CFD broker retail client profit and loss rates – a quick summary of the major brokers

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The new ESMA ruling means that brokers must now show what percentage of their retail client accounts make money when trading CFDs.

There was a bit of fun with ayondo’s risk warning caveat and David Cheetham from XTB very kindly explained the ESMA changes for us.

We covered whether or not you should choose a broker based on what percentage of their clients lose money in a previous article. But in brief, if you are reading this article to try and choose a broker based on whether or not their client base makes money you may as well give up trading now. Other people’s trading has absolutely nothing to do with your ability to make money as a trader.

However, never the less it’s information people want to know for whatever reason. So here’s a quick rundown from the major brokers on the percentages of client accounts that lose money.

Keep in mind that this doesn’t take any other factors into account. Just total accounts over the last 12 months, regardless of experiences, asset class traded, number of trades or investment objectives.

This also only applies to retail clients (private clients), not professional or ECP clients who are regarded as more experienced traders.

  • eToro – 65%
  • Spreadex – 67%
  • Saxo Capital Markets – 69%
  • Darwinex – 69%
  • InterTrader – 72%
  • ayondo – 72.1%
  • Core Spreads – 75%
  • ETX Capital – 76%
  • City Index – 76%
  • OANDA – 77%
  • CMC Markets – 78%
  • IG – 79%
  • XTB – 79%
  • London Capital Group – 79%
  • FxPro – 79%
  • Pepperstone – 79%
  • FXCM – 79.79%
  • Forex.com – 80%
  • Plus 500 – 80.60%
  • GKFX – 81.75%

So there you go, it’s ranked for ease of reading. The ranking should not be viewed by any means as a guide to where you may or may not have a better chance of making money at a specific broker.

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Richard started the Good Broker Guide in 2015 and has been a broker for 20 years most recently at Investors Intelligence and previously a multi-asset derivatives broker at MF Global (Man Financial). Richard started his career working as a private client stockbroker at Walker Crips and Phillip Securities (now King and Shaxson) after interning on the NYMEX oil trading floor in New York and London IPE in 2001 & 2000.