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FX Choice

FX Choice Review
Trader's rating 4.1
Editor's rating 4.4

Trading Accounts

 

Account type Minimum deposit  Minimum trade size  Maximum leverage  Average Spread 
Classic  $100 0.01 1:200 1.2 pips on EUR/USD
Pro  $100 0.01 1:200 0.5 pips on EUR/USD + $3.86 per lot (per side)


Clients of FX Choice are provided with a choice of two account types: Classic and Pro. The main difference between the two is that the Classic one is commission-free, offering higher spreads, while the Pro account is commission based and provides tighter spreads due to the ECN environment. Besides, only the Pro account offers a choice of desktop platforms – MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5.


What is more, traders can choose to open Corporate or Individual accounts.


The Com
pany. Security of Funds

 

Company

Country

Regulation

FXChoice Ltd.

Belize

IFSC

 

FXChoice is a broker specialized in Forex and CFD trading for private clients, institutional investors and fund managers. Having around a decade of experience in the forex industry, the brokerage strives to provide excellent service and customer support. In 2016 alone FXChoice was awarded the Exceptional Customer Service accolade by LiveHelpNow on 5 occasions.

 

The broker offers trading in almost 40 currency pairs and various CFDs (on indices, precious metals, commodities, energies) through two robust trading platforms. With their NDD technology FXChoice is executing around 15 000 digital transactions a day.

 

The company behind the brand, FXChoice Ltd., is headquartered in Belize and regulated by the local International Financial Services Commission (IFSC).

 

IFSC has liberal control over forex brokers. Its supervision focuses on promulgation of regulation and a mandatory code of conduct, as well as the licensing process. Compliance-checking, reporting and on-going supervision are little emphasized.

 

Despite of the lack of strict regulatory rules, FXChoice places a special focus on security and keeps clients’ funds in segregated accounts, absolutely separate from their corporate ones.

 

What is more, this broker practices positive price correction. This practically means that even if traders actually slip into negative balances under extraordinary circumstances, FXChoice will simply zero out these balances. 


Trading Conditions


Minimum Initial Deposit

Unlike most forex brokers, who usually set up different initial investment for different account types, FXChoice demands $100 from both Classic and Pro account holders. This is a comparatively low initial investment for ECN environment.


Average Spreads & Commissions

This broker offers competitive variable spreads, which vary by account type. Nonetheless, trading costs on both accounts are similar, amounting to an average of 1.2 pips on EUR/USD per (ECN account holders are offered spread averaged 0.5 pips on EUR/USD incurring a commission of $ 7 per lot round turn).  So, FXChoice’s pricing is pretty attractive


Maximum Leverage

The maximum leverage level offered to FXChoice’s clients is 1:200, which is average for the industry.

 

Trading Platforms

 

The broker supports several trading platforms: MetaTrader 4, MetaTrader 5, as well as Myfxbook Autotrade.

 

Both the MT4 and the MT5 offer access to the forex, contracts for difference (CFDs), options and futures markets, but the MT5 also offers an option for trading in stocks. Both platforms use MQL programming languages and allow automated trading via Expert Advisors (EAs). They offer advanced charting packages, trading and analysis tools, alerts, signals, and customizable indicators.

 

With FXChoice MT4 is available as desktop version, mobile apps and there is also a web-based version offered, called Web terminal MetaTrader 4.

 

The MT5 was developed and promoted as an upgrading on MT4, yet many brokers still prefer the earlier technology, since many of MT4’s indicators and Expert Advisors (EA) are not supported on the MT5 platform. Lately, however, the MetaTrader 5 is gaining popularity among both traders and brokers, as the hedging option was added to it and a number of other enhancements were made. With FXChoice the platform is available as a PC version and mobile apps.

 

In addition to MT4 and MT5, FXChoice is offering the Autotrade service operated by Myfxbook. This is a social forex community and online automated analytical tool, by which you can copy the trades of any system you select, directly into your FXChoice MetaTrader 4 account, without any additional fees or software to install. 

 

Besides, traders who keep a monthly balance of $3,000 or more at least 5 lots per month qualify for free VPS.


Promotions

Like many other forex brokers, from time to time FXChoice offers its clients special bonuses.


Methods of Payment

 

This broker provides a variety of payment methods to its clients: wire transfer, credit/debit card, e-wallets: Skrill, Neteller, FasaPay, Bitcoin, Perfect Money, ePayments, Trustly, Astropay and PaySafeCard.

 

Accounts can be opened in USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD and Bitcoin.

 

Conclusion

 

Despite its looser regulation, FXChoice is a reliable award-winning NDD broker with more than 10 years of experience in the forex industry. It offers fast market execution and competitive trading conditions on a variety of trading platforms. To sum up the above, here are the Pros & Cons of FXChoice:

 

Pros Cons
Competitive spreads Liberal regulation
Pure NDD brokerage  
Low initial deposit for ECN environment  
Both MT4 and MT5 available   
Extra tools such as live economic calendar, VPS  

 

FxChoice Headquarters: 
21 Regent Street, P.O. Box 1814, Belize City

Country: Belize

Regulation: N/A

Website: MyFxChoice.com

bitFlyer

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  

 

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