TMGM Review 2023

  • 8.6

TMGM review summary

Australian TMGM is a good choice if you are content with CFD/forex trading only and prefer MetaTrader platforms. It has a very strong selection of stock CFDs and a decent offering of forex pairs and stock index CFDs, all at low fees. It’s easy to open and fund your account, and the $100 minimum deposit is reasonable. Still, the lack of assets outside forex, CFDs and crypto will likely deter long-term investors, and the MetaTrader platform is not everyone’s favorite thanks to poor design and limited functionality. Casual traders will be stung by a steep inactivity fee that kicks in after six months or if your account balance is too low.

TMGM falls under high-quality regulation from the financial authorities of Australia and New Zealand, among others.

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TMGM is available in Pakistan

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TMGM pros and cons

Pros Cons
Low forex fees Slim product portfolio
Easy and fast account opening Limited research and educational tools
Free deposit and withdrawal Inactivity fee
I would recommend TMGM to traders from Down Under but also elsewhere who are looking for a massive stock CFD selection and competitive fees. I appreciated the option to make deposits from popular multi-currency apps such as Revolut or Wise, especially as TMGM supports only a few account base currencies. Because of the inactivity fee, I would recommend TMGM to those who are planning to trade actively.
 
Gergely Korpos
Co-founder / CPO

TMGM main highlights

🗺️ Country of regulationAustralia, Vanuatu, New Zealand
💰 Trading fees classLow
💰 Inactivity fee chargedYes
💰 Withdrawal fee amount$0
💰 Minimum deposit$100
🕖 Time to open an account1 day
💳 Deposit with bank cardAvailable
👛 Depositing with electronic walletAvailable
💱 Number of base currencies supported6
🎮 Demo account providedYes
🛍️ Products offeredForex, CFD, Crypto

To read much more details about the broker’s services and features, expand on the sections below.

Our overall TD Ameritrade Review rating
  • 8.6

  • Fees
    8.8
  • Account opening
    10
  • Deposit and withdrawal
    8.6
  • WebTrading platform
    5.6
  • Mobile trading platform
    7.6
  • Desktop trading platform
    6.8
  • Markets and products
    4.4
  • Research
    8
  • Customer service
    10
  • Education
    6
TMGM review

Fees

TMGM has low forex and CFD fees. While TMGM doesn’t charge a fee for withdrawals, there’s an inactivity fee if you don’t trade for more than six months.

Pros Cons
Low trading fees Inactivity fee
Low forex fees
No withdrawal fee
TMGM fees snapshot
Assets Fee level Fee terms
EURUSD Low Edge account: $3.50 commission per lot per trade plus spread cost. 0.1 pips is the average spread cost during peak trading hours.
GBPUSD Low Edge account: $3.50 commission per lot per trade plus spread cost. 0.3 pips is the average spread cost during peak trading hours.
S&P 500 CFD Low Edge pricing: The fees are built into the spread, 0.2 points is the spread cost during peak trading hours.
Inactivity fee Low $30 inactivity fee per month if your account balance falls below $500 or if it remains inactive for over six months

How we ranked fees

We ranked TMGM’s fee levels as low, average or high based on how they compare to those of all reviewed brokers.

First, let’s go over some basic terms related to broker fees. What you need to keep an eye on are trading fees and non-trading fees.

  • Trading fees occur when you trade. These can be commissions, spreads, financing rates and conversion fees.
  • Non-trading fees include charges not directly related to trading, like withdrawal fees or inactivity fees.

In the sections below, you will find the most relevant fees of TMGM for each asset class. For example, in the case of forex and stock index trading the most important fees are spreads, commissions and financing rates.

We also compared TMGM’s fees with those of two similar brokers we selected, Fusion Markets and IC Markets. This selection is based on objective factors such as products offered, client profile, fee structure, etc. See a more detailed rundown of TMGM alternatives.

To have a clear overview of TMGM, let’s start with the trading fees.

TMGM trading fees

TMGM’s trading fees are low. There are different cost structures for different account types. We tested the ‘ECN Edge’ account.

We know it’s hard to compare trading fees for forex brokers. So how did we approach the problem of making their fees clear and comparable? We compare brokers by calculating all the fees of a typical trade for selected products.

We chose popular instruments in each asset class usually provided by forex brokers:

  • Forex: EURUSD, GBPUSD, AUDUSD, EURCHF and EURGBP
  • Stock index CFDs: SPX and EUSTX50

A typical trade means buying a leveraged product, holding it for one week and then selling. For the volume, we chose a $20,000 position for forex and a $2,000 position for stock index and stock CFD transactions. The leverage we used was:

  • 30:1 for forex
  • 20:1 for stock index CFDs

This catch-all benchmark fee includes spreads, commissions and financing costs for all brokers. Let’s see the verdict for TMGM fees.

Forex fees

TMGM forex fees are generally low and in line with main competitors.

TMGM forex benchmark fees of a $20,000 30:1 long position held for one week
TMGM Fusion Markets IC Markets
EURUSD benchmark fee $14.0 $5.2 $12.1
GBPUSD benchmark fee $8.9 $3.2 $6.1
AUDUSD benchmark fee $6.6 $2.5 $7.0
EURCHF benchmark fee $5.0 $3.6 $1.2
EURGBP benchmark fee $11.8 $5.7 $8.2

CFD fees

TMGM has low CFD trading fees.

TMGM CFD fees for a $2,000 long position held for one week
TMGM Fusion Markets IC Markets
S&P 500 index CFD fee $0.2 $1.3 $2.4
Europe 50 index CFD fee $0.2 $1.2 $2.4

Non-trading fees

TMGM’s non-trading fees are mixed. There are no deposit or account fees. However, there is a $30 inactivity fee if your account balance falls below $500 or if it remains inactive for over six months.

There is no fee for withdrawing funds using credit/debit cards or electronic wallets.

TMGM non-trading fees
TMGM Fusion Markets IC Markets
Account fee No No No
Inactivity fee Yes No No
Deposit fee $0 $0 $0
Withdrawal fee $5 $0 $0
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Account opening

The account opening process at TMGM is user-friendly and fully digital. It was also very quick, as our account was approved within a day.

Pros Cons
Fast None
Fully digital
Low minimum deposit

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TMGM accepts customers from all around the world. One notable exception is the United States.

What is the minimum deposit at TMGM?

The required TMGM minimum deposit is $100. This is considered low since there are brokers that require a minimum of $2,000 or more.

Account types

TMGM provides two account types, with different pricing.

TMGM account types
 ECN EdgeECN Classic
Commission per lot (round turn*)$7$0
Spread0.0 pips1.0 pip
Trading platformMT4MT4
Available accounts by ownershipIndividual, CorporateIndividual, Corporate
Islamic account available**YesYes

*Round turn means that you open and close the position.
**Also called swap-free accounts.

How to open your account

The TMGM account opening process is easy and fully digital. The online application takes roughly 10-15 minutes, while our account was approved within one business day. 

The four steps of TMGM account opening:

  1. Provide some contact information, like your email address.
  2. Fill out your personal information, like your date of birth and address.
  3. Choose the account type and the base currency.
  4. Verify your identity and residency by uploading a copy of your passport or ID, and a bank statement or utility bill. 

TMGM review – Account opening

Our best alternatives to TMGM are:

The highest ranking competitors are:

  1. Fusion Markets full review
  2. IC Markets full review
  3. Vantage full review
  4. Pepperstone full review
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Deposit and withdrawal

TMGM’s depositing and withdrawal services are great. Many options are available for moving your money in and out, and they are free of charge.

Pros Cons
Credit/Debit card available Minor currencies not accepted
Free withdrawal
No deposit fee

Account base currencies

At TMGM, you can choose from 6 base currencies. These are: AUD, USD, EUR, GBP, NZD, CAD.

This account base currency selection is a bit more limited than at the compared brokers.

Base currencies at TMGM vs similar brokers
TMGM Fusion Markets IC Markets
Number of base currencies 6 8 10

Why does this matter? For two reasons. If you fund your trading account in the same currency as your bank account or you trade assets in the same currency as your trading account base currency, you don’t have to pay a conversion fee.

A convenient way to save on currency conversion fees is by opening a multi-currency bank account at a digital bank. These 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.

Deposit fees and options

TMGM deposits are free of charge. Besides bank transfer, you can deposit funds in your account using credit/debit cards or the following electronic wallets:

  • Revolut
  • Wise
  • Paytrust
  • Neteller
  • Sticpay
  • Skrill
  • Fasapay
  • UnionPay
  • RMB Instant
  • Broker to Broker
TMGM deposit options
TMGM Fusion Markets IC Markets
Bank transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/debit card Yes Yes Yes
Electronic wallets Yes Yes Yes

A bank transfer can take several business days, while payment with a credit/debit card is instant.

You can only deposit money from accounts that are in your name.

TMGM review – Deposit and withdrawal – Deposit

TMGM withdrawal fees and options

TMGM charges no fees for withdrawal. However, you should calculate with a $20-30 bank processing fee if you use withdrawal by bank transfer to outside Australia.

Similarly to deposits, you can use bank transfer, credit/debit cards and electronic wallets to withdraw funds from your account.

TMGM withdrawal fees and options
TMGM Fusion Markets IC Markets
Bank transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/debit card Yes Yes Yes
Electronic wallets Yes Yes Yes
Withdrawal fee $0 $0 $0

How long does it take to withdraw money from TMGM? We tested the debit card withdrawal and it took 1 business day.

You can only withdraw money to accounts in your name.

How do you withdraw money from TMGM?

  • Once logged in to your account, select ‘Finances’ in the menu.
  • Select ‘Withdrawal’.
  • Choose a withdrawal option. 
  • Fill out the form and click ‘Submit’.
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Web trading platform

TMGM uses the MetaTrader web trading platform. It is highly customizable and has a clear fee report, but its design is outdated and it lacks a two-step login and price alerts.

Pros Cons
Clear fee report No two-step (safer) login
Good customizability (for charts, workspace) No price alerts
Order confirmation Poor design
TMGM platforms to choose from
Trading platformScoreAvailable
Web
2.8
stars
Yes
Mobile
3.8
stars
Yes
Desktop
3.4
stars
Yes

TMGM doesn’t have its own self-developed trading platform, it offers two third-party platformsMetaTrader 4 and IRESS. We reviewed MetaTrader 4 because it is the most widely used. 

MetaTrader 4 is available in an exceptionally large number of languages.

TMGM web trading platform languages
Arabic Bulgarian Chinese Croatian Czech Danish
Dutch English Estonian Finnish French German
Greek Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Indonesian Italian
Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Malay Mongolian
Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian
Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swedish Tajik Thai
Traditional Chinese Turkish Ukrainian Uzbek Vietnamese  

Look and feel

The MetaTrader web trading platform has great customizability. It is easy to change the size and the position of the tabs.

However, the platform feels outdated and some features are hard to find. For example, it took some time until we found how to add an asset to the watchlist.

TMGM review – Web trading platform

Login and security

TMGM provides only a one-step login. A two-step authentication would be more secure.

Search functions

The search functions are OK. You can find the assets listed by category. However, we missed the usual search function where you can type in the asset’s name manually.

TMGM review – Web trading platform – Search

Placing orders

You can use the basic order types, but you will not find very sophisticated orders like ‘one-cancels-the-other.’ The following order types are available:

  • Market
  • Limit
  • Stop-loss

If you are not familiar with order types, read this overview.

There are also order time limits you can use:

  • Good ’til canceled (GTC)
  • Good ’til time (GTT)

TMGM review – Web trading platform – Order panel

Alerts and notifications

You can’t set alerts and notifications on the MetaTrader web trading platform of TMGM. This feature is available on the mobile and desktop trading platform.

Portfolio and fee reports

TMGM has clear portfolio and fee reports available on MT4. You can easily see your profit-loss balance and the commissions you paid. These reports can be found under the ‘History’ tab, but we didn’t find a way to download them.

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Mobile trading platform

TMGM has a great mobile trading platform, provided by MetaTrader 4. It is well-designed and user-friendly, but lacks a more secure login.

Pros Cons
User-friendly No two-step (safer) login
Good search function No Touch/Face ID login
Price alerts

Similarly to the web trading platform, TMGM offers MetaTrader 4 as a mobile trading platform. MetaTrader 4 is available for both iOS and Android, and we tested it on both. It can be also downloaded by QR code from the App Store and Google Play.

After you download the MT4 mobile trading platform, you have to access the TradeMaxGlobal-Live3 server. 

Just like at the web trading platform, you can choose from many languages on the mobile trading platform. Changing the language is a bit tricky on Android devices: you can do it only if you change the default language of your mobile.

TMGM mobile trading platform languages
Arabic Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Czech English
French German Greek Hindi Indonesian
Italian Japanese Korean Polish Portuguese
Portuguese (Brazil) Russian Spanish Thai Turkish
Ukrainian Vietnamese      

Look and feel

TMGM has a great mobile trading platform in MT4, we really liked its design and user-friendliness. You will easily find every feature.

TMGM review – Mobile trading platform

Login and security

Similarly to the web trading platform, the app provides only a one-step login. A two-step login would be more secure.

You can’t use fingerprint or Face ID authentication. Providing this feature would be more convenient.

Search functions

The search functions are good. You can search by typing the name of the product or by navigating the category folders.

TMGM review – Mobile trading platform – Search

Placing orders

You can use the same order types and order time limits as on the web trading platform. 

TMGM review – Mobile trading platform – Order panel

Alerts and notifications

You can set alerts and notifications on the mobile trading platform.

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Desktop trading platform

In design and functionality, TMGM’s MetaTrader 4 desktop platform is almost the same as the web trading platform. One major difference is that you can set price alerts.

Pros Cons
Clear fee report No two-step (safer) login
Good customizability (for charts, workspace) Poor design
Price alerts

TMGM offers MetaTrader 4 as a desktop trading platform.

It has the same design, languages, order types (with the addition of trailing stop), same search functions, and portfolio and fee reports as the web trading platform.

The major difference is that you can set alerts and notifications in the form of mobile push or email notifications on the desktop trading platform. To set email or mobile notifications, you have to add your email address and mobile MetaQuotes ID (you can find it in the MT4 app’s settings). You can add them if you go to ‘Tools’ and then ‘Options’.

Look and feel

TMGM’s desktop trading platform is OK. The desktop platform is customizable.

TMGM review – Desktop trading platform

Login and security

TMGM provides only a one-step login. A two-step authentication would be more secure.

Portfolio and fee reports

TMGM has clear portfolio and fee reports available on MetaTrader 4. You can easily see your profit-loss balance and the commissions you paid. These reports can be found under the ‘Account History’ tab: right-click on a position, then choose ‘Save as Detailed Report’.

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Markets and products

At TMGM, you can trade only forex, CFDs and cryptos. This means that many popular asset classes, like real stocks and ETFs, are not available.

TMGM is primarily a forex broker, but it also provides some CFDs and cryptos for trading. To learn more about CFDs please read our CFD trading tips.

Disclaimer: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 68% 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.

TMGM’s stock CFD selection is very extensive, while forex, crypto, and other CFD product offerings are mostly in line with competitors.

TMGM product selection
TMGM Fusion Markets IC Markets
Currency pairs (#) 50 85 61
Stock index CFDs (#) 47 18 25
Stock CFDs (#) 12,000 110 2,100
ETF CFDs (#) 40
Commodity CFDs (#) 5 25 22
Bond CFDs (#) 10
Cryptos (#) 12 14 23

*Stock CFDs are available only on the IRESS platform.

You can change leverage levels, which is great.

Changing the leverage is a very useful feature when you want to lower the risk of your trade. Always be careful with forex and CFD trading, as preset leverage levels may be too high.

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Research

TMGM has user-friendly research tools, from trading ideas to an upgraded newsfeed. As a plus, there is a good economic calendar.

Pros Cons
Trading ideas None
User-friendly
Good economic calendar

We tested the research tools available on the MetaTrader platform.

Trading ideas

TMGM provides trading ideas through Trading Central, a third-party research provider. The ideas are based purely on technical analysis and cover FX pairs. There is a detailed definition about the pattern. The actual trend is indicated with a target.

TMGM review – Research – Recommendations

Fundamental data

TMGM offers some fundamental data through an economic calendar. You can filter for countries as well as by data importance, which is a useful tool for forex traders.

TMGM review – Research – Recommendations

Charting

MetaTrader has OK charting tools. You can use 31 technical indicators and other tools, such as trendlines, Fibonacci retracements and channels.

TMGM review – Research – Charting

News feed

We liked TMGM’s news feeds, provided by Trading Central. You can find them under the ‘Market Buzz’ section, which includes various tools, such as:

  • split
  • orientation
  • trend analysis
  • news volume
  • most discussed topics
  • sentiment
  • subjectivity
  • confidence index

Not only can you filter the news feeds for a specific asset, but you are also shown a sentiment score for that asset. For example, if all the articles are bullish/positive, then a 100% positive score is given.

Additionally, there’s a tool called Trend Analysis that bluntly says if the asset “might fall” or “might rise”, and by what percentage. The somewhat sensationalist headline is based on technical analysis by AI software that is also presented among trading ideas.

Overall, we wouldn’t say that the quality of the information presented in ‘Market Buzz’ is good enough to base your trading decisions on, but it’s still much more useful compared with other MetaTrader brokers’ news feeds.

TMGM review – Research – Recommendations

Other research tools you may enjoy

You can use a great research tool for testing your strategy with relation to automated trading. It is called Strategy Tester and you can find it by clicking on ‘View’ and selecting ‘Strategy Tester’.

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Customer service

TMGM has great phone, email and live chat support., which is accessible 24/7.

Pros Cons
Live chat None
Fast response time
Relevant answers

You can contact TMGM via:

  • Live chat
  • Email
  • Phone

TMGM has great live chat support. It is fast and we always received relevant responses. We also liked that they asked for feedback about the support.

Phone support was helpful and we received detailed answers.

Email support is quick and helpful. We sent three emails and got useful and relevant answers for all of them within a day.

TMGM review – Customer Service

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Education

TMGM provides quality educational texts, webinars and you can use a demo account. On the other hand, there are no tutorial videos and general educational videos.

Pros Cons
Demo account No trading platform tutorial videos
Quality educational texts in blog No educational videos
Webinars

TMGM Academy includes quality educational texts separated into 3 categories:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

There are chapters within these categories, and each chapter has a quiz, so you can test your knowledge.

TMGM review – Education – Quality educational texts

TMGM also provides a demo account as an educational tool.

TMGM review – Education – Demo

Webinars are also available where you can meet the legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. You can expect to see Buffon giving out his best tips, strategies & stock picks right here.

TMGM review – Education – Webinar

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Safety

TMGM is regulated by several financial authorities, including the top-tier ASIC. On the negative side, there is no investor protection, although TMGM does provide AUD 2.5 million single insurance coverage.

Pros Cons
Regulated by the top-tier ASIC Not listed on stock exchange
Negative balance protection No investor protection by regulators

Is TMGM regulated?

Yes, it is regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the New Zealand Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC).

Is TMGM safe?

To be certain if a brokerage is safe, we highly advise that you check two facts:

  • how you are protected if something goes wrong
  • what the background of the broker is

How you are protected

Depending on your country of residency, your account will be opened at one of TMGM’s three legal entities.

TMGM investor protection
Country of clientProtection amountRegulationLegal entity
AustraliaNo protectionAustralian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)Trademax Australia Limited
New ZealandNo protectionFinancial Markets Authority (FMA)Trademax Global Markets (NZ)
All other countriesNo protectionVanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC)TradeMax Golbal Limited

TMGM provides negative balance protection. If the balance on your account goes into negative, you will be protected.

Background

TMGM was established in 2013. The longer track record a broker has, the more proof we have that it has successfully survived previous financial crises.

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Bottom line

TMGM’s forex fees are low, and account opening is fast and easy. Deposits and withdrawals are free of charge, and the process is user-friendly.

On the other hand, the product portfolio covers only forex and CFDs. In addition, clients are not covered by any investor protection.

Feel free to try TMGM, as you can easily open an account within a day.

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FAQ

We recommend TMGM for forex traders who prefer the metatrader platform.

Below you can find links to all aspects of TMGM in this comprehensive collection.

Lower fees, lower costs?

We detailed this in our TMGM fees article.

What about the minimum deposit?

Our ultimate guide to the TMGM minimum deposit is updated regularly.

How to start your TMGM account?

Look no further than our evaluation of the TMGM account opening.

How’s their trading app?

Here’s our expert view after checking the TMGM trading app.

Is the quality of customer service satisfactory?

All you need to know about the TMGM customer service.

Legit or scam?

Is TMGM legit features all the key aspects you need to look at to see if a broker is safe and legit.

Free or premium? Or both?

A glance at actual costs and whether TMGM is really free.

Is this broker good for beginners?

We checked it in Is TMGM good for beginners.

Should you buy your silver bullets on TMGM?

Research for silver bugs in the Silver buy on TMGM guide

I want to trade options, are they available at TMGM?

We explored the topic in Can you trade options on TMGM?

What is the minimum account balance at TMGM?

Check out the current account balance requirements at TMGM in our What is the minimum account balance at TMGM article.

Looking for commission and fees data for TMGM?

We collected them in TMGM commission and fees.

How do you withdraw money from TMGM?

We tested it and collected the options and costs in How to withdraw money on TMGM.

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