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Kraken

Kraken Review
Trader's rating 1.4
Editor's rating 4

Account type

 

Account type Minimum deposit Leverage Maker fee Taker fee
Standard Undisclosed 1:5 Max of 0.16% Max of 0.26%

 

Kraken is one of the most popular crypto currency exchanges. It is currently the world’s leader, in terms of Bitcoin to EUR trading volumes. 

 

The company, security of funds

 

Company Country Regulation
Payward, Inc, USA N/A

 

The Kraken exchange is operated by the San Francisco-based Payward Inc. The company is not under direct regulation by any agency, but this is not unusual in the crypto currency space (at least for now). 

 

The company’s overall reputation is pretty solid. It hasn’t experienced any major hacks yet. Furthermore, it was chosen as the platform, through which payments to creditors of ill-fated Mt.Gox received their claims. If you are not familiar with the case,  Mt.Gox was a huge Bitcoin exchange in Japan, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2014, following a shady turn of events, which are another topic altogether. The company was then under special administration, which chose Kraken as a reliable partner, in order to facilitate payments to creditors.

 

Most of the coins on Kraken are kept in cold storage, with the exception of the ones currently used for trading, of course.

 

User reviews on Kraken are fairly mixed. Complaints vary from slow processing of deposits, lack of response by the customer support to stop-loss orders not triggering. While the latter is concerning the former two may be related to lack of staff, similarly to the issues which Poloniex currently has.

 

Trading conditions

 

Trading instruments (cryptocurrencies)

 

Kraken offers quite a few trading instruments. Although the exchange is most famous for its Bitcoin and Ethereum to cash (EUR and USD) markets, altcoins are also available. Here is a list of all the coins you can trade one way or another: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS, Dash, Ripple, Monero, Iconomi, Zcash, Augur, Gnosis, Stellar Limens, Dogecoin, Melon. Kraken plans to add new coins in the future.

 

It is worth mentioning this is one of the rather few exchanges which provides trading Bitcoin against currencies like the CAD and GBP. Although majors in the forex market, these are not often provided at crypto-exchanges. That being said liquidity may be an issue.

 

Minimum initial deposit

 

No minimum deposit level is specified by Kraken. Although this is not unusual in the cryptoverese, forex brokers (some of which allow Bitcoin trading) specify this on their websites. As an example, the industry leaders at IG proudly claim they do not have a minimum deposit requirement.

 

Leverage

 

Leverage is only offered for some of the instruments at the Kraken Exchange. It varies from 1:2 to 1:5. These levels may seem low, if you are used to forex trading, where a lot of brokers offer 1:500 in leverage. That being said, even they provide lower levels for crypto currency trading. For instance, the FCA-regulated industry veterans at HYCM currently offer 1:10 for Bitcoin trading.

 

Kraken charges a fee for leveraged trading. It varies from 0.01% to 0.02%, based on the instrument and is applied every four hours. This is a hassle you will not have if you chose to trade Bitcoin with a forex broker. Do keep in mind there is a huge difference between the services provided by forex brokers and crypto-exchanges. For a full breakdown, read this article

 

Fees

 

Kraken charges different fees for market “makers” and “takers”. At the time of writing of this review, they are 0.16% for the makers and 0.26% for the takers (for the lowest volumes). 

 

For those of you who are unaware of what these terms mean, trading on an exchange is slightly different than, forex trading. If you want to buy a particular instrument, you can do this directly, by getting it from the lowest available ask price (offer). This is an “aggressive” entry, which takes away market liquidity and is connected to a bigger fee (the taker fee). On the other hand, you can place your own bid in the order book, which then has to be triggered by another trader, who would sell his asset to you. In this case, you are providing liquidity to the market and pay a lower fee (the maker fee).

 

Overall, the fees provided by Kraken are in line with offerings by other exchanges.

 

Trading platform

 

When it comes to the trading platform, Kraken provides their own solution for some of the functionality, while relying on TradingView for the charting, similarly to Bitfinex.

 

There is pretty detailed access to the short term market dynamics. The tape, includes a historical bid/ask chart, which can be useful. Here is a preview:

 

 

The depth of the market is also presented in an easy to understand manner. Here is a preview:

 

You can see the book on the right side, with a graphical depiction on the left. 

 

The charts, provided by TradigView are a good tool for technical analysts. They are available via a click of a button next to the instrument list. The chart pops-up as a small external window, which you can later move, resize and so on. You can create an entire layout (even on a separate monitor) of your PC can handle the hardware requirements of modern browsers. Here is a preview:

 

 

Kraken also offers a mobile app, which is currently only available on iOS. Hopefully an Android implementation will come soon.

 

 

Methods of payment

 

Fiat currency payments at Kraken are only done via Bank Transfer. There is a slight advantage, if you have a bank account within the European Economic Area, since the SEPA payment system is supported. Crypto currency deposits are also available, but instant real money options such as Credit Card, PayPal or Neteller are not.

 

Conclusion

 

Kraken is a US-based crypto currency exchange. That being the case, the company operates a lot with Europan customers, as it is the world’s leader in terms of Bitcoin to EUR trading volumes. Kraken is as reputable, as one can get in the cryptoverse, with no major hacks or scandals so far. The trading environment feels good, providing detailed tape-reading potential. Commissions are in-line with the current industry averages. Here are Kraken’s strong and weak sides:

 

Pros Cons
Reputable company, no hacks yet  Credit cards and Paypal not accepted
High Bitcoin to EUR liquidity  Mobile app available only for iOS
Solid charting, by TradingView  Recent negative user reviews
Commissions in line with the industry  
Bank Transfers available  

 

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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