Trading 212 vs Plus500 - Online Brokerage Comparison

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Trading 212 vs Plus500 Comparison Table
Online BrokerMinimum DepositTrading PlatformsMarketsAbout
$1
Minimum Deposit
Web Trader, Apps
Trading Platforms
10,000+
Markets To Trade
Trading 212 offers real Stocks and ETFs to trade along with 2,500+ CFDs on a user friendly platform
About
$100
Minimum Deposit
Web Trader, Downloaded Platform, Apps
Trading Platforms
2000+
Markets To Trade
Plus500 provides a user friendly, intuitive platform with technical and fundamental tools integrated into the platform and a wide range of CFD markets to trade
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Trading 212 vs Plus500 Comparison

Both offer online trading platforms designed for the trader who executes their own trades. They have different designs, but they can both be considered user friendly. Plus500's platform has a particularly clear layout using space and large fonts and it is available as a web trader and desktop download.

Plus500 is a CFD provider and Trading 212 also offers a CFD trading account (when trading a CFD the trader does not own the market). Trading 212 has more markets to trade but Plus500 has a wider range. Trading 212 however also provides an Invest account which offers real Stocks and ETFs to own when bought and to sell, with no commission charges. Neither charges commissions for trading CFDs. Trading 212 has a lower minimum deposit.

A feature both have in common is that they let the trader switch back and forth between the live trading account and the demo account on the platform. This means that the trader can take a break to practice trading whenever they want. The demo account also lets the trader familiarise themselves with the trading platform.

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

Plus500UK Ltd is authorized and regulated by the FCA (#509909). Plus500CY Ltd is authorized and regulated by CySEC (#250/14). Plus500SG Pte Ltd is licensed by the MAS (#CMS100648-1) and IE Singapore (#PLUS/CBL/2018). Plus500AU Pty Ltd (ACN 153301681) is licensed by: ASIC in Australia, AFSL #417727 and FMA in New Zealand, FSP #486026 and is an authorised Financial Services Provider in South Africa, FSP #47546.

Quick comparison

Both offer user friendly online trading platforms. Each has CFDs, though Plus500 offers more. Trading 212 additionally provides real Stocks and ETFs (not CFDs).

Plus500 Features Summary
Trading StylePlus500 PlatformDescription
CFD Trading
Trading Markets
User Friendly Platform
Plus500 Platform
Plus500 offers a wide range of CFDs to trade with a wide range within categories, such as Commodities and Indices CFDs
Description
Discretionary Trading
Trading Style
User Friendly Platform
Plus500 Platform
Plus500 provides a particuarly clear, user friendly interface for the trader who pland and executes their own trades. The platform can be switched between demo and real account
Description
24/7 Trading
Trading Type
User Friendly Platform
Plus500 Platform
Weekend trading of Crypto CFDs (24/7 trading) is available, depending the trader's region
Description
Forex Trading
Trading Type
User Friendly Platform
Plus500 Platform
Forex trading is available on Plus500's user friendly platform with a range of technical and fundamental tools built into the platform
Description
Trading 212 Trading Features Summary
Trading StyleTrading 212 PlatformDescription
Stocks Trading
Trading Market
User Friendly Platform
Trading 212 Platform
Trading 212 offers 10,000+ real Stocks and ETFs to buy, with 0% commission (other fees may apply) available on Trading 212's platform. Fractional stocks are offered, with a very low minimum deposit of $1
Description
Discretionary Trading
Trading Style
User Friendly Platform
Trading 212 Platform
Trading 212's platform provides a user friendly interface for the trader who plans and executes their own trades
Description
24/7 Trading
Trading Type
User Friendly Platform
Trading 212 Platform
24/7 trading of Cryptos CFDs is available, depending on the trader's region
Description
Forex Trading
Trading Type
User Friendly Platform
Trading 212 Platform
Over 180 Forex Pairs are available to trade on Trading 212's platform
Description

Minimum deposit and key account features

The minimum deposit for Trading 212 to trade CFDs is $/€/£10 (the minimum deposit for the Invest account is $/€/£1). The minimum deposit for Plus500 is $/€/£100.

  • Trading 212 has a CFD and an Invest account. Trading 212 provides Videos, News, Analysis and an Economic Calendar on the trading platform and its website.
  • Plus500 provides CFD trading. Plus500 offers a Premium Service, with a dedicated account manager, expert analysis emails, trading webinars and a customer support team. The Premium Serivce is by invitation only. For all traders, Plus500 offers an Economic Calendar on its website covering news events and market effects and has economic data integrated into its platform. Additionally, Plus500 provides a Trading Academy on its website as well as News and Market Insights.

Markets

  • Trading 212 offers CFDs on Forex, Metals, Indices, Energy, Cryptocurrencies, Soft Commodities, Stocks and ETFs, with 2,500+ available. Trading 212 on the Invest account offers real Stocks and ETFs, with 10,000+ available.
  • Plus500 offers CFDs on Forex, Metals, Indices, Energy, Cryptocurrencies, Soft Commodities, Stocks, ETFs and Options, with 2000+ available.

Trading 212 has 180+ Forex Pairs. Plus500 has 55+ Forex Pairs.

Cryptocurrency CFDs

  • Trading 212 offers 24/7 trading of CFDs on Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS, NEO, Ripple, Monero and DASH.
  • Plus500 offers 24 trading of CFDs on Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS, NEO, Bitcoin Cash, IOTA, Stellar, Cardano, Polygon, VeChain, Solana, Polkadot, Axie Infinity, Uniswap, Filecoin and Chainlink.

Both allow 24/7 trading of Cryptocurrency CFDs.

Trading 212 vs Plus500 Summary Table
BrokerTrading PlatformsDescription
Trading 212
Broker
MT4
Trading Platforms
Trading 212 offers 10,000+ real Stocks and ETFS to own and 2,500+ CFDs to trade on a user friendly platform along with investing tools
Description
Plus500
Broker
Web Trader & Apps
Trading Platforms
Plus500 offers an inuitive platform from watch to desktop with a wide range of CFD markets (e.g. Commodities CFDs) and technical and fundamental analysis tools integrated into the platform
Description

Leverage

Maximum leverage for Trading 212 is . Maximum leverage for Plus500 is .

Online trading platforms

Trading 212 offers a web trader. Plus500 has a web trader and a downloaded version. Both have mobile apps. Plus500 also offers a watch app.

Why types of traders may find either of interest ?

Traders who execute their own trades using charting analysis and tools (such as technical indicators) may be interested in either as each has user friendly trading platform and a range of charting tools. This said, Plus500 has a particularly clear, intuitive trading platform. Forex traders may be interested in Trading 212's relatively large offering of Forex pairs (180+). Traders who want to be able to trade Stocks and ETFs and buy them to own, may be interested in Trading 212's offering of both real Stocks and ETFs to own on its Invest account and CFDs with a low minimum deposit of $1 for Invest and $10 for CFDs. This said, while it is purely a CFD provider, Plus500 offers a comparatively wide range of markets and has a relatively large number in different categories (such as Commodities and Indices) compared with other providers.

Why Trading 212 or Plus500 ?

Traders who want to trade on a user friendly platform can do so at either. Traders who want to trade CFDs can do this at either as well. Traders who want to buy real Stocks and ETFs can do this at Trading 212. Traders who want to trade from a low minimum deposit can do this at Trading 212 ($1).

Comparison summary

  • These each offer CFD trading (to trade markets not to own them)
  • Trading 212 additionally provides an Invest account (to buy real Stocks and ETFs to own and sell them)
  • Neither charges commissions
  • Trading 212 has a particularly large number of Forex pairs to trade
  • Trading 212 offers 10,000+ real Stocks and ETFs on the Invest account
  • Trading 212 has more markets to trade (10,000+ vs 2000+)
  • Both have a similar range of CFD markets, though Plus500 also provides Options CFDs
  • Each offers user friendly trading platforms
  • Trading 212 has a $1 minimum deposit