Oanda Broker Review

Author By Jeffrey Cammack
Updated: July 12, 2022
Overall Rating
4.25 4.25 / 5
Rated #25 of 69 Recommended Brokers
🏦  Min. DepositUSD 0
🛡️  Regulated By
💵  Trading Cost 
USD 10
⚖️  Max. Leverage200:1
💹  Copy Trading
🖥️  Platforms
💱  Instruments 
AlertAccepts Malaysian Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 1 pips on the trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Islamic account available. MT4 platform supported. OANDA is regulated by the FCA, MAS and ASIC.
Last updated on 12 Jul 2022
by Editorial Director Jeffrey Cammack
Jeffrey Cammack

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Our verdict on Oanda

A popular broker in Malaysia, OANDA has a comprehensive education suite, no minimum deposit requirements, low trading fees, and a great mobile trading app. However, Malaysian traders may be concerned that OANDA’s global entity has very little regulatory oversight and that they are not offered negative balance protection. 

Traders may also be disappointed by the relative lack of financial instruments and high withdrawal fees, but OANDA offers support for both the MT4 and MT5 platforms in addition to a great range of trading tools and detailed market analysis. 

Despite the poor regulatory oversight and small range of trading instruments, OANDA is a good all-round broker. It has a decent Islamic trading account and the low fees will attract many traders. And with the introduction of MT5 support, we expect that the number of trading instruments will increase in the near future. 

🏦  Min. DepositUSD 0
🛡️  Regulated By
💵  Trading Cost 
USD 10
⚖️  Max. Leverage200:1
💹  Copy Trading
🖥️  Platforms
💱  Instruments 

Overall Summary

Regulation
111115/ 5
Trading Conditions
111104/ 5
Trading Platforms
11110.54.5/ 5
Deposit & Withdrawal
11110.54.5/ 5
Education & Research
11110.54.5/ 5
Assets Available
1110.503.5/ 5
Customer Service
1110.503.5/ 5
Beginner Friendly
Excellent
Welcome Bonus

Account Information

Base Currencies
USD, EUR, SGD, HKD
Number of FX Pairs
45
Crypto Pairs
4
Copy Trading
Hedging Allowed
Scalping Allowed
Islamic Account

Trading Conditions

Account Name
Trading Desk
Commission
4 USD / lot
EUR/USD
0.10 pips
GBP/USD
0.10 pips
USD/JPY
0.10 pips
Negative Balance Protection

Company Details

Company Name
OANDA Global Markets Ltd
Founded
1996
Website Language
English, Spanish
Support Language
English, Chinese, German
Office Locations
USA, Canada

Pros

  • Well regulated
  • Tight spreads
  • Low minimum deposit
  • Good for beginners

Cons

  • Limited currency pairs

OANDA Home

Is OANDA Safe?

A popular broker in Malaysia, OANDA is regulated by some of the best authorities in the world, including the UK’s FCA and ASIC of Australia. But, Malaysians will be onboarded through the British Virgin Islands-based entity, which provides little regulatory oversight and Malaysian traders will have no negative balance protection. 

Regulation: All Malaysian clients will be trading with OANDA Global Markets Ltd, which is registered in the British Virgin Islands, authorized and regulated by the BVI Financial Services Commission. Unfortunately, the BVI FSC has a light touch when it comes to regulating forex brokers, and consumers are not afforded the same protection as that of reputable regulatory bodies such as the FCA.  

Safety Features: OANDA’s Malaysian clients can be sure that their funds will be kept in segregated bank accounts, but OANDA Global Markets Ltd does not offer negative balance protection, so Malaysian traders may lose more than they invest.  Additionally, OANDA offers leverage of up to 200:1 on its account types and has no minimum deposit requirements, which in combination makes it difficult to hold a substantial trading position without getting stopped out and losing the money in your trading account or even incurring a negative balance.

Company Details:

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Group Regulators
Trading Desk
Website
Year Founded
Office Locations
Non-Trading Fees
FCA
ASIC
MAS
IIROC
B.V.I FSC
FSA-Seychelles
Market Maker
1996
USA, Canada
Inactivity fee & withdrawal fee

We confirmed each of the licences and regulations on the regulator’s online register. See below for details of OANDA’s BVI FSC-regulated entity:

OANDA Regulation

OANDA’s Financial Instruments

The choice of financial assets offered by OANDA is slightly limited compared to other large international brokers, and more advanced traders looking for particular instruments may be disappointed.  But we were pleased to see that as of 2022, it added a range of share CFDs to its offering.

Range of Instruments: While OANDA offers a selection of CFDs to trade, it has only just introduced the MT5 trading platform, and the MT4 platform is primarily a platform for trading Forex. This shows in OANDA’s relatively limited range of financial instruments, which includes Forex, commodities, metals, cryptocurrencies, indices, and share CFDs.

Full List of Instruments and Leverage:

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Financial Instrument
Number of Assets
Leverage
Commodities
8
100:1
Cryptocurrencies
4
10:1
Stock CFDs
350
20:1
Forex
45
200:1
Indices
16
200:1
Metals
2
200:1

  • Forex: OANDA has 45 currency pairs available for trading which is around the industry average.  These include majors (EUR/USD, GBP/USD, and USD/JPY), and minors (NZD/CAD, EUR/JPY, and USD/ZAR). 
  • Indices: Limited compared to other brokerages, there are only 16 indices available for trading at OANDA. The most popular indices are those that combine the shares of some of the largest and globally acknowledged companies.  
  • Commodities: OANDA offers an average range of commodities for trading, including metals such as gold and silver and energies such as oil. 
  • Share CFDs: OANDA offers around 350 share CFDs, which is slightly limited compared to other brokers, but includes the big names in the EU, such as Adidas, Santander, Lufthansa, Deutsche Bank, and Porsche.
  • Cryptocurrencies: OANDA offers trading on 13 cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin, among others. This is an average range compared to other brokers.

Accounts and Trading Fees

OANDA offers five accounts, which is more than other brokers, and we were impressed to find that its fees are lower than average.

Trading Fees: The Standard, Premium, and Swap-Free accounts have trading costs included in the variable spreads, while the Core and Core Premium Accounts offer tighter spreads in exchange for a small commission per trade. Trading costs are slightly higher than average on its Standard and Swap-Free Accounts but significantly lower than average on its Premium, Premium Core, and Core Accounts. Additionally, traders must prove that they are indeed Muslim to open a swap-free account. 

See below for account details:

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Trading account
Min. Deposit
Min. Spread EUR/USD
Commission
Trading Cost (USD)
Core
USD 5000
0.20
4 USD / lot
6
Premium
USD 20000
0.80
Spread Only
8
Premium Core
USD 20000
0.20
3.5 USD / lot
5.5
Standard
USD 5
1
Spread Only
10
Swap-free
USD 0
1.60
Spread Only
16

As you can see from the table above, spreads on the Standard and Swap-Free accounts are wider than average. The average cost for trading one lot of EUR/USD among similar brokers is about 9 USD per lot. However, trading costs on its other three accounts are significantly lower than average.

Standard Account

A commission-free account, the Standard Account has no minimum deposit, leverage of up to 200:1, and access to all tradable instruments.  Spreads start at 1.0 pips on the EUR/USD, which is wider than other market maker brokers.  

Core Account

The Core Account offers much tighter spreads than the Standard Account – starting at 0.2 pips on the EUR/USD and charges a reasonable commission of 4 USD per lot. The maximum leverage is also set to 200:1.

Premium Account

The Premium Account can only be opened when traders have an account balance of 20,000 USD and trade more than 10 million USD notional or equivalent per month. Spreads start at 0.8 pips on the EUR/USD, which is tighter than the spreads on other brokers’ commission-free accounts, and traders have other account benefits, including personalised account management, zero deposit fees, free withdrawals, priority support, and free VPN access. Note that the Premium accounts are only available on MT5 and the fxTrade app.

Premium Core Account

Like the Premium account, the Premium Core Account requires an account balance of 20,000 USD, and traders have to trade more than 10 million USD notional or equivalent per month. Spreads start at 0.2 pips (EUR/USD) and a commission of 3.5 USD (round turn) is charged per lot traded. These fees are some of the lowest in the industry.

Swap-Free Account

This account is also commission-free, and as no interest is paid or received spreads are wider than on the Standard Account – starting at 1.6 pips on the EUR/USD. The only base currency supported for this account is USD, but otherwise, it is similar to the Standard Account. Swap-free accounts are opened by first opening a Standard Account and then requesting the change from OANDA’s customer service.

Deposits and Withdrawals

OANDA offers a limited range of funding methods and charges high fees for withdrawals via bank transfer.

In line with Anti-Money Laundering policies, deposits and withdrawals at OANDA cannot be made to/from third-party accounts.

Trading Account Currencies: At OANDA, traders can only choose from four base currencies: USD, SGD, HKD, and EUR. This is limited compared to most other international brokers and is disappointing for Malaysians who will likely have bank accounts denominated in MYR and will have to pay conversion fees on all deposits and withdrawals.  Conversion fees can make trading expensive, and are usually not presented on the fee report, but affect profitability.

Deposit and Withdrawal Fees: While no fees are charged for deposits, OANDA charges fees for withdrawals by bank transfer.  See below for more details:

  • Bank Wire: Bank wire deposits take 3-5 business days and are free. Bank wire withdrawals are charged at 20 USD per transaction and will take 2-4 business days. Be aware that banks may also charge a processing fee, especially in the case of international bank transfers.
  • Credit/Debit Card: Credit and debit card deposits are processed immediately and are free. Withdrawals to credit/debit cards take 1-3 business days and are also free.
  • Skrill/Neteller: Deposits with Skrill and Neteller are free and take up to 1 business day – Skrill/Neteller may charge a service fee, however. Withdrawals to Skrill and Neteller take up to 1 business day and are also free, though conversion fees may apply and Skrill/Neteller may charge an additional service fee.

Overall, withdrawals by bank transfer are expensive and OANDA offers few methods for depositing and withdrawing funds.  

OANDA’s Mobile Trading Platforms

With support for MT4, MT5, and recently, its own in-house mobile trading app, OANDA’s mobile platform support is better than other brokers.

All three of OANDA’s mobile platforms are available on both Android and iOS.  

fxTrade App

We downloaded and tested the fxTrade app on an iPhone 11 and were impressed that we could access all our accounts with one login. The app integrates seamlessly with MT5 and you can trade directly on the charts, view multiple time frames, deposit and withdraw funds, choose from a huge number of technical indicators, and access VPS services. We were also pleased to find how easy it is to set risk and profit parameters on our order ticket. Disappointingly, traders can only choose from 81 of the 350 CFD instruments available at OANDA, which may limit some traders’ experience. 

MT4 and MT5 Mobile Apps

Traders should be aware that there is some loss in functionality when compared to the MT4 and MT5 desktop trading platforms, including reduced time frames and fewer charting options, but traders can close and modify existing orders, calculate profit and loss, and trade on the charts.  

Other Trading Platforms

OANDA offers full support for the MT4 platform and at the end of 2021, added MT5 to its trading arsenal, which means that traders can trade specialty instruments such as share CFDs. 

MT4 and MT5

The advantage of brokers offering third-party platforms such as MT4 and MT5, is that traders can take their own customised versions with them should they decide to migrate to another broker.  Additionally, there are thousands of plugins and tools available for the MetaTrader platforms.   However, these platforms are not as beginner-friendly as the in-house platforms offered by other brokers.

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Opening an Account at OANDA

We found that OANDA’s account-opening process is seamless and hassle-free compared to other brokers, and we were pleased that our trading account was ready for trading within a day.

We tested the account opening process, which took approximately 10 minutes to complete, and once our documentation had been submitted, our accounts were ready for trading within a day. 

OANDA offers corporate and individual accounts, but we will focus on opening an individual account:

How to open an account at OANDA:

  1. New traders will have to click on the “Start Trading” button at the top of the page where they will be directed to register an account.    
  2. OANDA’s intake form requires clients to fill in their country of residence, and personal details,  (including name, country of residence, and telephone number). 
  3. Next clients must confirm their citizenship, filling in their identity or tax number.
  4. The fourth step requires traders to confirm their home address.
  5. Lastly, traders are required to fill in their employment status and financial details. 
  6. Note that verification documents are not needed for traders who deposit less than 9,000 USD. 
  7. For clients that deposit more than 9,000 USD, OANDA needs at least two documents to accept you as an individual client:
  1. Proof of Identification – OANDA accepts all government-issued identification documents such as passports, national ID cards, driving licenses, or other government-issued ID. The document must be valid and must contain a trader’s full name, date of birth, a clear photograph, and issue date, and if it has to have an expiry date, that should be visible as well.
  2. Proof of Address – Proof of residence/address document must be issued in the name of the OANDA account holder within the last 3 months and must contain a trader’s full name, current residential address, issue date, and issuing authority.

After the application is approved, traders can log in and fund their accounts.  We advise you to read OANDA’s risk disclosure, customer agreement, and terms of business before you start trading. 

Overall, OANDA’s account-opening process is quick and efficient, and accounts are generally ready for trading within one business day. 

OANDA’s Trading Tools

OANDA’s trading tools are excellent compared to other similar brokers.

OANDA offers a variety of trading tools, including Autochartist, MT4 Premium Tools, and a Trading Performance Portal.

Autochartist

Autocharist is a powerful pattern recognition tool that scans and analyses the markets to identify trading opportunities. Other features of Autochartist include:

  • Continuous intraday market scanning
  • Correlating signals: receive email notifications and flag trading opportunities when support/resistance levels coincide with chart pattern projections
  • Spot potential trading opportunities: get automated alerts about emerging or completed charts, Fibonacci, and key level formations
  • Review only the forecasts that have historically had a certain level of success probability
  • Volatility analysis
  • Set instrument-specific exits based on estimated market volatility
  • Performance statistics
  • Customisable daily market reports sent to your inbox

Autochartist is one of the best technical analysis tools on the market, and OANDA does well to offer this tool to its clients.  

MT Premium Tools

The MT4 Premium Tools are a host of powerful forex trading indicators, including an alarm manager, keyboard trading, mini terminal, tick chart trader, and more.  These are provided by FX Blue Labs. You can access over 15 indicators and nine expert advisors in a single download. Popular features such as Renko charts, one cancels the other (OCO) orders, keyboard trading, tick chart trading, and advanced trade management are all included free of charge to OANDA MT4 traders.

OANDA Connect

Trading Performance Portal

The Trading Performance Portal is a behavioural analysis tool that is designed to help you improve your trading patterns. Powered by Chasing Returns, OANDA’s portal analyses your trading history and helps you focus on your strengths while identifying areas you can improve.

Overall, OANDA offers a comprehensive suite of useful trading tools compared to other similar brokers. 

Trading Tools Comparison:

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OANDA for Beginners

Beginner traders will find OANDA a relatively welcoming experience with a well-structured education section available for traders with different levels of experience. Considering OANDA’s history as an FX data service, it’s no surprise that the market analysis is detailed and excellent. However, customer service in Malaysia is limited in scope.

Educational Material

OANDA Education

The education section is not easily discoverable on OANDA’s website. It is not linked from the menus across the top of the page and can only be found in the menus at the bottom of the page. Whether this is intentional or an oversight is unknown.

Once discovered, education at OANDA is split into three subsections: Getting Started, Tools and Strategies, and Capital Management. Information is detailed and helpful and is presented in a mixture of video and text. It also offers a demo account.

The Getting Started section covers the basic aspects of Forex CFD trading such as leverage and margin and introduces traders to the MT4 platform. The Tools and Strategies section covers analysis and explains how traders can use various technical analysis tools to better predict the markets an essential skill for successful traders. Finally, the Capital Management section covers risk management and how to apply it in real market conditions.

Alongside these tutorials, OANDA also hosts frequent webinars on all aspects of trading, including the Basics of Trading and Live Market Analysis. Past webinars are also stored in an archive and are available on demand. Webinars and the webinar archive are free but do require registration with your name and email address.

Demo Account

OANDA’s demo account mimics the conditions found on the Standard Account and is available with a virtual 100,000 USD balance. The demo account will not expire if you request this from OANDA customer service. 

Education Comparison: 

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Analysis Material

OANDA’s analysis section is excellent compared to other brokers, curated by its in-house analysts and third-party provider, Market Pulse.

Market analysis is supplied by OANDA’s MarketPulse service. MarketPulse is an award-winning news site that delivers round-the-clock commentary on a wide range of asset classes, as well as in-depth insights into the major economic trends and events that impact the markets. 

The 24/7 coverage at MarketPulse is provided by six expert analysts and professional traders with decades of experience covering and trading the full range of markets. All analysis is detailed, accurate, and posted within minutes of a market event occurring.

In addition to MarketPulse’s text-based coverage, regular videos and podcasts are also published.

Customer Support

Customer support is only available in English, Chinese, Spanish, and German, but not Malay. Support is available via email and live chat 24/5, but Malaysian clients will have to use the Singapore customer service number for phone support. For the purposes of this review, we found the customer support to be responsive but not knowledgeable of OANDA’s products and services.

Safety and Industry Recognition

Regulation: Founded in 1997 in Delaware, USA as an FX rate provider, OANDA has grown to become a large multi-service financial company offering retail CFD trading, Forex data services for institutions, and exchange rate information on over 38,000 currency pairs. As an international CFD broker OANDA is remarkably well-regulated, with regulatory oversight from no less than 7 top tier national regulators:

  • OANDA Asia Pacific Pty. Ltd. is regulated and licensed in Singapore by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (CMS Licence No: CMS100122-4) and the International Enterprise Singapore (Commodity Brokers Licence No: OAP/CBL/2012) to trade commodity CFDs.
  • OANDA Australia Pty Ltd. is regulated in Australia by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) ABN 26 152 088 349, AFSL No. 412981
  • OANDA Japan Inc. holds a Type 1 Financial Instruments license from the Japanese Financial Services Agency, registration with the Kanto Local Finance Bureau #2137, and is a member of the Financial Futures Association of Japan #1571.
  • OANDA Corporation is a registered Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer (RFED) with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and a Forex Dealer Member (FDM) of the National Futures Association (NFA # 0325821).
  • OANDA (Canada) Corporation ULC is regulated in Canada by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).
  • OANDA Europe Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, No: 542574
  • OANDA Europe Markets Limited is a company registered in Malta No: C 95813. It is authorised and regulated by the Malta Financial Services Authority as Category 3 Investment

Awards

OANDA has won numerous awards for its services and products over the years, such as Best Education Materials 2018 (Investment Trends – US Foreign Exchange Report) and No. 1 Forex Broker in Singapore 2017 (Investment Trends Singapore CFD & FX Report). More recently, OANDA was voted Most Popular Broker and Best Forex and CFD Broker 2020 by TradingView clients in the firm’s inaugural TradingView Broker Awards. TradingView is one of the world’s largest social networks for traders, boasting more than 15 million registered users around the world.

Overall, because of its history of responsible behaviour, strong international regulation, strict auditing processes, and wide industry acclaim, we consider OANDA a trustworthy broker. 

Evaluation Method

We value transparency and openness in the way we review the partners. To bring transparency to the forefront, we have published our review process. Central to that process is the evaluation of the reliability of the broker, the platform offering of the broker, and the trading conditions offered to clients, which are summarised in this review. Each one of these is graded, and an overall score is calculated and assigned to the broker.

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OANDA Disclaimer

Trading Forex is risky, and each broker is required to detail how risky the trading of Forex CFDs is to clients. OANDA would like you to know that: Trading our Products is high risk and can result in losses that exceed the total sum you have invested. All negative balances are payable.

Overview

A market maker with an impressive history and a large non-CFD business, OANDA is relatively disappointing compared to other leading CFD providers. Only 45 FX pairs are available to trade, alongside a relatively small range of commodities, indices, share CFDs, and metals, but support is offered for both the MT4 and MT5 platforms in addition to its in-house mobile trading app.

Trading fees are slightly higher than average on both the Standard and Swap-Free accounts but improve significantly on the Premium, Core, and Premium Core accounts. Malaysian traders may be disappointed by the lack of regulatory oversight and that they are not granted negative balance protection and that local customer service is not available via telephone. But education and market analysis are excellent and OANDA provides a host of tools and plugins for MT4.

AlertAccepts Malaysian Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 1 pips on the trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Islamic account available. MT4 platform supported. OANDA is regulated by the FCA, MAS and ASIC.
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