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Admiral Markets review and ratings

Established 2001
Location UK Estonia Cyprus
Regulation FCA, EFSA, CySEC
Offices London, Tallinn, Nicosia
Broker type STP
Leverage up to 1:30
Deposit from 200 USD
Spreads mid  mid
Platforms Web MetaTrader 4 MetaTrader 5
Instruments Currencies Crypto Indices Metals Energies Stocks Bonds ETFs
Funding methods Wire Transfer Credit Cards Skrill Neteller Klarna Przelewy

Company information

Admiral Markets group includes 3 related companies.

Admiral Markets UK - located in the United Kindom, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Admiral Markets EE - located in Estonia, regulated by the Estonian Financial Supervision Authority (EFSA).
Admiral Markets CY - located in Cyprus, regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC).

Be aware, all three companies have some trading restrictions because of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) influence.

Availability

Admiral Markets group accepts clients from all over the world, excluding USA and some third-world countries.

Distinctive features

Trading instruments

Forex broker offers the following underlying assets for trading.

45+ Currency Pairs Based on major and minor world currencies.
8 Crypto Pairs Based on Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, Ripple, Monero, Zcash.
16 Indice Cash CFDs Based on baskets of different blue-chip stocks.
4 Indice Futures Based on baskets of different blue-chip stocks and US Dollar Index.
5 Metal Spot CFDs Based on Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium.
3 Energy Spot CFDs Based on Crude Oil (WTI, Brent) and Natural Gas.
2 Bond Futures Based on 10-year Germany Bund, 10-year US Treasury Note.
3300+ Stock CFDs Based on shares of US, UK and EU companies.
350+ ETF CFDs Based on exchange-traded funds containing various tradable assets.

Comprehensive review

Founded in 2001, Admiral Markets is a fairly large brokerage present in many parts of the world. It is registered and regulated locally in the UK, Estonia, Cyprus, and Australia, which means that is subject to some of the strictest regulations in the world – among them the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Australia’s ASIC.

Trading instruments offered by the broker include all the common forex pairs, and a fairly standard offering of CFDs based on commodities, indices, shares, bonds and ETFs. For forex trading, up to 40 currency pairs are available, ranging from the most liquid major currencies like the EUR/USD, to exotic ones like the USD/CZK. There is also a table available on the website with live spreads for the most popular currency pairs, along with price charts with live prices of other popular trading pairs.

When trading commodity and index CFDs with Admiral, leverage goes up to a maximum of 1:20. For stocks, however, leverage is capped at only 1:5, while for the more volatile cryptocurrency CFDs it is 1:2.

Admiral Markets also offers a suite of more advanced order types for traders to take advantage of, called “volatility protection settings.” For example, these order settings can be used to limit price slippage on market orders and stop orders, while at the same time avoiding activation of the order due to widening spreads when there is low liquidity in the market.

When it comes to trading platforms, Admiral Markets is sticking with the basics, offering its clients the choice between MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader 5 (MT5). Different versions of both platforms are also available for Android, iOS, Mac and web-based trading.

Account types offered by Admiral Markets are organized according to the category the trader fits into – retail or professional. For traders who are trading under the standard retail trading terms, there are two types of accounts for the MT4 platform: Admiral.Markets and Admiral.Prime, with the Prime account offering slightly better features, such as a wider range of currency pairs to choose from, but also a higher minimum deposit requirement of USD 1,000 or the equivalent in one of the other available base currencies.

MT5 accounts follows a similar system, with one regular account, called Admiral.MT5, and one advanced account, called Admiral.Invest. The latter account type again offers more benefits in return for a higher minimum deposit.

Deposits and withdrawals can be made through a variety of methods with Admiral Markets. Processing time varies by the method chosen, but can take up to 3 days for bank transfers. Most payment methods will be processed free of charge by the broker when making deposits, but may be chargeable when requesting withdrawals. The exception to this is withdrawals via bank wire transfer, which will be processed free of charge up to 2 times per month for each client.

A hotline to the broker’s trading desk is available for all trading related enquiries. Other support related issues should be taken with the broker’s customer support hotline, or by emailing them. Remote technical support for MT4 and MT5 is also available upon request.

A nice additional benefit with Admiral Markets is the rather large selection of educational materials on trading in the form of webinars, tutorials, forex & CFD trading seminars, as well as online lessons related to various topics in trading.

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