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We’ve put together this list of what we feel are the best CFD trading platforms currently available. Each broker has been carefully chosen to offer a range of services and features, designed to help you choose the broker that best suits your trading needs.

We will only include reputable companies on the site – each of the CFD brokers featured here are authorised and regulated by a respected international regulatory body.

Choose from our selection of the best CFD trading platforms

You’ll find a full review of each broker and our opinion on the services and features they offer. To visit the broker website, choose the ‘Apply’ link.

BrokerThe Armchair Trader says:

deposit: £100

With a strong focus on the trading experience, industry leading technology, low costs and award-winning client support, we feel that Pepperstone is a good option for the more established high volume day trader. See our full Pepperstone review review

deposit: £250

FCA regulated is a subsidiary of FTSE 250 listed Playtech PLC. They have invested heavily recently in some innovative services and their Knowledge Centre and Educational Tools provide a great starting point for traders. You’ll find a range of news, analysis, opinion and sentiment tools available to help you with your decision making process. See our full review
FP Markets logo

deposit: $100

FP Markets is an established ASIC regulated broker. They offer access to the industry leading MetaTrader platforms and provide pricing directly from the market meaning fast execution and transparent pricing. A 24/5 multilingual client support service has won recognition through the highly respected Investment Trends awards.. See our full FP Markets review
Ig Group

deposit: £0

With deeper pockets to invest in their services than most brokers, IG’s platform suite and trading support tend to lead the way. IG is a good all-rounder for novice through to experienced traders and investors. See our full IG review
City Index

deposit: £100

City Index offers access to over 8,000 instruments across Forex, Indices, Shares and Commodities markets. City Index is a familiar UK brand having been established in 1983 and will appeal to novice through to experienced traders.

deposit: £1500

Saxo Markets are a trusted brand that sit at the forefront of fintech advancement. Their platforms are simple to use and possess powerful features designed to appeal to a wide range of experience. A good all-rounder. See our full Saxo Markets review

deposit: £100

An AvaTrade account includes the powerful MT4 Platform which offers experienced traders with plenty of flexibility. Autochartist is a great tool and is included with deposits of over $500. See our full AvaTrade review

deposit: $200

Social trading offers beginners an opportunity to watch the behaviour of more experienced traders and interact with them. Financial markets are driven by volume and eToro offer you the chance to be a part of a 5million+ trading community. See our full eToro review
Accendo Markets

deposit: £0

If you are looking for a knowledgeable, personal service from your CFD, Spreadbetting or Forex broker, you won’t go wrong with the Accendo Markets team. See our full Accendo Markets review

deposit: $2000

Interactive Brokers is one of the world’s leading futures brokers with the ability to offer direct market access to a range of securities.  The broker offers excellent platform stability, an excellent range of markets, and solid customer support. See our full Interactive Brokers review
ETX Capital

deposit: £500

There’s a good range of markets to choose from and spreads are competitive too. We like the fact that you’ll be assigned an Account Relationship Manager when you open your account. See our full ETX Capital review

deposit: $100
Regulated by the ASIC, FCA, EFSA and CySEC with 20 offices around the world, Admiral Markets provides access to over 3,500 financial instruments through the powerful MT4 and MT5 platforms. See our full Admiral Markets review here
ETX Capital

deposit: £200

FxPro provide a solid range of markets, covering all of the most popular choices. This range will easily cater for the needs of the majority of traders. See our full FxPro review
TigerWit Review

deposit: $200

TigerWit is a new and bold entrant to the industry. They are leading the technology race amongst CFD providers with their use of blockchain to improve security, efficiency and transparency. See our full TigerWit review

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How do I choose from the best CFD trading platforms?

If you are new to trading Contracts for difference, we offer a variety of free resources that you can use to help you select the best CFD trading platforms and meet your personal trading needs.

We suggest that you start with the basics – ask yourself these important questions in order to find the best CFD trading platforms to suit your needs.

  • Do you need Educational tools to support your learning?
  • Are you able to check out the platform before you deposit funds using a demo account?
  • How regularly are you expecting to trade and what length of time will these transactions be open for? What are the costs involved to trade or hold positions overnight?
  • Does your broker offer access to the range of markets you’ll need?
  • Is it important for you to trade directly with the market through Direct Market Access or DMA, or are you happy to trade on pricing provided by your broker?
  • Is your broker regulated by a respected global authority such as the FCA, SEC, ASIC, BaFIN or similar?

Remember, Contracts for Difference are leveraged products which means any trades you make are magnified, whether they are winning trades or losing trades.

It doesn’t matter if your broker offers one of the best CFD trading platforms available if your understanding of the product isn’t at the level it needs to be. It is important that you have a trading strategy in place and that you understand leverage before you begin to trade with real money.

Opening a CFD trading account

The majority of Contracts for Difference brokers offer demo accounts, providing traders with the chance to test out their platform before they commit real money.

We strongly suggest that you give your chosen platform a test drive before you begin trading for real.

Before you start looking at brokers, download our free guide to choosing your CFD broker. It will give you a fantastic insight into how Contracts for Difference brokers operate and how you can use this to choose the broker that best fits with your trading objectives.

Spread betting and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between [74-89]% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. Please note that % may be changing every quarter depending how this number looked in the previous period.

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Please note this article does not constitute investment advice. Investors are encouraged to do their own research beforehand or consult a professional advisor.

Michael Morton

Michael Morton

Michael has worked within the Financial Industry for more than 20 years. Starting out as a financial analyst, he has extensive experience working with fund management groups and brokerages.

With an interest in Stocks and Shares, Funds, ETFs and Commodities, his investment focus is medium to long term gains, with the objective of financial security on retirement, and building wealth for his young children for their adult life. His broker of choice is Hargreaves Lansdown.

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