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ThinkMarkets Review

FX Author By Jeffrey Cammack Author Information Updated: July 2, 2020
Overall Rating
4.08 4.08 / 5
Min. DepositUSD 5
Max. Leverage500:1
Min. Spread0.0 pips
Regulators FSCA,FCA,ASIC
Regulator Origin FSCA FCA ASIC
Trading Desk Type

Summary

ThinkMarkets is a very well-regulated ASIC-regulated broker and headquartered in Melbourne and London since 2010. It offers support for MT4, MT5 and its own ThinkTrader platform on two account types: One with a very low minimum deposit and the other a commission-based ECN account for more experienced traders.

Education is well-structured and useful for beginners, though market analysis is mainly left to in-platform third parties. Customer support is excellent and provided locally and execution times are world-class, perfect for automated trading.

Reviews

Regulation 11111
Trading Conditions 11100
Trading Platforms 11110.5
Deposit & Withdrawal 11110.5
Education & Research 1110.50
Assets Available 11110.5
Customer Service 1110.50
Beginner Friendly Standard
Bonuses None
Our Review Process

Trading Conditions

Minimum DepositUSD 5
Base currenciesZAR, USD, EUR, CHF, GBP, AUD
Number of FX Pairs36
Hedging Allowed Yes
Scalping Yes
Islamic Account Yes

Average Spreads

EUR / USD0.0
GBP / USD0.0
USD / JPY0.0

Company Details

Company nameTF Global Markets (Aust) Limited
Founded2010
Website www.thinkmarkets.com
Type ECN/DMA, STP
Regulators FSCA,FCA,ASIC
Office locations South Africa, United Kingdom, Australia

Deposit & Withdrawal Methods

Supported Platforms for ThinkMarkets

Is ThinkMarkets Safe?

Founded in 2010, ThinkMarkets offers multi-asset trading across the globe from twin headquarters in Australia and London. ThinkMarkets is the brand name of TF Global Markets, which is regulated by the FCA in the UK, ASIC in Australia and the FSCA in South Africa:

  • TF Global Markets (UK) Limited is authorised and regulated by the FCA, FRN 629628.
  • TF Global Markets (Aust) Limited is authorised and regulated by ASIC, AFSL number 424700.
  • TF Global Markets (South Africa) Pty Ltd is authorised and regulated by the FSCA, FSP No 49835.

Due to the strict regulatory oversight required by these regulators, all client funds are held in segregated bank accounts; additionally, ThinkMarkets holds an insurance policy covering up to 1 million USD for individual traders in case of broker bankruptcy.

ThinkMarkets Security

ThinkMarkets have won several awards over the years for their services, highlights being Best Forex Trading Experience 2017 and Best Forex Trading Innovation 2017 at the UK Forex Awards.

ThinkMarkets Trading Conditions

ThinkMarkets is very proud of its trading infrastructure, with twin Equinix trading servers located in Hong Kong and London allowing for trade execution within milliseconds. This state-of-the art technology allows ThinkMarkets to deliver uptime of 99.99% and provides traders with the fastest execution speeds available, ideal for automated trading.

ThinkMarkets offers two general accounts, a Standard Account with wider spreads and the ThinkZero Account – an ECN account with tight spreads and commission per trade. Both accounts are available as Demo Accounts and Islamic Accounts and ThinkMarkets also offers a specialised Joint Account, which can be shared by two or more individual traders. Three platforms are supported (MT4, MT5 and the proprietary ThinkTrader) and 36 currency pairs and 5 cryptocurrency pairs are available to trade.

Account Types

Standard Account – The Standard Account is a commission-free trading account with variable spreads and no minimum operating balance, average spreads on major pairs are 1.2 pips but can fall to 0.4 pips at times. Leverage on this account is 500:1 and all three of ThinkMarket’s supported platforms are available.

ThinkZero Account – The ThinkZero Account offers tighter spreads – starting at 0 pips but averaging 0.1 pips on major pairs – but charges an industry-standard commission per trade. The minimum operating balance on this account is 500 USD and the ThinkTrader platform is unsupported – meaning you will have to use MT4 or MT5. Like the Standard Account, leverage is also set at 500:1 but ThinkZero Account holders have access to free AutoChartist and a personal account manager.

ThinkMarkets Account Types

Spreads and Commission

It is hard to tell exactly what average spreads are with ThinkMarkets as, unusually for a large broker, the data per currency pair has not been made publicly available. That said, minimum spreads are very low across the board (0.4 pips on the Standard Account and 0 pips on the ThinkZero Account) – though how often traders will see them is hard to say.

Commission on the ThinkZero Account is the industry-standard 3.5 USD per lot per side (7 USD round turn).

Deposit and Withdrawal

ThinkMarkets allows deposits and withdrawals in ZAR, USD, EUR, CHF, GBP and AUD; be aware that base account currencies are USD, EUR, GBP, AUD and CHF – currently ThinkMarkets does not offer ZAR accounts so all ZAR deposits and withdrawals will have to be converted.

ThinkMarkets operates a “return to source” policy, meaning that withdrawals must be made via the same method and the same account as the original deposit.

While ThinkMarkets does not charge any fees for any methods of deposits or withdrawals, the company reserves the right to impose fees on any withdrawal request originating from a trading account with minimal trading activity. Please contact ThinkMarkets support for more information on this.

Deposits and withdrawals can be made via the following methods:

  • Bank Wire: Deposits are free and estimated transaction time is 1-3 business days. Withdrawals are free, though banks may charge for the service, and transaction time is 3-5 business days.
  • Visa/Mastercard: Deposits are instant, but withdrawals can take up to 24 hours.
  • Skrill: Deposits are made within 10 minutes, but withdrawals can take up to 24 hours.
  • ZOTAPAY: Deposits are made within 10 minutes, but withdrawals can take up to 24 hours.

ThinkMarkets for Beginners

Beginner traders will find ThinkMarkets a relatively welcoming experience with a well-structured education section available for traders with different levels of experience and semi-frequent market analysis. Demo accounts on MT4 and MT5 will only expire after 30 days of inactivity and ThinkTrader demo accounts will never expire.

Educational Material

Education at ThinkMarkets is split into three tutorials: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced – unfortunately, these tutorials are only available after signing up with ThinkMarkets, though you will not need to make a deposit in order to access them.

The Beginner section covers the basic aspects of Forex CFD trading such leverage and margin and introduces traders to the MT4 platform. The Intermediate section covers trading plans, candlesticks, order types and chart patterns – all essential skills for successful traders. Finally, the Advanced section covers technical and fundamental analysis, Fibonacci ratios and support and resistance levels, among others – again, concepts that we consider essential for successful trading.

Alongside these tutorials, ThinkMarkets also has a section of explainers of commonly used indicators for MT4 and MT5 – something we wish more brokers would offer to new traders, and Trading Glossary devoted to the terminology of CFD trading.

Analysis Material

Market research and analysis is slightly disappointing, alongside a basic Economic Calendar ThinkMarkets has a Market News section featuring a stream of market analysis. This analysis is updated every few days and is of a high quality, though we would like to see daily market updates across the major pairs. In this section you can also find a Sentiment Indicator for the major pairs and links to ThinkMarkets twitter account, though at the time of writing this seems to have not been updated in some time.

Customer Support

Customer support is available 24/5 from ThinkMarkets Johannesburg offices. Support is available via phone, email and live chat and phone numbers are also available for the Australia, UK, Italy and Spain offices.

For the purposes of this review, we found the Customer Support at ThinkMarkets to be responsive, polite and resourceful.

ThinkMarkets Trading Platforms

Alongside ThinkMarkets proprietary ThinkTrader platform, it also offers support for MT4 and MT5, the two most popular trading platforms in the Forex industry.

ThinkTrader

ThinkTrader: ThinkMarket’s proprietary platform grew out of the company’s acquisition of Trade Interceptor, an award winning trading platform in its own right. Available for mobile, tablet and desktop ThinkTrader offers in-app deposits and withdrawals, real-time news from FX Wire Pro and one-click multiple order closing. It also features over 80 indicators and 50 chart types and includes the TrendRisk scanner to assist traders in finding opportunities over different timeframes.

MetaTrader 4 – The MT4 trading platform is the most widely used Forex trading platform and can also be used to trade other instruments like commodities, cryptocurrency, stock index, and stock CFDs. Though it is now showing its age, MT4 is still very popular for its auto trading features that enables algorithmic trading and strategy backtesting with expert advisors (trading robots).

MetaTrader 5 – The MT5 trading platform is being adopted by more Forex brokers all the time, it has a more modern interface, allows for an unlimited number of charts to be used, shows Depth of Market and has a built-in Economic Calendar. It also has a larger number of pending order types than MT4 and features an embedded chat system. In addition, the MQL5 scripting language is more efficient than its precursor and MT5 has more advanced charting tools than MT4

ThinkTrader Mobile Apps

All the trading platforms supported by ThinkMarkets are available as mobile and tablet downloads – allowing traders to keep track of their open positions while on the move.

Evaluation Method

We value transparency and openness in the way we review the partners. To bring transparency to the forefront, we have published our review process that includes a detailed breakdown of the ThinkMarkets offering. Central to that process is the evaluation of the reliability of the broker, the platform offering of the broker and the trading conditions offered to clients, which are summarised in this review. Each one of these is graded, and an overall score is calculated and assigned to the broker.

Risk Statement

Trading Forex is risky, and each broker is required to detail how risky the trading of Forex CFDs is to clients. ThinkMarkets would like you to know that: Derivative products are leveraged products and can result in losses that exceed initial deposits. Please ensure you fully understand the risks and take care to manage your exposure and seek independent advice if necessary. It’s important for you to consider relevant legal documents before you decide whether or not to acquire any of our products.

Overview

ThinkMarkets has a relatively decent product line-up, with support for the most common trading platforms and decent trading conditions over its two accounts. The education section, though requiring signup, will be helpful for beginner traders but the market analysis section is lacking compared to ThinkMarket’s international peers. Overall, ThinkMarkets is a solid if unexciting Forex broker, but we would like to see more transparency on its average spreads and possible withdrawal charges.

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Minimum DepositUSD 5AUD 100USD 250
Regulation
FSCA FSCA
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ASIC ASIC
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Forex Pairs3680+93
Crypto Pairs558
Pros
  • Low minimum deposit
  • Well regulated
  • Great platform choice
  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
  • Great platform choice
  • Wide range of assets
  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
  • Great platform choice
  • Excellent education
  • Excellent market analysis
Cons
  • Limited market analysis
  • Non-transparent spreads
  • High minimum deposit
  • Limited market analysis
  • High minimum deposit
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Regulation 11111 5 / 5 11111 5 / 5 11111 5 / 5
Trading Conditions 11100 3 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5
Trading Platforms 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11111 5 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5
Deposit & Withdrawal 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11110 4 / 5 11111 5 / 5
Education & Research 1110.50 3.5 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11111 5 / 5
Assets Available 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5
Customer Service 1110.50 3.5 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11110 4 / 5
% Lose with this broker N/A 78.6% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider
Leverage500:1300:1200:1
Spread0.0 pips0.0 pips0.6 pips
Hedging Yes Yes Yes
Scalping Yes Yes Yes
Account Types
  • ThinkZero (Professional)
  • Swap-free
  • Spread Betting (Standard)
Islamic Account Yes Yes Yes
Trading Platforms MT4 , MT5 cTrader , MT4 , MT5 MT4
Funding Methods Bank Transfer, Visa, Mastercard, Skrill Bank Transfer, Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Paypal, Unionpay, POLi, BPay Bank Transfer, Visa, Mastercard, Paypal
Trading Commission 7 USD / lot - ThinkZero Account From 7 USD / lot - Razor Account Fees Included in Spread
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Overall Rating 11110.5 4.08 / 5 11110.5 4.61 / 5 11110.5 4.63 / 5
Minimum DepositUSD 5AUD 100USD 250
Regulation
FSCA FSCA
FCA FCA
ASIC ASIC
FCA FCA
ASIC ASIC
DFSA DFSA
FCA FCA
ASIC ASIC
FSCA FSCA
Trading Desk Type
Trading InstrumentsCommodities, Cryptocurrencies, Forex, Indicies, Metals, Equities, FuturesCommodities, Cryptocurrencies, Forex, Indicies, Metals, EnergiesCommodities, Cryptocurrencies, Forex, Equities, Bonds, Interest Rates, Digital 100s, IPOs
Forex Pairs3680+93
Crypto Pairs558
Pros
  • Low minimum deposit
  • Well regulated
  • Great platform choice
  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
  • Great platform choice
  • Wide range of assets
  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
  • Great platform choice
  • Excellent education
  • Excellent market analysis
Cons
  • Limited market analysis
  • Non-transparent spreads
  • High minimum deposit
  • Limited market analysis
  • High minimum deposit
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Regulation 11111 5 / 5 11111 5 / 5 11111 5 / 5
Trading Conditions 11100 3 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5
Trading Platforms 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11111 5 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5
Deposit & Withdrawal 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11110 4 / 5 11111 5 / 5
Education & Research 1110.50 3.5 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11111 5 / 5
Assets Available 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5
Customer Service 1110.50 3.5 / 5 11110.5 4.5 / 5 11110 4 / 5
% Lose with this broker N/A 78.6% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider
Leverage500:1300:1200:1
Spread0.0 pips0.0 pips0.6 pips
Hedging Yes Yes Yes
Scalping Yes Yes Yes
Account Types
  • ThinkZero (Professional)
  • Swap-free
  • Spread Betting (Standard)
Islamic Account Yes Yes Yes
Trading Platforms MT4 , MT5 cTrader , MT4 , MT5 MT4
Funding Methods Bank Transfer, Visa, Mastercard, Skrill Bank Transfer, Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Paypal, Unionpay, POLi, BPay Bank Transfer, Visa, Mastercard, Paypal
Trading Commission 7 USD / lot - ThinkZero Account From 7 USD / lot - Razor Account Fees Included in Spread

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