AuthorBy Björn Michels
Updated: August 5, 2022

Trading with a reputable online broker is a crucial factor for success in the international markets. At FX Australia, we help you find the broker that suits your trading needs.

Each year we spend thousands of hours testing brokers by opening accounts, testing their platforms, and rating them according to a set of over 200 metrics. We deposit real money with the brokers to ensure that the products and user experience they advertise are consistent with reality.

We have found that the best way for traders to choose a broker is to compare brokers side-by-side. The comparison tool below allows you to compare two brokers based on their ratings and features.

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11110.54.48/ 5 AUD 100ASIC Regulated Forex BrokersFinancial Services Conduct AuthorityBritish Virgin Islands Financial Services CommissionFinancial Services AgencyCySEC Regulated BrokersCentral Bank of IrelandMarket MakerForex, Stock CFDs, Commodities, Indices, Bonds, ETFs, Vanilla Options, Cryptocurrencies5520
  • Good for beginners
  • Well regulated
  • Low minimum deposit
  • Dealing desk
  • Limited market analysis
Read Review 111104/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111104/ 5 71%30:10.90 pips Islamic, Professional, Retail MT4, MT5, Avatrade Social, AvaOptionsFees Included in Spread
11110.54.68/ 5 AUD 20FCA Regulated BrokersCySEC Regulated BrokersASIC Regulated Forex BrokersMarket MakerForex, Commodities, Indices, Stock CFDs, Cryptocurrencies137477
  • Tight spreads
  • Low minimum deposit
  • Excellent education
  • Limited account options
Read Review 11110.54.5/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111115/ 5 81.4%30:10.60 pips Standard MT4, Capital.comFees Included in Spread

At FX Australia, we help traders find the broker that suits their trading needs. In many cases, the best way to achieve this is to compare brokers side-by-side.

To compare Capital.com and AvaTrade, we used the same factors we use when reviewing brokers: The trust and regulation of the broker, the trading platform, the costs and trading conditions, and the level of education and market analysis available at the broker.

Does Capital.com or AvaTrade have a better trust and regulation rating?

Trust and regulation are some of the most important factors to consider when choosing a Forex broker. Trust in the Forex trading business is almost entirely founded upon regulation. We spend many hours evaluating the safety of each broker by delving into their fine print and confirming each one of their regulatory licences on the online registers. The more top-tier authorities a broker is regulated by, the higher its trust rating.

In our comparison, we found that Capital.com holds two Tier 1 and one Tier 2 licences, and AvaTrade holds two Tier 1 and three Tier 2 licences.

 

Can I trust Capital.com?

Yes as Capital.com was founded in 2016 and is regulated by ASIC, CySEC and FCA.

 

Can I trust AvaTrade?

Yes as AvaTrade was founded in 2006 and is regulated by ASIC, B.V.I FSC, CBI, CySEC, FRSA, FSA-Japan and FSCA.

 

Based on these findings, Capital.com earned a higher trust rating than AvaTrade.

Does Capital.com or AvaTrade have lower costs?

Another important aspect we consider when comparing brokers is the cost of trading. When evaluating trading costs, we always consider the minimum deposit required to open an account and the ongoing trading costs, including the spreads and commissions. When calculating trading costs, we measure the cost to trade one lot of EUR/USD using the broker’s account with the lowest minimum deposit. The cost includes both the spread and any commission charged. 

Not all brokers publish their trading costs, so we often open accounts and trade on their platforms to verify the spreads and commissions. Based on our reviews, we found that Capital.com has overall lower trading costs than AvaTrade. 

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AvaTrade
111115/ 5
USD, GBP, EUR, AUD, ZAR, CHF
0.90 pips
USD 0
USD 9
0.90 pips
1.60 pips
1.10 pips
Capital.com
111115/ 5
AUD, USD, EUR, GBP, PLN, RUB
0.60 pips
USD 0
USD 6
0.60 pips
1.30 pips
0.80 pips

 

Does Capital.com or AvaTrade offer a better choice of trading platforms?

Traders want Forex brokers to offer them a choice of trading platforms, so we give brokers who offer multiple platforms higher ratings. Trading platforms we consider include MetaTrader4, MetaTrader5, cTrader and proprietary mobile and web-based platforms. 

In this case, AvaTrade offers support for MT4 and Capital.com and Capital.com offers support for AvaOptions, Avatrade Social, MT4 and MT5. 

Do the brokers offer copy trading?

Copy trading is a great option for beginner traders who can’t trade full-time or lack experience with Forex trading. In this case AvaTrade offer copy trading and Capital.com does not.

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11110.54.5/ 5
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Capital.com
11110.54.5/ 5
Capital.com

 

Which broker offers a better choice of trading instruments?

A variety of CFD instruments – and a large range of CFDs for each instrument category allow traders more opportunities for profitable trading. The best brokers will have thousands of CFDs to trade, covering all these instrument categories. We found that Capital.com offers a greater range and depth of instruments to trade than AvaTrade. Capital.com offers 137 Forex pairs to trade and AvaTrade offers 55 Forex pairs to trade.

And what about Cryptocurrencies?

In this case, Capital.com offers 477 cryptocurrencies while AvaTrade offers 20 cryptocurrencies. So if you want to trade cryptocurrencies, we advise trading with Capital.com.

Which broker offers better deposit and withdrawal processes?

Although brokers may have reasonable trading fees, many traders are caught out by the high non-trading fees charged by some brokers, including deposits and withdrawals. Traders want to be able to deposit and withdraw funds quickly and cheaply. Most brokers have multiple funding methods with zero fees for making deposits, but some brokers make it more expensive and take longer to process withdrawals. 

We rate brokers more highly that process withdrawals within 24 hours by multiple withdrawal methods and without charging processing fees. We found that neither AvaTrade nor Capital.com charges a withdrawal fee. Overall, Capital.com has better deposit and withdrawal processes than AvaTrade. 

Which broker offers better educational support?

We often find that brokers offer very little in the way of educational materials, forcing traders to use other third-party sites or self-educate elsewhere. Beginner traders need well-structured, well-presented materials in multiple formats to get a good start at trading. More experienced traders also benefit from webinars led by experts in the field and advanced trading strategy sections with new trading ideas. 

AvaTrade and Capital.com both have very good educational support. Both AvaTrade and Capital.com offer educational support for more experienced traders.

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High
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High

 

Which broker offers better market analysis materials?

To successfully predict the price movements of an instrument, traders will need access to frequent market research and analysis. We find that research and market analysis are always better when they are produced in-house and updated frequently. Third-party resources don’t show the same expertise in trading ideas, so we place a strong emphasis on frequent in-house updates. Some brokers also often offer interactive webinars where traders can learn from experts in the field. 

We found that Capital.com offers better research analysis than AvaTrade and that both AvaTrade and Capital.com offer frequent webinars.

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Capital.com

 

Our overall Verdict on Capital.com

Only available in Australia since September 2021, Capital.com’s low costs, huge range of instruments, and user-friendly trading platform have quickly made it one of the most popular Forex brokers around. Following our testing for this review, we’re happy to say that we like them too.  Capital.com has obviously thought carefully about what traders want from their brokers and has successfully created a welcoming environment for beginners and professionals.

Capital.com offers one live commission-free account, with trading fees significantly lower than other brokers. Spreads average 0.6 pips on the EUR/USD, and no fees are charged for deposits, withdrawals, or inactive accounts. Capital.com also offers one of the widest ranges of instruments available, including over 138 Forex pairs and over 460 cryptocurrencies. All instruments are available on MT4 and Capital.com’s award-winning in-house platform and app. Customer support is available 24/7, and beginners will find that Capital.com’s education and market analysis are some of the best in the industry.

Our overall Verdict on AvaTrade

Considered one of the best all-round brokers, Avatrade will be an attractive choice for most traders. In our review, we found that Avatrade has a wide range of tradable assets, low trading fees, and a choice of four different trading platforms. In addition, Avatrade offers some of the best trading tools in the industry, alongside a world-class selection of educational and market analysis materials, providing traders with everything they need to make trading decisions.

Avatrade is also popular for its award-winning mobile app, AvatradeGO, which has excellent risk management tools and a direct connection to AvaSocial, AvaTrade’s popular social trading system.

Australian traders will also be pleased to find that Avatrade is regulated by ASIC, its local regulatory body and that Avatrade provides local customer support via a local telephone number.

Which broker has the highest overall rating?

Capital.com has an overall rating of 4.68 and AvaTrade has an overall rating of 4.48. For more detail please read our reviews of Capital.com and AvaTrade.

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