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Crypto Facilities

Crypto Facilities Review
Trader's rating 5
Editor's rating 3.8

Trading accounts

 

Account type Minimum deposit Leverage Maker Fee Taker Fee
Standard Undisclosed 1:50* -0.03% (rebate) 0.05%

* Trading conditions at this exchange are more specific due to the nature of the products available for trading. For more details check the full review.

 

Crypto Facilities is a platform for cryptocurrency futures trading. This makes them one of the options for miners, looking to hedge their exposure. The most well-known other similar platform is BitMEX

Warning: Several other companies have used Crypto Facilities' FCA registration number. As far as we know, their original website is the only one at which they operate. Here is proof of their disagreement and frustration with these scammers:



 

 

The company, security of funds

 

Company Country Regulation
CRYPTO FACILITIES LTD UK FCA

 

Crypto Facilities is registered in the United Kingdom and more importantly overseen by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This is very unusual as the British watchdog usually doesn’t look at companies dealing in the crypto-space. That being said, this is derivatives trading company, and the crypotocurrencies are only the underlying asset.

 

While the FCA oversees a lot of companies (like forex brokers) and enforces a lot of rules, there are a few specifics in regards to Crypto Facilities. You are probably familiar with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), especially if you have read some of our reviews on forex brokers. This is a mechanism, which guarantees client funds, in case their brokerage goes bankrupt. As point 3.2 of the Membership Agreement at Crypto Facilities states, the FSCS does not apply, as your account balance is kept in cryptocurrencies, which are not yet defined as either “money” nor a “Specified Investment”. 

 

That being said, all of the client accounts are held in segregated cold-storage wallets, backed by Elliptic, an industry-leading crypto-security company. Additionally the blockchain settlement is insured by an “A-rated, Fortune 100 underwriter”. Given the fact the company is based in the UK, you probably have a pretty good idea of which insurer they are referring to, presuming you have any knowledge of that market. 

 

With such major security claims, it probably wouldn’t surprise you to hear that Crypto Facilities has not been hacked yet. In general, this company appears to be much more secure than a lot of the traditional cryptocurrency exchanges.

 

Crypto Facilities partnered with the CME group in order to provide two Ethereum indices. They are the CME CF Ether-Dollar Reference Rate (Ether Reference Rate), which will provide a daily benchmark price in U.S. dollars at 4 pm London time, and the CME CF Ether-Dollar Real Time Index (Ether Real Time Index), which will allow users access to a real-time Ether price in U.S. dollars. Price data is gathered from two of the most reputable exchanges: Kraken and Bitstamp.  Being connected with such an established derivatives trading institution, like the CME Group is a positive sign.

 

There aren’t that many user reviews on Crypto Facilities, which is understandable, given the relatively complicated nature of their offering. The few comments we found were all positive.

 

We feel the need to reiterate, trading on this venue is very different from other cryptocurrency exchanges. The company has even set-up a questionarie, which one must fill before being allowed to trade. This is done in order to protect unsophisticated enthusiasts from loosing their funds due to not understanding the nature of margin trading.

 

Trading conditions

 

Account types (cash and margin)

Before we begin discussing the trading conditions at Crypto Facilities, we must mention the accounts are only kept in Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. Additionally, before you begin trading, you must transfer coins (internally) between your main (cash) account and one of your margin accounts. The latter vary by trading instrument. While all of this seems very complicated, in reality it isn’t. Here is how the wallet interface looks:

 

 

Each of your secondary wallets serves as your trading balance for that particular futures contract. This provides a form of risk management, which is always appreciated. 

 

Trading instruments (cryptocurrencies)

Crypto Facilities supports Bitcoin (with the newly agreed upon symbol XBT, instead of the more traditional BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Ripple (XRP) futures trading. 

 

The currently available crosses can be seen in the previous screenshot, where three coins are traded against the USD and there is an XRP:XBT pair. 

 

In terms of maturity, contracts are weekly, monthly and quarterly (for some instruments).

 

Leverage

The maximum leverage ratio offered by Crypto Facilities is 1:50 for Bitcoin to USD trading. The conditions vary for different instruments and are a bit more complicated than the ones offered by other companies. Here is a preview:

 

 

Be sure to fully understand the meaning of all the terms listed here before you start trading. 

 

Margin netting, between long and short positions is available, presuming you trade from the same margin portfolio. 

 

We must mention, that there are other derivatives based on digital assets. These are the spot CFDs, available at some forex brokers. While Bitcoin and Ethereum are the most popular, Litecoin is also occasionally being offered. While these CFDs are linked to the current price of the asset in question and not the future value, they do have some further specifics. You can read all about them here, if you are interested.

 

Fees

The fees at Crypto Facilities are charged in XBT, ETH and XRP, in accord with the specific contracts. Here are the details:

 

We have to compare these fees with ones charged by the major competitor offering a similar service. The taker fee at BitMEX is 0.075%, while market makers get a 0.025% rebate, which makes Crypto Facilities the cheaper trading venue.

 

Summary 

 

While the above description of the trading conditions may appear complicated, here is a table, summarizing it all:

 

 

 

Trading platform

 

The trading platform at Crypto Facilities is web-based. While this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with cryptocurrencies, there is an argument to be made for desktop solutions.  The platform was updated to feature charting by TradignView (which is a top-tier third party provider) and have an interface which is generally cleaner.

 

 

The order book is arranged in two columns, which traders versed in traditional markets will prefer to the single column approach, used by many exchanges. 

 

Update: This section of the Crypto Facilities website is apparently taken down, but we will keep the following text. 

 

The “analytics” section off the website offers some extra features.. Here is how the index charting looks (The overall index allows comparison to the quotes provided by Bitstamp, Bitfinex, BTC-E, Coinbase and ItBit.):

 

 

And here is a preview of the futures curves, which allow one to see if the market is in a contango or backwardatiwon:

 

 

Our opinion of the Crypto Facilities platform is neutral. While it offers some futures-specific elements, the main trading window is less than ideal. Additional tools will probably needed for serious trading.

  

Methods of payment

 

The only way of transferring funds in and out of Crypto Facilities is the blockchain. Once you register an account, you are given Bitcoin, Etherum and Ripple wallets, to facilitate your trading. As mentioned above the control to specify how much to put into each margin wallet and how much to leave as “cash” is a neat feature.

 

Conclusion

 

Crypto Facilities is a London-based cryptocurrency futures trading platform, overseen by the FCA. While the they do not participate in the FSCS, they still follow other major rulings. The company’s overall security appears to be much higher than what is currently offered by other exchanges. That being said, trading at Crypto Facilities is not for everybody. The mere concept of futures trading is somewhat more complicated than the ordinary crypto trading. Add the volatility of cryptocurrencies on top of that and you get a potentially explosive combination. More experienced traders, as well as miners looking to hedge their “virtual crops” may find this to be one of their best options. Here are the pros and cons of Crypto Facilities:

 

Pros Cons
FCA-regulated (FSCS doesn’t apply) Complicated trading environment
Top-tier security features Accounts held in crypto
Blockchain settlement insured Only accepts blockchain transfers
Charts by TradingView  
Two-factor Authentication
 

 

FXTM

FXTM Review
Trader's rating 4.5
Editor's rating 5

Trading Accounts

 

Account type Minimum deposit   Minimum trade size Maximum leverage  Spreads (& Commission) Execution type
Cent  $5 0.01 1:500** from 1.5 pips  Instant
Standard  $100 0.01 1:500** from 1.3 pips Instant
ECN Zero.mt4 $200 0.01 1:500** from 1.5 pips  Market
ECN MT5 $500  0.01 1:500** from 0.2 pips + $2 / lot* Market
ECN $500  0.01 1:500** from 0.1 pips + $2 / lot* Market
PRO $25 000 0.01 1:500** from 0 pips Market

 

* Commission is calculated per standard lot of 100 000 currency base units (per side).
** Leverage depends on the country of residence, knowledge 
& experience of each Client.

 

FXTM offers a wide range of trading accounts, which may be categorized in two groups: Standard (Standard, CENT, and Shares accounts) and ECN (ECN MT4, ECN MT5, ECN ZERO and Pro).

 

In addition to the ones shown in the table above, there is a special account for trading in CFDs on shares, called Shares account, which is directly connected to NYSE and NASDAQ’s product price listings.

 

Furthermore, FXTM offers swap-free (Islamic) trading, available on all account types (except the MT5 one) and involve a fee of $ 1.7 per lot.

 

Micro, mini and standard lots are available on all account types.

 

Trading Conditions

 

Minimum initial deposit

In order to open an account with FXTM, one has to invest just $5, which is a symbolically low minimum initial deposit.

 

Spreads & Commission

Most of FXTM’s accounts are commission-free: Standard ones, as well as the ECN Zero and Pro accounts. Only ECN MT4 & ECN MT5 accounts involve a small commission fee of $4 (per standard lot round trip).

 

The floating spreads offered by this broker vary by account type. The tightest spreads are available on the ECN and Pro accounts; however, the latter is intended for institutional clients (with minimum initial deposit of $25 000), so we would recommend the ECN MT4 account. The typical spreads on these accounts amount to 0.4 pips on EUR/USD and if we include the commission (2 x $2), average trading costs for this pair are around 0.8 pips per lot, which is a very attractive offer.

 

Maximum leverage

High leverage levels are available with FT Global Limited – up to 1:1000. The broker utilizes a floating leverage system. 

 

However under Forextime Limited this is maximum up to 1:30.

 

As regards cryptocurrencies CFDs (available only in FT Global Limited), the maximum leverage available is 1:10, as they tend to be more volatile than traditional fiat currencies.

 

The Company. Security of funds

 

FXTM is a broker that truly suits the needs of traders of all skill levels and preferences. Its offering covers more than 240 tradeable instruments, including a number of currency pairs, various CFDs, as well as ctyptocurrencies. Keep in mind that trading CFDs on cryptocurrencies is only available under FT Global Limited.

 

Furthermore, clients of this broker may choose from market and instant execution, MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 trading platforms, and a wide range of trading accounts. Besides, this client-centric broker created an array of ways to provide its clients with effective trading knowledge and education. 

 

Forex Time (FXTM) was established in 2011 when one of the co-founders of Alpari separated from the Russia-based broker and launched one of his own under the FXTM brand. Since then, the company has opened a number of offices around the world, and is believed to be one of the fastest growing brokers in the industry. The latest of them is FXTM London office which opened its doors in April this year in order to better serve clients in the UK and Europe. Besides, the company is regulated in multiple jurisdictions:

 

Company

Country

Regulation

ForexTime Limited

Cyprus

CySEC

ForexTime Limited

South Africa

FSB

FT Global Limited

Belize 

IFSC

ForexTime UK Limited

UK

FCA

 

ForexTime Limited, doing business as FXTM, is licensed and regulated by some of the most reliable financial watchdogs worldwide - the Cyprus Commodities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) and UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Bothe governmental agencies require licensed companies to hold at least €730 000 as a proof of financial stability and to keep client funds must be held in segregated accounts and regulated entities are required to report to the Commission on a regular basis.

 

Furthermore, CySEC and  UK’s FCA apply compensation schemes as an additional guarantee to clients’ funds. All CySEC-regulated companies are members of the Investor Compensation Fund, able to provide compensations to a maximum of 20,000 EUR per person in the event of broker insolvency. Clients of FCA-regulated brokers, on the other hand, are insured up to 50 000 GBP each.

 

As both Cyprus and UK are (still) part of the EU, MiFID regulations apply, allowing companies licensed in those countries to operate in all EU Member States. In spite of this, FXTM is officially registered with a number of other EU regulators: Germany’s BaFin, Italy’s CONSOB, France’s AMF, Spain’s CNMV and Norway’s FSAN.

 

What is more, FXTM (ForexTime Limited) is licensed by the Financial Services Board (FSB) of South Africa as a Financial Services Provider. The broker holds a category 1 license to act as an Intermediary in Securities and Instruments (Shares, Money market instruments, Bonds, Derivative instruments).

 

In line with CySEC proposiotions and ESMA guidelines introduced in 2016, FXTM announced it ensures that losses will never exceed the total available funds in client accounts. Actually, this means that the broker’s clients cannot lose more than they have deposited - a policy also known as negative balance protection.

 

Trading platforms

 

As we have already mentioned, FXTM supports both MetaQuutes platforms: MT4 and MT5. The broker offers both of them as desktop, web and mobile versions (for iOS & Android devices) and makes regular updates.

 

In spite of the number of enhancements made to MT5 lately (and the final introduction of hedging on both desktop and web versions), MetaTrader 4 is still preferred by most brokers and experienced traders. It provides an advanced charting package, lots of technical indicators, extensive back-testing environment and a variety of Expert Advisors (EAs). Thanks to its ease of use, MT4 is also suitable for beginner traders, for they can also find their way around it quite easily.

 

MT4’s successor, MetaTrader 5, allows the execution of orders in several financial markets and stock exchanges through a single trading account. The platform features advanced charting package, trading and analysis tools, alerts, signals, and customizable indicators. Besides, MetaQuites has recently made many significant upgrades to it, such as adding a tool for analyzing exchange markets, news management improvement, and most importantly the hedging feature.

 

For clients who prefer automated trading strategies through Expert Advisors (EAs), FXTM offers a designated forex VPS service, and technical traders can take advantage of the Trading Central technical analysis tool – free of charge. Besides, FXTM offers advanced copy-trading solution, called FXTM Invest.

 

Promotions

FXTM regularly organizes various promotions and trading contests, as it strives to offer its clients the best trading opportunities and to empower their skills and knowledge. These are mainly held by FT Global Limited where Terms & Conditions Apply.

 

At the time of writing this review FT Global Limited offers Loyalty Cashback program, where traders can get $2 – $5 rebates per lot anyone who deposits $5 up to $10000, based on their deposit value. Meanwhile, new clients switching from another broker get $4 for every lot they trade. (T&Cs apply)

 

In addition, FT Global Limited offers a Refer-a-friend bonus of $25 ONCE a referral becomes active (T&Cs apply).

 

Payment methods

 

FXTM offers various secure payment methods, including credit/debit card payments, Bank Wire transfers, and numerous E-wallets, such as Skrill, Neteller, Alsfa-Ckick, WebMoney, Western Union, Payza, dotpay, Yandex, Qiwi,and Baidu Pay. 

 

The above depends on your country of residence. 

 

Conclusion

 

ForexTime is a global and award-winning broker with clients from over 180 countries. It offers a wide array of almost everything: tradable products, trading accounts & platforms, payment methods, execution types, you name it.

 

Pros  Cons
Solid regulation (FCA, CySEC) No major disadvantages
Variety of tradable products (incl. cryptocurrencies in FT Global Limited only) and trading accounts offered  
Tight ECN spreads, low-cost trading
Low minimum initial deposit & commission fees  
Flexible leverage levels offered  
Negative Balance Protection  

 

Country: Cyprus

Regulated by:  CySEC (Cyprus), IFSC (Belize)

Licensed by the Financial Services Board (FSB) of South Africa, with FSP No. 4661

Website: www.forextime.com 

Promotions: 

Loyalty cashback programme

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WHY FXTM

✓ Regulated broker.

✓ Advanced risk management and segregation of client funds held in top-tier banks.

✓ SWAP-free option available. 

✓ Leverage up to 1:1000.

✓ Tight spreads starting from 0 pips.

✓ 120+ instruments including currency pairs, Spot Metals, CFDs on Commodity Futures, CFDs on ETF’s and Indices and Share CFDs.

✓  Variety of tailor-made account types to suit the needs of any type of trader. 

✓ Full feature trading platforms available on multiple desktop and mobile devices. 

✓ Various secure and trusted payment methods. Including credit/debit card payments, E-wallets and Bank Wire transfers. 

✓ Investment programs such as FXTM Invest. 

✓ Regular Live and Demo Contests with amazing cash prizes (terms and conditions apply).

✓ Online forex courses and webinars for proper trader education.

✓ Local seminars held in different places around the world. 

✓ Daily in-depth fundamental analysis articles and videos.

✓ Customer Support team that speaks your language.

✓ Cutting edge mobile application to ensure you keep track of the markets at all times. 

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