What to look for when choosing a Forex broker

Discussion in 'Forex' started by FP Markets, Nov 13, 2019.

  1. FP Markets

    FP Markets Sponsor

    The forex market has no central marketplace. Traders must choose a broker to help them conduct their trades, but this is no easy task. There is a large and growing number of forex brokers and choosing the right one can be overwhelming.

    The following are five essentials to look for when choosing a broker in today’s competitive forex marketplace.

    1. REGULATORY COMPLIANCE
    A reputable forex broker will be a member of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) with an Australian Financial Services License (AFSL).

    The regulatory authority ensures that members meet all their regulatory responsibilities.

    TO CHECK IF A BROKER IS REGULATED BY THE ASIC:
    • Determine the broker AFSL number typically found on the broker’s “About Us” page or at the bottom of each web page.
    • Validate the license number on the ASIC website.

    2. TRADING PLATFORM
    A good trading platform must be stable and user-friendly. Most brokers will give you a demo account to try out their trading platform. Some things to look for include:

    • A variety of fundamental and/or technical charting and analysis tools.
    • The ease of entering and exiting trades. Are there clear ‘buy’ and ‘sell’ buttons?
    • The availability of Metatrader4 (MT4), a highly customisable platform that was specifically built for forex trading. MT4 is the standard platform for forex traders of all levels.
    • The availability of elements that enhance trading. These include customisation options, automated trading options, web-based and mobile trading, trading alerts and strategy builders.


    3. ACCOUNT DETAILS
    Each brokerage has its unique offerings. You should determine the ones that fulfil your trading needs.

    COMMISSIONS AND SPREADS
    Each time you enter a trade you have to pay either a spread or a commission. You need to choose a broker that offers affordable rates without sacrificing reliability.

    Note: Wider spreads can make it harder to make a profit. A broker offering tighter spreads is ideal.



    LEVERAGE
    Brokers have a variety of leverage amounts such as 50:1 or 500:1. Leverage is the borrowed capital extended to traders by brokers. For instance, you can hold a $30,000 position with a $1,000 account size using 30:1 leverage. You must select a broker offering leverage that suits your risk appetite.



    INITIAL DEPOSIT
    Find a broker that aligns with how much you are willing to initially deposit. Many brokers offer different account types with varying initial deposit requirements.



    CURRENCY PAIRS ON OFFER
    Most brokers offer a big selection of forex pairs but it’s important to select one offering the pairs you want to trade.



    EXECUTION SPEED
    It’s mandatory to choose a broker with fast execution speeds that allow you to trade at your desired price. Low latency may be a significant contributor to your success in the market.



    EASE OF DEPOSITS AND WITHDRAWALS
    Each broker has specific funding and withdrawal policies. Choose a broker that facilitates the deposit and withdrawal of funds in a hassle-free way.



    DATA PROTECTION
    When you open an account with a forex broker, you provide personal and financial information. You need a broker with robust security features that keep this information safe. Other additional features that enhance security include SSL encryption, 2-factor authentication, and a privacy policy outlining how your data is used.



    4. EDUCATIONAL TOOLS
    Many brokers provide educational tools but you need to opt for one with quality material that will enhance your trading. For example, FP Markets provides excellent video tutorials, e-Books, and a professional trading course.

    5. CUSTOMER SERVICE
    The forex market operates 24-hours a day. A broker must be readily available to answer your questions and offer technical support when you need it. You need to consider the ease of reaching a broker and its prudent to go with one offering live chat together with phone and email support.

    THE BOTTOM LINE
    As a minimum, a good broker meets all the five essentials. You can eliminate the brokers that don’t cut the mustard right from the start.
     
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  2. pipeguy

    pipeguy

    I think FCA brokers are even better in terms of regulation. Ic Markets, Hotforex, Tickmill are good examples of brokers that operate under FCA
     
  3. Dou you have crytocurrencies to trade?
     
  4. FP Markets

    FP Markets Sponsor

    Dear SpencerTrader,

    Yes, FP Markets does have crytocurrencies available to trade. At the moment you are able to trade Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (RPL), Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

    If you would like any clarification or further please do not hesitate to contact us at support@fpmakrets.com

    Kind regards,
    FP Markets Team
     
  5. Many thank for your fast response. Im interested in thar market and im reading some articles. Im spanish
     
  6. Esha.J

    Esha.J

    It is better to check the legal body with FCA and always check the complete website of the broker so that we can know how actually the broker is working.
     
  7. Many thanks!
     
  8. If you deposit little money I would only look for a low spread. People sometimes look for safe brokers to deposit $ 500.
     
  9. Esha.J

    Esha.J

    Learning and applying technical analysis is a requirement of every trader who values their capital.