ICM Capital vs DIF Broker

ICM Capital vs DIF Broker Comparison Table 2024
ICM Capital DIF Broker
2.3
ICM Markets only accept professional traders.
3
United States Flag Traders from US not accepted
United States Flag Traders from US not accepted

ICM Capital is an FCA-regulated brokerage that offers professional traders multi-asset trading. Pro traders can choose between MetaTrader 4 and ICM's proprietary platform to access commission-free and tight-spread account options. ICM Capital does not accept amateur traders.

DIF Broker was founded in 1999, with a vision to offer personalized brokerage services via innovative technology. The broker offers services to thousands of clients in over 20 countries, and is regulated by the Portuguese CMVM. Day traders can access thousands of CFD instruments to trade on a powerful proprietary platform.

Comment by Reviewer
"ICM Capital is best for professional traders looking for tight spreads and high leverage on forex and US stocks." "After exploring the platform, I think that DIF Broker's unique focus on innovation, technology and customer support will suit both casual and high-volume investors. That said, I think the broker's competitive fees will be particularly advantageous for dedicated stock traders."
Pros
  • Hundreds of US stocks, as well as 50+ forex pairs, futures, metals and cash CFDs
  • FCA-regulated with protection via the FSCS and Lloyd's insurance
  • ECN spreads with deep liquidity from tier 1 banks
  • A secure broker with a good reputation
  • High leverage up to 1:200
  • Good educational tools
  • DIF Brokers offers a powerful and intutive proprietary trading terminal which I enjoyed using, with 40+ technical indicators and advanced graphical objects
  • I'm thoroughly impressed with the vast product catalog of 30,000+ CFD instruments including stocks, forex, futures and indices
  • I feel fairly confident in the broker's established reputation, long history in the financial industry, and CMVM regulatory oversight
  • I find fees at DIF broker very transparent and fair, coming in at 0.07% for Euronext Lisbon stock CFDs
Cons
  • Only available to traders who qualify for a professional account
  • Limited selection of assets beyond stocks and forex
  • Wide spreads on the commission-free account
  • I'm disappointed that the minimum deposit requirement of €2000 will price out most beginners, and the lack of any educational content is a further setback
  • The demo account is restricted to a time limit of 15 days, which is disappointing and far lower than most of the brokers I have reviewed
  • I think it's a bit of an oversight that the live chat customer support is only available to customers after they have registered
  • Those looking to diversify into the digital asset industry will be disappointed that crypto trading is not available
Awards
  • Global Forex Broker of the Year 2020 - The Forex Expo Dubai
  • Most Trusted Forex Broker Middle East 2020 - Global Forex Awards Retail
  • Most Trusted Forex Broker 2019 - Go From Egypt
  • Best Forex Broker 2019 - The Forex Expo Dubai
  • Best Mobile Trading Platform 2017 - Jordan Forex Expo
  • Best Institutional Forex Broker 2016 - MENA Forex Expo
  • Best Customer Service Provider 2012 - Arab FX Championship
  • Best Forex Broker 2011 - Middle East Forex and Investment Summit
  • Best Online Broker Western Europe 2013 - 2017 - Global Banking & Finance Review
  • Best Multi-Asset Provider 2017 - Global Banking & Finance Review
Instruments
Forex, CFDs, stocks, commodities, futures Forex, CFDs, ETFs, indices, shares, energies, futures, options, bonds
Demo Account
Yes Yes
Minimum Deposit
$200 €2000
Trading Platforms
  • MT4
  • TradingCentral
  • Own
Payment Methods
Minimum Trade
0.01 Lots 0.01 Lots
Regulator
FCA, SVGFSA CMVM, CNMV
Margin Trading
No No
STP Account
No No
ECN Account
No No
DMA Account
No No
MAM Account
Yes No
PAMM Account
No No
LAMM Account
No No
Demat Account
No No
AI / Machine Learning
No No
Robo Advisor
No No
Negative Balance Protection
Yes No
Market Maker
No No
P2P Trading
No No
Spot Trading
No No
Mobile Apps
Yes Yes
Auto Trading
Expert Advisors (EAs) on MetaTrader
Copy Trading
Yes No
Copy Trading Platform
Clients of ICM Capital can use the MetaTrader 4 platform to interact with and copy the trades of other investors. Both manual and automated copy trading is available.
Social Trading
Yes No
Trade Signals
Yes Yes
VPS Hosting
No No
Tournaments
No No
Demo Competitions
No No
Ethical Investing
No No
Custodial Account
No No
Guaranteed Stop Loss
No No
Islamic Account
Yes No
Account Currencies
  • USD
  • EUR
  • GBP
Commodities
CFD Trading
Leveraged contracts for difference can be used to take positions on major financial markets with fast execution speeds. On the negative side, the suite of CFDs is narrow, with commodities and indices only. DIF Broker offers an impressive total of 30,000+ CFD instruments, which is far more than many brokers I review. That said, I think it's a shame that there's no additional tools or resources on offer for CFD traders.
Leverage
1:30 (Retail), 1:200 (Pro) 1:30
FTSE Spread
2.0 1
GBPUSD Spread
1.8 3
Oil Spread
2.0 0.05
Stocks Spread
Variable Variable
Forex Trading
A decent portfolio of currencies are available at ICM Capital. Trade majors like the EUR/SUD with spreads from 0.0 pips. You can speculate on forex using MT4 with expert advisors (EAs) supported. I was particularly impressed to see a huge range of 180 major, minor and exotic currency pairs at DIF Broker. I was able to access sensible leverage up to 1:30 and no commission fees. Average spreads are OK but not the most competitive, coming in at around 1 pip for EUR/USD and 1.1 pip on GBP/USD.
GBPUSD Spread
1.8 3
EURUSD Spread
1.3 3
EURGBP Spread
1.3 3
Assets
50+ 180+
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