Trading 212 vs Plus500 - Online Brokerage Comparison

Trading 212 vs Plus500 | Compare Trading Brokers

Trading 212 vs Plus500 Comparison Table
Online BrokerMinimum DepositTrading PlatformsMarketsRegulation
$1Web Trader & Apps1800+FCA, FSC
$100Web Trader, Downloaded Platform, Apps2000+FCA, CySEC, ASIC, FSCA, FMA, MAS & IE

Trading 212 vs Plus500 Comparison

Both of these brokers 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 broker and Trading 212 also offers a CFD trading account (when trading a CFD the trader does not own the market). Both brokers have a similar number of 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 broker charges commissions for trading CFDs. Both brokers have the same minimum deposit.

A feature both brokers 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 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).

Minimum deposit and key account features

The minimum deposit for Trading 212 to trade CFDs is $/€/£29 (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 has a CFD account. Plus500 offers an Economic Calendar on its website covering news events and potential market effects of this news.

Markets

  • Trading 212 offers CFD trading in Forex, Metals, Indices, Energy, Cryptocurrencies, Soft Commodities, Stocks and ETFs, with 1800+ available. Trading 212 on the Invest account offers real Stocks and ETFs, with 1800+ available.
  • Plus500 offers CFD trading in Forex, Metals, Indices, Energy, Cryptocurrencies, Soft Commodities, Stocks, ETFs and Options, with 2000+ available.

Trading 212 has 150+ Forex Pairs. Plus500 has 55+ Forex Pairs.

Cryptocurrency CFDs

  • Trading 212 offers Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, EOS, Monero, NEO and DASH CFDs.
  • Plus500 offers Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, EOS, Monero, NEO, Bitcoin Cash, Stellar, IOTA, Cardano and TRON CFDs.

Leverage

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

Platforms

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

Why Trading 212 or Plus500 ?

Traders who want a platform designed for traders who execute their own trades can find this at either broker. They have different trading platforms, but both can be considered as user friendly, though Plus500 has a particularly clear layout. Traders who want to trade CFDs can do so at either broker (when trading a CFD the trader does not own the market). However those who want to buy Stocks and ETFs to own and to sell them can do so at Trading 212 as it offers an Invest account. Both brokers let the trader trade Stocks and ETFs as CFD. So at Trading 212, the trader can trade Stocks and ETFs as CFDs on the Stocks account with no commission charges and buy Stocks and ETFs to own and sell them on the Stocks account, with no commission charges.

Comparison summary

  • These brokers 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 broker charges commissions
  • Plus500 has somewhat more markets to trade (2000+ vs 1800+)
  • Trading 212 has a particularly large number of Forex pairs to trade
  • Trading 212 offers 1800+ real Stocks and ETFs on the Invest account
  • Both brokers have a similar range of CFD markets, though Plus500 also provides Options CFDs
  • Each offers user friendly trading platforms
  • Both brokers lets the trader switch between the demo and live accounts
  • Each provides web traders and apps
  • Plus500 has a desktop download of its platform

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