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bitFlyer Review
Trader's rating 1
Editor's rating 4

Account type

 

Account type Minimum deposit Leverage Fee
Standard Undisclosed 1: 15 Max 0.15% for BTC

 

BitFlyer is one of the most popular cyptocurrency exchanges in the Far East. It is also among the world leaders, in terms of volume.

 

The company, security of funds

 

Company Country Regulation
bitFlyer, Inc. Japan JFSA, NY BitLicense

 

BitFlyer is based in Japan. The local regulators have made some changes in the way they treat cryptocurrencies in the past. Currently, they are treated as assets, upon which capital gains (profiting from the price movement) is taxed. BitFlyer was one of the first companies to received the JFSA (Japanese Financial Services Agency) license, along with the major competitors from QUOINEX

 

Update: BitFlyer also received has the regulatory approval of the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) in November 2017. The company is set to start offering Bitcoin trading vs the USD, while adding altcoins in the future. We will update this review, when the service is fully implemented.

 

The company has been around since 2014 and has not had any hacking issues yet. The most important thing to note, from a western trader’s point of view is that trading is done (mostly) against the Japanese YEN (JPY), unlike most exchanges where you can trade cryptocurrencies against one another, the US Dollar and occasionally the Euro. You may need an account with a forex broker, such as FXTM, just to hedge your currency risk.

 

The user reviews on BitFlyer (written in English) are mostly positive. This is a good sign, as the company maintains multilingual support. 

 

Trading conditions

 

Trading instruments (cryptocurrencies)

As mentioned above trading at BitFlyer is done against the Japanese Yen. This applies for the plethora of Bitcoin instruments, which include Spot BTC trading, Margin BTC trading, and BTC Futures (not to be confused with Bitcoin Cash Futures). Furthermore Etereum is available for trading, against Bitcoin.

 

Minimum initial deposit

BitFlyer does not give any guidelines about a minimum deposit level. Forex brokers, on the other hand usually announce their minimum entry barriers. For instance, you can open an account with XM, with only $5.

 

Leverage

BitFlyer offers a maximum leverage ratio of 1:15. However, in order to be allowed to trade on margin, one must go through a tougher verification process. This type of ratio may sound very small to someone who is used to forex trading, as lots of brokers provide 1:500 or even higher levels. 

 

Do keep in mind cryptocurrencies often move far more wildly than fiat currencies. While a major pair will rarel move more than 1.5 – 2% percent per day, the Bitcoin often has gains or losses exceeding 10%. This explains the lower leverage offering by BitFlyer, which by the way is one of the highest offers provided by crypto-exchanges. For a full comparison of trading Bitcoin with a forex broker and on an exchange click here.

 

Fees

Fees at BitFlyer vary slightly for the different services, which they provide. They offer directly exchanging JPY to BTC, the fees for which go as high as 0.15% for the lowest volume traders. As a comparisson, Bitfinex charges this type of fee only for the market "makers", while takers pay a slightly higher one. The maximum fee for ETH/BTC is 0.20%. Here is the full information, as provided by the company (click to zoom-in):

 

 

Lightning FX stands for the margin trading of BTC/JPY. Futures on the other hand are similar to exchange traded futures. However the liquidity in them appears to be far lower, which is to be expected. We would not recommend them to inexperienced traders.

 

 

Trading platform

 

BitFlyer provides two trading platforms. They are both web based, which is not unusual for cryptocurrency exchanges. One of them is the so called Bitcoin Easy Exchange, which serves, to facilitate direct JPY to BTC transfers. It is what people, who want to get their funds converted to Bitcoin, before transferring them would use. Albeit simple, it does the job. Here is a preview (click to zoom-in):

 

 

 

The company also offers the BitFlyer Lightning platform. It feels much more like a forex trading platform, as it is designed with the trader in mind. This is the platform where the 1:15 leverage ratio is provided. Here is what platform looks like (click to zoom-in):

 

 

There is a chart on the left, with lots pre-loaded indicators. The order book looks pretty solid (in the middle) and the tape is locate on the right. Several more fields are located below these, similarly to the MetaTrader 4 (MT4) terminal. Charting appears to be decent, with several technical indicators in place. Furthermore the charts can be set to full-screen mode.

 

There are multiple themes available, if you do not like the black and orange feel. One thing we must mention are the maddening sounds, which are turned on by default. Every time a transaction is made, more importantly, every time there is a movement of a bid/ask in the order book, play a sound. Luckily, these can be turned off quite easily.

 

Methods of payment

 

BitFlyer accepts Bank Transfers, Credit Cards issued in Japan and Bitcoin transfers. Although the company has a clear focus on its internal market, a foreigner can still use their services, albeit not with his credit card. Users of online payment systems, such as Skrill are also left out.

 

Conclusion

 

BitFlyer is the number one cryptocurrency exchange in Japan. It also rates pretty highly among the global volume charts. The most specific thing is that trading is done against the Japanese Yen (JPY). There are multiple platforms and services available, including margin trading. Despite being focused on its domestic market, the company appears to be reaching out to the rest of the world and with commission levels so low, customers will come. Here is a summary BitFlyer’s pros and cons:

 

Pros Cons
No major hacks yet Trading against JPY
Accepts Bank Transfer and Japanese Credit Card Does not accept Credit Card, from countries other than Japan
Competitive commissions No altcoins available (ex. ETH)
Relatively nice trading platform  
Allows margin trading and futures  

 

EverFX

EverFX Review
Trader's rating 3.6
Editor's rating 4.2

Account Types

 

Account Type   Min.Deposit  Min. Trade Size Maximum Leverage Average Spreads (& Commission)
Standard $300 0.01 1:500 0.2 pips + $6 per round lot
Premium $5 000 0.01 1:500 0.2 pips + $5 per round lot
VIP $20 000 0.01 1:200 0.2 pips + $4 per round lot

 

EverFX offers its clients a choice of several basic account types, depending on the initial investment. As this brokerage is a pure STP one, all accounts provide tight variable spreads, starting out at 0 pips. Commission fees and leverage, on the other hand, vary by account type.

 

In addition, EverFX offers swap-free (Islamic) accounts, which are Sharia compliant (for Muslim investors who are unwilling to earn and pay interest for religious reasons).

 

Keep in mind that EverFX does not offer Contracts for Difference to residents of certain jurisdictions such as the USA, Iran, Canada and North Korea.

 

The Company. Security of Funds

 

Company

Country

Regulation

ICC Intercertus Capital Limited

Cyprus

CySEC

 

With EverFX you can trade in currencies, metals, indices, energies, commodities and bonds on the good old MetaTrader 4. In addition, the brokerage offers high-quality educational tools. 

 

EverFX is a trademark of ICC Intercertus Capital Limited and is regulated by Cyprus Exchange and Securities Commission (CySEC).

 

As UK is preparing to leave the European Union, Cyprus is gaining more and more popularity as an attractive forex broker destination in Europe.

 

The Cypriot financial watchdog applies certain rules and requirements to Cyprus Investment Firms. For instance, they must hold at least €730,000 as a proof of financial stability. Besides, the Commission requires forex brokers to keep customer funds in segregated accounts, separated from the company’s operating funds.

 

As a further guarantee to clients’ funds, all CySEC-regulated companies are members of the Investor Compensation Fund, which is able to pay compensation up to 20,000 EUR, If the company is in default. Similar compensation schemes apply in other jurisdictions.

 

Additionally, every CySEC-regulated investment company is also MiFID compliant and therefore entitled to offer cross-border services in all EU Member States.

 

Trading Conditions

 

Minimum Initial Deposit

In order to open the Standard account with EverFX, and trade with some of the lowest spreads in the market, traders have to invest just $300 – which is very fair considering the savings on trading.

 

Spreads & Commissions

All account types with EverFX offer one and the same variable spreads, which are pretty tight, averaged 0.3 pips on EUR/USD. Commission fees, however, vary from $4 to $8 per traded lot (round trip). So basically, trading costs on the Standard account are below 1 pip EUR/USD (spread averaged 0.2 pips on EUR/USD + $6 commission = approximately 0.8 pips) per standard lot. This is a really competitive pricing, as most brokers offer spreads within the range of 1.0 – 1.5 pips for this pair. 

 

For more information, you may look up real-time spreads of 15 leading brokers here.

 

Leverage

EverFX offers high leverage levels, reaching is 1:500. In an attempt to protect traders with the risks associated with trading at high leverage, the Cypriot financial watchdog proposed default leverage levels to be 1:50. Nonetheless, most Cypriot brokers still offer leverage ratios, which are significantly higher: FXTM - up to 1:500 and XM – up to 1:888. You may check out more forex brokers offering leverage equal to or exceeding 1:500 here.

 

Trading Platform

 

This broker offers two platforms to its clients. One of them is the most commonly used forex trading platform - MetaTrader4 (MT4), available in all forms and shapes: for PC, MAC, tablet, mobile and web version.

 

MT4 is internationally acclaimed for its wide range of built-in technical indicators and Expert Advisors (EAs), which users are able to get ready-made or create ones of their own, extensive back-testing options for them, as well as the advanced charting tools and user-friendly interface.

 

More brokers using the MT4 can be viewed here.

 

Additionally EverFX has developed their own unique web-based solution, (which will also be available for mobile devices soon). The Status platform provides an easy access to the forex market, while also packing some advanced functionality. There are two sidebars, which can be extended inwards, toward the chart, revealing the instrument list and news section. Here is a preview:

 

 

At the same time the bottom section is very intuitive. This platform feels like a solid choice for the beginner and veteran alike.

 

Promotions

EverFX often launches various promotions, such as a Refer-a-Friend program or Zero Trading Cost promotion.

 

Methods of Payment

 

The following payment methods are available to EverFX clients: credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard), bank wire transfer and e-wallet payment systems, such as Skrill, Neteller, and Webmoney.

 

There is no minimum withdrawal amount with this broker.

 

Conclusion

 

EverFX is a FX and CFD broker that supports the popular MetaTrader 4 platform and utilizes a pure straight-through-processing execution model. Besides, it is duly regulated by CySEC to operate in all EU countries. To sum up the above, here are the advantages and drawbacks with regards to this broker:

 

Pros Cons
Well-regulated  
MT4 available     
Tight spreads, starting at 0 pips  
Pure STP execution  
Low initial deposit  
Promotions offered from time to time  

 

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