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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)

 

 

 

BDSwiss

BDSwiss Review
Trader's rating 0
Editor's rating 3

Trading Accounts & Conditions

 

Account type Min. deposit Min. trade size Max. leverage

Average spread

Basic  $200 0.01 1:30  1.5 pips
Raw  N/A 0.1 1:30  0.4 pips + $8 /lot
Black  N/A 0.01 1:30  1.1 pips

 

BDSwiss offers trading in wide range of financial instruments – many forex pairs, as well as CFDs on indices, commodities, equities and cryptocurrencies. Its clients are offered access to the popular MetaTrader 4 platform and a choice of three account types – Basic, Raw Spread, and Black. Swap-free services are available for all of them

 

Overall, the trading conditions of BDSwiss seem good – the initial deposit for the Basic account is not high and the spread is on the upper end of average. However, we could not find information on the initial investment amounts for the other two accounts, which offer better spreads. For more information on trading costs in forex trading, check out the below link.

 



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As regards leverage, the maximum level provided by the brokerage is 1:30, in line with the regulations applicable for this Cypriot brokerage. As you probably know, the maximum leverage available to retail investors was capped at 1:30 throughout the EU.

 

 

The Company. Security of Funds

 

Company

Country

Regulation

Bdswiss Holding PLC

Cyprus

CySEC

 

Formally known as Bank De Swiss,  BDSwiss was initially a Cypriot binary options broker, but changed the nature of its offering after this type of trading was banned across the EU in July 2018 (and ESMA keeps renewing the prohibition ever since). The broker is owned by Bdswiss Holding PLC, a Cyprus Investment company operates another forex brokerage brand, Swiss Markets. Firm (CIF), licensed and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC). Now that the UK is about to leave the EU, Cyprus is becoming the most popular destination for European forex broker.  Here are some of the rules which CIFs have to comply with.



First of all, CySEC requires Cyprus-based brokers to hold a minimum of €730 000 in order to prove their good financial standing. Moreover, all CySEC-regulated companies are members of the Investor Compensation Fund, which may cover tour investment loss to a maximum of 20,000 EUR per person in the event that the broker becomes insolvent. Such compensation schemes serve as an additional guarantee to clients’ funds.


In addition, as CySEC is part of the European MiFID regulations, and the companies regulated by the Cypriot financial watchdog are free to operate in all EU Member States. Therefore, they are also required to comply with all the rules and restrictions, introduced on a EU level: the leverage cap which we already discussed, provision of negative balance protection, and ban on trading incentives such as bonuses with trading volume requirements, among other things.

 

 

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BDSwiss also has an offshore entity, BDS Markets Ltd. (Domain bdswiss.com), which is said to service clients outside the European Union Area.

 

 

Trading Platform

 

As we already mentioned, BDSwiss offers the renown MetaTrader 4, delivering a wealth of information in a simple layout, and also allowing clients to automate their trades by Expert Advisors (EA). This is one of the reasons why this platform is so popular among trader. What is more, it offers a great charting package with a number of technical indicators, and extensive back-testing environment. Here you may check out more brokers that support it.

 

 

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Methods of Payment. Transfer fees

 

Clients of BDSwiss may use credit/debit cards, bank transfers, Sofortüberweisung, Skrill, Neteller, iDEAL, DotPAy, GiroPay, and PostePAy for deposits, and Credit/debit cards, bank transfers, Skrill, and Neteller for withdrawals.

 

With the exception of bank wire transfers, BDSwiss does not require a minimum withdrawal amount. That being said, please note that a 10 EUR fee will apply to any bank wire withdrawals under 100 EUR and any other withdrawals amounting to 20 EUR or less. Bank wire international payments are charged with a 10 EUR basic fee, and the minimum withdrawal amount is 50 EUR. The same fee applies to SEPA transfers, and the minimum withdrawal amount is 5 EUR.

 

 

Conclusion

 

BDSwiss is a Cypriot forex and CFD broker that has more than 7 years of experience in the financial markets. The broker supports the MT4 platform and is duly licensed by CySEC, which is its greatest advantage.

 

To sum up our review on BDSwiss:

Pros

Cons

CySEC license

Leverage capped at 1:30

MT4 available

No info on minimum investment amounts on Raw & Black accounts

Competitive spreads

 

Wide range of financial instruments

 

 

 

 

Headquarters: Makariou III Street 160 3026, Limassol

Country: Cyprus

Regulation: CySec

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