IC Markets UK Review 2022

IC Markets is a low-cost CFD broker that allows tading on more than 1700 instruments. Clients in UK are registered under CySEC. Check pros and cons before opening your account.

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Minimum Deposit
$200
Typical AUD/USD Spread
0.62 pips
Regulation(s)
CySEC, ASIC, FSA

IC Markets is a CFD broker that was launched in 2007. IC Markets is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK. However, they have temporary permissions to operate their business in the UK as they are regulated in EEA country (Cyprus).

IC Markets allow commission-based as well as spread-only trading on CFDs of various financial instruments. They support multiple trading platforms and methods for deposits and withdrawals.

We have comprehensively covered every aspect of IC Markets to assist the traders in making an informed decision. This review of IC Markets (EU) Ltd is specifically done for clients in the UK.

IC Markets UK Pros

  • IC Markets is regulated by CySEC
  • Spreads are as low as 0.6 pips with the Standard account
  • Local phone support is available in UK
  • Support services are available 24/7
  • Clients can choose between USD/EUR/ GBP as the account currency
  • 1700+ trading instruments available
  • MT4, MT5, and cTrader trading platforms supported

IC Markets UK Cons

  • IC Markets is not regulated by FCA in the UK
  • Local bank transfer is not available in the UK

IC Markets UK Summary

Broker Name IC Markets (EU) Ltd
Website www.icmarkets.eu
Regulation CySEC, ASIC, FSA
Year of Establishment 2007
Minimum Deposit $200
Maximum Leverage 1:30
Trading Platforms MT4, MT5, cTrader
Trading Instruments 1700+ CFDs on forex pairs, commodities, indices, shares, ETFs, cryptocurrencies


Safety and Regulation

Before choosing a broker to trade CFDs, it is of utmost importance to check the regulatory license and regimes that govern the broker. In the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is the top-tier regulatory authority.

IC Markets is not regulated by FCA but they are authorized by FCA in the UK. They have permission to carry out business activities in the UK with new as well as existing customers. The current status of IC Markets (EU) Ltd can be checked at the online FCA register with reference number 827935.
IC Markets FCA authorisation
Any firm that is regulated in any country of the European Economic Area (EEA) can offer certain products or services in the UK. Although, it must meet the minimum standards and compliance across all EEA countries. Following are the details of regulated entities of IC Markets:

  1. IC Markets (EU) Ltd – CySEC

    The clients in the UK are registered under Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) regulations. IC Markets holds the CySEC license by the name IC Markets (EU) Ltd under license number 362/18 and company number HE 356877.

    IC Markets (EU) Ltd has its registered address at 141 Omonoias Avenue, The Maritime Centre, Block B, 1st floor, 3045 Limassol, Cyprus. The broker does not have a local office in the UK.
    IC Markets CySEC license

    IC Markets is authorised in the UK with temporary permissions because they holds a CySEC license. Clients registered with IC Markets (EU) Ltd are protected by the ‘Investor Compensation Fund’ of Cyprus. IC Markets (EU) Ltd is a member of the Investor Compensation Fund as they are regulated by CySEC.

  2. Raw Trading Ltd – FSA (Seychelles)
    Clients in the UK can also choose to register with Raw Trading Ltd which is an offshore regulated entity of IC Markets. Raw Trading Ltd is regulated by the Financial Services Authority of Seychelles. The FSA license is held under registration number 8419879-2 and license number SD018. Clients registering with IC Markets Global or Raw Trading Ltd are protected by IC Market’s insurance coverage of up to $1 million per client.
  3. International Capital Markets Pty Ltd – ASIC
    IC Markets is regulated by the Australian Securities and Exchange Commission (ASIC) as International Capital Markets Pty Ltd. Its ASIC license has been registered with ABN number 12 123 289 109 and license number 335692 with 2/7/2009 as the commencement date.
    IC Markets ASIC license

    The ASIC license increases safety ratings of IC Markets as it is a top-tier regulatory authority in the jurisdiction of Australia. Clients in the UK are not registered under ASIC regulation.

IC Markets has been in the CFD trading business since 2007 and is a considerably old broker. Clients must not confuse the legitimate and regulated IC Markets entities with the fake ones. There are a few clones of IC Markets that are using their name and regulation to scam the clients in the UK.
IC Markets clone firms

According to our review, IC Markets can be considered safe for trading in the UK. CySEC regulated IC Markets (EU) Ltd is a safer choice in the UK compared to the offshore regulated entity. The third-party risk of choosing IC Markets in the UK is average but higher when compared with brokers regulated by FCA.

IC Markets Fees

Fees are an important section that must be looked out for before opening a live account. For easier understanding and comparison, we have reviewed this section in 4 parts. All CFD brokers have these 4 components of fees:

  1. Spread: It is the difference between the bid and asks the price of a CFD instrument. The average typical spreads for forex majors are among the best in the UK. For EUR/USD as a benchmark, the average spread is 0.62 with the Standard Account and 0.02 with the commission-based Raw Spread Account.

    IC Markets fees

    The following table includes the details of spreads incurred with the Standard and Raw Spread Account at IC Markets.

    Trading Instrument Standard Account Raw Spread Account Account
    EUR/USD 0.62 0.02
    GBP/USD 0.83 0.23
    EUR/GBP 1.27 0.27
    Gold/USD 2.083 1.083
    Crude Oil 0.028 0.028
    US Tech 100 Index 1.807 1.807
    UK 100 2.133 2.133


  2. The Standard account at IC Markets has only spread as trading fees. The Raw spread account involves a very low spread but also incurs a fixed commission on each trade.

  3. Trading Commission: It is the commission charged while executing trade orders. At IC Markets, the commission is only charged with the Raw Spread Account. MetaTrader and cTrader versions of this account type have a difference in trading commission.
    For the MetaTrader trading platforms, the commission is GBP 5/ EUR 5.5/USD 7 for a round turn trade of a standard lot. It will be incurred proportionately to the lot size of the trade.
    IC Markets MetaTrader commission
    For the cTrader trading platform, the commission is $3 for a single side or $6 for a round turn trade of a standard lot. For the accounts with EUR or GBP as the base currency, the commission amount will be converted to the base account currency at prevailing conversion rates.
  4. Swap Fees: The swap fee is also known as rollover rate or overnight charges as it is the interest that is incurred if a leveraged position is kept open overnight. For positions opened and closed on the same day, no swap fee will be applicable. The long and short swap fee is different for each CFD instrument.
    IC Markets has lower swap rates than the majority of forex and CFD brokers in the UK. For EUR/USD, the long and short swap rates in pips are -3.23 and +0.32 respectively.
  5. swap rates IC Markets

  6. Non-Trading Commission: This includes all the charges that are incurred without executing trade orders. At IC Markets, there is no commission for inactivity, account opening, deposit, withdrawal, maintenance, etc. Apart from wire transfers, deposits and withdrawals are free for all the accepted methods.
    Overall, the spreads at IC Markets are low compared to the majority of other brokers in the UK. The commission is average while the swaps are also low. No non-trading charges are a major plus point in the fee segment.

IC Markets Account Types

IC Markets mainly offers 2 account types with different pricing structures. All the other features are nearly the same for both account types.

  1. Standard Account: This account type is ideal for all types of traders including beginners. Spread is the only fee incurred with this account.
  2. Raw Spread Account: This account is ideal for scalpers and high-volume forex traders. The fixed commission is charged on currency pairs with a very low spread. The Raw Spread Account can be chosen either with cTrader or MetaTrader trading platform.

IC Markets account comparison

The commission-based trading is only available with CFDs of forex pairs and metals. For all the other instruments, only spread is incurred as trading fees for both the account types.

Each live account at IC Markets can be opened either with GBP, EUR, and USD as a base currency in the UK. The minimum deposit amount is $/€/£ 200. For any base currency of the account, the minimum deposit amount is 200 units.

According to our review, the minimum deposit amount is slightly higher compared to other brokers. The client has the ability to trade with all the instruments with multiple trading platforms and different pricing structures. This can suffice the trading suitability of different types of traders.

How to Open an Account at IC Markets?

The account opening process at IC Markets is easy and can be completed within minutes. The approval of the account can take up to 1-3 business days before clients can start trading. Following are the steps involved in opening a live trading account at IC Markets:

Step 1: Personal Details
Clients can start the account opening process through the website and official app of IC Markets. Live trading account can also be opened with an offshore entity i.e. IC Markets Global instead of IC Markets (EU) Ltd. Clients need to select the Raw Trading Ltd under regulated entities for this.
IC Markets account opening
The first step to open an account at IC Markets is entering basic details like name, email, and phone number. The details should match exactly with that on the personal ID.

Step 2: Address
The next step in the account opening process is to enter the date of birth and address. In the same step, clients also need to enter their Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). The account cannot be opened without a valid TIN number.
IC Markets account opening

Step 3: Account Configuration
The trading account has to be configured with preferred trading platforms, account types, and base currency. Clients must research or inquire about all the selections before making any. Once chosen, the account configuration cannot be changed.
IC Markets account opening

Step 4: Document Verification
Once the account is configured, you will be redirected to the personal area. Demo trading can be started after step 3. Clients need to submit address and identity proof before they can start live trading. Once the documents have been verified by the executives at IC Markets, a confirmation mail will be sent to your registered email address with credentials for trading platforms.

Step 5: Deposit
Before you start trading, you need to make an initial deposit. The minimum initial deposit amount is $/€/£ 200. Any of the accepted methods can be chosen for this according to convenience and preference.

Once the deposit amount is reflected in your account balance, trading positions can be opened on any available instrument.

IC Markets Deposits and Withdrawals

IC Markets accept 4 methods for deposits and withdrawals from clients in the UK. Each method takes a different time to process. All these methods can be used to deposit in USD, EUR, or GBP. Deposits made in an account with a different base currency than deposit currency are automatically converted to account currency.

IC Markets deposit methods

  1. Credit/Debit Cards: Visa and Mastercard cards can be used to deposit and withdraw at IC Markets at no additional commission. The deposits are processed instantly with no processing time. Withdrawals can take 2 to 5 hours.
  2. E-Wallet: Neteller and Skrill can be used for deposit and withdrawal at IC Markets. The processing time for deposit as well as withdrawal is instant with this method.
  3. Wire Transfer: Clients also deposit and withdraw through Wire Transfer. It may incur additional commission that has to be paid by the clients. The deposits and withdrawals through wire transfer can take 2 to 5 business days to process.

Cryptocurrencies or local bank transfers are not available at IC Markets in the UK. Credit/Debit cards, Neteller, Skrill, and Wire Transfer are the only accepted methods for deposits and withdrawals.

IC Markets Trading Platforms

All trade orders and modifications are executed through trading platforms. IC Markets does not have their proprietary trading platform. They use the MetaTrader and cTrader trading platforms for trading CFDs.

The MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 are the most widely used electronic trading platforms for CFD trading. Many clients also prefer to trade with the cTrader trading platforms. All the three commonly used trading platforms for CFDs are available at IC Markets.

The MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 can be chosen with either of Standard and Raw Spread account types. The cTrader trading platform can only be chosen with the Raw Spread account.

Available Instruments

All the available financial instruments at IC markets are traded via CFDs. Contract for Deposit (CFD) is a derivative instrument in which there is no buying or selling of physical assets. Only the price differences are speculated by the traders to book profit in short and long positions.

The leverage allows traders to open a much bigger position with smaller deposits. Although, involving high leverage is risky as bigger positions can wipe out the whole amount held in the trading account.

Following are details of available trading instruments at IC Markets:

  1. 61 Currency Pair: Forex pairs can be traded as CFDs with a maximum leverage of 1:30 in the UK. Currencies are always traded in pairs. 6 out of them are major currency pairs. The first currency in a pair is the base currency that is to be bought or sold in return for the quote currency.
  2. 22 Commodities: Precious metals, Energies, and Soft Commodities can be traded via CFD at IC Markets. Futures, as well as spot prices of commodities, can be speculated via CFDs. The maximum leverage for CFD on gold is 1:20. For all the other commodities crosses, the maximum leverage is 1:10.
  3. 25 Indices: CFDs on Indices can be traded at IC Markets with a maximum leverage of 1:20. Major stock indices from American, European, Asian, and Australian stock exchanges can be traded as CFD. ICE Dollar and VIX index are the future CFDs of Indices while all the other indices are traded in spot.
  4. 11 Bonds: The changes in the interest rates of government bonds can be speculated via CFD at IC Markets. The maximum leverage for Bonds CFD is 1:5. Bonds cannot be traded on the cTrader trading platform.
  5. 18 Cryptocurrencies: Cryptocurrency CFD crosses with the base account currency can be traded with leverage of 1:2. Crypto CFD trading is available 7 days a week as the crypto market is active and liquid all the time.
  6. 1600+ Stocks: More than 1600 stocks from American and European markets can be traded via CFDs at IC Markets. Stock CFDs can only be traded through the MetaTrader 5 trading platforms. Clients will also earn dividends if declared.

There is a great variety of trading instruments that can be traded by opening an account with IC Markets in the UK. The number of available instruments is higher than many regulated CFD brokers in the UK.

Asset Class Number of Instrument Maximum Leverage
Currency Pairs 61 1:30
Indices 25 1:20
Commodities 32 1:20 for Gold, 1:10 for others
Shares 1600+ 1:5
Bonds 11 1:5
Cryptocurrencies 18 1:2


IC Markets Customer Support

The customer support service at IC Markets is impressive. Clients can connect with the customer support staff via 3 means. We have separately reviewed our experience with the support staff with all three:

  1. Live Chat: The live chat support at IC Markets is available 24/7. This means that live chat support is always available in the UK. The live chat window is first connected with a chatbot that matches the keywords in the queries with the FAQs. Some of the most common queries can be resolved through the chatbot.
    IC Markets live chat
    Clients can request to connect with a support executive through the chatbot. The connectivity time is less than a minute and sometimes can take up to 5 minutes. We tried to connect with an agent at different times in the UK. All of our queries were resolved and we found the executive to be very helpful and honest.
  2. E-mail: Clients can also resolve their queries through e-mail at [email protected] The response time is 2 hours in general. It is a time-consuming method to connect with the support staff. Although, it is useful when you need written proof or a document supporting your query.
  3. Phone Support: A telephone support service is the best method to connect with the support staff at IC Markets. IC Markets offer local phone support for clients in the UK at +357 (25) 123 504. Phone support is also available 24/7.
  4. IC Markets customer support

Overall, the customer support service for UK clients is very good at IC Markets. Clients in the UK can reach out for support through multiple methods at any time on any day.

Do We Recommend IC Markets?

Yes. IC Markets can be chosen to trade CFDs in the UK but clients must know that they are riskier than all the brokers that are regulated by the FCA. They are regulated in an EEA country, hence can be chosen to trade CFDs in the UK.

The spreads and other trading costs are very low while no non-trading charges exist at IC Markets. Multiple instruments can be traded with different trading platforms and suitable account types. The customer support service is excellent in the UK.

IC Markets FAQs

Can I trade with IC Markets in the UK?

Yes, IC Markets accept clients from UK. They do not hold FCA regulatory license but has temporary permissions to service new and existing clients from UK. UK clients can registered under CySEC regulation of EEA countries or offshore regulation of FSA Seychelles.

Is IC Markets Regulated by FCA in UK?

No, IC Markets is not regulated by FCA in the UK. Clients in UK are registered under the CySEC regulation.

Is IC Markets good for beginners?

Yes, IC Markets offer commission free trading with low spreads. They also offer research and education tools to assist the traders. It is ideal for beginners but majority of the beginners lose money while trading forex.

  1. Support services are available 24/7
  2. MT4, MT5, and cTrader trading platforms supported
  3. GBP can be chosen as base account currency
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