ThinkMarkets vs Trading 212 - Online Brokerage Comparison

ThinkMarkets vs Trading 212 | Compare Trading Brokers

ThinkMarkets vs Trading 212 Comparison Table
Online BrokerMinimum DepositTrading PlatformsMarketsRegulation
NoneMT4, MT5, Trade Interceptor, Apps1000+FCA, ASIC, FSCA
$1Web Trader & Apps1800+FCA, FSC

ThinkMarkets vs Trading 212 Comparison

Both of these brokers offer CFD trading accounts. In the UK ThinkMarkets also provides spread betting. When trading a CFD or spread betting, the broker does not own the market being traded. Trading 212 additionally offers an Invest account which provides real Stocks and ETFs to own (not CFDs). At neither ThinkMarkets not Trading 212 are commissions charged for trading Stocks CFDs. Trading 212 does not charge commissions either for trading real Stocks.

Both brokers offer user friendly trading platforms designed for the trader who executes their own trades. ThinkMarkets offers Trade Interceptor and Trading 212 provides its web trader (both platforms have app versions).

However ThinkMarkets additionally provides MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader 5 (MT5). These platforms are available on its Standard and ThinkZero account. The ThinkZero account is an MT4/MT5 account which has features which can be of interest to automated traders as it can offer very low spreads for the more liquid Forex pairs to which it adds a commission charge. However traders can use robots on the Standard account as well. For Forex traders, Trading 212 has a particularly large number of Forex pairs to trade (150+).

ThinkMarkets does not have a minimum deposit on its Standard account. However on its ThinkZero account, ThinkMarkets has a minimum deposit of $500. Trading 212 offers a minimum deposit of $29 to trade CFDs and $1 to invest in real Stocks.

Trading 212 is regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom and the FSC in Bulgaria.

ThinkMarkets is regulated by the FCA in the United Kingdom and the ASIC in Australia and is licensed by the FSCA in South Africa.

Quick comparison

Both brokers offer CFD trading. ThinkMarkets additionally provides spread betting in the UK. Trading 212 offers as well Stocks and CFD to own on its Invest account.

Minimum deposit and key account features

There is no minimum deposit for ThinkMarket's Standard account. The minimum deposit for Trading 212 to trade CFDs is $/€/£29 (the minimum deposit for the Invest account is $/€/£1).

  • ThinkMarkets offers both CFD trading and spread betting. It offers the Standard account and the ThinkZero account. An Islamic account is available. There is no minimum deposit for the Standard account. The minimum deposit for the ThinkZero account is $/£500. The Standard account does not charge commissions, ThinkZero account does charge a commission. EAs and scalping are allowed.
  • ThinkMarkets account types provide 24/6 Live Support and a Free VPS Service, T&Cs apply. The ThinkZero account also offers AutoChartist and an account manager. ThinkMarkets offers Market News, Webinars, an Economic Calendar and Tutorials on its website.
  • Trading 212 has a CFD and an Invest account. Trading 212 provides Videos, News, Analysis and an Economic Calendar on its trading platform and its website.


  • ThinkMarkets provides Forex, Indices, Energy, Cryptocurrencies, Metals and Stocks and Soft Commodities, with 1000+ on offer.
  • Trading 212 offers CFD trading in Forex, Indices, Energy, Cryptocurrencies, Metals, Stocks, Soft Commodities and ETFs, with 1800+ available. Trading 212 on the Invest account offers real Stocks and ETFs, with 1800+ available.

ThinkMarkets has 40+ Forex Pairs. Trading 212 has 150+ Forex Pairs.

Cryptocurrency CFDs

  • ThinkMarkets offers Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash.
  • Trading 212 offers Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, DASH, NEO, Monero and EOS.


  • ThinkMarkets does not charge a commission on the Standard account and charges a commission of $3.5 per lot per side for its ThinkZero account.
  • Trading 212 does not charge commissions.


Maximum leverage for ThinkMarkets (FCA regulated) is . Maximum leverage for Trading 212 (FCA or FSC regulated) is .

Online trading platforms

ThinkMarkets offers MT4 and MT5 and Trade Interceptor and apps. Trading 212 offers a web trader and apps.

Why ThinkMarkets or Trading 212 ?

Traders who want to trade using MT4 and MT5's automated trading strategies (Expert Advisors) can do so at ThinkMarkets. Traders who want to trade a range of CFD markets may do so at either broker. Traders in the UK who want to spread bet can do so on MT4 and MT5 at ThinkMarkets. Those who want to buy real Stocks and ETFs to own (and sell) can find an Invest account at Trading 212.

Comparison summary

  • Both brokers offer CFD trading
  • In the UK ThinkMarkets also provides MT4 spread betting
  • Trading 212 additionally offers Stocks and ETFs to own (not CFDs) as well as Stocks and ETFs CFDs
  • Both provide user friendly web traders for traders who execute their own trades
  • ThinkMarkets additionally offers MT4 and MT5 for both CFD trading and spread betting
  • ThinkMarkets supports the use of MT4 and MT5 online trading robots (EAs)
  • Neither broker charges commissions to trade Stocks CFDs
  • ThinkMarkets offers its ThinkZero which can offer low Forex spreads plus a commission charge
  • Trading 212 provides more markets to trade than ThinkMarkets

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