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Exness

Exness Review
Trader's rating 4
Editor's rating 4

Account types

 

Trading account Min. deposit Max. leverage* Spread
Mini  $1  1:30  0.2-1.1 pips
Classic  $2 000 1:30  0.1-0.9 pips
ECN  $300 1:30  0.1-0.4 pips + $ 2.5 per standard lot

*Leverage goes up to 1:200 for professional traders and to 1:unlimited for non-EU residents.


This broker offers a choice of three basic account types: Mini, Classic and ECN accounts. The Mini account is targeted at inexperienced traders, as well as such who do not wish to trade in large volumes. The Classic account is targeted at regular and professional traders and offers full range of tools and trading facilities. As its name suggests, the ECN account is designed for clients who wish to trade in Electronic Communication Network environment, which involves a commission fee.

 

Another important thing worth mentioning is that the Mini and Classic account offer market and instant execution option. Most traders prefer instant execution, since it allows greater control on slippage and traders are offered requotes, instead of executing the order at the next best price.

 

Keep in mind that Exness does not provide it services to residents and citizens of the USA and Japan.


The Company. Security of Funds

 

Company

Country

Regulation

Exness (Cy) Limited 

Cyprus

CySEC

Exness (UK) Limited 

UK

FCA

 

The EXNESS group is a global ECN broker, consisting of companies regulated by reputable authorities such as UK's FCA and Cyprus' CySEC a. The broker offers trading in more than 120 forex currency pairs under fairly good conditions through the popular MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 platforms.

 

EXNESS is the trading name of the EXNESS group, set up in 2008 and consisting several companies: Cyprus-based EXNESS (CY) Ltd., (which operates the website www.exness.eu), and EXNESS LTD., (which operates the website www.exness.com) - an International business company in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It also has set up a UK unit, which is licensed by the Financial Conduct Authority.

 

CySEC applies certain rules and procedures to brokerage firms, one of them being the requirement for a minimum capital. Cypriot financial watchdog requires forex brokers to hold at least €730 000 in order to operate legitimately. The same minimum capital requirement applies to brokers licensed in UK.

 

Furthermore, all CySEC-regulated companies are members of the Investor Compensation Fund, which serves to protect and secure the claims of covered clients and provide them with compensation of up to 20,000 EUR per person, where broker is at default. Similar compensation schemes apply in UK: FCA-regulated brokers fall under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, where the maximum compensation cover is £50,000 per person. Such compensation schemes serve as additional guarantee to clients’ funds.
     

Trading Conditions


Minimum initial deposit
Most brokers require a certain amount of money to be deposited in order the client to start trading. Exness, however, requires none (for the Mini account). Cyprus-based XM, for instance, requires a minimum initial deposit, amounting to $5, while FxPro, also CySEC-regulated, demands $ 500 from its clients.


Average Spreads & Commissions
EXNESS offers trading with variable spreads, which are attractively low. Average spreads on the commission-free accounts amount to 0.9 pips on EUR/USD, while ECN account holders are offered average spreads of 0.4 pips on EUR/USD, however a commission amounting to $2.5 per standard lot is charged.

 
You may look up real-time spreads of 15 leading brokers here.

 

Leverage
Leverage levels offered by EXNESS are in line with current ESMA guidelines, up to a maximum of 1:30.

 

 

Leverage may both multiply their profits and lead to heavy losses. Due to investor protection concerns, limitations on leverage rates are set in many jurisdictions: 1:50 in the USA, 1:25 in Japan, and 1:30 throughout the EU and the EEA.


Trading Platform


EXNESS offers its services on two of the most popular platforms among traders - MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5. The industry standard MT4 is available as desktop version, mobile apps and there is also a web-based version offered, called MT4 Web terminal. More brokers using the MT4 can be viewed here.

The MT5 was developed and marketed as an improvement on MT4, yet many brokers still prefer the earlier technology, since MT5 does not allow hedging, and what is more, MT4’s indicators and Expert Advisors (EA) are not supported on the MT5 platform.


More brokers offering the MT5 can be viewed here.

 

Promotions

EXNESS has partnered with forex rebate web site PayBackFX, and now offers its clients an option to receive cash back for each trade they make in the amount of 30% of the spread if they use Mini or Classic trading accounts, or $0.75 for each round-turn lot.

 

Methods of Payment


The broker accepts customer deposits and allows withdrawals via Wire Transfer, Neteller, Credit card and Internal transfer (available for withdrawals).


Skrill and PayPal are the only major e-payment systems missing.


Conclusion


EXNESS is a reliable broker with solid regulation, offering its clients a variety of tradeable instruments on two platforms under attractive trading conditions. To sum up the above, here are the advantages and drawbacks in relation to this broker:
 

Pros Cons
Solid regulation No proprietary platform
MT5 and MT4 both available Leverage capped at 1:30 (as required by law)
Attractive spreads  
No initial deposit required  
   

 

Headquarters: 46, Ayiou Athanasiou Avenue, Interlink Hermes Plaza, Office: 301 A, 3rd Floor, 4102, Limassol

Country: Cyprus

Regulated by: Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (Cyprus); Center for regulating OTC financial instruments and technologies (Russia). 

The EXNESS brand covers three companies:

 - EXNESS LIMITED (VC), registered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

 - EXNESS LLC – a member of Russia's self-regulatory organization CRFIN

 - EXNESS (CY) LIMITED,  Cyprus-regulated, started operations in August 2013.  

The clients of the broker may count on 24/7 support in 23 languages.

 

Gemini

Gemini Review
Trader's rating 1
Editor's rating 3.8

Account types

 

Account type

Minimum deposit

Leverage

Fees

Standard

Undisclosed

N/A

Max of 0.25%

 

Gemini is a relatively simple cyptocurrency exchange. It offers a few instruments, but on the other hand accepts USD bank transfers as a method of payment. There is also a more specific type of trading – auctions, which we will get to later on in the review, 

 

The company, security of funds

 

 

Company

Country

Regulation

Gemini Trust Company, LLC.

USA

US Trust regulation

 

Gemini is a brand owned by t Gemini Trust Company, LLC. They are regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS), but not under its infamous BitLicense, but simply as a trust. This assures some consumer confidence, while avoiding the hassle with the unpopular piece of legislation. If you are not familiar with the case, the aforementioned New York regulators wanted to create a licensing system for crypto exchanges. The idea was to make the Big Apple a major cryptocurrency trading centre, just how it is in traditional finance. That being the case the project wasn’t appreciated by most of the companies in the field, as a lot of them didn’t apply for it. Those who argue this makes it basically useless are backed by the rate at which licensing was given to the companies who did apply. At the time of writing of this review, two years since the legislation came into effect, only three companies have been granted the license.

 

The name Gemin comes from the owners of the company, the Winkelvoss twins. While they may be most famous for suing Facebook creator Mark Zukerberg over their idea for a social networking site, they also have interest in the crypto-space. It is worth pointing out, the famous rowers were also involved in Bitinstant, a company which was involved in facilitating transfers for drug deals. The brothers claimed they were only passive investors and were not aware of the operations. 

 

When it comes to security, Gemini hasn’t experienced any large-scale hacks yet. This is generally a good sign, although it does not guarantee anything for the future.

 

The user reviews on the company aren’t that many, which can be explained by the fact it doesn’t operate in the entire world. Here is a map of all of the regions, which they support (click to zoom-in):

 

 

That being the case most of the complaints are focused on slow account verification.

 

The most unique feature of Gemini are the auctions, which are held twice a day. The way they function is similar to the ones which occur at the opening and closing transactions on stock exchanges (not to be confused with “the highest bidder wins the item” auctions). This is where relatively big, in terms of volume, transactions are usually made. Traders can place buy or sell orders which are then matched at a single price. While of of this is happening, trading on Gemini still occurs. This creates an interesting dynamic, just like it does on the New York Stock Exchange – after seeing the pending orders for the auction (known as the “imbalance”) traders can speculate on them moving the market in the short term. For instance, if a relatively large buying imbalance is placed, most will expect the price to rally. That being said, this type of trading is very risky, as new orders may come to meet the imbalance, even in the last second. Furthermore the initial imbalance creator may have set a limit price for his order, above (in the case of buying) he does not want to participate. Trading on imbalances is tricky and while some traders used to enjoy doing so on the NYSE, they can all tell you stories about times when they lost a lot of money on a last second turnaround. This is definitely not recommended for beginners.

 

 

Trading conditions

 

Trading instruments (cryptocurrencies)

The trading instruments available at Gemini are only Bitcoin and Ethereum. Both coins can be traded against the US dollar and against each other. Obviously, this is limiting, but clients who wish to pursue altcoins can always transfer their BTC or ETH to an external wallet or another exchange, like Bittrex.

 

Minimum initial deposit

Gemini does not mention any minimum initial deposit, unlike the majority of forex brokers, which we mostly cover. In that industry, it is quite common for a company to specify an amount, below which one can’t open a new trading account. The levels are fairly low now, with FXCM requiring $50, for instance.

 

Leverage

Margin trading is not available at Gemini. More aggressive clients will not appreciate this fact, although there is enough volatility in cryptocurrencies already. The forex brokers who offer Bitcoin trading, provide leverage. As an example the FCA-regulated industry pioneers at IG have a 1:13.3 ratio (7.5% margin requirement) for Bitcoin trading.

 

Fees

Gemini offers relatively competitive fees. The maximum is in line the current industry standard of 0.25%, with discounts for bigger trading volume. On top of that, fees are lower for market “makers” (traders who passively place their orders in the book). The fees actually turn into rebates above a certain point in volume (only for "makers"). As a comparison, forex brokers usually condense all of their fees in the spread. This makes comparing the two types of services a bit tricky, although we have done so in this post.

 

Trading platform 

 

The platform provided by Gemini is web-based and rather simplistic, with the order book being the main focus. Here is a preview:

 

 

We must note this is an old screenshot, which wasn’t taken by us, due to the restrictions on accepting clients. That being said, the platform may have been improved in the meantime.

 

Methods of payment

 

Gemini accepts Bank Transfers as well as Bitcoin or Ethereum ones. Not a lot of exchanges accept bank transfers nowadays, with the major two ones being Coinbase and Bitstamp.

 

Conclusion

 

Gemini is a US-based crypto currency exchange. The company is registered as a trust, which should give investors a bit more confidence, when compared to a lot of other entities in the crypto-space. The people behind the company are the Winkelvoss twins, which you may be familiar with. Gemini offers little variety, in terms of the trading instruments, but accepts bank transfers. The company operates in a relatively small number of countries. The Auctions which they offer are a neat idea, but most traders will probably not feel the need to use them. Here are the pros and cons of Gemini :

 

Pros

Cons

Regulated US trust

Operates in a few countries

Commissions in line with the industry

Trading platform looks simplistic

Auctions available

Only BTC and ETH available

Accepts bank transfers (from some countries)

 

 

 

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