Best Forex Brokers for 2023

Andy Rosen
By Andy Rosen 
Edited by Chris Davis

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Trading forex, which involves exchanging one currency for another on the foreign exchange market, involves a level of risk and complexity that you might not find in traditional investing. That's why it's especially important to choose a broker that helps you understand and navigate the potential costs and benefits associated with forex.

When selecting your forex broker, you should consider trading platforms and tools, the number of currency pairs offered, customer service and, of course, trading costs.

But comparing costs is tricky in forex trading. Some brokers charge a commission, while others are compensated with a spread, or a markup between the price they pay for an asset and what they sell it for.

That’s just one reason why the search for the best forex broker is complex. Another is that there are a variety of brokers, many of them unregulated or regulated in countries outside of the U.S. For our list of best currency trading brokers, we considered only those that are regulated by the National Futures Association and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Among the riskier elements of forex trading is the rapid pace at which transactions are carried out. Forex trades also often use high leverage, which means investors can quickly lose more than their initial investments.

Of course, leverage means you can also profit at the same speed, which — combined with liquidity — is what attracts investors to currency trading.

One suggestion: All of these brokers offer free demo accounts so you can test the market with virtual dollars. Dip a toe in with some play money before using your own cash.

Here are NerdWallet's top brokers for forex trading.

Best online brokers for trading forex 2023

Online broker

Details

Interactive Brokers Forex
NerdWallet rating 

on Interactive Brokers' website

4.9

Commission: 0.08 - 0.2 basis points, depending on trade volume.

Currency pairs: 100+

Account minimum: $0

TD Ameritrade Forex
NerdWallet rating 

on TD Ameritrade's website

4.8

Commission: Spread markup

Currency pairs: 70

Account minimum: $0

Ally Invest Forex
NerdWallet rating 

4.6

Commission: Spread markup

Currency pairs: 80

Account minimum: $250

4.3

Commission: Choice of spread markup or commission account. Commissions are $5 per 100,000 traded per side.

Currency pairs: 80+

Account minimum: $100

4.1

Commission: Choice of spread markup or commission account. Commissions are $5 per 100,000 traded per side. Trade sizes under or over 100,000 are charged on a pro rata basis with a minimum of $0.01 per trade.

Currency pairs: 70

Account minimum: $0

Neither the author nor editor held positions in the aforementioned investments at the time of publication.

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