Account opening at IC Markets is fully online and user-friendly.
This means that you can go through the registration process easily in front of your device.
Check out this comparison table to compare the rating and duration of IC Markets’s account opening process to its main competitors:
An account with an online broker is pretty much like a regular bank account and opening one is at least partly an online process. At some brokers it’s as quick as opening a new Gmail account, at other brokers it takes a couple of days until they do some background check on you. Rather than storing just money on it, you will hold your financial assets, such as shares or forex positions, on your account. Opening an account is always free of charge. To learn more about trading accounts, read our article on the topic.
There are a couple of other factors to consider when you are about to open an account at IC Markets. Here are the main pros and cons when it comes to registering at IC Markets:
Countries where IC Markets accounts can be opened
Fortunately, almost anyone can open an account at IC Markets. The few exceptions are typically residents of countries with unstable economic or political backgrounds.
Check out this table to see whether IC Markets is available for residents of the listed countries:
IC Markets account opening requirements
To be able to open an account with an online broker, you are generally required to provide proof of identity and proof of residency. Ideally, this process is completely digital. The difficulty is that some brokers eventually require physical copies of your documents.
IC Markets accepts the following documents for identification purposes:
Proof of identity: national ID / passport / driver’s license
Proof of residency: bank statement / utility bill / credit card statement / tax statement from last 3 months
Account opening at IC Markets is fully digital, so you can go through the entire identification process on the company’s web platform.
Once registration and the account opening process are done, you will first need to transfer the minimum deposit to your brokerage account from your bank account to be able to start trading.
The minimum deposit at IC Markets is $200.
Check the following comparison table to see how IC Markets stacks up against similar brokers when it comes to minimum deposits:
Account types at IC Markets
One important choice to make when you open a new account is the “type” of account to create. Each of these has specific requirements and features. Most online brokers offer accounts varying based on your identity or experience, the nature of traded products, available currencies, and included features such as personal investment advice. Of course, each broker company will offer slightly different packages.
You can trade at IC Markets in 10 different base currencies. This is convenient because if your bank account’s currency is the same as any of the base currencies, you won’t have to pay a conversion fee.
But even if your account’s currency is not offered by IC Markets, you can save on conversion fees by opening a multi-currency bank account. 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. You can read more about brokerage fees in this article.
See the following table on how IC Markets’s base currency selection compares to its main competitors
The steps of account opening
The specific process of opening an account at IC Markets might differ slightly from the one detailed here, but generally the process involves the following steps:
- Choose your account
Before you would submit any of your personal information, make sure you have selected the right type of brokerage account for you. Make your choice on the registration page and then proceed to the next step.
- Add personal info
The next step is to go through the basic information questionnaire. You will have to provide your name, birth date, address, nationality, employment and other similar info. The complexity of this step depends on the broker you chose. You will also have to answer some security questions to make sure you are legally allowed to trade, as well as some questions on your trading experience.
- Identify yourself
In this part of the process, the broker website will ask you to scan and upload your proof of identity. This can be a passport, an ID card or a bank statement; exact requirements vary by broker. Some online brokers will ask you to mail them physical copies of your documents. This can drag out the account opening process a lot.
- Seal the deal
Once you’ve made it through basic registration and identification, you will have a chance to review the information you provided, and then sign a virtual contract after agreeing to the terms and conditions of the broker you chose.
- Fund your account
Once your account is confirmed and opened, you can start trading. Transfer the minimum deposit, or if there is none, any amount of money to your broker account and let’s roll! You are now an investor!