Tickmill Review

Steven Hatzakis

Written by Steven Hatzakis
Edited by John Bringans
Fact-checked by Blain Reinkensmeyer

Tickmill is a run-of-the-mill MetaTrader broker that offers a limited selection of tradeable securities. Tickmill does offer very competitive commission-based pricing for professionals through its VIP and Pro accounts.

Tickmill pros & cons

Pros

Cons

Overall summary

Overall Rating4/5 Stars
Trust Score82
Offering of Investments3.5/5 Stars
Commissions & Fees5/5 Stars
Platform & Tools4/5 Stars
Research4/5 Stars
Mobile Trading4/5 Stars
Education4/5 Stars
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Offering of investments

Tickmill offers a total of 85 tradeable symbols encompassing CFDs on currency pairs, indices, metals, bonds, and cryptocurrencies. There are also at least 62 symbols available for futures and options trading which are all accessible through a separate dedicated account. The following table summarizes the different investment products available to Tickmill clients.

Cryptocurrency: Cryptocurrency trading at Tickmill is available through CFDs, but not available through trading the underlying asset (e.g. buying Bitcoin). Note: Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker’s U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents.
Forex Trading (Spot or CFDs)Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total)295
Forex Pairs (Total)62
U.S. Stock Trading (Non CFD)No
Int’l Stock Trading (Non CFD)No
Social Trading / Copy TradingYes
Cryptocurrency (Physical)No
Cryptocurrency (CFD)Yes
DisclaimersNote: Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker’s U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents (except to Professional clients).

Commissions and fees

Tickmill offers three accounts: Classic, Pro, and VIP. Bottom line: Tickmill is best for active and VIP traders, who have access to pricing that competes among the lowest-cost brokers in the industry.

Classic accounts: The Classic account is entirely commission-free – traders only pay the bid/ask spread. However, average spreads for the Classic account are much higher than Tickmill’s other two account types.

Spreads: Tickmill lists 0.07 pips as a typical spread for the EUR/USD on its Pro account for September 2021. It’s worth noting, however, that the all-in cost actually comes to 0.47 pips when factoring in the RT commission equivalent of 0.4 pips ($2 per side). It is also worth noting that Tickmill records typical spread data during normal market conditions (when spreads are narrower).

Pro account: The Pro and VIP accounts both have a per-trade commission, which is then added to lower prevailing spreads. With its low commission rate, low-cost spreads, and offering of 75 instruments and 62 currency pairs, the Pro account will be ideal for most traders.

VIP versus Pro accounts: Traders that choose Tickmill’s VIP account will need to maintain a minimum balance of $50,000, but will gain access to its low commission of $1 per standard lot (100,000 units) or $2 per Round-Turn (RT) – and effective spreads drop to 0.27 pips after commissions. The Pro account is available with just a $100 deposit, but commissions are twice as high at $4 per round-turn standard lot.

Active trader discounts: Tickmill offers three tiers for active traders, with rebates starting at $0.25 per standard lot (for up to 1,000 standard lots per month), and can go as high as $0.75 at tier-3 for those who trade more than 3,001 standard lots monthly.

Minimum Initial Deposit$100
Average Spread EUR/USD – Standard0.51 (August 2022)
All-in Cost EUR/USD – Active0.31 (August 2022)
Active Trader or VIP DiscountsYes
ACH or SEPA TransfersNo
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw)Yes
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw)Yes
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit)Yes
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw)Yes

Mobile trading apps

As Tickmill is a MetaTrader-only broker, iOS and Android versions of the MT4 and MT5 app (the latter in the U.K. only) come standard and are both available for download from the Apple App Store and Android Play store. It’s worth noting that Tickmill has launched a proprietary mobile app strictly for account management purposes (no trading).