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Markets.com Review

Published by Usman Ahmed, MBA (Researcher)

Reviewed by Bowen Khong, ACCA

There is a world of opportunities in the financial markets, and markets.com has been giving power to its clients to trade and invest in their way since 2008. The broker offers some amazing features, which are covered below. It has a wide array of assets where you can pick from (more than 2,200 instruments on its multi-asset platform), education and research that will equip you, and most important of all, a secure platform where you can be confident. 

Overview 

Markets.com is a global trading and investing platform owned by Finalto Group (Armando Gutierrez and Vicco von Bulow). The brokerage platform was launched in 2008 and had its headquarters in the Greater Miami Area, East Coast, Southern U.S.

The electronic trading platform offers forex, cryptocurrency, indices, stocks, ETFs, and bonds through CFDs. The brand is operated by some regulated entities which guide its trading activities. The regulators include the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK, Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) in Europe, Financial Services Board (FSCA) in South Africa, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and BVI Financial Services Commission (FSC), which regulates for global clients.

The services are available in languages like Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, and English.[1]

ProsCons
Strong learning and research tools
Free and fast depot and withdrawal 
Reliable regulation 
Supports 11 base currencies 
Charges inactivity fees
High forex fees 
Only Forex and CFDs are available 

Who is markets.com for? 

With the features that markets.com offers, it will be effective for the following set of traders.

  • Manual traders who use various forms of technical, fundamental, and sentimental analysis.
  • Traders who are interested in using robots to trade (the MT4 and MT5) accept robots.
  • Beginner traders who are new to trading might need guidance on how trading works on the platform because the broker provides many advanced features that they might not easily understand.
  • The broker has advanced tools that professional traders will find useful.

Rating: 4/5

Sign-up bonus:  20% to 35%. The broker offers a signup bonus ranging from 20% to 35%, depending on the amount deposited.

Is markets.com Safe? 

Markets.com is highly regulated and safe to trade with. The broker enjoys authorization in five jurisdictions. These jurisdictions include two tier-1 regulatory bodies (the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK and the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) in Europe). FCA protects deposits up to £85,000, while CySEC protects deposits up to €20,000.

It is also regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Financial Services Board (FSCA) in South Africa, and the BVI Financial Services Commission (FSC).[2]

Rating: 4.5/5

Year founded:2008
Publicly traded: Yes
Licenses: FCA, CySEC, ASIC, FSCA, FSC
Backlist: No

Offering of Investments

The broker has more than 2000 CFDs that you can trade, making it possible to trade a vast array of financial markets in a flexible and accessible way. The CFDs available are stocks, currencies, commodities, indices, bonds, blends, cryptos, and ETFs.

Cryptocurrency: cryptocurrency trading is available but not through trading the underlying assets (You cannot buy or sell bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies)

Rating: 4/5

Forex: Spot TradingYes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)57
Social Trading / Copy-TradingYes 
CFDs instrumentsforex, stocks, crypto, indices, bonds, blends.

Commissions & Fees 

The broker charges inactivity fees from inactive accounts. An account is regarded as inactive when there has been no significant activity on it for 90 days. When you have more than one inactive trading account, inactivity fees are charged separately on each account.  

Spreads: the spreads for MT4, MT5, and the web trader are different. The EUR/USD pair averages around 0.6 pips for all the platforms.

Rating: 4/5

Minimum Initial Deposit$100
Average Spread EUR/USD – Standard0.6 pips
All-in Cost EUR/USD – Active0.6 pips
Minimum withdrawal 10 USD

Platforms & Tools 

  • The MetaTrader 4 allows the use of expert advisors, micro-lots, hedging, and one-click trading.
  • The MetaTrader 5 – this also allows the use of expert advisors. It is a faster version of the MT4, enabling hedging and delivering more technical indicators, more insight with market depth, and a wider number of timeframes. 
  • Marketsx and Marketsi – They are built with advanced and diverse features, offering investors a range of marketing leading features.
  • The broker also has a working mobile platform for on-the-go trading.

I can conclude that the platform is built to offer clients a more personalized experience based on their preferred choice of platform. The marketsi, for example, makes it possible for traders to either trade using the traditional approach or to be creative using tools like the innovative investments strategy builder or the personalized VIP services.

Rating: 4/5

Virtual Trading (Demo)Yes
Proprietary PlatformYes
Desktop Platform (Windows)Yes
Web PlatformYes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4)Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5)Yes
Charting – Indicators / Studies (Total)51
Charting – Drawing Tools (Total)31
Charting – Trade From ChartYes
Order Type – Trailing StopYes

Research  

There are a number of research tools available to enhance traders’ knowledge and profitability. Some of those research tools include:

Sentiment tools

  • Bloggers’ opinion: This gives access to about 50,000 financial bloggers and can be a place to determine market sentiments about a particular asset. This aims at ranking and using influencers to create actionable trading opportunities.
  • Hedge Funds Investment Confidence: This uses data from the SEC to monitor the stocks hedge funds are buying and selling.
  • Insider Trader: this research tool highlights the increase and decrease in shareholding of about 36,000 company insiders, allowing traders to make informed decisions on their positions. This tool collects, evaluates, and presents transactions made by insider traders.

There are many more sentiment research tools like trading analyst recommendations, trends in trading, and signals.

Technical tools

The technical research tools include: 

Related instruments: this tool is used to see assets that are related to each other to make informed decisions

Advanced charting: this includes dozens of indicators and oscillators, making it possible for traders to get a deeper view of their trades and assets.

Fundamental research tools

Financial commentaries: this provides information about international developments, central banks statements, and many more updates 

Advanced alerts: traders can also get alerts on their phones.

There are more fundamental research tools available. 

These tools are great and will only help you if you know your way around them. A beginner trader might be confused about using these research tools and might find using them unprofitable. A simpler research tool for beginners will be a good addition.

You can click on this link to check out the research tools. 

Rating: 4/5

Education  

The broker provides trading education which I believe will help traders get some insights into market situations and affect how they view the market. 

The education includes:

  • Granting answers to questions and frequently asked questions.
  • Getting the latest market news and commentaries.
  • Showing market analysis or more market insight.

The information is made to cater to the needs of different types of traders. I will not classify the education approach as the best, but it can influence your trading decisions.

Rating: ⅘

Mobile Trading

The mobile trading devices are easy-to-use and compatible with both IOS and android devices. The broker constantly updates its mobile platform and adds new features. 

Through the mobile app, you can execute and manage your trades, set and manage alerts, and set watchlists.

Trading effective technical analysis can be quite challenging on the mobile app because of its lack of drawing tools and indicators, leaving a notable gap between the web and the mobile platform.

Mobile devices apple, android.
Featureswatchlist, alert, managing trades

Rating: 3.5/5

Final Thoughts

The brokerage service is well-secured and regulated by two tier-1 regulatory bodies and some other regulatory bodies. From all that has been written above, traders can always trust the broker with their money. 

The broker also offers arrays of instruments even though cryptocurrency is only available as CFD. Investors can build different portfolios leveraging the products offered and different platforms available.

Asides from the inactivity fee, the broker charges only spreads, making the total trading cost quite low.

There are also research instruments that will help professional traders, even though I believe that their use might confuse beginners.

These features make consistent profit possible for traders who get their skills right. To check out the services on this platform, check here.

Overall rating: 4.25/5

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I withdraw money from markets.com?

To withdraw money from the markets.com account, click on the menu on the top right corner of the website and select the withdrawal method. You can also withdraw using the mobile app if that is more convenient. You can only withdraw funds through the same method you use to deposit money, up to the deposited amount. 

Is Matkets.com the best broker?

Markets.com provides more than 2,200 securities on its multi-asset platform. The brokerage firm, which was created in 2008, provides seamless trading and investments solutions in financial markets across the globe. The company has won awards like Best Forex Provider and the best FX platform awards in 2017; the award was given by the UK forex awards.

The broker also made the Best Forex Trading Platform- the Middle East in 2020

What is the trading leverage provided by markets.com

Markets.com offers web-based and mobile trading with leverage of up to 1:300.

What awards does markets.com have?

Markets.com has won several awards, including Best Forex Provider and the best FX platform in 2017. The award was given by the UK forex awards. The broker also made the Best Forex Trading Platform- the Middle East in 2020.

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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