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IG

IG Review
Trader's rating 5
Editor's rating 4.6

Trading Accounts

 

Account type Minimum deposit  Minimum trade size Maximum leverage Average Spreads
Standard  $0 0.1 1:200** 0.6 pips 
DMA  $0 0.1 1:200 0.2 pips + commission $3-$5*

*commission is calculated per standard lot per side and is based on trading volume

**The IG branch in Singapore offers maximum leverage of 1:50.

 

IG offers spread betting and CFD services with the same spreads. CFD accounts are two types – Standard & DMA. The Standard one is commission-free, while the DMA account provides lower spreads, as prices are offered by liquidity providers, plus a variable commission, based on the client’s order size.

 

The broker does not offer micro lots for trade (0.01 lots), so some traders may find it difficult to manage the risks associated with high-volume trading.

 

The Company

 

Founded in London in 1974, IG (formerly IG Index) is a pioneer broker, that actually created the concept of financial spread betting. Furthermore, IG was the first spread betting firm to introduce online dealing in 1998.

 

Currently, the group of companies offers wide range of products for online trade, available on a selection of platforms: contracts for difference (CFDs) on currency pairs, indices, commodities, stocks, financial spread betting (in the UK and Ireland), as well as binary options. In 2014 the broker also introduced execution-only stockbroking in the UK and Ireland, later rolling it out to the Netherlands and Germany.

               

The IG Group also owns the North America Derivatives Exchange (Nadex), the premier and largest regulated online US exchange, offering binary options and spreads.

 

In addition, the group is listed on the London Stock Exchange and the FTSE 250. In fact, it is currently the largest forex broker listed on the LSE in terms of market capitalization.

 

Its UK head office is located in the heart of the City of London, and the group has sales offices in 15 other countries. 

 

IG is a trading name of IG Markets Ltd. and IG Index Ltd, authorized and regulated by UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). For binary bets IG Index Ltd. is also licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission.

 

Security of Funds

 

UK’s financial watchdog is famous for applying strict requirements to brokerage firms. Licensed companies are required to comply with certain rules and procedures covering client funds, order execution, minimum capital requirement of  €730 000 , regular report filing, etc. 

 

In relation to security of clients` funds, we would also like mention that FCA-regulated brokers fall under the umbrella of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), which protects consumers up to £50,000 per person, in case the company goes bankrupt.

 

Except got the two abovementioned firms, the IG Group has units regulated by the respective authorities in a number of countries.

 

Countries of regulation Regulator
UK  FCA
Germany  BaFin
Switzerland  FINMA
Australia  ASIC
New Zealand FMA
UAE  DFSA
Japan  JFSA
Singapore  MAS

 

Trading Conditions

 

Minimum Initial Deposit

Clients of IG are not required to deposit a certain initial amount in order to open an account with IG, however they have to fund their accounts in order to initiate a trade. For instance, in order to buy 1 lot GBP/USD (1 contract is £100,000 and the margin rate is 0.5%), one has to deposit at least £500.

 

Average Spreads & Commissions

IG offers competitive low spreads, averaged to 0.6 pips on EUR/USD on commission-free accounts, and even less on DMA ones (which involve a commission). Such pricing is really good, as we find most brokers offer spreads within the range of 1.0 – 1.5 pips.

 

In comparison, FxPro offers average spreads as low as 0.4 pips on the EUR/USD for its cTrader accounts and charges $4.5 per lot. For further information, you may also check out the real-time spreads of 15 major brokers here.

 

Leverage

The maximum leverage levels offered by IG are up 1:200, which is considered average. Yet, many FCA-regulated brokers provide higher leverage ratios: FxPro, for instance, offers leverage up to 1:500.

 

We would like to remind traders that higher leverage involves higher risk, not only the probability of multiplied profits earned on a small deposit. It is a double-sided coin.

 

Trading Platforms

 

This broker offers a selection of robust platforms: its proprietary IG platform, web-based ProRealTime, a special DMA platform – L2 Dealer, as well as the industry’s standard MetaTrader 4 (MT4).

 

 

The web-based ProRealTime has customisable layout and is equipped with several charting packages, Over 100 indicators covering everything from price to volatility, automated trade options and extensive historical data.

 

For those who want full market depth with Direct Market Access (DMA) for FX, share dealing and equity CFDs, IG offers the downloadable L2 Dealer platform. It provides greater liquidity on shares trading through access to primary exchanges, market makers, brokers and MTF dark pools. With L2 Dealer, traders can place basket trades using the Excel-compatible 'Watchlist Pro' function, autotrade by using algorithms they have created in Excel and to make well-informed decisions due to the market-linked news feeds and live charts.

 

In addition, traders who are used to the good old MetaTrader 4, are able to use it with IG.

 

Methods of Payment

 

IG UK`s clients are able to make deposits and withdrawals via credit/debit cards or wire transfer. Popular e-wallets, such as BPay, China UnionPay and Paypal, are also available as payment methods with this broker.

 

Conclusion

 

Being part of a large international group with more than 40 years of experience in the industry, IG is a reliable and well-regulated broker, offering competitive conditions for trading in wide range of financial instruments on several platforms. To sum things up, here are the advantages and drawbacks with regards to IG:

 

Pros Cons
Regulated in multiple jurisdictions No micro lots available  
Competitive tight spreads Limited payment methods
No minimum initial deposit required  
Wide range of trading instruments & platforms  
Part of a large publicly listed group with more than 40 years of experience  

                                

Headquarters: 

Cannon Bridge House, 25 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2YA

Country: United Kingdom

Regulated by: 

FCA (UK)

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


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.

 
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