eToro Review

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Traders who are looking for a vast number of instruments to trade, and traders who wish to copy successful traders, will find eToro to be an excellent pick as their broker. The eToro Platform is very easy to use, whilst it packs a huge amount of instruments for clients to trade with.

The most popular feature from eToro is obviously it’s Social Trading/Copy Trading option, which give traders a chance to become a ‘Popular Trader’, and earn money when other clients copy their trade.!

Although Social Trading & Copy Trading can attract newbie traders, eToro has quite a high Minimum Deposit at $1,000, as well as high spreads, which may actually deter beginner traders from registering with the broker.

Lastly, there have been several withdrawal request issues lingering online, however as the firm is regulated by CySEC (Cyprus) and the FCA (UK), these matters tend to resolve themselves sooner rather than later.

67% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

eToro Introduction

eToro is a social trading platform and an online brokerage company, founded in 2006 as RetailFX in Tel Aviv, Israel. The firm later took the brand name ‘eToro’, when the company transformed into eToro (Europe) Ltd. It is regulated in 3 jurisdictions, specifically by CySEC (Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission)  under Registration Number 200585, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) under license number 491139, and by the United Kingdom’s FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) under Registration Number 07973792. 

eToro’s Corporate Offices in Cyprus are based at Kanika Business Center in Limassol, whilst their UK Offices are located in Canary Wharf, London. eToro also holds a Research & Development Office which is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. 

eToro Broker Products

One of the reasons that eToro is so popular apart from its Social Trading option, is due to its large gamma of financial instruments, which also satisfy the latest trend of Crypto Trading. The possibility to trade so many instruments may seem enticing to every trader; however, judging by the portfolio of the best traders on eToro, everyone will probably trade only the instruments they are familiar with. Some of the financial instruments eToro offers:

  • 47 Currency Pairs: These include some of the most liquid pairs like EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY, as well as less-liquid currencies such as Hungarian forint (HUF), Mexican peso (MXN), Singapore dollar (SGD), Russian ruble (RUB), South African rand (ZAR), Polish zloty (PLN), Hong Kong dollar (HKD), Chinese yuan (CNY), and even Turkish lira (TRY).
  • 7 Cryptocurrencies: eToro offers only the cryptocurrencies with the highest market capitalization like Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, Dash, and Ripple.
  • 959 stock CFDs across 8 exchanges: These include European as well as U.S. stocks, such as Facebook, Microsoft, Intel, Ford, Best Buy, McDonalds, PepsiCo, Deutsche Telekom, BMW, GlaxoSmithKline, and many more. It is worth noting that you do not own any stocks when buying CFDs at eToro.
  • 12 Indices: U.S. dollar index, Nasdaq 100, S&P500, UK 100, China 50, Ger 30, and others.
  • 6 Commodities: These are the most-frequently-traded commodities, being Gold, Silver, Copper, Platinum, Oil, and Natural gas.
  • 59 Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) CFDs: US Natural Gas (UNG), Emerging Markets Index (EEM), iShares Japan (EWJ), Gold Miners ETF (GDX), Vix Short-Term Futures (VXX), and more.
  • Social Trading: Probably why eToro has reached it’s status of fame. eToros’ Social Trading platform is basically a Copy Trading system of popular and profitable traders on their platform. This means that if a trader has good results, clients can follow these traders, and copy their exact trades on their own account.

eToro Trading Conditions

 The Trading Conditions at eToro are similar with others in the industry. In terms of Leverage, eToro provides clients with different options depending on the instruments they are trading. For example, when trading Stock CFDs and ETFs, clients have the option to increase leverage to 1:5; 1:10 for commodities other than Gold and non major equity indices; 1:20 for non major currency pairs, Gold and major indices; and finally for major currency pairs in Forex eToro offers 1:30 which is the highest the broker offers, but definitely not the highest we have seen in the industry. Lastly, if clients choose to trade Cryptocurrencies, they will have to settle with a Leverage fixed at 1:1, which is actually becoming more popular amongst brokers at the end of 2017, due to the huge volatility Cryptocurrencies have, which can cause heavy losses to traders, as well as the Broker.  

eToros’ execution could be better, especially when trading Forex. Whilst testing the Platform, we noticed that execution of orders vary. For example, trading Forex, can take a couple of seconds for the order to be executed, whereas other instruments were executed quite faster moreover. 

After the latest changes in legislation by EU Regulators, Brokers have been forced to adjust certain elements they offered which acted as incentive to clients, such as Deposit Bonuses, higher Leverages, etc.

eToro Account Types

eToro offers four types of Trading Accounts to their clients which we are content with, as they suit all traders, whether newbie or advanced. These Accounts are:

  • Virtual Portfolio Account. This type of Account is available to everyone, and does not require funds. It is a standard Demo Account found in other Brokers, with a different name. Great for testing strategies, and learning eToro’s Trading Platform.
  • Real Portfolio Account. This is the Standard Account used for Trading with real funds. 
  • Islamic Account. This type of Account is offered only to Muslims due to religion. Islamic Accounts due not offer interest on contracts lasting longer than 24 hours. There is no rollover, no interest on leverage, and no commissions. Instead, eToro claim that their revenue for this type of accounts is derived only from the Spread. 
  • Corporate Account. This type of Account is the same as the Real Portfolio Account, only this type is destined for Corporate Entities only.  

In essence, eToro has only one type of real Account. This is one area that eToro hasn’t kept up with competition, who now offer a lot of different options when it comes to Accounts. Micro and Mini Accounts are popular amongst other brokers, where contract sizes are 1,000/10,000 instead of 100,000, which is ideal for newbies who want to trade with real money. Other Accounts which are taking clients by storm are Zero Spread Accounts, where brokers charge commissions instead of spreads, as they would on ECN. 

eToro Commission and Fees

Compared to other Forex Brokers, eToro has relatively high spreads for Forex Trading. The most liquid pairs like EUR/USD and GBP/USD have average spreads of 3 pips and 4 pips in the London and New York sessions. Some pairs even have 7 pip spreads (EUR/AUD and EUR/CAD). The highest spreads can reach up to 20 pips (for PLN and ZAR pairs). Currency pairs also have a rollover fee, which can be positive or negative, depending on the particular currency’s interest rate.

Cryptocurrencies have spread of 2% of their value (for Ethereum), up to 5% for Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum Classic, whilst Bitcoin has the lowest spread of 0.70%. All cryptocurrencies have a negative rollover fee for short positions (sell), whereas long positions (buy), rollover fees are 0.

Stocks CFDs have variable spreads, depending on the particular stock and its industry. For example, some stocks, such as Alcoa (AA), has a spread of 0.24% of its value (which is the spread for most stock CFDs), while Apple (AAPL) has a spread of 8 points. There is also a fee for all stocks, no matter if clients are buying or selling.

Commodities have spreads starting from 5 pips for oil, up to 45 pips for gold, but if Clients decide to sell Oil and Natural Gas, they would receive a positive overnight fee. Indices however, have the highest spreads on eToro, starting from 100 pips for SPX500 and up to 1000 pips for JPN225. The overnight fee is negative for both buying and selling each one of these indices.

ETFs have a flat spread of 0.24% with a negative overnight fee on buying and selling of all ETFs.

eToro also charges an inactivity fee of $5 per month, provided there are funds for this deduction, for accounts that have had no login for 4 months. If the trader logs in, the account will be considered active once again.

eToro Platform and Tools

eToro offers only one web-based platform for desktop users, and a mobile app for Android and iOS, both available in 13 languages.

Navigating their platform is straightforward and easy for both beginners and experienced traders. All trading instruments can be found in the Trade Markets tab, arranged by specific sub-headings (Stocks, Currencies, ETFs, etc.), and once you select a particular instrument you want to trade or examine, you have several options: to see the candlestick chart, to check the historical price data, and to get information on the particular instrument, such as what it is and how its price is affected, which is a very useful feature, especially for cryptocurrencies. 

Another option that every trading instrument has, is the social feed where every trader on eToro’s platform can share news, info, or their thoughts on the particular instrument.

The next tab on the Trading Platform, is the Copy People tab from where clients can select which profitable traders they want to follow, which in turn means they will be copying all the activity of the other user. These traders are ranked based on statistics of Risk & Profit, enabling inexperienced traders to have enough information to true who to follow. Once a client selects a trader to follow, they are instantly given access to portfolio information of the trader they are following, gaining access to statistics such as monthly performance, profit/loss analysis, instruments the Trader is currently holding, and lastly, their social feed, which shows the trader’s interaction with eToro’s Community.

The latest addition by eToro has been ‘Crypto Portfolios’ which allow clients to copy funds. Essentially, a collection of instruments is placed in one place. Crypto Portfolios has all 7 major Cryptocurrencies.

Something significant to note, is that eToros Platform has all the basic charting indicators, plus it has the option to overlay other instruments, which can be a good addition for anyone looking for correlations between instruments. Unfortunately, at this point, there is no option to add your own, custom-made indicators, which is a major disappointment.

 eToro’s platform and its charting functions are designed for both beginners and experienced traders. It may not be a good-looking platform visually, but it is well-structured and easy to use.

At the moment of writing, eToro does not support automated trading software.

Is eToro Mobile Friendly?

eToro’s website is well-optimized for all mobile devices and you can freely trade using their web-based platform. They also have a mobile app for Android and iOS, but the trading experience between the web-based and the app on a mobile device is the same.

Both the app and the web-based platform can be switched to landscape and portrait orientation without any loss in charting space.

eToro Deposits and Withdrawals

Depositing Funds with eToro is fast and simple. All of their accounts are denominated in U.S. dollars, so for deposits in other currencies, eToro has a conversion fee, based on the currency deposited.

Unlike other brokers, eToro has a Minimum Deposit Fee of $1,000 which is exceptionally high, given the fact that Retail Forex Brokers have lowered the Minimum Deposit Requirements to $5 across markets. Another thing that eToro falls behind in is that it does not cover the fees for deposits and withdrawals, but rather those are to be paid by the Clients.

Clients are able to deposit via a numerous amount of payment methods via:

  • Credit card (Visa, Visa Electron, and Mastercard, Maestro)
  • PayPal
  • Wire Transfer
  • UnionPay
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
  • Webmoney
  • Yandex




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When it comes to Withdrawals, eToro doesn’t do much better. Conversion fees are the same as with fund deposits, though this is inflated with an additional $25 ‘Withdrawal Processing Fee’, which is something we have never come across with other brokers, as it clearly acts as a deterrent so that clients think twice when withdrawing funds.

The minimum Withdrawal Amount is $50, and eToro claims it takes 1 business day to process withdrawals and then up to 5 business days for the funds to reach the client. Numerous clients however, claim that their withdrawals were either never processed or that it took much longer than 5 days for them to receive their funds.

eToro Customer Support

Clients are offered support in 10 languages, via an email ticketing service, where clients submit their inquiries and then wait for an answer, which again can take up to several days. The broker also offers clients Live Chat, which is only available in English, 24/5.

Other than the above, eToro also has three different e-mail addresses which Clients can contact in regards to Public Relations, Affiliates and Business Development.

The fact that the broker does not offer Live Chat in all languages, and doesn’t have a phone number that Clients can get Support from, shows that eToro lacks a decent Customer Support Service. This is quite disappointing, as Customer Support is an essential element required by all Traders, whether beginners, or advanced.

eToro Research and Education

At first glance it seems as if eToro has a number of educational options, going from live webinars and webinars on demand to interactive trading courses, and finally, a blog. But once you look closer you will notice that their educational options aren’t as wide as they seem. For example, the webinars on demand are a total of 7 videos, ranging from 1 min to 45 min in length, on various trading subjects and languages. Their blog is updated once or twice a week and the last few months every blog post is focused on Cryptocurrencies. Only their interactive trading course, which is available in 10 languages, has some value for beginners.

On the research side, eToro’s Trading Platform offers research resources for Stock CFDs, but these are only accessible by Real Account holders.

eToro Notable points

The Popular Investor concept by eToro is a very interesting one which may begin to develop with other brokers. In a nutshell, traders can create different revenue streams and earn money not just by trading, but by being copied by other Traders. With this option, eToro offers a 2% Management Fee. In other words, all traders with a great track record, can be somewhat of a Fund Manager, with the only requirement being a Real Account with completed Profile details.

eToro Conclusion

eToro is probably the only online Broker that offers so many and various trading instruments in one place. The eToro Platform is easy to use and is accessible from every computer, tablet, or smartphone through a web browser, which makes it a convenient way to trade or manage a portfolio for both beginners and experienced traders.

Another reason some clients may consider choosing eToro is for the Social Trading system they offer. It is a fun and engaging way to learn how to trade, and for those who do not have time to trade it is a good option to just select a trader and copy their trades. We do still urge our users to be careful letting other people decide how your money is invested. The best approach to Trading is a solid educational foundation.

The Minimum Deposit is rather high, at $200 for newbie traders, but also for anyone who just wants to deposit a small amount to test out the platform before engaging in heavy investments. In addition to this, all deposits that are not in USD are converted to USD (expect a markup on the conversion), and are also accompanied by high deposit fees. On the contrary, the industry standard in the last years has seen Minimum Deposits as low as $5, with all transaction fees related to the deposit, covered by the broker. Clients also have the option to choose the base currency they preferred (EUR, USD, GBP, JPY) which nullified conversion costs.

On the Withdrawal side, their fee used to be $25 which was pretty unethical in our opinion, but have now lowered it to a much more sensible $5. Also, the fact that some traders have complained about not getting their withdrawals processed could be an issue to keep in mind.

We also didn’t particularly like the high spreads offered, which can limit traders who adopt scalping strategies. 

eToro is a multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptoassets, as well as trading CFDs.

Please note that CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 67% 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.

Past performance is not an indication of future results.

Cryptoassets are volatile instruments which can fluctuate widely in a very short timeframe and therefore are not appropriate for all investors. Other than via CFDs, trading cryptoassets is unregulated and therefore is not supervised by any EU regulatory framework.

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