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ATC Brokers Review

Published by Usman Ahmed, MBA (Researcher)

Reviewed by Bowen Khong, ACCA

ATC Brokers is a financial intermediary that provides trading services in forex and CFDs. In addition to the ECN trade execution model, the company offers a user-friendly trading platform, making it more suitable for newbies. While the product range of available financial assets is limited, the broker does not have a copy trading facility either. In this piece, I review various products and services offered by the broker in detail. 

ATC Brokers Overview 

Founded in 2005, ATC Brokers is a multinational broker registered with Cayman Islands Monetary Authority under license number 1448274. The broker has two more internationally regulated entities located in the UK and the USA. The broker envisions offering transparent and cost-effective trading solutions to both retail and institutional clients. The company primarily deals in forex, and metal CFDs.[1

ProsCons
Strong regulatory framework
Quick customer support
Islamic account
Multiple payment options
Minimal trading restrictions
Limited research and educational resources
Fewer tradable assets
Charges in-activity fee
Higher minimum deposits

Sign-up Bonus: The broker doesn’t offer a sign-up bonus at times. 

Who ATC Brokers Is For?

Being a multi-regulated broker, it is best for risk-averse traders. The broker’s instant trade execution can help scalpers to make the best use of it. The company also offers demo accounts with unlimited expiry, enabling both newbies and veteran traders to try countless trading strategies without risking their real funds. However, the limited product portfolio can become a potential concern for high-volume traders. 

The broker doesn’t support crypto trading that can make crypto enthusiasts avoid signing up with it. ATC research facility doesn’t have competitive resources either. Not to mention, the broker offers easy-to-use trading platforms, making it preferably suitable for beginners. Unfortunately, traders don’t have many choices available when it comes to the selection of trading platforms. 

Is ATC Brokers Safe?

Yes, the broker is undoubtedly safe for investment. ATC Brokers hold multiple regulations in various jurisdictions around the world, including Cayman Island, UK, and the USA. Besides keeping clientele investment in segregated bank accounts, the broker maintains high liquidity to remain a going concern. 

The company employs advanced security measures, such as HTTP and SSL web encryption and two-step authentication that help the broker to prevent unauthorized intrusion. Not to mention, the company also holds registration with Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). Under this scheme, clients based in the UK are entitled to receive compensation against their losses of up to £50,000 per person in case the company becomes insolvent.[2]

Year founded:2005
Publicly traded: No
Licenses: CIMA, FCA, NFA
Backlist: Nil

Offering of Investments

ATC brokers lack competitive variety in offering tradable assets. Traders can trade a limited number of financial instruments across forex, metal CFDs. While the company offers 35 FX pairs, clients can trade gold and silver under the metal category. 

Traders can also access CFD indices, including Dow Jones and S&P 500. Depending upon your selected entity, the product range may also vary. Please note that the broker doesn’t offer crypto trading in any jurisdiction. 

Rating: 2.5/5

Forex: Spot TradingYes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)30+
Social Trading / Copy-TradingNo
CFDs instrumentsForex, and Metals

Commissions and Fees

ATC broker’s commissions and fees are relatively lower than average industry standards. For instance, the broker charges a variable spread starting from 0.3 pips on major currency pairs such as EUR/USD and 0.5 pips on minors, including EURGBP. While the broker charges a round turn commission of $0.60 for a mini contract, clients need to pay $6.00 per round turn for a standard contract. 

At present, there are two types of accounts being offered at ATC brokers, including individual and corporate accounts. While the minimum deposit for UK-based clients is $5000 or equivalent in GBP, the broker keeps it $2000 for customers signing up with the entity registered in Cayman Island. 

The broker does not charge any fee on deposits or withdrawals. However, it does apply inactivity fees on accounts left dormant for over six months consecutively.  

Rating: 2.5/5

Minimum Initial Deposit$2000 
Average Spread EUR/USD – Standard0.5 pips
All-in Cost EUR/USD – Active0.8 pips
Minimum withdrawal Not specified

Platforms & Tools 

As mentioned earlier, clients don’t have many options concerning the selection of a trading platform. In addition to the industry-standard MT4 trading platform, the broker offers a custom-built MT Pro trading extension that clients can integrate with the MT4 trading platform to have an enhanced trading experience. 

Not to mention, the proprietary trading platform comes with comprehensive trading and risk management tools, including trailing stops, strategy orders, and bracket orders. 

Clients can also view detailed reports on profit/loss, performance history, and time analysis on the MT4 trading platform. The customizable charting package and access to EA signals work best for automated trading. However, clients can’t replicate trades of other professional traders at ATC brokers, since the company doesn’t support copy trading.  

Rating: 3.5/5

Virtual Trading (Demo)Yes
Proprietary PlatformNo
Desktop Platform (Windows)Yes
Web PlatformYes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4)Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5)No
Charting – Indicators / Studies (Total)30+
Charting – Drawing Tools (Total)30+
Charting – Trade From ChartYes
Order Type – Trailing StopYes

Research 

Unlike other competitors, ATC Brokers does not offer research facilities. Clients have to rely upon research resources available online. The lack of research tools puts the broker at a severe competitive disadvantage. The broker should have considered adding useful research tools and features, such as market insights, pip calculator, currency correlation tool, spread comparison tool, forex volatility calculator, forex Time zone converter, under its research section. 

Rating: 2/5

Education 

ATC broker’s educational section also seems to have fewer resources available. Except for having basic content on trading forex and CFDs, traders won’t find more options to explore. The broker also doesn’t offer any video tutorials either. Fortunately, I was able to find an economic calendar and the news feed. Clients can use the economic calendar to keep an eye on upcoming major economic events. Anyhow, the broker needs to upgrade its educational library with features like market analytics, glossary section, trading guides, and videos, etc. While market analytics help skilled professionals to find profitable trading opportunities, a trading glossary helps newbies learn different trading terminologies and jargon effectively. 

Rating: 3/5

Mobile Platforms 

The broker doesn’t have a proprietary mobile trading app to offer. However, clients can download the MT4 trading app from the respective App Store (Play Store, App Store) and use them on their mobile phones and tablets. While the mobile trading app comes pre-loaded with more than 30 technical indicators, traders can also access real-time data for effective market analysis. Despite having fewer features as compared to the desktop version, the mobile trading app can sufficiently cater to the trading needs of on-the-go users. Not to mention, the mobile trading app can limit traders to perform effective technical analysis due to small screen resolution.  

Rating: 3/5

Mobile devices Apple and Android
FeaturesWatchlist, charting tools, price alert, one-click trading, etc.

Conclusion 

After a detailed review of the broker, we conclude that ATC Brokers is a medium-range broker suitable for basic trading needs. However, the high minimum deposit requirement and outrageous withdrawal fee can make it difficult for newbies to get started with it. Since the broker fails to provide quality research and educational resources, professional traders might also avoid signing up with it. Not to mention, the broker offers competitive spreads with ECN trade execution which is a plus point.

Frequently Asked Questions –  (FAQs)

Is ATC Brokers an ECN?

Yes, ATC brokers employ Electronic Communication Technology for the execution of trades. Being a non-dealing desk, the broker passes clients’ orders directly to the market or liquidity providers without interpreting them. 

Does ATC Brokers offer an Islamic account? 

Yes, the broker does offer an Islamic account. However, there is no option to sign up for an Islamic account directly. After opening an individual account, clients need to request the company to switch their conventional trading account to an Islamic account. 

Does ATC Brokers allow scalping?

Yes, it does. The broker holds minimal trading restrictions in place. Clients can employ all trading strategies, including scalping and hedging techniques. 

How do I deposit funds into my account at ATC Brokers?

ATC Brokers supports multiple payment methods, including debit cards, credit cards, wire transfers, Skrill, etc. Clients can fund their accounts in USD, GBP, and EUR using the available options.

How do I withdraw funds from ATC Brokers? 

ATC Brokers allow funds withdrawal via debit cards, ACH, and bank wire. It also applies a  20 wire fee on the first withdrawal each month. Not to mention, subsequent withdrawals also carry a $30 wire fee. 

Does ATC Brokers accept U.S. Clients?

Yes, it does. However, clients based in the United States need to sign up with the U.S based entity at https://atcbrokers.com/en-us/application/.

How much leverage is available with ATC Brokers?

Owing to strict regulations, the broker offers maximum leverage of up to 1:50. 

How much leverage is available with ATC Brokers?

Owing to strict regulations, the broker offers maximum leverage of up to 1:50. 

Does ATC Brokers offer guaranteed stop-loss?

No, the broker neither guarantees stop loss nor take profits. According to the broker, the market volatility can result in positive or negative slippage.

Is copy trading service available at ATC Brokers? 

No, the broker doesn’t offer copy trading services. However, traders can go for automated trading options using expert advisors. 

Usman Ahmed, MBA (Researcher)
Usman Ahmed, MBA (Researcher)
Usman Ahmed is a currency trader and financial market analyst with more than 7 years of active trading experience. Besides holding a Masters degree in Business Administration, he has worked for some of the most renewed companies in the forex industry including FXCM, IQOption, MetaQuotes, Alpari, FXStreet, DailyFX and several others. Usman possesses strong technical analytical skills and is famous for his very own, informative and entertaining, writing style. He believes in naked chart trading analysis that is commonly known as price action trading. He follows global financial news and macro-economic events very closely.
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