.

Market news and analysis: FOREX.com produces a variety of good-quality written content each day, covering multiple markets and sector themes. Content includes weekly posts such as its "Week Ahead" series, daily articles produced by FOREX.com’s in-house analysts, as well as integrated resources from third-party providers. For example, research tools powered by Trading Central are directly integrated throughout its suite of platforms, such as its popular Market Buzz, Technical Insight, and Analyst Views modules.

Video content: Surprisingly, market-based research in video format is practically non-existent at FOREX.com. Experimenting with video by, for example, transcribing some of FOREX.com’s written content into video format, would help FOREX.com reach a wider audience.

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Daily Market Commentary Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) Yes
Autochartist No
Trading Central (Recognia) Yes
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs Yes

Education

FOREX.com offers nearly a hundred written articles that are conveniently organized by experience level, with content for beginner, intermediate, and advanced users. Overall, I found these articles to be of good quality and well-organized, bringing FOREX.com’s educational offering just within reach of our best in class rating.

Learning center: Though there are dozens of platform tutorials available on its YouTube channel, FOREX.com simply doesn't offer a comprehensive selection of educational videos. Video is where competitors like CMC Markets gain a clear upper hand over FOREX.com.

Feature FOREX.com logoFOREX.com
Has Education - Forex or CFDs Yes
Client Webinars Yes
Client Webinars (Archived) No
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos Yes
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos No
Investor Dictionary (Glossary) Yes

Final thoughts

FOREX.com is a trusted forex broker that shines thanks to its extensive product offering, excellent platform options and trading tools, and its selection of in-house and third-party market research.

That being said, pricing is not its strongest feature, and there is a general lack of video content for research and education. However, FOREX.com still delivers a great experience to forex traders of all experience levels.

What is the minimum deposit for FOREX.com?

For the Standard and Commission accounts, the minimum deposit at FOREX.com is generally $100 (or the equivalent in your local base currency) when funding with Neteller, Skrill or a credit or debit card, while the DMA account requires $25,000. There is no minimum per transaction when funding via wire, though FOREX.com recommends at least $1,000 for all accounts besides the DMA account.

Does FOREX.com charge a fee?

Like every forex broker, FOREX.com charges a fee when you trade – either in the form of a commission fee or spread fee. FOREX.com offers commission-based accounts and a spread-only Standard account. There may also be fees when you deposit or withdraw funds – depending on your payment method. FOREX.com doesn’t charge any fees for incoming deposits – though your bank may charge you depending on the method used (i.e., when sending a wire).

Is FOREX.com a good broker for beginners?

FOREX.com is a well-rounded broker that scores highly in nearly all categories, and is a good broker for beginners thanks to its wide range of educational content, quality market research, and the ease-of-use factor across all of its platforms. For example, its straightforward web platform delivers a good variety of both basic and advanced features, including risk-management tools and robust charts, making it a good choice if you are a less-experienced trader looking to develop your trading skills.

About FOREX.com

Founded in 1999, FOREX.com is a GAIN Capital brand under the parent company of StoneX Group (NASDAQ: SNEX), a Fortune 500 company and a member of the National Futures Association (NFA) in the U.S. StoneX holds $10.9B in assets as of August 2021, with $198M in excess regulatory capital. Through its trading names and subsidiaries, including the City Index brand, Gain Capital operates in multiple countries and with licenses in several major regulatory hubs, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Japan, and Australia.

GAIN Capital executes an average daily volume of $8.1B for its retail clients in 2020 alone (year-to-date). As an early pioneer in offering online forex trading in the U.S., FOREX.com remains one of the largest retail FX brokers globally, with over $3.9 billion in customer equity. Read more on Wikipedia.

2023 Review Methodology

At ForexBrokersListing.com, our reviews of online forex brokers and their products and services are based on our collected data as well as the observations and qualified opinions of our expert researchers. Each year we publish tens of thousands of words of research and detailed forex guides, and we monitor dozens of international regulator agencies (read more about how we calculate Trust Score here).

Our research team conducts thorough testing on a wide range of features, products, services, and tools (collecting and validating thousands of data points in the process). We test all available trading platforms for each broker – whether they are proprietary or come from third-party providers – and evaluate them based on a host of data-driven variables.

We also take an in-depth look at each broker’s commissions and fees, such as bid/ask spreads – including the average spread data for some of the most popular forex currency pairs. We research other trading costs, such as inactivity or custody fees, minimum deposit requirements, VIP rebates and/or discounts, and a range of other important fee-based data points.

Some of the other important research categories that are factored into our testing include mobile trading accessibility and capability, availability of market research and educational content, and each broker’s overall Trust Score.

Read our full explanation and accounting of our research and testing process to learn more about how we test.

ForexBrokersListing.com 2023 Annual Awards

For the ForexBrokersListing.com 2023 Annual Awards, brokers were evaluated against ForexBrokersListing.com’s 8 Primary Categories: Commissions & Fees, Offering of Investments, Platforms & Tools, Mobile Trading Apps, Research, Education, Trust Score, and Overall.

Best in Class honors were awarded to the Top 7 forex brokers in each of the following areas: Beginners, Social Copy Trading, Ease of Use, MetaTrader, Algo Trading, Crypto Trading, and Professional Trading.

ForexBrokersListing.com also recognized brokers that demonstrated excellence and innovation with our exclusive Industry Awards.

Primary categories

FOREX.com logoFOREX.com Overall Rating Offering of Investments Commissions & Fees Platforms & Tools Research Education Mobile Trading Apps Trust Score
Rating 5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 4.5/5 Stars 5/5 Stars 99
Rank #1
Streak #1
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Best in Class Streak 2 3 2

Secondary categories

FOREX.com logoFOREX.com Social Copy Trading MetaTrader Crypto Trading Ease of Use Professional Trading Beginners Algo Trading
Rank #1
Streak #1
Best in Class check
Best in Class Streak

Industry awards

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Steven Hatzakis
Steven Hatzakis

Steven Hatzakis is the Global Director of Research for ForexBrokersListing.com. Steven previously served as an Editor for Finance Magnates, where he authored over 1,000 published articles about the online finance industry. A forex industry expert and an active fintech and crypto researcher, Steven advises blockchain companies at the board level and holds a Series III license in the U.S. as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA).


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John Bringans

John Bringans is the Senior Editor of ForexBrokersListing.com. An experienced media professional, John has close to a decade of editorial experience with a background that includes key leadership roles at global newsroom outlets. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University, and conducts research on forex and the financial services industry while assisting in the production of content.


Blain Reinkensmeyer
Blain Reinkensmeyer

Blain Reinkensmeyer has 20 years of trading experience with over 2,500 trades placed during that time. He heads research for all U.S.-based brokerages on StockBrokers.com and is respected by executives as the leading expert covering the online broker industry. Blain’s insights have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune, among other media outlets.