When I compared the two the only reason why I stuck with ICmarkets is they have better options for REBATES. Effectively this is lowering my commission to $4.90 AUD RTL as opposed to Pepperstone that I could only get down to $5.50 RTL.
Both of them will have moments where there servers are down, however they say they will refund any losses (both have done so for me anytime I asked, but you have to ask first and these were only for small amounts $10-$50).
Only downside I see here is that they are small companies and therefore aren’t really brokers you would use for capital >$100,000.
I have a public Trade Explorer currently public for IC markets if you want to see an account on it.
Trading is a Zero sum game. Someone winning means someone losing.