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Minimum Deposit
USD 100
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Equities
  • ETFs
TYPE OF BROKER

Market Maker

REGULATED BY
ASIC ASIC
FSCA FSCA
B.V.I FSC B.V.I FSC
FSA FSA
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • WebTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • POLi
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Paypal
  • Bank Transfer
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.7 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 50+
Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
Islamic 1.3 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
Professional 1.3 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
Retail 1.3 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Equities
  • ETFs
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • WebTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • POLi
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Paypal
  • Bank Transfer
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.7 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 50+
Minimum Deposit
USD 5
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Equities
  • Energies
TYPE OF BROKER

Market Maker

REGULATED BY
CySEC CySEC
FCA FCA
ASIC ASIC
IFSC IFSC
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • WebTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Sofort Banking
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Bitcoin
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.0 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 55+
Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
Micro 1.0 pips None Instant USD 5 Account Details
Standard 1.0 pips None Instant USD 5 Account Details
XM Zero 0.6 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Equities
  • Energies
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • WebTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Sofort Banking
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Bitcoin
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.0 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 55+
Minimum Deposit
USD 200
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Equities
TYPE OF BROKER

Market Maker

REGULATED BY
CySEC CySEC
FCA FCA
ASIC ASIC
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • etoro
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Neteller
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 2.0 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 47
Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
Professional 1.0 pips None Market EUR 200 Account Details
Standard 1.0 pips None Market USD 200 Account Details
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Equities
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • etoro
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Neteller
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 2.0 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 47
Minimum Deposit
USD 100
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
TYPE OF BROKER

Market Maker

REGULATED BY
CySEC CySEC
ASIC ASIC
FSCA FSCA
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • Plus500
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Skrill
  • Paypal
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.7 pips
  • Currency Pairs :
Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
Standard 0.0 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • Plus500
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Skrill
  • Paypal
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.7 pips
  • Currency Pairs :
Minimum Deposit
USD 200
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Energies
TYPE OF BROKER

ECN/STP

REGULATED BY
FCA FCA
ASIC ASIC
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • cTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Skrill
  • Paypal
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : Variable pips
  • Currency Pairs : 80+
Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
Razor 0.0 pips AUD$ 7 ECN USD 200 Account Details
Standard 1.0 pips None ECN USD 200 Account Details
Swap-free 1.0 pips None ECN USD 200 Account Details
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Energies
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • cTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Skrill
  • Paypal
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : Variable pips
  • Currency Pairs : 80+
Minimum Deposit
USD 5
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Equities
  • Energies
  • Bonds
TYPE OF BROKER

ECN/STP

REGULATED BY
CySEC CySEC
FCA FCA
FSCA FSCA
DFSA DFSA
FSC FSC
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • WebTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Bitcoin
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.0 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 51
Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
Islamic 1.0 pips None Market USD 5 Account Details
Premium 1.0 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
Zero 0.0 pips $3.00 Market USD 200 Account Details
HFCopy 1.0 pips Mone Market USD 300 Account Details
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Equities
  • Energies
  • Bonds
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • WebTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Bitcoin
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.0 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 51
Minimum Deposit
USD 100
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Metals
  • Equities
  • Energies
  • ETFs
  • Bonds
  • Blends
TYPE OF BROKER

Market Maker

REGULATED BY
CySEC CySEC
ASIC ASIC
FSCA FSCA
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • WebTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Paypal
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.9 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 50+
Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
LIve 0.9 pips None Market GBP 100 Account Details
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Metals
  • Equities
  • Energies
  • ETFs
  • Bonds
  • Blends
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • WebTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Paypal
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.9 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 50+
Minimum Deposit
USD 100
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Equities
  • Energies
  • Futures
TYPE OF BROKER

NDD Intervention Market Maker

REGULATED BY
FCA FCA
CySEC CySEC
FSCA FSCA
DFSA DFSA
SCB SCB
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • WebTrader
  • cTrader
  • FxProEdge
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.6 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 70+
Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
FxPro cTrader 0.45 pips $4.50 Market USD 100 Account Details
FxPro MT4 1.2 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
FxPro MT5 1.52 pips None Market USD 100 Account Details
Islamic 1.2 pips Variable Market USD 100 Account Details
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Equities
  • Energies
  • Futures
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • WebTrader
  • cTrader
  • FxProEdge
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.6 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 70+
Minimum Deposit
USD 100
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Vanilla Options
TYPE OF BROKER

Market Maker

REGULATED BY
CySEC CySEC
ASIC ASIC
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • WebTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Sofort Banking
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Astropay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.9 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 103
Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
Islamic 1.9 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
Standard 1.9 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
Premium 1.4 pips None Instant USD 2000 Account Details
VIP 0.9 pips None Instant USD 10000 Account Details
Super VIP 1.2 pips None Instant USD 50000 Account Details
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Vanilla Options
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • WebTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Sofort Banking
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Astropay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.9 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 103
Minimum Deposit
USD 10
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Equities
TYPE OF BROKER

ECN/STP

REGULATED BY
CySEC CySEC
FCA FCA
FSCA FSCA
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • WebTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Bitcoin
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : Flexible
  • Min. Spread : 0.1 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 59
Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
Cent Account 1.5 pips None Instant USD 10 Account Details
Standard Account 1.3 pips None Instant USD 100 Account Details
ECN Zero Account 1.5 pips None Market USD 200 Account Details
ECN Account 0.1 pips $2.00 Market USD 500 Account Details
FXTM Pro Account 0.0 pips None Market USD 25000 Account Details
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Equities
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • WebTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Bitcoin
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : Flexible
  • Min. Spread : 0.1 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 59
Minimum Deposit
USD 50
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Bonds
  • Interest Rates
TYPE OF BROKER

Market Maker

REGULATED BY
FCA FCA
ASIC ASIC
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • WebTrader
  • ATPro
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • PayID
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • BPay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.7 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 84+
Minimum Deposit
USD 100
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Bonds
TYPE OF BROKER

STP

REGULATED BY
ASIC ASIC
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • WebTrader
  • IRESS
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Paypal
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Fasapay
  • BPay
  • PaySec
  • POLi
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.1 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 50+
Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
RAW 0.0 pips $3.50 STP USD 100 Account Details
Standard 1.0 pips None STP USD 100 Account Details
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Metals
  • Bonds
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • WebTrader
  • IRESS
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Paypal
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Fasapay
  • BPay
  • PaySec
  • POLi
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.1 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 50+
Minimum Deposit
USD 200
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Equities
  • Bonds
  • Futures
TYPE OF BROKER

True ECN

REGULATED BY
CySEC CySEC
ASIC ASIC
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • WebTrader
  • cTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Paypal
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.1 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 60
Account Spread From Commission Execution Min. Deposit
Standard - MetaTrader 1.0 pips None Market USD 200 Account Details
True ECN - cTrader 0.0 pips $3.00 Market USD 200 Account Details
True ECN - MetaTrader 0.0 pips $3.50 Market USD 200 Account Details
TRADING INSTRUMENTS
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Forex
  • Indicies
  • Equities
  • Bonds
  • Futures
TRADING PLATFORMS
  • MetaTrader4
  • MetaTrader5
  • WebTrader
  • cTrader
DEPOSIT METHODS
  • Bank Transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Paypal
  • Unionpay
Trading Conditions
  • Max. Leverage : 30:1
  • Min. Spread : 0.1 pips
  • Currency Pairs : 60

Critical Factors In Choosing a Forex Broker

  • Regulation is a critical factor when choosing a broker. Make sure your broker is regulated by either the FCA, CySEC or ASIC. In the UK, it’s especially important that your broker is regulated by the FCA, as it is illegal for them to operate otherwise.
  • Consider the different Account Types on offer at your broker, most brokers offer swap-free Islamic accounts, and some offer unlimited demo accounts to practice with.
  • Choose a Trading Platform and find a broker that supports that platform. MetaTrader 4 is a safe choice as it’s the industry standard and there is a multitude of online tutorials.
  • Choose what Broker Type you want. Some brokers offer commission-free trading and are known as dealing desk brokers or market maker brokers. Some brokers charge commission but have tighter spreads, these are known as non-dealing desk brokers or direct market access brokers.
  • Always check for additional Broker Fees that may be charged. We always highlight these in our reviews, but common ones are deposit and withdrawal fees and currency conversion fees.
  • Find a broker with the Trading Conditions that will support your trading strategy. In the UK, leverage is limited to 30:1 for all CFD products and margin stop out is set at 50% – trading conditions still vary widely between brokers though, so shop around until you find the right spreads and support.

How To Choose A Forex Broker

Forex brokers should be measured by regulation, account options, platform choice, trading conditions, and beginner friendliness.

Regulation

Regulators ensure that brokers have a fair trading environment and anti-money laundering processes, all the while operating strict auditing oversight and ensuring client fund protection. Brokers that are regulated by more than one major regulator are considered more trustworthy.

The major regulators are:

United KingdomFinancial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Continental EuropeCyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)
AustraliaAustralian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

These regulators are respected for their commitment to consumer protection, strong oversight and swift enforcement of sanctions on fraudulent brokers.

The FCA, in particular, is considered an excellent regulator and is frequently held up as the global standard for financial regulation.

Be wary of brokers who are only regulated by small island states like St Vincent, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. These regulatory agencies are not as well regarded as the major international regulators as they give more leniency to brokers and less coverage for traders.

Account Types

Each brokerage will have various account types, and there is a trend in the industry to have fewer account types available than in years past. The primary distinction between account types is between Live accounts, Demo accounts, and Swap-free accounts. Managed accounts are also available, but less common.

Demo accounts loaded with virtual money and do not expose a trader to any risk. Demo accounts allow traders to test the trading platform, customer service, research area, and trading conditions before committing real money. Most demo accounts are time-limited but are easy to reactivate. These are the best demo accounts.

Islamic accounts, or swap-free accounts, are an optional trading account type which allows Forex traders to be compliant with the principles of Sharia law. In Sharia law, interest on loans is prohibited, so swap-free accounts don’t earn overnight interest on open positions.

Platform Choice

When it comes to choosing a broker to trade with, deciding on the right platform can make a substantial difference to a trading career. That said, your broker should support a platform you are comfortable using.

While some brokers have proprietary platforms, others use mainstream trading platforms like MetaTrader and cTrader.

MetaTrader 4 and 5 are the most common CFD trading platforms; however, MetaTrader’s older interface and complex setup make it less accessible to beginners. cTrader, on the other hand, has a more modern interface and is easier for beginner traders to set up.

If you are an experienced trader with a particular software choice in mind, or if you are a beginner seeking to learn more about platform options, we have put together a list of the best Forex trading platforms for traders and the brokers that support them.

All brokers have mobile trading apps, and some will have developed proprietary apps, but a vast majority rely on the MetaTrader software for IOS and Android.

Types of Forex Brokers

Forex brokers fall into two main categories – Direct Market Access (DMA) brokers and Market Maker brokers. 

Each broker category can be split into two subcategories. DMA brokers are divided into subcategories called ECN and ECN/STP, and market makers can have a dealing desk (DD) where the broker can alter trades before they are executed. 

Pure ECN Brokers

In the DMA category, a Pure ECN (or Electronic Communication Network) broker, will never interfere with your trade, and the only source of liquidity comes from other members of the network. ECN execution will mean that if there is no liquidity in the market, your trade will have slippage, and you may get a requote.

Pure ECNs are entirely free of conflict of interest, but traders should expect requotes, and slower trade execution speeds. The top ECNs brokers are:

Broker Min. Deposit Min. Spread
FXTM USD 10 0.1 pips Visit Website
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HotForex USD 5 0.0 pips Visit Website
Read Review
IronFX USD 100 1.0 pips Visit Website
Read Review
TrioMarkets USD 300 0.0 pips Visit Website
Read Review

ECN (Electronic Communications Network) brokers usually place your orders directly through to third-party liquidity providers, usually large financial institutions or global banks. In a pure ECN environment, traders have direct access to interbank market prices and an accurate picture of the entire trading environment.

ECN/STP Brokers

An ECN/STP broker is an ECN broker using Straight Through Processing (STP) to place trades. With STP your order is sent directly to the counterparty through the Financial Information Exchange (FIX) protocol. The FIX protocol decreases trade execution time, reduces slippage and ensures that traders get the best available pricing. Some ECN/STP brokers will be counterparty to your trade to prevent requotes and reduce slippage.

Depending on the trader profile, or the trade itself, an ECN/STP broker will decide which execution method is in the best interest of the customer.

If there is liquidity available for a particular trade, then STP execution could be used.  But if it is better for liquidity to be taken from within the network, then ECN will be used.

This combination of execution types is intended to be able to help traders get liquidity and to execute trades faster. The top ECN/STPs are:

Broker Min. Deposit Min. Spread
TrioMarkets USD 300 0.0 pips Visit Website
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Tickmill USD 100 0.0 pips Visit Website
Read Review
Khwezi Trade USD 100 0.6 pips Visit Website
Read Review

Market Makers

Market Makers, also called Dealing Desks, operate in a very different way. Instead of executing the trade on the market, market maker brokers are the counterparty to the trade, and become, for all intents and purposes, the market. The top Market Makers are:

Broker Min. Deposit Min. Spread
AvaTrade USD 100 0.7 pips Visit Website
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XM USD 5 0.0 pips Visit Website
Read Review
eToro USD 200 2.0 pips Visit Website
Read Review
easyMarkets USD 100 0.9 pips Visit Website
Read Review
Markets.com USD 100 0.9 pips Visit Website
Read Review
BDSwiss USD 100 1.0 pips Visit Website
Read Review

While this means that there will always be liquidity for any trade, being the counterparty implies that the broker is always trading against its client base and that it profits directly from the client’s losing trades. This creates a direct conflict of interest.

Trading Conditions

Spreads

The spread, set by the broker and measured in pips, is the difference between the buy and sell price of a currency pair. This is the broker’s fee for providing access to the market and it gives traders and idea of how profitable their trades could be.

A trader can also tell from the spread if the buy and sell prices for a currency pair are far apart (wide) or close together (tight). If the spread is 7 pips, that is considered a wide spread, where anything under a 1 pip spread is deemed to be tight.

Spreads on currency pairs differ between brokerages, so to maximise profits, a trader should always find a broker who has the tightest average spreads on the pairs they trade. If you are trading with market execution (such as with an ECN broker), remember that a per lot commission will be charged in conjunction with the spreads.

Leverage

Leverage is capital borrowed from a liquidity provider, via your broker, to amplify the volume of a Forex trade. Leverage is essential in Forex trading because the movements of the market are so small that if there were no way to increase the size of the trade, it would be near impossible for individual retail traders to profit from their trades.

Leverage is presented in a ratio format, e.g. 300:1 – in this case, a trader can increase the size of a trade by a maximum amount of 300 times. It’s important to remember that you will remain liable for all losses on the total leveraged amount of the trade.

Using high volumes of leverage dramatically increases the exposure of the trader to risk, which has led to some regulatory bodies like CySEC restricting leverage to 30:1 for retail traders. The maximum leverage offered varies among brokers, and some may also limit a client’s leverage based on their trading experience.

Trading Assets

A large broker will have many different assets available to trade, including Forex CFDs, cryptocurrencies, equities, commodities, precious metals and bonds. A good Forex broker should have 50+ FX pairs.

Scalping

A Forex scalping strategy is where a trader seeks to profit from sizeable rapid price changes in a short period. Scalping opportunities are usually created when significant unexpected news event happens, or when the equity markets open. A scalper, a trader who employs a scalping strategy, enters and exit trades several times a day, and closes all trades on the day they were opened.

Hedging

Hedging is protecting yourself against adverse price movements that would affect open trades and can be seen as a form of insurance. Direct hedging is a common hedging strategy, where a trader buys a currency pair and then sells the same pair at the same time. Not all brokers allow hedging on their platforms, but most DMA brokers do.

FAQs

I am a beginner trader, what should I look for in a broker?

As a beginner trader, choose a broker with an unlimited demo account, as this will give you the opportunity to practice before making a deposit. Limited demo accounts usually expire after 1-3 weeks, which is not enough time to learn how to profit from CFD trading.

Beginner traders should get educational support when starting, and each broker varies significantly in what material they provide. The minimum you should accept is some general videos and articles, but some brokers have invested in creating small trading universities that include video material as well as live webinars hosted by experts.

Each of our reviews has a section on the educational content to help beginner traders decide the best path forward.

How do I know I can trust a Forex broker?

Four things should be considered when determining if a broker may be trusted – regulation, trade execution method, client funds management, and industry recognition of their achievements.

The more major regulators the broker group is regulated by, the more oversight the group has. The number of regulators overseeing their processes gives a strong indication of the level of trust the government regulatory agencies have in them.

It is more of a concern if fewer major regulators regulate a market maker. Therefore, a heavily regulated market maker is considered more reputable than one with lesser regulation. It is noteworthy that some market makers have strong reputations and lots of client resources.

The execution method of trades is another component because if the broker profits from your loss – as is the case with market maker brokers – this can be seen as making the broker less trustworthy.

Most regulators require strict processes to keep client funds safe. This process includes placing client funds in segregated accounts at major banks in the local jurisdiction. Segregated bank accounts that are audited every evening means that client funds are protected against any bankruptcy.

Industry awards are given to brokers from journalists, financial watchdog organisations and their peers. While it can be argued that these award ceremonies are biased, they remain the best gauge industry recognition.

Do brokers trade against you?

If the broker is a market maker, then they are the market and will be trading against you by being the counterparty to your trade to create the liquidity you need. Since a vast majority of trades by retail traders are lost, a market maker is making money in most client trades. DMA brokers do not have any conflict of interest and do not trade against you.

How do brokers make money?

Market Makers will make money only from the spread – the difference between the buying and selling price of the currency pair. Since a Market Maker will become the counterparty to any trade, they will also make money when clients lose trades.

DMA brokers will make money from a tight spread and a commission, which is calculated on a per lot amount.

How to deposit with a broker?

Each broker is going to have different deposit methods, but all will have a deposit by credit/debit card and bank transfer option alongside various online wallet methods (i.e. Skrillex, Neteller, etc.)  On occasion, brokers will accept Bitcoin deposits in additional to traditional currency.

Which broker should I choose?

Traders have different requirements of Forex brokers, and thus there is no single best choice. This is how we compare them, and we offer insight into your choices. At the top of this article, there is a list of those that we believe are the best brokers for traders based on their reputation, platform, trading conditions and resources available to beginners.

How can I report scam brokers?

If you believe you have been scammed by your broker, the first thing to do is follow the steps on the FCA’s complaints checklist. Be aware that you will need to complain directly to your broker before approaching the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Trading Forex and CFDs is not suitable for all investors and comes with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75-90% of retail investors lose money trading these products. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.