eToro Review 2023
- Rebecca Holden, Reviewer
eToro is a great pick for traders who want to trade CFDs with copy trading and other social investing features. The brand is hugely respected with a string of awards and strong regulatory oversight.
eToro is a top-rated multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptoassets. Launched in 2007, the brand has millions of active traders globally and is authorized by tier one regulators, including the FCA and CySEC. Crypto Trading is offered via eToro USA LLC; Investments are subject to market risk, including the possible loss of principal. CFDs are not available in the US Cryptoasset investing is highly volatile and unregulated in the UK and some EU countries. No consumer protection. Tax on profits may apply. 76% of retail accounts lose money.
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An impressive selection of 52 currencies are tradeable on eToro's proprietary platform and app. Traders can also continuously hone their forex strategies by switching between demo mode and their live account any time.
eToro offers access to thousands of stocks and shares from all over Europe, the US and beyond. Traders can invest alone or join millions of other traders in eToro's popular social trading community. Buy-and-hold investors can also use the broker's intuitive Smart Portfolios.
Trade CFDs on over 3,000 assets and enjoy rich market data through integrated TradingView charts. There is also comprehensive free learning tools via the eToro Academy, ideal for beginners. Fees are low and leverage is in line with regulatory requirements, helping to provide a secure trading environment.
eToro leads the way in cryptocurrency trading. The lowest spreads (from 1% for BTC), their own wallet service and the largest number of cryptos to trade in the market. Don’t invest unless you’re prepared to lose all the money you invest.
One of the best proprietary platforms currently on the market is the award-winning eToro CopyTrader (at no additional cost for eToro clients). The web-based platform includes a user-friendly and interactive layout and also comes with social features, including a community chat. Copy trading on crypto trades only.
- Best of Show Award 2012 - Finovate Europe
- Most Innovative Trading Platform 2010 - World Finance Awards
- Best Trading Software 2011 - World Finance Awards
- 25M+ user community
- Interest up to 5.35% on idle funds
- Industry-leading copy trading app
- Commission-free stock trading
- Islamic/Halal-friendly account
- Good user reviews and app rankings
- Low minimum deposit requirement
- Multiple orders including take profits
- Digital wallet with multiple currencies
- Trustworthy and award-winning company
- Comprehensive online training academy
- Demo account with access to virtual funds
- Fee to withdraw revenue
- Limited contact methods
- No guaranteed stop loss
- No MetaTrader 4 (MT4) or MetaTrader 5 (MT5) platforms
- Currency conversion fees for account denominations other than USD
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The eToro group is a globally recognized Israeli fintech broker, founded in 2007. It offers investors 5000 trading instruments, including CFDs, forex, and exchange-traded securities.
The company’s mission is to empower individuals to grow their knowledge and wealth as part of a global community of like-minded investors.
eToro launched the world’s first social trading platform in 2010, CopyTrader™, which enabled investors across the globe to join the fintech revolution. The platform attracted global recognition, winning the Finovate Europe Best of Show for 2011.
Today, the company offers services across the world, with an impressive 27 million registered users from 140+ countries. In 2022, eToro introduced services for the first time to US investors.
The brokerage currently operates four global entities; eToro (Europe) Ltd, eToro UK Ltd, eToro AUS Capital Limited, and eToro Seychelles Ltd. Your relevant trading entity will be determined by your country of residency. Regulatory details are discussed in this review below.
Since the launch of the revolutionary eToro trading platform in 2010, the firm has improved the features of the terminal significantly.
The platform and widgets can be used directly via all major web browsers or can be downloaded as a mobile app to iOS and Android devices. This means the platform is compatible with all desktop and Mac devices.
When we used the eToro web terminal, we were pleased with the simple and intuitive interface, with easy-to-use features and navigational tools, ideal for beginners.
The multi-asset platform has integrated many useful functions such as one-click trading, TipRanks research and a professional-grade technical analysis tool. A unique product offered by eToro is the ‘Smart Portfolio’. The feature generates ready-made investment strategies for day traders to use.
This platform incorporates the main features and products of the historical trading terminal, plus new developments, hence giving clients access to the best of both worlds from a single interface.
In addition to being able to copy trades and trade independently, eToro also allows clients to earn extra income by becoming a “Popular Investor”. This is not something many brokers offer.
As a Popular Investor, users can allow others to view their trading activities. Once the trader has managed to achieve a minimum number of copiers, he will be rewarded with cash and rebates on the spreads that he pays.
To qualify as a popular investor, you need to deposit a minimum of $1000. In addition, you must also recruit a copier for a minimum of 2 months with at least $500 equity or finance.
In line with keeping their reputation as an industry innovator, eToro introduced the concept of “portfolios” to copy. The new service appropriately named “CopyPortfolios” will allow traders to copy a range of assets selected by eToro.
eToro also delivers technical analysis and research tools on the platform. These features are flexible enough to benefit both professional and amateur traders.
The offering includes deep market data across the range of products, which means a strategy can also be back-tested. These tools allow analysis of real-time prices too, so trends can be identified and marked up.
While other forex brokers may score higher in terms of analysis tools, the charts at eToro will suit the majority of traders, whatever their level of experience.
Assets & Markets
Over the years, eToro has expanded its asset offering substantially. Today, traders can invest in over 5000 instruments including 49 currency pairs, 264 ETFs, 15 global stock indices, 24 types of commodities and 3000+ worldwide company stocks. Fractional shares are also available, allowing users to own a portion of a single share and lowering the barriers to entry for beginners.
The firm has also been long-time pioneers of cryptocurrency trading. They offer the largest range of crypto tokens anywhere, currently listing 76 digital currency coins, and are focussed on expanding this market whenever an established token reaches the mainstream.
Another bonus for us is the availability of out-of-hours stock trading. Clients can trade 30 leading US stocks during extended hours, providing fresh opportunities. This includes big names like Tesla, Amazon and Netflix.
Spreads, Fees & Commissions
eToro is transparent when it comes to trading fees. There is no charge to open an account and no cost to maintain a profile including when utilizing copy trading services or when investing in Smart Portfolios.
It is free to deposit to a live account, however a $5 withdrawal fee applies (minimum withdrawal of $30). Note, Platinum, Platinum+ and Diamond Club members can achieve discounted withdrawal fees.
Day traders can invest in stocks commission-free. Buy in bulk or just a fraction, from as little as $10. eToro charges a single 1% fee for buying or selling crypto, though this is added to the market bid/ask price.
Spreads apply for all CFD trades:
- Commodities from 2 pips – including oil at 5 pips, gold at 45 pips and copper at 2 pips
- Indices from 0.75 points – including the S&P500 at 0.75 points and the FTSE100 at 1.5 points
- Currencies from 1 pip – including GBP/USD at 2 pips, GBP/EUR at 1.5 pips and USD/JPY at 1 pip
As withdrawals and deposits are conducted in US Dollars, trading in a currency outside of this may incur a conversion fee. These rates will vary based on the account denomination and will be converted at the live foreign exchange market price.
Note, after 12 months with no login activity, a $10 monthly inactivity fee will be charged on any remaining available balance. No open positions will be closed to cover the fee.
The broker permits leverage on all CFD traded instruments, though available margin will vary by asset class and eToro trading entity. This can be fully customized, and also, does not have to be used at all when trading. We outline the maximum leverage available below to day traders:
For all retail clients of eToro (Europe) Ltd, eToro (UK) Ltd, and eToro AUS Capital Limited:
- Commodities – 1:10
- Cryptocurrency – 1:2
- Stocks and ETFs – 1:5
- Major currency pairs – 1:30
- Minor currency pairs, indices and gold – 1:20
Remember, although trading with leverage can increase profit prospects, it can also increase losses. Ensure you have appropriate risk management strategies in place.
eToro also provides a free mobile trading app which clients can download and install on portable devices, ideal to trade on the go. The application has been designed for both iOS and Android-powered mobile devices to allow full mobility and access to the financial markets at the same time.
You can deal on real-time prices, view historical trades and open news and customer service sections – all from your device. Copy trading services and watchlists are also fully functional from the app.
When we used the eToro mobile app we thought it was well laid out and fully navigational, with all the functionality of the main web platform retained. All versions of the app are regularly updated with the latest features.
A recent update saw the Android (APK) version reduced in size by 50% – with no loss of functions. The mobile application saw a significant speed improvement from the new, lighter programme.
Deposit & Withdrawal Policy
There are several ways in which you can fund your trading account at eToro, or make a withdrawal. Initial minimum deposit amounts vary by trading entity, ranging from $10 to $10,000. When we used the eToro platform in the UK, we were required to deposit just $50 to start trading (Or GBP equivalent).
The majority of other jurisdictions also sit within the $50 minimum deposit requirement category, making investing accessible for beginners.
We outline the supported payment methods below:
- POLi – instant processing, available to traders in Australia in AUD only, $10,000 maximum deposit limit
- Przelewy 24 – instant processing, available to traders in Poland in PLN only, $11,500 maximum deposit limit
- iDEAL – instant processing, available to traders in the Netherlands in EUR only, $50,000 maximum deposit limit
- eToro Money – instant processing, available to UK investors in GBP only, maximum single deposit of £250,000
- Skrill & Neteller – instant processing, available to international investors in USD, EUR or GBP currency, $10,000 maximum deposit limit
- Rapid Transfer – instant processing, available to EEA investors (restrictions apply) in USD, EUR or GBP currency, $5,500 maximum deposit limit
- Credit/Debit Cards – instant processing, available to international investors in USD, AUD, EUR or GBP currency, $40,000 maximum deposit limit
- Bank Wire Transfer – four to seven day processing time, available to international investors in USD, EUR or GBP currency, no maximum deposit limit
- PayPal – instant processing, available to international investors (restrictions apply) in USD, AUD, EUR or GBP currency, $10,000 maximum deposit limit
- Klarna/Sofort – instant processing, available to traders in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Finland, France and Poland in EUR currency only, $30,000 maximum deposit limit.
When making a deposit to your eToro account, follow the steps below:
- Login to your account
- Click on ‘deposit funds’
- Enter the amount and chosen currency
- Select your preferred deposit method
The processing of withdrawal requests typically takes three business days. However, traders should ensure that the withdrawn amount should be a minimum of $50, or else the request will be rejected.
Note, the broker charge clients a withdrawal fee of $5 on every transaction made.
eToro has also rolled out a free physical debit card for UK traders. This is available to holders of the broker’s investment account and enables instant, fee-free deposits with no FX conversion charges. Spend your money anywhere, anytime, with the exclusive debit card. From the payments area, users can also make global transactions with highly competitive conversion rates.
A digital debit card is currently available to EU clients including in Cyprus, Ireland, France, Italy and Portugal, though the broker hints this feature is due to roll out globally in the future.
A free demo account is available to eToro traders. This is a great platform if you wish to try out the broker’s tools and services before committing any real money.
The paper trading profile is credited with $100,000 so you can build a virtual, multi-asset portfolio. You can practise trading all instruments including cryptocurrency and stocks. Although a simulated platform, users still have access to live, real-time prices.
The registration process is the same as signing up for a live trading account. Once you open a demo profile, you can also toggle between a live account status by selecting the “real” account tab.
Bonuses & Promotions
While using the eToro platform, we were not offered any promotions or joining bonus incentives. Some global territories will be impacted by the ESMA restrictions on financial incentives introduced in 2018.
Regulation & Licensing
eToro is registered under four global entities, with relevant regulatory oversight:
- eToro UK Ltd – regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) under license FRN 583263
- eToro (Europe) Ltd – regulated by the Cyprus Securities Exchange Commission (CySEC) under license #109/10
- eToro Seychelles Ltd – licensed by the Financial Services Authority Seychelles (FSA) to provide broker-dealer services under Securities Act 2007 License #SD076
- eToro AUS Capital Limited – registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to provide financial services under an Australian Financial Services License 491139
The levels of support and protection will vary by global regulator, though we can confirm CySEC, the FCA and ASIC are all top-tier authorizations providing retail investor compensation schemes and segregated client funds.
All traders benefit from negative balance protection, meaning you cannot lose more than you invest.
Note, eToro is available to traders in multiple jurisdictions, including Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, and Nigeria. The trading broker is not available in Canada and India, among others. Paying taxes in your local jurisdiction is your responsibility.
Our experts were impressed with the number of educational resources and content available to day trading clients. eToro hosts a full online training academy with all the tools to become a successful investor. Training materials include integrated video content, live webinars, podcasts, online tutorials and full step-by-step guides.
Information is split clearly into experience levels, so regardless of your previous trading knowledge, there is something for everyone. Topics include long-term investment strategies, risk management tools such as stop loss features and learning to trade with leverage.
eToro offers a multi-crypto on-chain wallet. The phased rollout will see the feature opened up country by country, and the available list of cryptocurrencies will also expand as time goes on.
The wallet offers high level of security, with multi-signature sign-in supported – this means users can view their blockchain transactions without having to expose their private key.
The mobile app (available from Google Play and the Apple App store) will allow the buying and selling of cryptocurrency using fiat currency. It also permits the conversion of one crypto or virtual currency to another.
Four cryptos were included at the launch (Bitcoin, Bitcoin cash, Ethereum and Litecoin). Others will be added as the app scales up. Conversion will initially be limited to Platinum Account holders, but ultimately expanded to all traders.
The app is open to any registered eToro customer and makes accessing an otherwise complex market easy.
Following rising demand for non-fungible tokens, eToro launched a $20 million NFT fund in 2022 to promote new art and build out its suite of investment services. Known as eToro.art, the initiative will support both NFT creators and brands and will ultimately help reduce barriers to entry for aspiring investors. eToro also has plans to spend a further $10 million on NFT projects in 2022.
The company has made clear that it wants to expand beyond digital art and will turn to third parties to enhance the valuation process. The aim is to improve the sometimes extortionate floor prices and sales that reach tens of millions of dollars. If the project goes to plan, everyday investors should find it easier to get in on NFT drops and collections with more affordable entry points.
To simplify the experience, eToro provides one standard trading profile. Opening a trading account is a simple and straightforward process which requires you to fill out and submit the online registration form. New profiles can be approved within one working day.
Note, to deposit and withdraw from a live account, you must submit identity documents such as a passport or utility bill. A professional account is also available in some jurisdictions.
One attractive feature of eToro’s account is the opportunity to earn annual interest of up to 5.3% on unused funds. This is an attractive perk, not found at many alternatives, and allows users to monetize their funds while identifying market opportunities.
The platform is available 24/7 but assets will only be available to trade when the respective markets are open. So US Stocks will only be available when US markets are open on Wall Street, for example.
Forex (eg EURUSD) is available around the clock during the week, as there is always at least one market open somewhere in the world.
Since trading is often a 24/7 business, eToro allows specific trading and investing orders to be placed, even if the platform is down for maintenance.
Weekend trading is available when markets are open, so forex becomes available on Sunday and the Australian and Asian markets open and start the week.
A full calendar is available on the broker’s website with details of upcoming events, contract expiry dates and the latest market hours.
For a renowned broker, we were disappointed when reviewing eToro’s customer service options. Although customer support is available Monday to Friday, 24 hours a day, available methods are limited.
Clients may submit a query via the online contact form. Alternatively, live help chat services are available within the platform interface. It was a shame to see no helpline phone number or direct email address.
Note, the customer support team can help with a series of questions, from how to close an account and overnight fees to risk scores for copy traders, account verifications and limits, plus where to find a beginners guide to the broker’s trading platforms and investing apps.
Safety & Security
The eToro platform provides a secure trading environment. All transactions are communicated using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, ensuring that your personal information is kept safe. Client funds are kept in secured tier-one banks. Users can also enable 2-factor authentication (2FA), adding an extra layer of security.
In addition, the broker runs a Vulnerability Disclosure Program on HackerOne to receive and keep a record of submitted security issues.
Is eToro Suitable For Day Trading?
If you are a beginner trader who is just starting out, then eToro could be the right broker. The ability to conduct social trading is a feature that could potentially enhance the profitability of a beginner.
On the downside, the broker’s spreads are higher than those offered by other providers. As a day trader that relies on small margins and a large number of trades to make an overall daily profit, the additional cost incurred may erode away at any gain that is made from day trading.
eToro is a leading global brokerage with an innovative and powerful social trading platform. Access thousands of assets within one profile. Day traders can utilize an extensive learning academy, copy trading and crypto-based features all within regulatory approved entities. There is something for everyone when investing with eToro. We recommend checking them out.
What Is The Minimum Deposit Requirement To Open An eToro Trading Account?
The minimum deposit requirement at eToro is $10 for US investors. The majority of other countries can get started with $50, including the UK.
How Fast Can My eToro Withdrawal Request Be Processed?
Typically, it takes three business days to create and process a withdrawal request.
Is eToro A Reliable Broker?
Yes. eToro is a well-established broker that is regulated in multiple jurisdictions. It is a good overall brokerage that will meet the needs of novice investors.
Is eToro Legit Or A Scam?
eToro is a trustworthy social trading broker with 25M+ users worldwide. The broker is not a scam and has a long list of awards, accolades and positive user reviews under its belt.
What Kind Of Trading Platform Does eToro Have?
eToro offers a proprietary trading platform called “CopyTrader”. This award-winning copy trading platform is available via internet browsers and allows new traders to copy the positions and strategies of proven investors.
What Is The Maximum Leverage Available At eToro?
The maximum leverage that is available at eToro for EU and UK traders is 1:30.
eToro is a multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptoassets, as well as trading CFDs.
Please note that CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Past performance is not an indication of future results. Trading history presented is less than 5 complete years and may not suffice as basis for investment decision.
Copy Trading does not amount to investment advice. The value of your investments may go up or down. Your capital is at risk.
Cryptoasset investing is highly volatile and unregulated in some EU countries. No consumer protection. Tax on profits may apply.
eToro USA LLC does not offer CFDs and makes no representation and assumes no liability as to the accuracy or completeness of the content of this publication, which has been prepared by our partner utilizing publicly available non-entity specific information about eToro.
eToro accepts traders from Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Qatar and most other countries.
Traders can not use eToro from Iran, Turkey, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, India, Madagascar, Macao, South Africa, Thailand, United States.
|Regulated By||FCA, ASIC, CySEC, FSA|
|Mobile Apps||iOS, Android & Windows|
|AI / Machine Learning||Yes|
|Negative Balance Protection||Yes|
|Auto Trading||Automate your trades via Copy Trading – follow profitable traders. Open and close trades automatically when they do.|
|Guaranteed Stop Loss||No|
CFD Trading Details
|FTSE Spread||1.5 pt|
|GBPUSD Spread||2 pips|
|Oil Spread||5 pts|
|Stocks Spread||0.24% Var|
Forex Trading Details
|GBPUSD Spread||2 pips|
|EURUSD Spread||1.5 pips|
|EURGBP Spread||1.5 pips|
Cryptocurrency Trading Details
|Crypto Spread||BTC 1%, ETH 2%|
|Crypto Auto Market Maker||No|
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eToro Comparison Table
|eToro||IG Group||Just2Trade||Kwakol Markets|
|Markets||Crypto||CFDs, Forex, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, ETFs, Futures, Options, Crypto, Spread Betting||Stocks, ADRs, ETFs, Futures, Options, Commodities, Bonds||CFDs, Forex, Stocks, Indices, Commodities, Crypto|
|Minimum Trade||$10||0.01 Lots||0.01 Lots||0.01 Lots|
|Regulators||FCA, ASIC, CySEC, FSA||FCA, ASIC, NFA, CFTC, DFSA, BaFin, MAS, FSCA||CySEC, NFA, FINRA, Bank of Russia||ASIC, FINTRAC|
|Bonus||–||–||Up to $2,000 for professional accounts||–|
|Platforms||TradingCentral||MT4, AutoChartist, TradingCentral||MT4, MT5, TradingCentral||MT4, MT5, AutoChartist|
|Leverage||–||1:30 (Retail), 1:250 (Pro)||1:20||1:1000|
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|eToro is a top-rated multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptoassets. Launched in 2007, the brand has millions of active traders globally and is authorized by tier one regulators, including the FCA and CySEC. Crypto Trading is offered via eToro USA LLC; Investments are subject to market risk, including the possible loss of principal. CFDs are not available in the US Cryptoasset investing is highly volatile and unregulated in the UK and some EU countries. No consumer protection. Tax on profits may apply. 76% of retail accounts lose money.
76% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading with this provider. eToro is a multi-asset investment platform. The value of your investments may go up or down. Your capital is at risk.