OANDA Review (2020): Stellar Trading Platform, Transparent Pricing & Market Insights

Oanda Review

Oanda offers an exceptional, quick, and easy-to-use trading platform, (mostly) low fees, excellent market insights, powerful research tools and requires no minimum deposit to open an account.

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Oanda - Reviews & Ratings

Oanda offers a stellar trading platform and a regularly updated mobile app, allowing experienced traders to create complex strategies and get the latest insights. The firm offers transparent pricing, is regulated by an impressive number of government bodies, and top class research tools and insights. Combine this with Oanda’s product offerings, including spread-betting in Ireland and the UK, and you get a great option for experienced traders.

• Account Minimum: $0
• Regulation: FCA (UK) and CySEC (Cyprus)
• Demo Account: Yes
• Asset Coverage: Forex, commodities, indexes, and certain CFDs only
• Best for: Experienced traders
• Inactivity fee charged: Yes, after 2 years
• Country of regulation: USA, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Japan

Investor Warning: CFDs are complex financial products and come with a high risk of losing money. 76.8% of retail client accounts lose money trading CFDs with this provider.You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Oanda is a globally recognised, retail trading platform, currency data and analytics company. The company was founded in 1995 by Dr. Michael Stumm, with its first product released in 1996, and now operates across the globe in over 196 countries. The broker is regulated by 6 top-tier entities, including the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Japan.

Oanda’s award-winning technology and execution across a wide selection of asset classes, enables customers to trade currencies, including commodities, equity indices, and precious metals.

In May 2018, CVC Capital Partners Asia Fund acquired the leading platform,Oanda.

Under the acquisition, the company will continue being led by Chief Executive Officer, Vatsa Narashimha, who was a pivotal figure in the growth of the business.

Senior Managing Director at CVC, Siddharth Patel said, “This is an exciting opportunity to invest in a leading global player with a consistent track record of growth and a highly cash-generative business, in a sector known well to CVC.”

Overview and Summary

  1. Oanda is a globally recognised, retail trading platform, currency data and analytics company, founded in 1995 by Dr. Michael Stumm.
  2. Oanda is regulated in six tier-1 jurisdictions, and is considered a safe broker for trading forex and CFDs.
  3. Oanda overall charges low fees, although their EUR/USD pair is higher than competitors.
  4. Oanda’s research is top class and hits all the right points to create a high-quality well-rounded offering that includes expert economic analysis, live news feeds, calendars, and progressive data analytics.
  5. Oanda has a good selection of markets including bonds, indexes, commodities, and forex. But they are limited in certain categories.
  6. Oanda provides 24/7 customer support, but their live chat and mobile support is only open Monday to Friday from 1:00 to 6:00 ET, which is narrow and inconvenient for most.


  • Minimum deposits from as little as $1
  • Considered safe and is regulated by top-tier governmental regulatory bodies
  • Stellar, easy-to-use trading platform
  • Generally low fees
  • Access to a large number of currency pairs and other asset classes


  • Access to forex and certain CFDs, but no access to cryptocurrencies
  • Customer service team is knowledgeable but slow
  • No negative balance protection on accounts

Is Oanda Safe?

Oanda is considered safe and is regulated by top-tier governmental bodies, such as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK, the US Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer (RFED), the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, among others. The firm also has a proven record of being transparent and disclosing its financial records.

Oanda homepage ScreenshotWhile the firm is registered with an impressively large amount of overseers, the firms protection of traders in the event of an account default is limited.

OANDA’s Market Insights

Oanda offers a market insights podcast from its very own market analyst Craig Erlam, who has over five years experience working as both a financial market analyst and trader.

Craig offers insights on fundamental and technical analysis, while conducting commentary from a macroeconomic perspective.

In the Year in Review podcast Craig, together with Panmure Gordon’s Chief Economist Simon French, and Economist Francis Coppola look at the 2019 financial markets, and make some 2020 market predictions.

In it, Craig discusses what he believes to be a certain kind of inertia in regards to BREXIT “and the rest”, and a sense of time wasted.

One of the defining features of the last 3 and a half years is that business investment has underperformed its long term trend in the U.K economy. This, allied with a poor improvement in the UKs balance of payments in trade, means that the UK has probably forfeited over that period of between 2-3% GPB.

So, the question to ask going into 2020 he suggests is; “how much recent political events will lead to a catch-up in that demand, or has some of that demand, or the majority of it been lost forever.”

The British Fatigue

Image of Pound SterlingThe podcast discusses the public’s sense of feeling fed-up with the ins and outs of the Westminster bubble, BREXIT fatigue, and whether or not that helped the conservative party win.

They suggest that people didn’t feel a sense of outstanding support, but instead, more a sense of ‘let’s just get this over the line and be done with’. People may have got caught, or lost in the noise, when it wasn’t that simple.

The analysts go on to discuss the possibility of there being a common sense of right – perhaps people felt like they’d made their beds and now they had to follow through with it. Ignoring that the economic consequences of this train of thought will stay with the U.K for a long time to come.

Craig refers to the amount of time that he’s had to tell clients that he didn’t know the answer. He says that the difficulty in the situation is that although the UK voted to leave the EU, they didn’t vote how to.

Image Symbolizing the Economic Cold WarThe Economic Cold-war

The analysts go on to discuss oil prices, and the shift that’s taken place. Craig states that it’s crucial to look at the last four years to see where the shift has come.

The effect that the Economic cold-war is having is mentioned, the battle between two economic powers in the world, China and the U.S and their constant battle for hegemony. The initial public obsession that Trump was hand in hand with Putin has died, they observe.

Why is There No Market Effect?

While this is all quite substantial stuff, none of it has really affected the markets; they haven’t reacted to Trump’s impeachment announcement or BREXIT.

Craig suggests this is because the market performance in 2019, for example, the equity market’s response, is being driven by the Federal Reserve, not the White House, and that most investors concluded they are guessing in terms of the next move; both in terms of the president and the impeachment, because it [the impeachment] likely won’t even go to full-term.

In terms of risk assets, the Federal Reserve has cut interest rates 3 times this year, and that’s enough to reallocate towards risks, and away from the fears that really stalked the market in 2019.

Proceed with Caution

The team concluded that the scale of the electoral victory means that Borris Johnson will likely be safe for 5 years, and in that environment businesses can plan with a degree more certainty, but not complete certainty, they caution.

There remains significant structural difficulties with U.K economy, from low productivity to structural deficits on both the trade and fiscal side to try and manage, along with BREXIT phase two negotiations, which means that the economic political risk factor has dialled down for investors.

Fees & Commissions

Oanda overall charges low fees, although their EUR/USD pair is higher than competitors. Oanda’s CFD fees are generally low in comparison to competitors, like FXCM and Pepperstone.

The firm tracks global pricing, but spreads can still be affected by market volatility and liquidity. Oanda offers transparent pricing, and traders can view current spreads and historical average spreads easily.

There is also a commission plus raw-spread model available for traders who meet the right criteria, which can work out cheaper than standard spreads. Oanda has a $0 minimum investment policy.

Inactivity Fees

Oanda’s inactivity fees are standard but they don’t charge a deposit fee. Withdrawal fees are good for credit/debit and PayPal, but the firm charges high bank withdrawal fees. There is also an inactivity fee of $10 per month once you have been inactive for 2 years, which is fair.

What OANDA Do Best

Desktop Experience

Screenshot of Oanda Trading PlatformOanda’s desktop experience, FXTrade is stellar. Users can speculate on quickly changing Forex pricing with fast execution features, no re-quotes and tight spreads from 0.00 pips*.

The platform allows users to access the firm’s trading instruments, live prices to trade major, minor and exotic instruments,advanced order types, and account analytics.

You can avail of charts with advanced studies from TradingView and MultiCharts, along with all the other standard features; including watch lists, some superb market analysis, and real-time news feeds.

With this, traders can speculate on Oanda’s MetaTrade4 (MT4) platform. MT4 offers excellent charting, watch lists, and studies through an expert advisor (EA) plugin.

Oanda Japan just announced the launch their MT5 platform on January 11th 2020.

Mobile Experience

Oanda offers an impressive app platform with good functionality, and is quite similar to the desktop version, enabling access to Oanda’s trading instruments, analytics, and advanced order types for traders on-the-go.

Oanda Mobile Trading InterfaceOanda also recently rolled out an updated mobile app which offers the option to “partially close” a functionality. To do it, just press the “reduce” button on an open trade and clarify the amount of units you want to partially close it by.

The firm regularly updates and improves its app and also recently improved its calander function; adding a 3-day schedule and therefore allowing traders to see whether markets are open or closed.

FXTraders mobile app includes charts, indicators, and the ability to trade straight from the chart. Everything else is impressively the same for a small platform.

Research Tools and Insights

Oanda’s research is top class and hits all the right points to create a high-quality, well-rounded offering that includes; expert economic analysis, live news feeds, calendars, and progressive data analytics.

The platform is quick, and robust, and is most suited to advanced traders, but all users can probably expect a bit of a learning curve before you can fully utilise it.

The Economic analysis, along with experts insights of current economic and political affairs in their podcast is a good way to spend 20 minutes of your morning.

The calendars include historical trend graphs, and have just been updated, as we mentioned. Also, more experienced traders will definitely appreciate the pattern matching engines and volatility analysis.

With the sheer pace of the financial markets traders have been looking to experts more than ever for their advice, predictions, and insights into the markets behaviour. The only downside is that everything can be a bit scattered and semi-difficult to locate.


Screenshot of Oanda Resources PageOanda’s educational offerings include videos and articles, with a section for beginners, as well as more advanced material for seasoned traders. Traders can take advantage of this learning section with topics on tools and trading strategies, capital management, and webinars and events.

Some of the written material can be a bit outdated, but the live webinars, and insights from experts definitely make up for it.

Special Features

Oanda’s selection of special features is exciting and earns the broker a lot of customer satisfaction awards each year by investment trends research. The only downside to it all is that it can take a while to master – but all good things do, right?

With Oanda’s analysis tools traders can create complex strategies that involve coding languages, visual market data, and analyse how economic news affects the market on charts. This is all of course, more suited to experienced traders with a good knowledge of the market and strategy creation.

Where OANDA Could Do Better

Investment Products

Oanda has a good selection of markets including bonds, indexes, commodities, and forex. But they are limited in certain categories. Oanda’s offer of 52 CFDs is below the number that some of its competitors offer, which could be anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000. However, Oanda do openly focus on Forex trading.

Customer Support

Oanda provides 24/7 customer support, but their live chat and mobile support is only open Monday to Friday from 1:00 to 6:00 ET, which is narrow and inconvenient for most. The support can be slow to respond, and waiting times are far too long, with some reaching 35 minutes. Overall the service just isn’t up to scratch.

That said, the customer service team is knowledgeable and helpful, once you get a hold of them.

How to Open an Account with OANDA

You can open an account with Oanda fairly quickly and easily, and there is no minimum deposit required. The online application consists of 7 short sections, and the approval can take from 1-3 days. You can also create a demo account if you would like to try it out first.

Account Type

Oanda has one main account type, but you can also get a premium account if you meet certain criteria. A premium account will give you access to discounted spreads, a partner platform subscription, and free wire transfers, plus commission accounts.

The Bottom Line

Oanda is a great option for experienced Forex traders with low fees, and a fantastic trading platform. It’s also regulated by 6 top-tier entities and has transparent pricing.

The firm offers excellent research tools and top class insights, along with a good educational section for both beginners and experienced traders, although the information can be a bit scattered.

Oanda’s customer support can have long waiting times, and its opening hours are quite inconvenient for most. The firm’s bank withdrawal fees are high, but this shouldn’t be too big an issue if you only withdraw once a month.

Lastly, Oanda’s product portfolio is limited to forex and CFDs, but if this is you then you might be on the money.

About Author

Tim Fries Tim Fries is the cofounder of The Tokenist. He has a B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Tim is also the co-founder of Protective Technologies Capital (protechcap.com).