InstaForex vs CMC Markets - 2022 Comparison | FX Scouts Kenya
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 Kenya, 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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110.5002.92/ 5 USD 1British Virgin Islands Financial Services CommissionFinancial Services Authority – St. Vincent & the GrenadinesECN/DMACommodities, Cryptocurrencies, Stock CFDs, Forex, Futures, Indices, Metals, WTIs11012
  • Wide range of assets
  • Copy trading accounts
  • Expensive withdrawals
  • Limited education
  • Wide spreads
Read Review 1110.503.5/ 5 110002/ 5 111104/ 5 100001/ 5 111003/ 5 1110.503.5/ 5 111003/ 5 71.71%1000:10 pips Cent.Eurica, Cent.Standard, ECN Pro, ECN VIP, ECN/ECN Scalping, Eurica account, Insta.Eurica, Insta.Standard, Islamic, OYS Account, Standard account MT4, MT5Skrill, Bitcoin, Neteller, Sofort BankingFees Included in Spread
11110.54.53/ 5 USD 5ASIC Regulated Forex BrokersFCA Regulated BrokersMonetary Authority of SingaporeFinancial Markets Authority of New ZealandBundesanstalt für FinanzdienstleistungsaufsichtMarket MakerCommodities, Cryptocurrencies, Stock CFDs, ETFs, Forex, Indices35012
  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
  • Good for beginners
  • Excellent education
  • Excellent market analysis
  • No swap-free account option
Read Review 111115/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111104/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111003/ 5 76%500:10.70 pips CFD Account, FX Active MT4, CMCmarketsBank Transfer, POLi, Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, Paypal0.005%

How do CMC Markets and InstaForex 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.

CMC Markets

InstaForex

At FX Scouts Kenya, 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 CMC Markets and InstaForex, 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 CMC Markets or InstaForex 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 CMC Markets holds three Tier 1 and two Tier 2 licences, and InstaForex holds no Tier 1 and no Tier 2 licences.

 

Can I trust CMC Markets?

Yes as CMC Markets was founded in 1989 and is regulated by ASIC, BaFin, FCA, FMA and MAS.

 

Can I trust InstaForex?

Yes as InstaForex was founded in 2007 and is regulated by B.V.I FSC and FSA-St-Vincent.

 

Based on these findings, CMC Markets earned a higher trust rating than InstaForex.

Does CMC Markets or InstaForex 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 CMC Markets has overall lower trading costs than InstaForex. 

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Trading Conditions
Base Currencies
EURUSD (Standard)
Trading Cost (Standard)
EURUSD (Best)
GBPUSD (Best)
USDJPY (Best)
Commission
InstaForex
110002/ 5
USD, EUR, RUB
3.00 pips
USD 30
3.00 pips
3.00 pips
3.00 pips
USD 0
CMC Markets
111115/ 5
AUD, USD
0.70 pips
USD 7
0.70 pips
0.90 pips
0.70 pips
USD 0

 

Does CMC Markets or InstaForex 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, CMC Markets offers support for MT4 and CMCmarkets and InstaForex offers support for 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 InstaForex offer copy trading and CMC Markets does not.

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CMC Markets
11110.54.5/ 5
CMCmarkets

 

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 CMC Markets offers a greater range and depth of instruments to trade than InstaForex. CMC Markets offers 350 Forex pairs to trade and InstaForex offers 110 Forex pairs to trade.

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And what about Cryptocurrencies?

In this case, CMC Markets offers 12 cryptocurrencies while InstaForex offers 12 cryptocurrencies. So if you want to trade cryptocurrencies, we advise trading with CMC Markets.

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

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. 

CMC Markets has better educational support than InstaForex. CMC Markets offer educational support for more experienced traders and InstaForex does not.

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Beginner Course
Advanced Course
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Webinars
InstaForex
Medium
CMC 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 CMC Markets offers better research analysis than InstaForex and that CMC Markets offer frequent webinars and InstaForex does not.

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InstaForex
CMC Markets

 

Our overall Verdict on CMC Markets

Please note that CMC Markets no longer offers services to Kenyans.  This review is for informational purposes only.

Founded in 1989, CMC Markets is a well-known Forex and CFD broker with a high trust rating and a huge range of financial instruments to trade. However, traders may be disappointed at the high trading fees on its commission-based account. 

CMC Markets offers two live accounts with no minimum deposit requirements - a low-cost commission-free account with spreads starting at 0.7 pips on the EUR/USD and a commission-based account with spreads of 0.1 pip and commissions of 0.005% (which amounts to 50 USD per lot traded), which is extremely high.

Trading is offered on both MT4 and its powerful, innovative proprietary platform that features numerous technical and fundamental analysis tools.  CMC Markets also offers excellent education and market analysis materials to get new traders started, and although customer service is offered 24/5, it does not provide a live chat feature, which is a serious oversight by this broker.

Our overall Verdict on InstaForex

InstaForex is an award-winning broker offering good trading conditions with both market and instant execution across five different account types. With three market execution accounts, one of which is specifically built for scalping, two instant execution accounts with no minimum deposit, and a copy-trading service, InstaForex will appeal to a wide range of traders.

The market analysis and education sections feature regularly updated content for traders of all experience levels and MT4 is fully supported via download and webtrader.

Which broker has the highest overall rating?

CMC Markets has an overall rating of 4.53 and InstaForex has an overall rating of 2.92. For more detail please read our reviews of CMC Markets and InstaForex.

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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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