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Online Trading in Australia

There are lots of brokers and platforms out there for you to choose from. I try to list the best ones to use in Australia right here on this website.

We are compensated for referring clients to some of the listed trading providers.

FP Markets screenshot

FP Markets is a very well-liked trading provider according to its reviews. They offer a wide range of trading platforms and up to 500x leverage.

There is a wide range of tradable instruments at FP Markets. This includes a range of forex pairs, CFDs for more than 10,000 shares, CFDs for commodities, and more.

FP Markets Reviews

4.8 / 5.0 ~1,900 TrustPilot reviews
4.7 / 5.0 ~220 Google Play reviews
4.9 / 5.0 ~22 App Store reviews

Crypto trading

You can trade CFDs with leverage for 4 of the most popular cryptocurrencies at FP Markets. These are Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin. Hopefully, they will add more soon.

CFDs for Australian shares

I believe this is the best CFD broker for trading CFDs for Australian shares. At the time of writing this, there are over 2,800 CFDs for different shares listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Platforms

  • WebTrader: Trade with MT4 or MT5 in your web browser without the need to download anything.
  • Mobile Trading App: Trade on your smartphone.
  • MetaTrader 4: One of the most popular trading platforms.
  • MetaTrader 5: Next-genetration trading platform.

Demo: Try trading with a demo account free of risk.

Risk warning: Derivative products are highly leveraged, carry a high level of risk and are not suitable for all investors.

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CMC Markets screenshot

CMC Markets offers a trading platform with access to 10,000 financial instruments you can trade with up to 30x leverage.

This includes over 300 currency pairs, popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, over 9,000 shares (including 1,000 ETFs), a selection of commodities, and more.

CMC Markets Reviews

4.2 / 5.0 ~1,200 TrustPilot reviews
3.2 / 5.0 ~2,100 Google Play reviews
4 / 5.0 ~110 App Store reviews

Platforms

  • Next Generation: Choose between the advanced and the standard version.
  • Apps: Trade with the iPhone, iPad, or Android app.
  • MetaTrader 4: One of the most popular trading platforms.

Demo: Try trading with a demo account free of risk.

Risk warning: 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when spread betting and/or trading CFDs with this provider.

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Plus500 screenshot

With the Plus500AU trading platform, you can trade over 2,000 instruments. This includes CFDs on stocks, indices, currencies, commodities, and crypto. They've got CFDs for all of the most popular cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Stellar, Bitcoin Cash, and Cardano.

Plus500 Reviews

2.3 / 5.0 ~1,200 TrustPilot reviews
3.9 / 5.0 ~95,600 Google Play reviews
3.6 / 5.0 ~40 App Store reviews

You can trade crypto with up to 30x leverage. For commodities, they offer up to 100x leverage. However, for gold, you can get 150x leverage. For stocks, you can get up to 5x leverage. For their forex CFDs, they offer up to 300x leverage.

Demo: Try trading with a demo account free of risk.

Risk warning: 72% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Additional info: Plus500AU Pty Ltd (ACN 153301681), licensed by: ASIC in Australia, AFSL #417727, FMA in New Zealand, FSP #486026; Authorised Financial Services Provider in South Africa, FSP #47546. You do not own or have any rights to the underlying assets. Please refer to the Disclosure documents available on the website.‚Äč

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AVATrade screenshot

AVATrade offers trading of cryptocurrencies, ETFs, commodities, and stocks as CFDs. You can also trade forex here.

There are 11 different cryptos to trade here, including the most popular ones like Bitcoin and Ethereum. They offer up to 2x leverage on Bitcoin, 10x on commodities, and 5x on stocks.

AVATrade Reviews

4.7 / 5.0 ~5,700 TrustPilot reviews
4.6 / 5.0 ~5,500 Google Play reviews
4.5 / 5.0 ~420 App Store reviews

Platforms

  • WebTrading: Trade in your web browser without the need to download anything.
  • AvaTradeGo: Trade on your smartphone.
  • MetaTrader 4: One of the most popular trading platforms.
  • MetaTrader 5: Next-genetration trading platform.
  • AvaOptions: For FX and options trading with advanced strategies like "straddles", "strangles", and more.
  • Automated Trading: For auto-trading.
  • Mac Trading: Mac users can trade with MetaTrader 4 for Mac or WebTrading.

Demo: Try trading with a demo account free of risk.

Risk warning: 72% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider.

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Stormgain screenshot

Stormgain is a popular crypto trading platform according to its website traffic statistics. You can use it to trade the 50 most popular cryptocurrencies. According to them, they also offer the highest leverage on the market. Up to 200x for Bitcoin.

The list of cryptos that you can trade here includes the top names you would expect like Cardano, Stellar, Litecoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and many more.

Stormgain Reviews

4.3 / 5.0 ~11,400 TrustPilot reviews
4.4 / 5.0 ~1,800 Google Play reviews
4.4 / 5.0 ~1,100 Apple Store reviews

Besides offering crypto pairs with the stablecoin, Tether, you can also trade crypto to crypto pairs like Ethereum/Bitcoin and Litecoin/Bitcoin on this platform.

Demo: Try trading with a demo account free of risk.

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Binance screenshot

Binance is by far the largest crypto spot and derivate trading platform, according to CoinMarketCap. Binance is also, according to Alexa website traffic rank, one of the most popular crypto websites overall. If not the most popular of them all.

Binance offers a wide range of crypto-related products. This includes crypto trading products with and without margin and lots of derivates like futures and vanilla options.

You can trade 350 cryptos with Binance, in addition to 150 derivates.

Review score: Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 on Trustpilot. 26% 4 and 5-star reviews. 72% 1 and 2-star reviews.

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BitMEX screenshot

BitMEX claims to offer Bitcoin's most advanced trading platform. BitMEX is also one of the first and only platforms to have a fully KYC'd customer base. You can trade with up to 100:1 leverage for Bitcoin here.

This crypto trading platform is really popular and has a 24H volume of over 2.4B at the time of writing this.

Some of the top cryptocurrencies you can trade here include Bitcoin, Aave, Cardano, Bitcoin Cash, Dogecoin, Polkadot, Ethereum, Filecoin, Chainlink, and Litecoin.

Demo: Try trading with a demo account free of risk.

Review score: Rated 2.7 out of 5.0 on Trustpilot. 26% 4 and 5-star reviews. 69% 1 and 2-star reviews.

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IG screenshot

IG claims to be the world's leading CFD provider. They very well might be. I can at least let you know that they are one of the most popular ones according to website traffic statistics by Alexa.

With IG you can trade over 17,000 markets. This includes forex, indices, cryptocurrencies, shares, and commodities.

As I write this, they offer trading of 6 different cryptos: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Stellar, and NEO.

IG Reviews

3.7 / 5.0 ~4,600 TrustPilot reviews
4.3 / 5.0 ~12,200 Google Play reviews
4.6 / 5.0 ~20,900 App Store reviews

Platforms

  • IG's own: This has won several awards. The latest one in 2020.
  • Apps: They offer a feature-rich Android app and a specially designed mobile web platform for iOS.
  • MetaTrader 4: One of the most popular trading platforms.
  • ProRealTime: For easy algorithm building.

Demo: Try trading with a demo account free of risk.

Risk warning: 75% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider.

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Saxo Bank screenshot

Saxo Bank offers CFD trading for over 9,000 instruments. You can trade stocks, indices, forex, commodities, options, and bonds.

You can also trade cryptocurrency with Saxo Bank. They offer two different products. One is called Crypto FX which allows traders to take advantage of short-term volatility. And then there is an unleveraged instrument called Crypto ETPs for long-term investing.

Saxo Bank Reviews

2 / 5.0 ~1,400 TrustPilot reviews
4.2 / 5.0 ~3,100 Google Play reviews
4.3 / 5.0 ~3,700 App Store reviews

Platforms

  • SaxoTraderGO: Award-winning trading platform.
  • SaxoTraderPRO: Platform with advanced customization features.

Demo: Try trading with a demo account free of risk.

Risk warning: 70% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider.

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