AuthorBy Björn Michels
Updated: August 29, 2022

Trading with a reputable online broker is a crucial factor for success in the international markets. At FX Scouts Tanzania, 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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11110.54.61/ 5 USD 0FCA Regulated BrokersASIC Regulated Forex BrokersCySEC Regulated BrokersDubai Financial Services AuthorityBundesanstalt für FinanzdienstleistungsaufsichtSecurities Commission of the BahamasCapital Markets AuthorityNDDCommodities, Cryptocurrencies, Stock CFDs, ETFs, Forex, Indices, Metals7019
  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
  • Great platform choice
  • Wide range of assets
  • Limited market analysis
Read Review 11110.54.5/ 5 111115/ 5 111115/ 5 111104/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 75.8%400:10 pips cTrader Razor, MT5 Razor, MT4 Razor, Standard, Swap-free MT4, MT5, cTraderBank Transfer, Visa, Mastercard, POLi, BPay, Paypal, Neteller, Skrill, UnionpayFrom 7 USD / lot - Razor Account
11110.54.46/ 5 USD 200CySEC Regulated BrokersASIC Regulated Forex BrokersThe Seychelles Financial Services AuthorityECN/DMABonds, Commodities, Cryptocurrencies, Stock CFDs, Forex, Futures, Indices6418
  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
  • Wide range of assets
  • Great platform choice
  • High minimum deposit
  • Limited market analysis
Read Review 111104/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111115/ 5 111104/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 77%500:10.10 pips RAW - cTrader, RAW - MetaTrader, Standard - MetaTrader MT4, MT5, cTraderVisa, Mastercard, Bank Transfer, Paypal, Neteller, Skrill7 USD / lot - Raw Spread Account

How do Pepperstone and IC Markets stack up against each other?

The Radar Chart below highlights how the brokers stack up against each other across various metrics. The highest score a broker can receive in each area is 5.

IC Markets

Pepperstone

At FX Scouts Tanzania, 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 Pepperstone and IC Markets, 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 Pepperstone or IC Markets 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 Pepperstone holds two Tier 1 and three Tier 2 licences, and IC Markets holds one Tier 1 and one Tier 2 licences.

 

Can I trust Pepperstone?

Yes as Pepperstone was founded in 2010 and is regulated by ASIC, BaFin, CMA, CySEC, DFSA, FCA and SCB.

 

Can I trust IC Markets?

Yes as IC Markets was founded in 2007 and is regulated by ASIC, CySEC and FSA-Seychelles.

 

Based on these findings, Pepperstone earned a higher trust rating than IC Markets.

Does Pepperstone or IC Markets 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 Pepperstone has overall lower trading costs than IC Markets. 

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Pepperstone
111115/ 5
AUD, USD, JPY, GBP, EUR, CAD, CHF, NZD, SGD, HKD
0.60 pips
USD 6
0.17 pips
0.59 pips
0.26 pips
USD 0
IC Markets
11110.54.5/ 5
AUD, USD, EUR, GBP, CAD, SGD, NZD, JPY, CHF, HKD
0.10 pips
USD 8
0.02 pips
0.23 pips
0.14 pips
USD 7

 

Does Pepperstone or IC Markets 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, Pepperstone offers support for cTrader, MT4 and MT5 and IC Markets offers support for cTrader, 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 both IC Markets and Pepperstone offer copy trading.

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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 Pepperstone offers a greater range and depth of instruments to trade than IC Markets. Pepperstone offers 70 Forex pairs to trade and IC Markets offers 64 Forex pairs to trade.

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And what about Cryptocurrencies?

In this case, Pepperstone offers 19 cryptocurrencies while IC Markets offers 18 cryptocurrencies. So if you want to trade cryptocurrencies, we advise trading with Pepperstone.

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 IC Markets charges a withdrawal fee and Pepperstone does not. Overall, Pepperstone has better deposit and withdrawal processes than IC Markets. 

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. 

IC Markets has better educational support than Pepperstone. Both IC Markets and Pepperstone offer educational support for more experienced traders.

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Pepperstone
Medium
IC Markets
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 Pepperstone offers better research analysis than IC Markets and that both IC Markets and Pepperstone offer frequent webinars.

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IC Markets

 

Our overall Verdict on Pepperstone

Pepperstone is a multi-regulated CFD broker offering ECN trading on Forex, indices, commodities and shares. The beginner and professional trading community admire this Australian broker for their wide trading platform selection including cTrader, MT4 and MT5 and highly industry competitive trading conditions despite a limited selection of tradable products and slightly unimpressive market research.

The cTrader platform, while not the most popular in the world because of limited broker support, is one of the most powerful trading tools available to the retail trader. This cTrader platform, in addition to the MT4 & MT5 choice, combined with remarkably tight spreads (EURUSD - 0.09 pips) on the Razor account, is perfectly suited for the professional or serious amateur trader. For the beginner, the standard account with reasonable trading fees (EURUSD - 1 pip), and the structured education offering will provide a strong base for success. Nevertheless, while some withdrawal methods charge a small fee, it is hard to find fault with Pepperstone and their trading solution.

Our overall Verdict on IC Markets

IC Markets is an Australian broker offering CFD trading on Forex, commodities, indices, bonds, cryptocurrencies, stocks, and futures. Compared to other ECN brokers, IC Markets has low trading costs, fast execution, and wide trading platform support – with MT4, MT5 and cTrader all available.

IC Markets caters to advanced traders with periodic strategy webinars, advanced analysis tools and a free VPS service for active traders. But – despite its focus on providing great trading conditions – IC Markets fails to deliver a structured course for beginners and Forex education, in general, is weaker than IC Market’s competitors.

Which broker has the highest overall rating?

Pepperstone has an overall rating of 4.61 and IC Markets has an overall rating of 4.46. For more detail please read our reviews of Pepperstone and IC Markets.

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Trading Forex and CFDs is not suitable for all investors and comes with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75-90% of retail investors lose money trading these products. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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