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itBit

itBit Review
Trader's rating 1
Editor's rating 4

Trading accounts and conditions

 

Account type Leverage Fees
Standard 1:1 *0.20% taker fee, 0% maker fee

*The OTC Trading desk for large orders charges a 0.10% flat fee per transaction.

 

itBit is a New York licensed US bitcoin exchange that offers services both to small retail and large and institutional clients. The service for smaller clients is called simply “exchange”, while the institutional service is called “OTC Trading Desk”. It is a “boutique service specializing in large bitcoin trades starting over 100 bitcoins”. It offers a deep orderbook, personalized trading support and competitive pricing. This service charges a flat fee of 0.10% per transaction. Additionally, itBit offers personalized service for active traders with a 30-day trading volume over 2,500 bitcoins.

 

Currently itBit offers trading only in Bitcoin against USD, EUR and SGD.

 

Unlike many exchanges who do not require verification at initial registration itBit does require immediate account verification, even before letting the users into their account. For the purpose one needs to provide a copy of government ID and proof of residence, which is more or less the industry standard. The verification process, particularly for foreign clients, takes a few days. For the institutional clients, there is a set of required documents that include incorporation or sole proprietorship proof.

 

ItBit does not offer leveraged trading, but there are cryptocurrency exchanges who do so, like Kraken, bitFlyer, Coincheck, Poloniex, etc. There is also a large number of forex brokers like IG, HYCM and easyMarkets, for example, who offer leveraged trading on CFDs on some of the most popular cryptocurrencies.

 

>> Forex brokers offering leveraged Bitcoin trading <<

 

The Company. Security of Funds

 

Company Country Regulation
itBit Trust Company, LLC USA  NYDFS

 

itBit is a New York based cryptocurrency exchange established in 2013 that operates legally in all 50 states, but also accepts international clients.

 

So far there are no unified rules and requirements for the US cryptocurrency exchanges, but the state of New York has introduced a license. In the spring of 2015 itBit has become the first US bitcoin exchange to get a charter from the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) under the state banking laws. There are two major cryptocurrency exchanges who have a New York bitcoin license: Coinbase and its institutional platform GDAX.

 

itBit employs robust security measures, such as two-factor authentication, multiple layers of platform security and 100% bitcoin cold storage. The company adheres to the CryptoCurrency Security Standard (CCSS) , which is a set of procedural requirements for secure handling of bitcoins established by C4, BitGo Inc. Additionally, all USD assets,  FDIC-insured and all fiat and bitcoin customer assets are fully protected and backed by mandatory capital reserves. Furthermore, the funds of itBit’s US customers are held exclusively in regulated US banks and do not leave American soil. ItBit also provides its US customers with the 1099 forms for tax reporting. 

 

The exchange also is fully compliant with the US anti-money laundering and know-your-customer procedures and requirements.

 

Trading platform

 

We could not gain access to itBit’s trading platform. We noticed, though, that the exchange provides access to market data with charts, the order book and the bitcoin network with a hash rate, market cap, mining revenue and average confirmation charts to anyone who visits the site. We find this fairly convenient.

 

We also came across user comments that the mobile web interface of the exchange is quite slow, but this could be actually caused by slow network and not by the platform itself.

 

Methods of payment

 

The only payment method for fiat currencies itBit accepts, is bank transfer and nothing else. This is quite inconvenient, as the bank transfers, especially the international ones, are far from instant and come with hefty fees. There are also default withdrawal limits of USD $2, 500 daily and USD $15, 000 monthly, but they can be changed. This, however, is done through printing out, filling in and e-mailing a two-page from and we find this a bit tedious.

 

The fact that itBit does not accept payments with credit/debit cards is quite inconvenient, especially for international clients who must pay through the nose for bank fees and wait several days for their payment to be processed.

 

>> crypto exchanges who accept credit cards <<

 

Conclusion

 

The best thing about itBit is that it is a regulated and strict cryptocurrency exchange. It takes rules, regulations and security very seriously and this is a very good thing.

 

However, those who wish to remain anonymous or register and start trading quickly, should go elsewhere and look for exchanges that do not have such strict and lengthy verification requirements. Those who have nothing to hide, though, would be absolutely fine with itBit.

 

A plus of itBit is the offering of special services and lower fees for the large traders.

 

What we do not like about this exchange is the fact that it does not accept credit and debit cards as payment. This, as we said, is not very convenient for a number of reasons.

 

Another minus of itBit is the fact that it does not offer other cryptocurrencies, besides Bitcoin. For those interested in trading in more than one or another altcoin, most exchanges have a somewhat larger selection. There are also platforms like Bisq and LiteBit who have a pretty big portfolio.

 

Pros Cons
NY regulation No anonymity
Robust safety Bitcoin only
Special service for large traders No credit/debit cards accepted
Accepts fiat currencies  

 

 

FxPro

FxPro Review
Trader's rating 3.6
Editor's rating 4.5

Trading Accounts

 

Account type/Platform Minimum deposit Minimum trade size Maximum leverage Average Spreads Execution type
MT4
 
$100
 
0.01
 
1:500
 
fixed 1.6 pips
variable 1.4 pips
Instant
market
MT5 $100 0.01 1:500 1.4 pips  Market
cTrader $100 0.01 1:500 0.3 pips +$4.5* Market

 

*Commission is calculated per standard lot of 100 000 currency base units (per side).

 

Depending on the trading platform used, FxPro offers three basic account types – MT4, MT5, and cTrader (NDD). All three account types offer dynamic leverage up to 1:500 and micro tradeable lots.

 

Besides, FxPro offers its in-house built FxPro Markets platform.

 

In addition, the brokerage provides swap-free (Islamic) accounts to clients of the Muslim faith, as well as VIP services to high-net-worth individuals and those actively trading large volumes.

 

VIP clients benefit from free VPS service, no deposit fees, and receive trade recommendations, exclusive news reports and margin level alerts via email and SMS.

 

Trading Conditions

 

Minimum initial deposit

In order to open an account with FxPro, one has to invest $100, however the recommended minimum initial deposit is $500.

 

Spreads & Commission

FxPro offers a choice of fixed and variable spreads, commission-free (MT4 & MT5) and commission-involving (cTrader) accounts on an array of platforms.

 

In fact, the broker’s fixed spreads are quite good - 1.6 pips on EUR/USD, while most fixed-spread brokers provide such of 2 pips. FxPro’s variable spreads, on the other hand, are average – typical ones are around 1.4 (MT4 & MT5) or 1.2 pips (FxPro Markets) for the EUR/USD pair on commission-free accounts. The tightest spreads with this broker are available on cTrader accounts - 0.3 pips, however if we add the commission of $9 round trip, average trading costs per standard lot traded amount to around 1.2 pips.

 

In comparison, another major UK broker, IG, offers average spreads of 0.2 pips on its DMA accounts, where a commission of $5 per side per standard lot applies. For further information, you can check out the real-time spreads of 15 leading brokers here.

 

Maximum leverage

FxPro offers comparatively high leverage levels – up to 1:500. Despite the fact that such leverage levels are considered high, many other brokers offer leverage up to 1:500 or higher. In comparison, IG offers leverage up to 1:200.

 

In order to control the risk associated with it, the broker utilizes a dynamic forex leverage model on the MT4 and MT5 platforms, which automatically adapts to clients trading positions:

 

 

The Company

 

FxPro is an award-winning pure NDD broker that offers trading in on a range of instruments, including currency pairs, shares, spot indices, futures, spot metals and spot energies, on a selection of trading platforms. It provides its clients with access to top-tier liquidity, excellent trading conditions and the highest level of customer protection possible, including negative balance protection.  

 

What is more, FxPro demonstrates a long-term commitment to transparency, as it regularly publishes trades execution statistics (slippage & requotes data). This brokerage is excellent choice for both savvy and novice traders. Beginners can take advantage of the broker's educational resources – video tutorials, webinars, live hangouts, etc. For more advanced traders, there are additional analytical tools like Trading Central and Autochartist. 

 

FxPro is the collective brand name of FxPro UK Ltd., an entity regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and FxPro Financial Services Ltd., which is licensed by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) and the Financial Services Board (FSB) of South Africa. In October, 2017 the broker was granted a license to operate in the UAE from the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).

 

Company

Country

Regulation

FxPro UK Limited

UK

FCA

FxPro Financial Services Ltd

Cyprus

CySEC

FxPro Financial Services Limited

South Africa

FSB

 

Security of funds

 

Both FCA and CySEC apply certain rules and requirements to regulated firms, thus ensuring a good level of credibility. Cypriot and UK brokers must hold at least €730 000 in order to prove their good financial standing, and are required to keep customer funds in segregated accounts, separated from the company’s operating funds. 

 

As a further guarantee to clients’ funds, all companies regulated in UK and Cyprus are covered by compensation schemes as additional guarantee to clients’ funds. All deposits with a UK regulated forex broker up to £50,000 per client are guaranteed by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) - UK’s statutory compensation scheme for clients of authorized financial services companies. Similarly, Cypriot Investment Firms are members of the Investor Compensation Fund, which is able to pay compensation up to 20,000 EUR, If the company is in default. 

 

What is more, FxPro Financial Services Limited is also licensed by the Financial Services Board (FSB) as a Financial Services Provider. South Africa is lately gaining popularity as a forex broker destination.

 

Trading platforms

 

FxPro supports MT4, MT5, cTrader and proprietary FxPro Markets platform.

 

FxPro Markets is the latest addition to the broker’s suite of trading platforms, available for web and mobile devices. It is a comprehensive, all-in-one trading solution, enabling clients to create and manage their trading accounts, deposit funds, and trade the markets, etc.

 

In spite of the number of improvements made to MT5 lately (and most importantly the hedging option added to it), MetaTrader 4 is still preferred by most brokers and experienced traders. That is why most brokers support it. MT4 provides an advanced charting package, lots of technical indicators, extensive back-testing environment and a variety of Expert Advisors (EAs).

 

MT4’s successor, MetaTrader 5, allows the execution of orders in several financial markets and stock exchanges through a single trading account. This platform also features advanced charting package, trading and analysis tools, alerts, signals, and customizable indicators. 

 

Last but not least, FxPro offers access to cTrader platform, which is custom-made for use in NDD environment.  cTrader is fast, easy to use and provides pricing transparency and tight spreads.  The cTrader suite includes a PC, web and mobile versions, as well as automated trading software cAlgo.

 

FxPro provides ultrafast execution: 99.9% of orders executed within 50ms. In addition, its clients may run their MT4 Expert Advisors or cAlgo robots on the Virtual Private Server, without even needing to keep their trading terminal running.

 

Payment methods

 

Clients of FxPro Financial Services Limited are offered a wide range of payment methods: Bank transfer, Credit/Debit Card (including Visa, Visa Electron, Visa Delta, MasterCard, Maestro International, Maestro UK), PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, China UnionPay, mPay, FasaPay (for Indonesian clients), Webmoney (for Russian clients), Moneta, Boleto (for Brazilian customers), Netbanx (for Chinese customers), eProtections (for Japanese customers).

 

Clients of FxPro UK Limited may use only Bank transfer and Credit/Debit Card.

 

Withdrawals are proceeded by the broker’s Client Accounting Department within 1 working day.

 

Conclusion

 

FxPro is one of the most prominent names in the forex industry. The broker operates as a Hybrid Agency Model broker, offering Negative Balance Protection and enabling clients to access top-tier liquidity, wide range of trading platforms and financial instruments with lightning-fast execution. It is well-regulated and extremely reliable with its long-term commitment to transparence. Here are, in a nutshell, the advantages and disadvantages with regards to this broker:

 

Pros Cons
Strong regulation  No major disadvantages
Negative balance protection  
Multiple trading platforms offered  
Competitive spreads & pricing  
High leverage levels offered  
Pure NDD brokerage  
Fast execution speed  

 

 

Headquarters: Karyatidon 1, Ypsonas 4180, Cyprus

Tel: +357 25 969 222; Fax: +357 25 969 269; 
Email: [email protected];

Country: Cyprus, UK

Regulated by: FxPro Financial Services Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission under the license number 078/07

FxPro UK Ltd (a subsidiary of FxPro Financial Services Limited) is authorised and regulated by the FSA (Registration No 509956) 

Website: FxPro.co.uk

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