Best Day Trading Platform in UK in 2021
Which is the best trading platform in the UK? Is the best trading platform also best for beginners and day trading?
We have in December 2020 reviewed a great number of online trading platforms and found the answer in the list below. A few of the best platforms that didn’t make the list were trading platforms from Tradefred, BDSwiss, Nord FX, HotForex and Saxo Bank. The winner from these reviews: AvaTrade’s trading platform is the best trading platform in the UK. AvaTrade is also great for day trading, whereas we would say that eToro has the best trading platform for beginners. eToro and Plus500 also made the top three trading platforms in the UK market.
The wonderful news for you as a trader is that all the ten trading platforms in the list below are completely free. The ten best trading platforms in the UK are:
- AvaTrade Trading Platform, great for day trading.
- eToro Trading Platform, great for beginners.
- Storm Gain Trading Platform, great for cryptocurrency traders.
- BlackBull Markets Trading Platform, great for beginners and experts.
- Plus500 Trading Platform, great for trading in multiple markets.
- FXCM Trading Platform, simple to use.
- FXTM Trading Platform, available in 16 languages.
- FBS Trading Platform, available 7 languages.
- Trade Nation, simple platform for any trader.
- MarketsX Trading Platform, great combination of technical indicators and fundamentals information.
Of course, all the top ten trading platforms are run by brokers that are correctly regulated and thus you can feel safe about your money. However, as always with trading, never invest more than you can afford to lose. Below you can read our more in-depth reviews of the best ten trading platforms for the UK market.
1. AvaTrade Trading Platform
AvaTrade supports a wide variety of trading platforms. The brokers’ proprietary client-side AvaTrader trading platform works on Windows XP, Vista and 7, and a Macintosh version is also available. Of course, all of them are very easy to download and install directly on your desktop or laptop computer.
The screenshot below shows the extensive functionality of AvaTrader, including technical and fundamental analysis, reports, tutorials and account management features.
Also, the AvaOptions Web platform and the MT4 WebTrader allow you to sign in to your AvaTrade account using any Internet browser without having to install it on your computer. Lastly, the AvaTradeGo app allows you to trade in an AvaTrade account using an iPad, iPhone or Android phone and/or tablet so you can manage and view your AvaTrade trading account while away from home. Read more about the AvaTradeGO app here.
In addition to its own AvaTrader trading platforms, AvaTrade nicely also supports the following trading platforms: Metatrader 4, Metatrader 5. DupliTrader, and ZuluTrade. For those already using MetaTrader, AvaTrade also offers their own version of this popular forex trading software to make your account installation easier.
2. eToro Trading Platform
eToro has designed an original financial trading platform that incorporates graphic trading scenarios depicted as a race between currencies or a tug of war. The company also has a professional trading application called “Expert Mode”, as well as a web-based trading platform called “WebTrader”. A screenshot of the software can be viewed here.
eToro also offers customers a mobile app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for the iOS version and from Google Play for the Android version. Read more about eToro’s excellent trading app here. The eToro platforms only allow you to trade in U.S. Dollars because a unified currency is required for transparency purposes on their global network.
The eToro trading platform is great for beginners both as it is really easy to start trading with and also because of its Copy Trading. Copy Trading is the bread and butter of the operation. At the center of the scheme stands the Copy People screen, which offers you several ways to locate traders who match your needs/trading style. The Popular Investor section is the display case of the Popular Investor program. Through this program, the broker rewards traders who are copied, thus offering them another way to monetize their trading skills. Everyone can become a Popular Investor, including you.
The Social Newsfeed seems to be the pride of the eToro platform. Through it, you as a trader can interact, open discussions, follow the moves of your peers, etc.
Notifications are also fed to you on the web platform as well as mobile. Every time a followed trader makes a move or posts something, you as the follower will be notified.
67% of retail CFD accounts lose money.
You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
3. StormGain Trading Platform
StormGain’s platform is a proprietary, browser-based solution, offering access to a wide range of trading instruments and advanced trading tools.
The compatibility of the platform is outstanding. It works with all major browsers, and users can access it through mobile device-based browsers as well.
The StormGain trading interface is simple, highly functional, and it looks good. The site covers a selection of crypto/trading news to help with fundamental analysis. The platform supports advanced charting, complete with technical indicators, to cover technical analysis. Under the chart section, the interface features a squawk box-like news ticker that also helps with the fundamentals.
Charting is available in futures trading as well as exchange mode.
The selection of available time frames ranges from one minute to one month. Traders can set several graph types, from lines to candlesticks, hollow candlesticks, and bars.
StormGain’s selection of technical indicators features three categories: trend indicators, oscillators, and volatility indicators. In the context of cryptocurrency trading, we have found this categorization handy and relevant.
Traders who rely on technical analysis will be pleased to learn that the platform supports full-screen charting. In this mode, scores of drawing tools pop up, while the news ticker remains active at the bottom.
Through the main dashboard of the platform, traders can access every available StormGain service at a click.
The order books are available in exchange and futures mode, showing data from real accounts, even in the Demo version.
Opening a position in futures mode is as easy as clicking a Buy/Sell button. Setting the leverage is easy through a slider. The interface also allows the setting of Take Profits and Stop Losses to protect trades.
The StormGains wallet is another useful feature. Connected directly to the exchange, it supports an impressive number of crypto coins. Buying and selling coins through the exchange is as simple as clicking a button.
The trading interface also offers quick access to the miner, allowing users to keep track of their earnings.
4. BlackBull Markets Trading Platform
BlackBull Markets offers three trading platforms.
- MT4 is a fully customizable online trading environment most traders know and love. The broker has made it available in a range of versions for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
BlackBull’s version of the platform offers an institutional-grade experience. It supports EAs (Expert Advisors), and together with the VPS service the broker also offers, this sets the stage for profitable algorithmic trading.
Like most of its other features, MT4’s EAs are fully customizable. You do have to be handy with MetaScript, however, if you intend to program your custom EAs.
In addition to EAs and superb charting/technical analysis tools, BlackBull’s MT4 supports multiple order types and analysis tools. Other noteworthy features/functionalities of the platform are enhanced order execution capabilities and a market watch window.
- MT5 is another popular MetaQuotes trading platform, covering slightly different needs than MT4.
MT5’s main strengths are fast order processing, support for advanced pending orders and hedging, as well as a bevy of trading tools and technical indicators.
The version available for download at the BlackBull Markets website comes equipped with more than 30 preinstalled technical indicators, covering more than 20 time frames. The platform also features an integrated economic calendar to help with fundamental analysis.
Traders looking to access MT5 need to talk with the BlackBull Markets support first and obtain permission.
- The BlackBull Markets Web Trader is a simplified version of the MT4 platform. Its trading interface is intuitive, and it offers a great selection of drawing tools and technical indicators.
According to the broker, its Web Trader delivers all the benefits of MT4, in a highly compatible no-download package.
5. Plus500 Trading Platform
The trading platforms offered by Plus500 are very simple to operate and seem especially suitable for those interested in dealing in multiple markets. From one single screen, traders can obtain quotes in real-time for any of these asset markets and can execute transactions as well.
The Plus500 trading platform is available in a desktop version called Windows Trader and a web-based version called Web-Trader. In addition, a popular mobile version of the Plus500 platform is available that works on Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple Watch. Plus500 apps also exist for mobile devices using the Android and Windows Phone operating systems. Read more about the Plus500 mobile trading app here.
The screenshot shown below displays the functionality of the Plus500 CFD trading platform, which includes trade execution, market pricing overview, a basic chart, position and account balance reports. The platform also has fund management capabilities, which give you as a trader the ability to make deposits and withdrawals from your trading account.
In addition to being able to watch various markets and execute trades, Plus500’s trading platform lets traders easily review past transactions and keep track of current positions. The software also includes a rather basic charting facility with multiple time periods available. Unfortunately, only one chart can be displayed at a time since the system does not support the simultaneous display of multiple charts.
In addition to the functionality provided by offering different versions of the Plus500 trading platform, the broker has also made some nice extra tools available for you as a trader.
One such tool is the Economic Calendar and the platform also offers a Trade Alerts service, as well as a Trader’s Guide.
Nicely there are also several tools available for risk management. Plus500 supports Guaranteed Stops and Trailing Stops, as well as Close at Profit and Close at Loss rates. For your convenience, these tools and their peculiarities are thoroughly explained at the broker’s website.
6. FXCM Trading Platform
The trading platform selection of the broker is superb. It does not feature countless choices. Its two platform options cover all possible needs.
Trading Station is the proprietary web-based platform of the broker that anyone can launch in seconds. The broker offers a superb Demo account, with 50,000 units of virtual money. FXCM considers Trading Station to be its ‘main platform’. Unlike other proprietary trading platforms you might encounter, Trading Station is surprisingly powerful. If features scores of technical indicators, superb charting, and outstanding trading tools, such as Trader Sentiment, Market Depth, and Real Trading Volume indicators.
The platform is fully customizable. Users can add an impressive array of widgets and they can optimize the layout of their trading interface. Trading Station features support for automated trading strategies. In addition to strategy optimization, the platform also offers back-testing for various strategies. Through the Trading Station interface, users can trade directly off the charts. They also have access to technical- as well as fundamental data concerning the asset of their choice.
MT4 is the well-known and liked workhorse of the online FX/CFD trading industry. Charting- and features-wise, MT4 is certainly unbeatable. Those who download FXCM’s version are free to use any trading strategy, like scalping. The broker supports EAs as well as the VPS needed for the proper functioning of the Expert Advisors.
MT4 is also a fully customizable trading environment. Users can download and install it in a few seconds. The broker offers a Demo option for this platform as well.
As far as trading tools go, FXCM is probably one of the top destinations. In addition to access to Trading Central, the broker also offers trading tools such as:
- Social Trading
7. FXTM Trading Platform
In addition to offering the option of using MT4 or MT5 with your FXTM trading account, FXTM offers customers their proprietary FXTM MT4 WebTrader platform. This web based platform requires no download and can be accessed directly from any browser. The WebTrader platform supports all operating systems and has a simple to use interface available translated into 16 different languages.
In addition to one click trading, which allows a trader to make a transaction with a single mouse click, the web platform offers nine chart time frames with trading available directly from the charts. The web platform, which is based on MT4, has all the advanced analysis tools and can be used in both a live account and a demo account.
The screenshot below shows FXTM’s proprietary MT4 WebTrader page with real time market pricing, deal execution, and tools for technical and fundamental analysis.
FXTM now also provides clients with facilities to conduct copy trading on their series of MetaTrader trading platforms. With the copy trading service, FXTM traders can access a wide array of trading signals they can subscribe to. Once subscribed, every trade executed by the signal provider can be automatically copied. With the copy trading service, even novice traders can begin trading like pros.
8. FBS Trading Platform
FBS has based its trading platform offer on MetaQuotes’ popular MT4 and MT5. Both trading platforms are well known among traders worldwide. Although MT5 may seem like the natural evolution of its predecessor, it is a solution focused on different trading needs than MT4. Thus, it complements MT4 and does not supplant it.
FBS’ offer of the two trading platforms covers a wide range of operating systems and mobile devices. MT4 and MT5 are available for Windows, Android, and iOS. For macOS only MT4 is available.
The broker offers a web trader, which is also an MT4 version.
MT4 is the most versatile and powerful platform for online trading. It offers outstanding charting features within a fully customizable trading environment. FBS’ version supports Expert Advisors, giving traders the possibility to automate their profitable trading strategies. The downloadable version of the platform comes with scores of preinstalled technical indicators.
The newest version of MT5 offers improved charting, a great trading interface, and the possibility to manipulate trades at will. The platform supports 21 time frames and eight types of pending orders. An economic calendar is part of the platform as well.
Geared toward day traders and advanced users, some of MT5’s features may be intimidating for beginners.
The tools available to clients are a copy-trader that can copy Micro and Standard Accounts, an ECN Account option for those outside the EEA, as well as a zero-spread account. The FBS website features an economic calendar and a currency converter as well.
9. Trade Nation Trading Platform
Trade Nation’s bespoke trading platform is the embodiment of simplicity. According to the broker, it features everything traders need and nothing they do not.
Signing up for a practice account takes a few seconds. On a computer, the app launches through a browser, presenting a simple, almost barren trading interface.
On the left, there is a section presenting the tradable asset categories. Using the search tool, traders can look for their preferred tradable assets. The main section taking up most of the interface features a wide range of information on the listed assets. Using this interface, traders can gain a quick idea about the price of the asset, the direction of the price change, and the daily lows and highs. Users can open trades and orders directly from this interface.
They can also:
- Check additional information on trading hours, margin requirements, commissions, spreads, market expiry, etc.
- Set trading alerts with just a couple of clicks.
- View charts.
- Create watch lists and add assets to them.
Charting is surprisingly powerful. As traders click on the chart icon of their preferred asset, the platform opens a new window. This window can then be maximized.
The chart supports scores of technical indicators and time frames. An impressive number of drawing tools are also available. Launching trades is possible directly from the charts.
10. MarketsX Trading Platform
The go-to trading platform of MarketsX is a proprietary web trader. Besides being surprisingly powerful charting and analysis-wise, this platform is also available in mobile versions, for Android- as well as iOS-based devices.
Scores of technical indicators are included in the MarketsX package and there is a unique feature called a trading cube too. Real-time news feeds are also delivered for those keen on trading the fundamentals in combination with technical analysis.
MT4 is also part of the MarketsX platform offer. The world’s most popular (and arguably: best) trading platform hardly needs an introduction. It offers superb charting and analysis, with scores of technical indicators pre-installed in the freely downloadable version. Traders are free to add additional indicators and those so inclined, can even code their own.
MT4’s favorite feature is its support for EAs and for EA creation. EAs work best when coupled with a proper VPS service.
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