Tickmill is a global forex and CFD broker, established in 2014. The company is regulated by several financial authorities globally, including the top-tier Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the United Kingdom.
Tickmill is considered safe because it is regulated by the top-tier FCA.
Disclaimer: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 73% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Tickmill pros and cons
Tickmill has low forex and non-trading fees. The account opening is fast, easy, and fully digital. You can use a lot of options for deposit or withdrawal, and they’re free of charge.
On the negative side, Tickmill has a limited product portfolio as it offers only forex and CFDs. Popular asset classes, such as stocks and ETFs are missing. Trading platforms are provided by MetaTrader, and they have outdated designs. Finally, the news feed is basic and not structured.
|• Low forex fees||• Only forex and CFDs|
|• Fast and easy account opening||• Trading platforms with outdated design|
|• Free deposit and withdrawal||• Basic news feeds|
|🗺️ Country of regulation||UK, Cyprus, Seychelles, South Africa, Malaysia|
|💰 Trading fees class||Low|
|💰 Inactivity fee charged||No|
|💰 Withdrawal fee amount||$0|
|💰 Minimum deposit||$100|
|🕖 Time to open an account||1 day|
|💳 Deposit with bank card||Available|
|👛 Depositing with electronic wallet||Available|
|💱 Number of base currencies supported||4|
|🎮 Demo account provided||Yes|
|🛍️ Products offered||Forex, CFD|
Tickmill has low forex, but average CFD fees. There is no fee for deposit, withdrawal, or inactivity.
|• Low forex fees||• Average CFD fees|
|• No withdrawal fee|
|• No inactivity fee|
|Assets||Fee level||Fee terms|
|EURUSD||Low||Pro account pricing: €2 commission per trade per lot plus spread cost. 0.1 pips is the average spread cost during peak trading hours.|
|GBPUSD||Low||Pro account pricing: £2 commission per trade per lot plus spread cost. 0.3 pips is the average spread cost during peak trading hours.|
|S&P 500 CFD||Low||The fees are built into the spread, 0.4 points is the average spread cost during peak trading hours.|
|Inactivity fee||Low||No inactivity fee|
How we ranked fees
We ranked Tickmill’s fee levels as low, average or high based on how they compare to those of all reviewed brokers.
To get things rolling, let’s go over some lingo related to broker fees. What you need to keep an eye on are trading fees, and non-trading fees.
- Trading fees occur when you trade. These can be commissions, spreads, financing rates and conversion fees.
- Non-trading fees include charges not directly related to trading, like withdrawal fees or inactivity fees.
Below you will find the most relevant fees of Tickmill for each asset class. For example, in the case of forex and stock index trading the most important fees are spreads, commissions and financing rates.
We also compared Tickmill’s fees with those of two similar brokers we selected, AxiTrader and FXCM. This selection is based on objective factors such as products offered, client profile, fee structure, etc. See a more detailed rundown of Tickmill alternatives.
To have a clear overview of Tickmill, let’s start with the trading fees.
Tickmill trading fees
Tickmill’s trading fees are low. There are different cost structures for different account types. We tested the Pro account, which charges a commission but offers tight spreads.
We know it’s hard to compare trading fees for forex brokers. So how did we approach the problem of making their fees clear and comparable? We compare brokers by calculating all the fees of a typical trade for selected products.
We have chosen popular instruments in each asset class usually provided by the forex brokers:
- Forex: EURUSD, GBPUSD, AUDUSD, EURCHF and EURGBP
- Stock index CFDs: SPX and EUSTX50
A typical trade means buying a leveraged product, holding it for one week and then selling. For the volume, we chose a $20,000 position for forex and a $2,000 position for stock index and stock CFD transactions. The leverage we used was:
- 30:1 for forex
- 20:1 for stock index CFDs
These catch-all benchmark fees include spreads, commissions and financing costs for all brokers. Let’s see the verdict for Tickmill fees.
Tickmill has low forex fees. The forex fees are one of the lowest among the brokers we have reviewed.
|EURUSD benchmark fee||$6.7||$5.6||$10.5|
|GBPUSD benchmark fee||$4.7||$4.8||$4.4|
|AUDUSD benchmark fee||$4.8||$3.9||$7.6|
The low forex fees are mainly due to the low commission Tickmill charges. The commission is 2 base currency units (first currency pair) per lot per trade. For example, it’s €2 per lot per trade for EURUSD, while £2 per lot per trade for GBPUSD.
CFD fees are average.
|S&P 500 index CFD fee||$1.5||$1.3||$1.5|
|Europe 50 index CFD fee||$1.5||$2.3||$1.6|
Tickmill has low non-trading fees. There is no fee for deposit, withdrawal, or inactivity.
Account opening 5.0
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Tickmill has a fast and easy account opening process. Our account was verified within one business day. The minimum deposit is low, $100 for all account types, except VIP accounts.
|• Fully digital|
|• Low minimum deposit|
Tickmill accepts clients from all over the world. There are only a few exceptions, e.g. customers from the US or Canada can’t open an account.
What is the minimum deposit at Tickmill?
The required minimum deposit at Tickmill is $100. For a VIP account, you need to maintain a minimum $50,000 balance.
Tickmill has several account types that differ in pricing, minimum deposit, and minimum account balance.
|Minimum account balance||–||–||$50,000|
|Pricing||Tight spread plus commission||Wide spread, but no commission||Tight spread plus commission|
|Commission per $100,000 trade||$2||No commission||$1|
Retail clients of Tickmill Ltd can use leverage up to 1:500 while retail clients of Tickmill UK Ltd and Tickmill Europe Ltd can use maximum leverage of 1:30. If you qualify for a professional trader, you can trade with higher leverage, up to 1:500 (Tickmill UK Ltd) or up to 1:300 (Tickmill Europe Ltd).
The criteria for professional clients:
- An average frequency of 10 trades per quarter in the previous four quarters
- Size of your financial instrument portfolio exceeds €500k
- You have at least one year experience in a relevant financial position
You can also open corporate and swap-free Islamic accounts. The main difference between Islamic aand other accounts is that instead of daily swap rates, an administration fee is charged if you hold some exotic currencies for more than 3 nights.
How to open your account
Account opening is fully digital, fast and straightforward. You can fill out the online application form in a matter of minutes. Our account was verified within one day.
To open an account at Tickmill, you have to go through these steps:
- ‘Choose your regulator’ will determine whether you sign up for the Tickmill site regulated by the UK, Cyprus or the Seychelles Authority. We recommend going for the UK one or the EU one (Cyprus) if available in your country
- Fill in your name, country of residence, email address and telephone number
- Add your personal information, such as your date of birth and address
- Select the base currency
- Provide your financial information and answer questions about your financial knowledge
- Select your account type: Pro, Classic or VIP
- Verify your identity and residency. You can upload a copy of your national ID, passport or driver’s license to verify your identity, while utility bills and bank statements are accepted as proof of residency.
Tickmill review – Account opening
Deposit and withdrawal
Deposit and withdrawal are fast and free of charge. There is a wide range of options including bank transfer, credit/debit cards, or electronic wallets. On the other hand, the number of available account base currencies is low.
|• Free withdrawal||• Few account base currencies|
|• No deposit fee|
Account base currencies
At Tickmill, you can choose from the following account base currencies: EUR, GBP, USD, PLN. This selection is wider than that of FXCM but smaller than AxiTrader’s.
|Number of base currencies||4||11||3|
Why does this matter? For two reasons. If you fund your trading account in the same currency as your bank account or you trade assets in the same currency as your trading account base currency, you don’t have to pay a conversion fee.
A convenient way to save on currency conversion fees is by opening a multi-currency bank account at a digital bank. Revolut or Transferwise both offer bank accounts in several currencies with great currency exchange rates as well as free or cheap international bank transfers. Opening an account only takes a few minutes on your phone.
Deposit fees and options
Tickmill charges no deposit fees. You can use bank transfer, credit/debit cards, and a lot of electronic wallets:
- Rapid by Skrill
- China Union Pay
- Ngang Luong
A bank transfer can take several business days, while payment with credit/debit cards is instant.
You can only deposit money from accounts that are in your name.
Tickmill review – Deposit and withdrawal – Deposit
Withdrawal fees and options
Similarly to deposit, Tickmill charges no fee for withdrawal. You can use the same options for withdrawal as for deposit.
How long does it take to withdraw money from Tickmill? We tested the debit card withdrawal and it took 1 business day.
You can only withdraw money to accounts in your name.
How do you withdraw money from Tickmill?
- Log in to account management
- Go to ‘Withdrawal Funds’
- Select your account and withdrawal method
- Add the withdrawal amount
- Initiate the withdrawal
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Web trading platform
Tickmill’s web trading platform is provided by MetaTrader. It is highly customizable and has a clear fee report. On the other hand, the platform lacks price alerts, and the design is outdated.
|• Clear fee report||• No two-step (safer) login|
|• Good customizability (for charts, workspace)||• No price alerts|
|• Order confirmation||• Poor design|
Tickmill doesn’t have its own self-developed trading platform, it uses MetaTrader 4, a third-party platform.
MetaTrader 4 is available in an exceptionally large number of languages.
Look and feel
The Tickmill web trading platform has great customizability. You can easily change the size and the position of the tabs.
However, the platform feels outdated and some features are hard to find. For example, it took us a while to figure out how to add an asset to the watchlist.
Tickmill review – Web trading platform
Login and security
Tickmill provides only a one-step login. A two-step authentication would be more secure.
The search functions are average. You can find assets grouped into various categories. However, we missed the usual search function where you can type in the name of an asset.
Tickmill review – Web trading platform – Search
You can use all the basic order types. However, you won’t find more sophisticated order types such as ‘one cancels the other’.
The following order types are available:
- Trailing Stop
Trailing Stop is available only on the MT4 desktop platform.
If you are not familiar with order types, read this overview.
There are also order time limits you can use:
- Good ’til canceled (GTC)
- Good ’til time (GTT)
Tickmill review – Web trading platform – Order panel
Alerts and notifications
You can’t set alerts and notifications on the Tickmill web trading platform. This feature is available only on the desktop trading platform.
Portfolio and fee reports
Tickmill has clear portfolio and fee reports. You can easily see your profit-loss balance and the commissions you paid. These reports can be found under the ‘History’ tab. We didn’t find a way to download them.
Mobile trading platform
Tickmill has a great mobile trading platform, offered by MetaTrader 4. It is a well-designed and user-friendly platform with a good search function. However, it lacks a safe login.
|• User-friendly||• No two-step (safer) login|
|• Good search function||• No Touch/Face ID login|
|• Price alerts||• No order confirmation|
Similarly to the web trading platform, Tickmill offers MetaTrader 4 as a mobile trading platform. MetaTrader 4 is available for both iOS and Android. We tested it on Android.
After you download the MT4 mobile trading platform, you have to select the relevant server, e.g. TickmillUK-Live03.
Just like at the web trading platform, you can choose from a lot of languages on the mobile trading platform too. Changing the language is a bit tricky on Android devices. You can do it only if you change the default language of your mobile.
Look and feel
Tickmill has a great mobile trading platform, we really liked its design and user-friendliness. You will easily find all the features.
Tickmill review – Mobile trading platform
Login and security
Similarly to the web trading platform, Tickmill provides only a one-step login. A two-step login would be safer.
You can’t use fingerprint or Face ID authentication. Providing this feature would be more convenient.
The search functions are good. You can search by typing the name of the product or by navigating the category folders.
Tickmill review – Mobile trading platform – Search
You can use the same order types and order time limits as on the web trading platform.
Tickmill review – Mobile trading platform – Order panel
Alerts and notifications
You can set alerts and notifications for your mobile, although you can do it only on the desktop trading platform. It would be much easier if you could set these notifications on the mobile trading platform as well.
Desktop trading platform
In design and functionality, the MetaTrader 4 desktop platform is almost the same as the web trading platform. One major difference is that you can set price alerts on the desktop trading platform.
|• Clear fee report||• No two-step (safer) login|
|• Good customizability (for charts, workspace)||• Poor design|
|• Price alerts|
Tickmill offers MetaTrader 4 as a desktop trading platform.
It has the same design, is available in the same languages, offers the same order types plus Trailing Stop, has the same search functions, and offers the same portfolio and fee reports as the web trading platform.
The major difference is that you can set alerts and notifications on the desktop trading platform in the form of mobile push and email notifications. To set email or mobile notifications, you have to provide your email address and mobile MetaQuotes ID (you can find it in the MT4 app’s settings). You can add them if you go to ‘Tools’ and then ‘Options.’
Tickmill review – Desktop trading platform
Markets and products
At Tickmill, you can trade only CFDs on forex, stock indices, commodities, and German government bonds. Popular asset classes, such as stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, bonds and options are missing.
Tickmill is a CFD and forex broker. To learn more about CFDs read our CFD trading tips.
Disclaimer: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 73% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider.You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Tickmill’s currency pair selection is average, not as wide as AxiTrader’s but bigger than FXCM’s. You can also trade some CFDs on stock indexes, commodities, and bonds. However, stock CFD, ETF CFD, and crypto CFDs are not available.
|Currency pairs (#)||56||80||39|
|Stock index CFDs (#)||14||11||14|
|Commodity CFDs (#)||2||22||10|
|Bond CFDs (#)||4||–||–|
You can change leverage levels, which is great.
Changing the leverage is a very useful feature when you want to lower the risk of your trade. For example, instead of trading with 5:1 leverage, only trade with 2:1 leverage in case of stock CFDs. Be careful with forex and CFD trading, as the preset leverage levels are high.
Tickmill has a wide range of services that can provide trading ideas, such as Autochartist, a chart pattern recognition tool. The analysis available on its blog is great. On the flip side, the news feed is basic and the charting tools have outdated design.
|• Autochartist integrated||• Poor design of charting tools|
|• Great analysis written by Tickmill experts||• Limited news feed|
|• Superb economic calendar|
Tickmill’s research tools are available in different places:
- MetaTrader trading platform
- Autochartis in the ‘Client Area’
- ‘Client Tools’ section on the website
- Tickmill’s blog
Tickmill has a handful of authors, called experts, who publish daily blog-like posts that explain and comment on market events. These short posts often showcase a chart and present trading opportunities. You can contact the experts if you have any comments or questions. We think this can be very useful for beginners.
We also liked Autochartist that gives trading ideas based on recognized chart patterns.
Tickmill review – Research – Recommendations
As Tickmill focuses on forex trading, you would expect macroeconomic data rather than company fundamental data.
Tickmill provides an economic calendar, which is available through their website. It shows historical macroeconomic data. We liked the filter function, where you can filter by countries, data type, and importance.
Tickmill review – Research – Fundamental data
Tickmill has average charting tools. You can use 31 technical indicators. These charting tools can be found on the MetaTrader trading platforms.
On the negative side, the design is outdated and some features are hard to use. For example, it was hard to figure out how to remove an indicator from the chart.
Tickmill review – Research – Charting
Tickmill has poor news feed. It is not structured, so finding the relevant news is not easy. When you click on a headline it shows only a link to Investing.com.
Tickmill review – Research – News
Tickmill provides good customer service. We got relevant and fast answers both on the telephone and by email. The live chat agents are also helpful and give relevant answers, however, response time was slower. On the downside, customer service is 24/5 only.
|• Live chat||• No 24/7 support|
|• Relevant answers|
|• Available in local languages|
You can contact Tickmill via:
- live chat
Tickmill phone support was fast and we got relevant answers.
In email, we received a reply within a day and the answers were relevant.
Tickmill’s live chat is of average-speed but they are eager to help you and will make screenshots for you if it helps explain things.
The only thing we missed is 24/7 availability.
Tickmill review – Customer Service
Tickmill has great educational content. You can learn through videos, demo accounts, and webinars. On the negative side, platform tutorial videos are not categorized.
|• Demo account||• Platform videos are not categorized|
|• Educational videos|
|• Good production quality|
At Tickmill you can learn in the following ways:
- Demo account
- General educational videos
- Platform tutorial videos
- Quality educational articles
General educational videos are available on the ‘Client Portal’, under ‘Forex Tools’. We really liked the quality of these videos.
Regarding the platform tutorial videos, you can access them on Tickmill’s website, under ‘Client Tools’ > ‘Video Tutorials’. These videos are not structured and some of them are in different languages, which can make learning more difficult.
Tickmill review – Education
73% of retail CFD accounts lose money
Tickmill is regulated by several financial authorities, including the UK FCA. On the other hand, the company is not listed on any exchange and does not have a bank parent.
|• Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority||• Does not hold a banking license|
|• Negative balance protection||• Not listed on stock exchange|
Is Tickmill regulated?
It is regulated by several financial authorities, including the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), the Financial Services Authority of Seychelles, the South African Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) and the Financial Services Authority of Labuan Malaysia (LFSA).
Tickmill is based in the UK and was founded in 2014.
Is Tickmill safe?
To be certain, we highly advise that you check two facts:
- how you are protected if something goes wrong
- what the background of the broker is
How you are protected
Depending on your country of residency, you can open an account at one or more of Tickmill’s legal entities.
This is important for you because the investor protection amount and the regulator differ from entity to entity.
|Country of clients||Protection amount||Regulator||Legal entity|
|EU, South America, Middle East||£85,000||Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)||Tickmill UK Ltd|
|Globally many countries||€20,000||Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (‘CySEC’)||Tickmill Europe Ltd|
|Globally many countries||No protection||Financial Services Authority of Seychelles||Tickmill Ltd Seychelles|
As of September 2020, Tickmill introduced two new entities under two new regulators: the South African Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), and the Financial Services Authority of Labuan Malaysia (LFSA).We reached out to Tickmill, but at the time of our update, it is unknown which countries are under FSCA and LFSA authority. We will update the review when we find out.
We recommend you register your account with the UK entity, if it’s available for you, as we consider the FCA regulation the best one.
Tickmill provides negative balance protection for retail customers. If the balance on your account goes negative, you will be protected.
Tickmill was established in 2014. The longer track record a broker has, the more proof we have that it has successfully survived previous financial crises.
Tickmill is a low-cost forex and CFD broker, regulated by several authorities globally, including the top-tier FCA.
On the plus side, we liked the low forex fees. Account opening is seamless and there are a lot of free deposit/withdrawal options.
Tickmill has some drawbacks though. Its product range is limited to forex, CFDs on some stock indexes and commodities. The trading platforms have outdated design and the news feed is basic.
We recommend Tickmill for those who are interested in CFD and forex trading and like MetaTrader trading platforms. Feel free to test it via the demo account.