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IFS Markets review and ratings

Established 2008
Location Australia
Regulation ASIC
Offices Sydney
Broker type STP
Leverage up to 1:400
Deposit from 5 AUD
Spreads low  low
Platforms Web MetaTrader 4
Instruments Currencies Indices Metals Energies
Funding methods Wire Transfer Credit Cards Skrill Neteller FasaPay UnionPay Poli

Company information

IFS Markets (previously known as Forex FS) is a forex broker located in Australia, regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Availability

IFS Markets accepts clients from all over the world, excluding USA, Canada and Iran.

Distinctive features

Trading instruments

Forex broker offers the following underlying assets for trading.

55+ Currency Pairs Based on major and minor world currencies.
14 Indice CFDs Based on baskets of different blue-chip stocks.
2 Metal Spot CFDs Based on Gold and Silver.
3 Energy Spot CFDs Based on Crude Oil (WTI, Brent) and Natural Gas.

Comprehensive review

IFS Markets (previously known as Forex FS) is an online broker headquartered in Australia and established in 2008. They are overseen by one of the best-regarded regulatory agencies in the world – the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), and also has an Australian Financial License which gives the broker a good and trustworthy reputation.

Client funds are held in segregated bank accounts in the National Australia Bank, a top-tier Australian bank, further adding to the broker’s credibility.

When it comes to available trading instruments, the broker offers forex, as well as commodity and stock index CFDs. For forex trading, there are close to 60 currency pairs available with competitive spreads starting as low as 0.3 pips for the most popular pairs. Forex traders choosing this broker should note that there is a 5-minute break whereby trading services will be shut down every day between 22:00 and 22:05 GMT. This is to protect clients from the possibility of widening spreads that might occur due to reduced liquidity in the markets at the end of each trading day.

In terms of CFD trading, the commodity CFDs available for trading includes gold, silver and energies, while the index CFDs include 14 of the most popular stock indices from markets all over the world.

IFS Markets uses MetaTrader 4 (MT4) as its primary trading platform. They also provide a multi-account manager for the same platform as a special offering to help clients manage multiple accounts at ease.

The broker’s website includes relevant information about forex trading and the forex markets in general, as well as a MetaTrader 4 Trading Platform Tutorial, with up to 20 different segments covering all aspects of the platform’s features. This is to help first-time traders familiarize themselves with what MT4 offers, and make sure they are able to take full advantage of everything this classic and popular trading platform has to offer.

In terms of account types, IFS Markets offers a Standard Account, a Pro Account, and a demo account for first-time traders to trade with virtual money to get a feel of how trading works, before jumping into it with real money.

The Standard Account requires a minimum deposit of AUD 100 or the equivalent in another currency, and comes with competitive spreads for all major currencies. There are no commissions, and leverage can be set as high as 1:400 upon request.

The pro account is pretty much the same, but requires a minimum deposit of AUD 1,000, and has more competitive spreads, starting from just 0.3 pips (but the commission applies).

Deposits and withdrawals may come with a transaction fee at this broker, depending on the payment method chosen. For deposits, transaction fees average 2% depending on the payment method. Although additional transaction fees are not explicitly stated on the broker’s website, it says that it reserves the right to “charge transaction fees on deposits at IFS Markets’s discretion without having to give notice.”

With regards to customer service, the Australia-based team at IFS Markets can be contacted via either phone or email. Their telephone line is open on weekdays only, between 0900 and 1900 Australian AEST time, which may make it inconvenient for traders in other parts of the world to reach them during regular trading hours.

IFS Markets also has a resource center aimed at keeping clients up to date with the latest economic data and market-moving news. Their newswire headlines are updated as frequently as every 2 minutes, and covers news from all financial markets, macro-economic events, as well as politics and market analyses.

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