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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)

 

 

 

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

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