Capital.com App Review 2020 – Pros & Cons Revealed

Capital.com is an online investment platform where you can buy and sell stocks and many other financial assets. It currently has around 360,000 clients in the UK, and a worldwide total of 788,000 clients who together last year traded $88 billion worth of financial assets.

The firm is a CFD broker. CFDs – contracts for differences – are used to provide exposure to asset classes. CFDs are financial instruments that track the value of an underlying asset, such as a share, ETF or an index fund. Capital.com uses CFD instruments to create markets for traders.

In our review of the Capital.com stock app we walkthrough how to get up and running, what’s on offer, and the user experience and features provided to help traders succeed. We also show you how to open a position and close it, and how the app presents the all-important margin, spread and overnight charges fees to the trader.

This review will use as its base the iOS app but the functionality and look and feel is similar to the Android version, albeit not exactly the same.

What is Capital.com?

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Capital.com is an online CFD broker with offices in UK, Cyprus and Belarus and a worldwide trading audience that last year traded more than $88 billion of financial assets.

It is part of a generation of new kids on the block among the CFD brokerage community.

The sector has been criticised by regulators in the past for promoting highly risky and unsuitable products to mainstream investors, some of whom will not understand the extent of the risks involved in trading on margin using leverage. But looking at this app, Capital.com is going the extra mile to communicate risk to its customers. Tight spreads and low charges have kept among the main contenders in the CFD broker space.

The brokerage has 788,000 clients. around the globe.

Capital.com was founded in 2010.

What Stocks Can You Trade on the Capital.com App?

The Capital.com stock app brings access to 3,000 markets you can trade on. The breakdown of instruments includes the following: 2427 stocks, 21 indices, 70 crypto, 28 commodities and 137 forex markets. That doesn’t add up to 3,000 but the figure is variable by region and this review is for the UK version of the app.

Finding stocks

capital.com app search

Finding stocks is effortless. Touch the search tab – the middle icon of the five tab bar icons along the bottom of the view. It brings up the field to enter your search query at the top as seen in the screenshot above.

Below the search bar is a helpful listing of easily accessed search groupings such as ‘top risers’, ‘top fallers’ and ‘most volatile’.

To search for a single stock by simply typing in its name of ticker if you know it. In the screenshot below a search for Tesla is being conducted. After typing the first three letters the stocks appears at the top of the list:

capital.com stock app search results

ETFs

capital.com app etf view

Exchange-traded funds industry ETFs are cheap (low management fees) providing access to asset classes by tracking and/or creating indices for assets. The issuer of the ETF directly buys asset or uses derivatives products to replicate the movement in prices of the asset. This has led to a proliferation of ETFs – at the end of 2019 there were  6,970 ETFs on the global market, according to data analytics firm Statista.

Today areas that have traditionally been hard to gain exposure to for ordinary traders and investors are now in reach, thanks to ETFs.

In the screenshot above, see the themes and sectors that ETFs are able to home in on and specialist areas. In the view above you get a flavour of this breadth: AI Powered Equity ETF – uses algos to guide portfolio management of equities

Take the ARK Innovation ETF listed above. It invests in companies that are “disruptive innovators”. Purchasing the ETF with Capital.com’s CFDs, will give you exposure to a portfolio that includes Tesla, Crispr, Square, Teladoc Health, Zillow and Roku among its top 10 holdings.

Other Asset Classes

Our Capital.com app review found that it has one of the most extensive number of markets in cryptocurrencies but not all of them are available through the app. The same would appear to be the case with many other instruments. Nevertheless the range and quality of available markets is still good.

Indices: 21 indices of various types are available on the app. To get to them, when on the Trade section (left button on tab bar at bottom of view), slide the category names left or right to find ‘indices’. Alternatively just swipe left or right to switch between instrument categories.

In addition to all the indices for the major markets, such as the FTSE 100 Dow Jones 30 and the S&P 500, there are also smaller ones like the Swiss SMI 20. Asian Indices include China exposure through the FTSE China A50.

Forex: Capital.com lists 137 major and minor currency pairs according to research by stockapps.com. Major pairs are those of the most heavily traded currencies globally.

In this section f the app there are buttons for the most popular currencies that can be scrolled through, just below the scrolling category names. Taping on a currency button will bring up all the market pairs for the currency.

Commodities: There are 28 commodities instruments to trade on. Markets include oil, gold, silver, coffee and palladium. But in addition to the ‘normal’ commodities, there are also ‘commodities options’ (oil, gold natural gas). In addition to all the major soft and hard commodities traded globally, there is an interesting inclusion of Carbon Emission, which tracks the spot price of the EUA carbon credits. The EUA is the European Union Allowance and is a tradeable unit. The holder of an EAU has the right to release one tonne of carbon dioxide or equivalent gases into the atmosphere.

Cryptocurrencies: There are 70 cryptocurrencies to trade which make among the most extensive number of markets among stock apps.

Cryptocurrencies are highly volatile, which is why traders have taken to the asset class. Again, not wanting to see demand go unaddressed, Plus500 has expanded it listing of cryptocurrencies to 11. Major crypto assets Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple are joined by lesser known coins such as Stellar and Quantum.

In common with many CFD brokers who perhaps need to wait to see how things develop before adding coin markets, are missing a trick in not listing some of the highly volatile assets of the DeFi (decentralised finance applications) projects such as Compound and Synthetix. However, that’s a minor criticism given the well-populated market listing.

Other categories of assets shown in the app, in addition to shares and those highlighted above are: Futures, thematic investments (for example, Berkshire 10 Index and US Cannabis Index) and oil markets (oil company shares).

Note: if a market is closed, this is indicated with a crescent moon icon in the top left corner of the instrument card.

Leverage levels by asset type

  • Major currency pairs 30:1
  • Minor currencies 20:1
  • Gold and major indices 20:1
  • Other commodities and minor equity indices 10:1
  • Stocks 5:1 for individual equities and other reference values
  • Cryptocurrencies 2:1

Capital.com Account Types

Our Capital.com review found that in the onboarding process, you are asked to choose between either setting up a CFD account or a spread betting account.

capital.com stock app account types

Capital.com has a spread betting account but it is not covered by this review.

A spread betting account must be bolted on as a separate account. Spread betting provides traders with exposure to the price movements of assets and gains are tax free as it is treated as a form of betting by UK tax authority, HM Revenue & Customs.

According to its website, there are three professional account types (standard, plus and premier) available from Capital.com. They come with a minimum deposit of $3,000.

However,  there is no mention of the pro accounts as far as the app is concerned – thee app is strictly a retail account, given the minimum deposit is £20.

Either select from the amounts shown in the grid or type ’20’ into the amount field and pay with your chosen method. See screenshot below:

CFD traders generally don’t hold the instruments for more than a matter days – or if talking about a day trader, hours – and the risks of leverage magnifying losses means it is best advised to deposit as much as you intend to trade, even if you don’t intend to open a position immediately.

Be sure to have sufficient funds available in your account to cover your positions should the profit and loss on your balance go into the red, but you expect the instrument(s) price to recover.

All accounts come with up to 30:1 leverage. Leverage is where traders borrow to enable them to allow a relatively small sum to set in motion and control a much larger position – this can magnify trading gains, but also losses.

Capital.com Fees and Charges

Capital.com charges 0% commission for trading, which begs the question where does it get its revenue from?

As is the case among its  CFD broking community peers, Capital.com make money from the spread on the quoted price. The bid-offer (bid-ask) spread is the difference between the buying and selling price and this is passed on to the trader through incorporation into the share price.

See below the costs associated with the FTSE 100 index market.

Capital.com Sell FTSE

The main charges to be concerned with are the margin and overnight charge.

Spreads

Our Capital.com app review found that spreads average about 0.6 pips but the exact level will depend on the instrument traded.

You can find the fee details in the market info section of an instrument, as seen above for the FTSE 100 CFD instrument.

CFD Trading

CFD trading is commission-free but there is the spread and non-trading fees, such as overnight charges and currency conversion to pay.

Because a CFD is issued by a financial institution and is a contract for a specificed time, there is effectively an interest charge levied by the trading platform, known as the overnight charge.

You can use leverage of up to 1:30 when trading CFDs, depending on the instrument type. Making use of leverage will add to your costs. Remember, leverage magnifies losses as well as profits. Trading CFDs on leverage is risky, even more so in periods of heightened market volatility.

There are no fees for deposit or wor for other feature essential features such as real-time quotes. Capital.com’s excellent educational materials also come free and include polished and informative videos integrated into the app.

Non-Trading Fees

Overnight Funding

Capital.com beats out its competitors with its lower charges for keeping positions open ‘overnight’ (when markets are closed). As with all such brokers, holding open positions on margin for clients entails incurring interest expenses. The amount to be paid depends on how long after the Overnight Funding Time a position is left open. The exact charges vary for each instrument.

With capital.com the charge is based on the leverage and not on the value of the total outstanding position.

Therefore to work out the overnight funding cost on Capital.com:

Trade leverage size x opening rate x daily overnight funding percentage.

See screenshot in CFD trading section above for the FTSE 100 CFD. See the details of the deal under ‘info’. Overnight funding percentage for sell orders (short) is 0.0136% and 0.0138% for buys (long).

Capital.com App User Experience

capital.com stock app landing page

When you open the app you are presented with a ‘tabbed’ layout as seen in the screenshot of the home screen below. The buttons are: trade; portfolio; search; news and account, and can always be reached from anywhere in the app.

At the top of the screen, left, is the real-time update of the funds in your account (equity) and on the right the running profit and loss position (in red or green) showing the profit and loss for your account,  (see screenshot below).

capital.com stock app p&l_demo_mode

The view presents individual instruments as cards in a scrolling view and you can swipe left and right to move between instrument categories such as ‘favourites’, ‘popular’ and ‘shares’.shares

A circular ‘watchlist’ button is always in view floating on the top level of stack, so you can quickly add instruments of interest.

Clicking on an instrument in the category view brings up the chart with sell and buy buttons underneath.

Scroll down to see the instrument’s market info covering the following areas:

  • trading hours
  • minimum size
  • overnight fee
  • leverage
  • margin
  • dynamic spread
  • type

Now let’s take a deep dive into the trading tool features.

Capital.com Trading Tools and Features

To assess the trading tools and features, let’s open a position in the FTSE 100.

Sell the FTSE 100 index CFD instrument at 5807 (the entry price is the level of the FTSE 100)

The smallest unit amount is 0.1. Let’s open a 1.0 point position.

With 10x leverage, the margin is £582.70 (a tenth of 5827 – the current level of the index).

The information the trader needs to know is presented graphically with a doughnut showing the margin as a proportion of the total value of the position.

capital.com sell ftse100 cfd

Shortly after opening the position, the trade is in profit by £43 this is the view in the portfolio view reached by touching the briefcase icon for the portfolio section.

Click the grey FTSE 100 button shown in the screenshot below and you are taken back to the instrument page for the FTSE 100 index.

capital.com app sell order ftse

The swish design implementation of the charting tools makes using the tools intuitive for the most part.

Touch the little square icon immediately below the table in the instrument page view and the chart expands to fill the screen. Here select the add button (bottom right) to select from the impressive array of indicators in addition to the usual drawing tools.

capital.com charts

Below is a screenshot of the landscape view. It is straightforward to add indicators to the chart – for the most part.

As you can see in the screenshot, setting a 200-day moving average was difficult using the slider – its sensitvity was such that the neearest I could get the moving average to 200 was 202 (see chart). When you touch the number to change it by inputting manually, whatever number you put in returns 1,000, so looks like there’s a bug that needs squashing there.

capital.com stock app charting features

Capital.com App Education, Research and Analysis

You can find the education in the app by going to ‘account’ and clicking ‘learn to trade’ from the list of account features.

Videos

Our Capital.com app review found that there are lots of videos covering everything from margin calls to types of charts.

capital.com educational videos

The videos are broken up into essentials, strategies for beginners and psychology and easily browsed through wiping horizontally (see screenshot above).

For some the videos alone will make Capital.com stand out from the crowd and the team are to be applauded for their commitment to educational resources and tools.

News algo

Capital.com has built a news algorithm into the app, where your recommendations are fed into AI systems to hone news content to fit your requirements.

Click on the headline card to open the news item:

capital.com news algo

Appreciated by those looking for an emphasis on research tools will be the integrated news feed. This innovative feature provides a prompt for the user to give a thumbs up or down asking for feedback from the user as to whether the news item was useful (see screenshot immediately above).

When you click on a news item it brings up a pop up containing either a news story clipping, headline, broker note reference or link.

With this information, the algorithm presumably acting on this data will recommend ever-more accurately aligned news items with your interests.

Learn To Trade video section is head and shoulders above much of the opposition in terms of investment in engaging educational tools, especially the appreciation of the importance of video for precisely this sort of educational role.

Capital.com App Bonus

There is a referral programme but this is not apparent until you fund the account: “Earn up to £250. Introduce like-minded traders and earn rewards” proclaims the app when you click on the ‘invite friends’ button that appears in the account view.

Give permission for the Capital.com app to access your contacts:

capital.com contact access permission

capital.com stock app referrals

To get paid for referrals, a friend must deposit at least £200 and make three trades.

The reward schedule is as follows:

  • Friend 1: £25
  • Friend 2: £25
  • Friend 3: £50
  • Friend 4: £50
  • Friend 5: £100

Your account is credited at the beginning of the month following the month of programme qualification.

Capital.com Demo Account

Our Capital.com app found that the demo account has most of the functionality of the live real money version. Many of the instruments under the ‘new category will not be available in the demo account. You can switch between the two easily from the account section.

capital.com stock app account view

A small but welcome touch is the blue badge that indicates when you are in demo mode – you don’t want to accidentally open a position when you thought you were in demo mode!

capital.com stock app demo mode

Capital.com Payments on the Stock App

You can opt out of depositing during the sign-up journey.

When in real money account, if you haven’t funded your account you will see a green wallet icon and the call to action: “Fund your account to start trading”

 

capital.com deposit £250

You will be asked to choose a payment system if you haven’t already done so:

capital.com payment systems

Deposits are accepted via three payment types (for UK customers), although these will vary depending on region:

  • Credit card/debit card
  • Apple Pay/Google Pay
  • Bank Transfer

The minimum deposit using the app is £20 and there are no deposit or withdrawal fees.

Capital.com Contact and Customer Service

First-rate customer service: telephone support, WhatsApp and Telegram, live chats and email.

This reviewer received a phone call after signing up, which is important in creating a bond of trust and reassurance for the customer knowing there is someone to reach out to –  alternatively, you might see it as a sales call (which of course it is) intrusion, and as such a nuisance.

Whether they are as quick at contacting you when there has been made an error made on a customers account may have a different response time compared to the firm looking to get new sign-ups trading as soon as possible.

Is Capital.com safe?

Capital.com is a profitable well run company so the platform is safe given its regulation by authorities in the UK (and in Cyprus by the CySEC).

How to Use the Capital.com App

App account creation walkthrough

capital.com app store

Step 1: Download and Install the Capital.com App

capital.com iOS app launchscreen

Enter your email and password:

capital.com email password

Select country of residence (and turn on notifications):

capital.com notifications

Complete the investor questionnaire. This questionnaire is used to set maximum leverage amounts and the minimum deposit amount, although this is not entirely clear.

capital.com signup congrats

Step 2: Open a Stock Trading Account

Enter name, residence and national insurance number:

Select account currency – GBP, EUR, USD:

capital.com currency

Your opportunity to read all relevant terms and conditions is found here. You can find out about client categorisation policy as well standard items such as a privacy policy. Click confirm once you are happy. Capital.com should be applauded for its transparency work here.

capital.com terms

Step 3: Deposit Funds

Choose payment method:

capital.com payment types2

Deposit  funds by selecting from the amounts shown or enter the minimum amount of £20:

capital.com stock app fund account

capital.com deposit 20

Step 4: Trade Stocks

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How to Sell on the Capital.com App

Sell stocks by either closing an open position or by hitting the red sell button on the instrument page to intate a new sell position.

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Capital.com Stock App Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Slick ‘swiping’ app design
  • Low £20 minimum deposit amount
  • Smooth and fast customer onboarding
  • Pay 0% commission when buying stocks, ETFs, and cryptocurrencies
  • 3,000 financial instruments to choose from
  • Competitive overnight charges
  • Educational videos
  • Fully featured demo account
  • Negative balance protection
  • Referral programme

Cons:

  • CFD broker customers lose more than 70% of their capital
  • Minimum fee amount not communicated clearly

The Verdict

Capital.com has won a number of industry awards in innovation and transparency from Shares magazine and The European newspaper, to name but two. You can see why with the attention to detail that brings to the fore all the most pertinent information ad data in a utility-packed and modern app.

Tight spreads and the policy of charging for overnight on leverage amount and not the total value of a position makes Capital.com highly competitive. Charges can eat into returns, which is one of the reasons why many traders are loathed to hold positions open between sessions.

Capital.com has one of the best trading apps among the growing cohort of CFD brokers and is certainly worth a spin. CFD trading is risky but this app does its best to help you not to make silly and costly mistakes with a well-stocked library of videos for beginners and intermediate levels to that is first-class.

Capital.com – Trade Stock CFDs with Tight Spreads

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FAQs

Is Capital.com available in the US?

Yes, but you won't be able to trade CFDs. Instead, you can only buy traditional assets like stocks and ETFs.

What stocks does Capital.com offer?

Capital.com offers over 3,000 financial instruments across al major markets markets.

Can you short-sell stocks on the Capital.com app?

Yes. In fact, you can short-sell all financial instruments offered on the app. On top of stocks, this also includes indices, ETFs, cryptocurrencies, bonds, and futures.

Is Capital.com regulated?

Yes, Capital.com is regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority and by the Cyprus financial regulator, CySEC. You are protected from platform failure up to the value of £85,000 through the UK government's Financial Services Compensation Scheme. The company has offices in London, Limassol (Cyprus) and Minsk (Belarus)

Is Capital.com available on iOS?

Yes, the Capital.com stock app is available on both Apple iOS and Android platforms.

About Gary McFarlane

Gary is financial editor and analyst at Finixio. Until July 2020 he was the cryptocurrency analyst at the UK's second-largest investment platform. He also worked for respected investment magazine Money Observer where he wrote on subjects as diverse as social trading and intellectual property protection. At Money Observer Gary initiated coverage of bitcoin in 2013. He writes widely on finance and investment and provides expert commentary to the national media.