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IC Markets

IC Markets Review
Trader's rating 4
Editor's rating 3.8

Trading Accounts

 

Account type/Platform Minimum deposit Minimum trade size Maximum leverage  Typical Spread Swap-free
(MT4) Standard  $200 0.01  1:500 1.1 pips on EUR/USD Yes
(MT4) True ECN $200 0.01  1:500 0.1 pips on EUR/USD + $3.5 per standard lot per side Yes
cTrader ECN $1000 0.01  1:500 0.1 pips on EUR/USD + commission of $3.00 per standard lot per side No

 

IC Markets offers its clients a choice of three live account types, available on two different platforms. The Standard account is a commission-free one, and True ECN one provides tighter spreads, but a commission of $7 round turn applies.


Micro lots are available for trade on all account types and, of course, the broker provides free Demo accounts, which are always appreciated by inexperienced traders.


What is more, IC Markets provides swap-free service to investors of Islamic belief, who are able to open Sharia-compliant accounts.


The Company. Security of Funds


Incorporated in Sydney, Australia in 2007, IC MARKETS is a NDD broker providing trading in more than 80 instruments, including a number of currency pairs, various CFDs on indices, commodities and futures, as well as precious metals. It also offers trading in some of the most popular cryptocurrencies - Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ether, Dash and Bitcoin Cash.


The company behind the IC MARKETS brand is International Capital Markets Pty Ltd., which holds an Australian Financial Services License and is regulated by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).


ASIC requires licensed companies to comply with various rules and to meet certain requirements. Clients’ money is to be kept in segregated trust accounts, separated from the companies’ operating funds. As for the minimum capital requirement, forex brokers must hold at least $ 1 million in order to prove their good financial standing and to operate legitimately.


Despite the regulation and the requirements set to Australian brokers, one should be aware of the risks of trading on margin. Returns and gains are not guaranteed. ASIC, the Australian Government nor any other person guarantees any funds in your account.


We would also like to point out that unlike many EU-based brokers, Australian ones are not covered by any compensation scheme. 

 

In 2008, IC Markets got a license from the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (‘CySEC’) and can now offer its services thoroughout the European Union and the EEA.


Trading Conditions


Minimum Initial Deposit
Traders are required to deposit $200 in order to open an account with IC Markets, which is an average initial amount. In comparison, Plus500 requires $100 and XM (holding, among others, also an ASIC license) demands just $5 from its clients as a start.


Average Spreads & Commissions

IC Markets offers variable spreads, the typical ones on its commission-free account amounting to 1.1, which is average. Spreads on the ECN accounts, on the other hand, are as low as 0.1 pips on EUR/USD on average, involving a commission of $6/$7 per standard lot round turn on the cTrader and MT4 respectively. So, trading costs of such account holders amount to just 07 – 0.8 pips, commission included, which is really attractive, especially considering that one can open such ECN MT4 account for just 200 bucks.


In comparison, XM also offers variable spreads starting from 0.0 pips on EUR/USD and applies commission of $5 on its Zero account, while spreads on its commission-free accounts start from 1.0 pips.


For further information, you may look up real-time spreads of 15 leading brokers here.


Maximum Leverage

Clients of IC Markets use leverage ratios up to 1:500 and such maximum leverage rate is considered high. Some jurisdictions cap leverage to significantly lower levels (i.e. 1:25 in Japan), because higher leverage involves higher risk of losses in excess of initial investments.


Most brokers usually offer leverage of up to 1:200 or 1:400, for instance global broker FXCM, also holding an ASIC license, provides leverage up to 1:400, and Plus500 – up to 1:200. Nevertheless, many brokers provide leverage ratios equal to or exceeding 1:500.


Trading Platforms


While most brokers provide just the MT4 and/or their in-house platform, IC Markets offers its customers a choice of three popular platforms: MetaTrader 4 (MT4), MetaTrader 5 (MT5) and cTrader. 


MT4 is the most widely used forex platform, available to the broker’s clients as Mac, iPhone/iPad and Android versions, as well as a Web Trader version. MT4 provides all the tools and resources a trader needs: a number of technical indicators, advanced charting package, wide range of Expert Advisers (EAs) and extensive back-testing environment. EAs are especially popular among experienced users, as they allow full automatization of trades, so traders may sit back, while the software does all the work.


If you are running EAs, it is vital that your platform is connected to our servers 24 hours a day. The best solution in this case is VPS and IC Markets has partnered with Commercial Network Services, NYCServers and BeeksFX VPS, to provide a customized low latency solution for their clients. The VPS seamlessly connects traders to the Equinix NY4 grid using cutting edge technology and providing excellent execution.


What is more, this broker provides Multi Account Manager MAM/PAMM options on MT4.

 

IC markets launched the MetaTrader 5 (MT5) platform in May, 2017. The MT5 sees a growing level of use recently, as MetaQuotes company tries to strengthen its presence on the market and ouphase its still more popular predecessor, the MT4.

 

In addition, IC Markets offers access to cTrader platform, which is custom-made for use in ECN environment. The IC Markets cTrader suite includes a PC, web and mobile versions, as well as automated trading software cAlgo.

Traders who are fond of automated trading are offered three more options with this broker: ZuluTrade, Myfxbook’s AutoTrade and Signal Trader's unique mirroring technology.


Institutional and high-volume traders (with minimum volume of $500 million per month) are also offered FIX API option to access market leading liquidity at affordable prices. The FIX Inside API can integrate the proprietary electronic and algorithmic client server, browser based, and mobile trading systems.


Methods of Payment


IC MARKETS offers its clients a variety of deposit/withdrawal methods: via credit/debit card, bank wire, BPAY, Neteller, Skrill, Webmoney, China UnionPay, FasaPay, PayPal and Qiwi.


What is more, this broker offers 10 flexible funding options in 10 different base currencies: AUD, USD, SGD, CHF, GBP, CAD, HKD, JPY, EUR, and NZD.


Conclusion


IC MARKETS is a reliable NDD Australian broker, offering competitive conditions for trading in a wide range of products on two platforms. To sum things up, here are the advantages and drawbacks with regards to IC MARKETS:

 

Pros  Cons
Low ECN spreads  No bonuses & rebates
Wide range of trading platforms & auto trading solutions  
ASIC-regulated   
High leverage levels available  

 

Country: Australia

Regulation: ASIC Australian Financial Services Licence Number 335692. 

BDSwiss

BDSwiss Review
Trader's rating 0
Editor's rating 3.7

Basic Information

 

Minimum deposit  Min./Max. bet size Payout %  Deposit Bonus  Trading platform Regulation
$100  $5/ $1,500.00  Up to 85%  N/A SpotOption  CySEC


Formally known as Bank De Swiss, BDSwiss is a reputable European Binary options broker, offering trading in over 200 underlying assets on the most popular SpotOption binaries platform under quite competitive trading conditions.


BDSwiss` customers get access to comprehensive training materials to help them optimize their trading strategies. The broker offers rich education center on its website, online webinars, live seminars, market news, economic calendar and more.


Trading Accounts


BDSwiss offers a single type of account, which is rather unusual, as most binaries brokers differentiate their clients based on their initial deposit. This means that BDSwiss clients may not choose between different account types, but ion the other hand, treating all clients equally is a good thing.


Besides, BDSwiss does not offer demo account either. While many consider this a disadvantage, it is also true that many demo platforms do not mimic the actual trading on the site.


The Company. Security of Funds


BDSwiss is one of Europe’s leading financial institutions specializing in Forex/CFD and Binary Options trading. It also appears to be quite popular with traders.


BDSwiss is operated by BDSwiss Holding Plc, a Cyprus Investment Firm (CIF), licensed and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC).


In order to provide a certain level of security, Cypriot financial watchdog applies a set of rules and requirements to license holders.


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.


Trading Conditions


Trading Options: Call/Put, 60 seconds, Pairs, Long term, One Touch, Ladder
Assets: Stocks, Indices, Currencies, Commodities
Expiry Times: 60 sec, 90 sec, 120 sec, 180 sec, 300 sec, 30 min, 1h, 2h, 4h, 8h, 12h, 2d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d, 7d

 

Minimum Initial Deposit
The minimum initial deposit for clients of BDSwiss is $100, which is attractive, since most binaries brokers usually require $200 - $250. For instance, Cherry Trade, a broker operating out of the Caribbean. requires $200 from traders to open an account.

 

Min/Max bet size
The minimum bet size with this broker is just $5 (for 60 Second Options), which is on the lower end of average. In comparison, with OptionsClick one is able place a trade with at least $10. Such low minimum bet sizes allow better risk management.

 

Payout amount
The payout provided by this broker varies by different options, but is usually between 65%-85%, which is on the upper end of average.


In comparison, HY Options’ payout for the EUR/USD pair A Day binary Up/Down for EUR/USD offers a payout of 85%. 60 Seconds Binary Options have a payout of 70%.


Of course, the higher the percentage payout offered by the broker, the larger the traders return would be.

 

Trading Platform


Like many binary options brokers, BDSwiss supports the most widely used binaries trading platform, SpotOption. All popular binary options are supported: Call/Put, 60 seconds, Pairs, Long term, One Touch, Ladder. What is more, it offers some additional option features (In the overview of open positions).


Instead of letting your option expire, you can use “Sell”, “Double Up” and “Rollover” to adjust your option individually, if, for example, market conditions change.


As the name suggests, “Sell” gives you the opportunity to sell your option before it expires. If you are confident in the current trend, you have the opportunity to “Double Up” which will open a new option with the same conditions of your open position, but at the current price. Finally, if you think your option needs more time to move in the desired direction, you can extend the expiry time by using the “Rollover” feature.

Bonuses
Unlike most binary brokers, BDSwiss does not have a set bonus structure. On-deposit bonuses are not offered on a constant basis, but are instead available at various times for a limited duration.


Instead, this broker offers $100 refer a friend bonus.

 

Methods of Payment


There are a number of payment methods available to BDSwiss’ clients: Credit/Debit cards, Bank Wire, Skrill, Neteller, Giropay, eps, Sofort & Ideal.


Keep in mind that withdrawals under €100.00 will be charged with a €25.00 processing fee.


Conclusion


BDSwiss is a regulated and reputable binaries broker, offering outstanding range of assets and trading options, while keeping their account structure simple and their plat form easy to use. To sum up the above, here are the advantages and drawbacks in relation to this broker:

 

Pros  Cons
Regulated broker No deposit bonus 
Low minimum bet size & min. initial deposit No choice of trading accounts, no demo either
Payout up to 85%   
Wide range of tradable assets & instruments  
Refer a friend bonus  
   

 

 

Headquarters: Makariou III Street 160 3026, Limassol

Country: Cyprus

Regulation: CySec

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