Skilling vs CMC Markets - 2023 Comparison | Forex Malaysia
AuthorBy Björn Michels
Updated: August 22, 2022

Trading with a reputable online broker is a crucial factor for success in the international markets. At Forex Malaysia, we help you find the broker that suits your trading needs.

Each year we spend thousands of hours testing brokers by opening accounts, testing their platforms, and rating them according to a set of over 200 metrics. We deposit real money with the brokers to ensure that the products and user experience they advertise are consistent with reality.

We have found that the best way for traders to choose a broker is to compare brokers side-by-side. The comparison tool below allows you to compare two brokers based on their ratings and features.

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11110.54.07/ 5 EUR 100CySEC Regulated BrokersFinansinspektionenBundesanstalt für FinanzdienstleistungsaufsichtThe Seychelles Financial Services AuthorityMarket MakerCommodities, Cryptocurrencies, Stock CFDs, Forex, Indices, Metals7357
  • Copy trading accounts
  • Tight spreads
  • Great platform choice
  • No swap-free account option
  • Limited education
Read Review 111104/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 110.5002.5/ 5 111104/ 5 111104/ 5 69%500:10 pips MT4, MT4 Premium, Premium, Standard MT4, cTrader, Skilling TraderBank Transfer, Visa, Mastercard, Fasapay, WebMoney, NganLuong, Unionpay, Skrill, Neteller, Trustly, Klarna, Swish6 USD round turn commission
11110.54.53/ 5 USD 5ASIC BrokersFCA Regulated BrokersMonetary Authority of SingaporeFinancial Markets Authority of New ZealandBundesanstalt für FinanzdienstleistungsaufsichtMarket MakerCommodities, Cryptocurrencies, Stock CFDs, ETFs, Forex, Indices35012
  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
  • Good for beginners
  • Excellent education
  • Excellent market analysis
  • No swap-free account option
Read Review 111115/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111104/ 5 111115/ 5 11110.54.5/ 5 111003/ 5 76%20:10.70 pips CFD Account, FX Active MT4, CMCmarketsBank Transfer, POLi, Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, Paypal0.005%

How do CMC Markets and Skilling stack up against each other?

The Radar Chart below highlights how the brokers stack up against each other across various metrics. The highest score a broker can receive in each area is 5.

CMC Markets

Skilling

At Forex Malaysia, we help traders find the broker that suits their trading needs. In many cases, the best way to achieve this is to compare brokers side-by-side.

To compare CMC Markets and Skilling, we used the same factors we use when reviewing brokers: The trust and regulation of the broker, the trading platform, the costs and trading conditions, and the level of education and market analysis available at the broker.

Does CMC Markets or Skilling have a better trust and regulation rating?

Trust and regulation are some of the most important factors to consider when choosing a Forex broker. Trust in the Forex trading business is almost entirely founded upon regulation. We spend many hours evaluating the safety of each broker by delving into their fine print and confirming each one of their regulatory licences on the online registers. The more top-tier authorities a broker is regulated by, the higher its trust rating.

In our comparison, we found that CMC Markets holds three Tier 1 and two Tier 2 licences, and Skilling holds one Tier 1 and two Tier 2 licences.

 

Can I trust CMC Markets?

Yes as CMC Markets was founded in 1989 and is regulated by ASIC, BaFin, FCA, FMA and MAS.

 

Can I trust Skilling?

Yes as Skilling was founded in 2018 and is regulated by BaFin, CySEC, Fi and FSA-Seychelles.

 

Based on these findings, CMC Markets earned a higher trust rating than Skilling.

Does CMC Markets or Skilling have lower costs?

Another important aspect we consider when comparing brokers is the cost of trading. When evaluating trading costs, we always consider the minimum deposit required to open an account and the ongoing trading costs, including the spreads and commissions. When calculating trading costs, we measure the cost to trade one lot of EUR/USD using the broker’s account with the lowest minimum deposit. The cost includes both the spread and any commission charged. 

Not all brokers publish their trading costs, so we often open accounts and trade on their platforms to verify the spreads and commissions. Based on our reviews, we found that CMC Markets has overall lower trading costs than Skilling. 

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GBPUSD (Best)
USDJPY (Best)
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Skilling
11110.54.5/ 5
EUR, USD, GBP, NOK, SEK
0.80 pips
USD 8
0.40 pips
0.50 pips
0.70 pips
USD 0
CMC Markets
111115/ 5
AUD, USD
0.70 pips
USD 7
0.70 pips
0.90 pips
0.70 pips
USD 0

 

Does CMC Markets or Skilling offer a better choice of trading platforms?

Traders want Forex brokers to offer them a choice of trading platforms, so we give brokers who offer multiple platforms higher ratings. Trading platforms we consider include MetaTrader4, MetaTrader5, cTrader and proprietary mobile and web-based platforms. 

In this case, Skilling offers support for MT4 and CMCmarkets and CMC Markets offers support for cTrader, MT4 and Skilling Trader. 

Do the brokers offer copy trading?

Copy trading is a great option for beginner traders who can’t trade full-time or lack experience with Forex trading. In this case both CMC Markets and Skilling offer copy trading.

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Copy Trading
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Skilling
11110.54.5/ 5
Skilling Trader
CMC Markets
11110.54.5/ 5
CMCmarkets

 

Which broker offers a better choice of trading instruments?

A variety of CFD instruments – and a large range of CFDs for each instrument category allow traders more opportunities for profitable trading. The best brokers will have thousands of CFDs to trade, covering all these instrument categories. We found that CMC Markets offers a greater range and depth of instruments to trade than Skilling. CMC Markets offers 350 Forex pairs to trade and Skilling offers 73 Forex pairs to trade.

And what about Cryptocurrencies?

In this case, Skilling offers 57 cryptocurrencies while CMC Markets offers 12 cryptocurrencies. So if you want to trade cryptocurrencies, we advise trading with Skilling.

Which broker offers better deposit and withdrawal processes?

Although brokers may have reasonable trading fees, many traders are caught out by the high non-trading fees charged by some brokers, including deposits and withdrawals. Traders want to be able to deposit and withdraw funds quickly and cheaply. Most brokers have multiple funding methods with zero fees for making deposits, but some brokers make it more expensive and take longer to process withdrawals. 

We rate brokers more highly that process withdrawals within 24 hours by multiple withdrawal methods and without charging processing fees. We found that neither CMC Markets nor Skilling charges a withdrawal fee. Overall, Skilling has better deposit and withdrawal processes than CMC Markets. 

Which broker offers better educational support?

We often find that brokers offer very little in the way of educational materials, forcing traders to use other third-party sites or self-educate elsewhere. Beginner traders need well-structured, well-presented materials in multiple formats to get a good start at trading. More experienced traders also benefit from webinars led by experts in the field and advanced trading strategy sections with new trading ideas. 

CMC Markets has better educational support than Skilling. Both CMC Markets and Skilling offer educational support for more experienced traders.

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Skilling
CMC Markets

 

Which broker offers better market analysis materials?

To successfully predict the price movements of an instrument, traders will need access to frequent market research and analysis. We find that research and market analysis are always better when they are produced in-house and updated frequently. Third-party resources don’t show the same expertise in trading ideas, so we place a strong emphasis on frequent in-house updates. Some brokers also often offer interactive webinars where traders can learn from experts in the field. 

We found that CMC Markets offers better research analysis than Skilling and that both CMC Markets and Skilling offer frequent webinars.

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Autochartist
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Skilling
CMC Markets

 

Our overall Verdict on CMC Markets

Founded in 1989, CMC Markets is a well-known Forex and CFD broker with a high trust rating and a huge range of financial instruments to trade. However, traders may be disappointed at the high trading fees on its commission-based account. 

CMC Markets offers two live accounts with no minimum deposit requirements - a low-cost commission-free account with spreads starting at 0.7 pips on the EUR/USD and a commission-based account with spreads of 0.1 pip and commissions of 0.005% (which amounts to 50 USD per lot traded), which is extremely high.

Trading is offered on both MT4 and its powerful, innovative proprietary platform that features numerous technical and fundamental analysis tools.  CMC Markets also offers excellent education and market analysis materials to get new traders started, and although customer service is offered 24/5, it does not provide a live chat feature, which is a serious oversight by this broker.

Our overall Verdict on Skilling

Founded in 2018, Skilling is an innovative broker with regulation from CySEC of Cyprus and Seychelles' FSA. It has four simple account options, excellent trading conditions, a broad range of tradable assets, and a great range of trading platforms. Its main drawback is the lack of educational materials, which could see beginner traders looking elsewhere for support.

Skilling's Standard Accounts require a minimum deposit of 100 EUR and have spreads starting at 0.8 pips (EUR/USD), tighter than those on other brokers' entry-level accounts. On the Premium Account, spreads tighten to 0.1 pips (EUR/USD) with a commission of 6 USD (round turn), but the minimum deposit is 5000 EUR - out of reach for most beginners.

MT4, cTrader, and Skilling’s proprietary trading platform are all supported, with seamless integration provided between cTrader and Skilling’s own platform – an industry first.

Overall, Skilling is a good all-round broker with a transparent and client-centered approach that will appeal to both beginners and more experienced traders.

Which broker has the highest overall rating?

CMC Markets has an overall rating of 4.53 and Skilling has an overall rating of 4.07. For more detail please read our reviews of CMC Markets and Skilling.

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