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ActivTrades review and ratings

Established 2001
Location UK Bahamas
Regulation FCA, SCB
Offices London, Nassau
Broker type STP | ECN
Leverage up to 1:400 (1:30 for EU clients)
Deposit from 500 GBP
Spreads mid  mid
Platforms Web MetaTrader 4 MetaTrader 5 Specific
Instruments Currencies Crypto Indices Metals Energies Softs Stocks Bonds ETFs
Funding methods Wire Transfer Credit Cards PayPal Skrill Neteller Sofort

Company information

ActivTrades group includes 2 related companies.

ActivTrades UK - located in the United Kindom, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
ActivTrades BS - located in the Bahamas, regulated by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas (SCB).

Be aware, UK company has some trading restrictions because of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) influence.

Availability

ActivTrades group accepts clients from all over the world, excluding USA, Canada and some countries from the OFAC list.

Distinctive features

Trading instruments

Forex broker offers the following underlying assets for trading.

50+ Currency Pairs Based on major and minor world currencies.
4 Crypto Pairs Based on Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple.
17 Indice CFDs Based on baskets of different blue-chip stocks.
3 Metal CFDs Based on Gold, Silver and Copper.
3 Energy CFDs Based on Crude Oil (WTI), Gas Oil and Natural Gas.
8 Soft CFDs Based on Cocoa, Coffe, Cotton, Corn, Orange Juice, Soybeans, Sugar, Wheat.
6 Bond CFDs Based on US, and EU government securities.
3000+ Stock CFDs Based on shares of US, UK and EU companies.
300+ ETF CFDs Based on exchange-traded funds containing various tradable assets.

Most of Stock and ETF СFDs are available at ActivTrader platform.

Comprehensive review

ActivTrades is a CFD & forex broker based out of the UK, and with a separate branch located in the Bahamas. Both of these two entities are regulated by their country’s relevant authorities, namely the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas (SCB).

As a fully regulated forex broker in the UK, ActivTrades is also overseen by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). This means that trading leverage for EU-based clients is limited to a maximum of 1:30 on the most liquid forex pairs like the EUR/USD, and even less on minor forex pairs and various CFDs. For traders from outside of the EU/EEA, however, leverage goes up to 1:400 at the most.

However, being regulated by the ESMA is not all bad. It also comes with several benefits for traders, such as protection against ever getting a negative account balance, and a compensation scheme of up to EUR 20,000 in case the broker goes out of business or otherwise becomes unable to meet its obligations.

When it comes to instruments available for trading, ActivTrades covers just about every imaginable need. The broker offers an amazing selection of stock CFDs, with stocks from more than 3,000 American, British, and EU-based companies available for trading. In addition, more than 300 exchange traded funds (ETFs) are also available, which is a far greater selection than most other CFD & forex brokers have.

Besides stocks, ActivTrades also has a pretty good selection of more than 50 forex pairs, a handful of popular cryptocurrencies, several major stock indices, as well as CFDs on a range of commodities and government bonds.

To get the full trading experience with all of the instruments offered by ActivTrades, traders should choose the ActivTrader platform offered by the broker. This is a web-based trading platform available in versions for both desktop computers and Apple & Android mobile devices. The platform works seamlessly across all devices, comes with an intuitive and well-designed user-interface, and offers the ability to perform advanced technical analysis on charts.

In addition to ActivTrader, the broker also offers the classic trading platforms MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 (MT4/MT5) for those who prefer that. Both of these trading platforms are already well-known in the trading community, and probably does not need any further introduction here.

In terms of account types, ActivTrades has a standard Individual Account, a Professional Account, a Swap Free Account for Muslim traders, as well as a free demo account for so-called paper trading. For most independent traders, however, the Individual Account will meet their needs with a range of exclusive trading tools and trader education resources included.

For traders with larger amounts of capital, however, the Professional Account may be within reach. This account is exempted from ESMA’s leverage restrictions in the EU, and comes with several other advantages. Unfortunately, the general requirement to qualify for this account type is quite strict, and clients must document that they have a total “financial instrument portfolio” in excess of EUR 500,000.

In general, spreads are quite tight with ActivTrades, although not among the very best in the industry. With the exception of stock CFDs, assets are traded commission-free in line with the typical STP (straight through processing) account model.

All trading accounts can be funded with bank wire transfers, major credit & debit cards, as well as the e-wallets Skrill, Neteller, PayPal, and Sofort. For traders in the EU, all funding methods are accepted free of charge. However, non-EU traders will be charged a processing fee of 1.5% for credit & debit card deposits.

All in all, we believe ActivTrades is a great forex broker to trade with for traders interested in the stock market in particular. The selection of single stock and ETFs from the broker is truly outstanding, and goes far beyond what most other brokers offers. And given that this is a broker that is fully regulated by the UK’s FCA, we have no problems recommending it to most traders out there.

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