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ActivTrades Broker Review

5 reasons to trade CFD with ActivTrades

  1. Multi-regulated CFD and Forex broker in top jurisdictions with 20+ years of experience and +100K traders in over 170 countries
  2. Enhanced, safe, and competitive trading environment
  3. Efficient, highly reliable, and fast trade execution with no re-quotes and low latency
  4. Exclusive, intuitive, and smart trading tools, and add-ons
  5. Award-winning client support available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week

What do traders think about ActivTrades?

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Source: ActivTrades Trustpilot (July 2022)

Who is ActivTrades?

ActivTrades is a regulated CFD broker, offering services since 2001.

At first glance, their website offers an extensive range of services, support, and training. After a careful review, it is evident that this brand keeps its word and delivers what it promises.

They offer all the versions of the MetaTrader 4 platform, as well as their own web platform, ActiveTrader. The ActivTrades education center is jam-packed with learning materials in various formats. They offer up-to-the-minute financial news and market analysis that are easy to read and comprehensive.

The brand has won an array of awards, so if you are looking for a high-end broker for an advanced trader, or a broker that offers help when a new trader needs it, then look no further, as ActivTrader is highly recommended by the community.

The ActivTrades website is available in many languages, including Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Melayu, Russian, and Spanish. The trading platforms and customer support are also available in these languages.

Company at a Glance

The Company at a glance

Created in 2001

Regulated by the FCA, SCB & CSSF

MiFID Compliant

International recognition

Winner of 45+ global awards

Large trading community: 100K+ traders from more than 170 countries

500m+ trades executed

Professional support available in 14 languages

Email average response time: 27 minutes

95% customer satisfaction

Trading with ActivTrades

Minimum deposit: 500

4 base currencies: EUR, USD, GBP, or CHF

1,000+ CFD

7 asset classes

3 trading platforms: MT4, MT5, and ActivTrader

4 trading accounts: Islamic, Retail, Pro, and Demo

Advanced cloud infrastructure powered by IBM

Fully automated trades

No-requotes

Trades executed under 0.004 seconds

No hidden fees

Unbeatable spreads

All trading styles allowed

Unique features and add-ons: progressive trailing stop, market sentiment indicator, pullback indicator, SmartLines, SmartPatterns…

Funds protection

Negative balance protection

Segregated accounts with internationally recognized financial institutions such as Barclays, RBS, Lloyd’s, HSCB, and Citibank

Enhanced client money protection*applies under certain terms and condition

Broker regularly audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Fully MiFID compliant financial services company

Education hub

One-to-one trading

Webinars & seminars

Weekly outlook

In-depth analysis

Market analysis & summary

Glossary

Educational videos

Academy

How does ActivTrades protect your funds?

First of all, it’s important to note that ActivTrades is authorized and regulated by the most prominent regulatory body in the world, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) under ActivTrades PLC (reference number 434413).

It is also regulated by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas (SCB) under ActivTrades Corp. (number 199667 B) and by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (Commission for the Supervision of Financial Sector) in Luxembourg under ActivTrades Europe S.A. (number P00000491).

This broker is therefore compliant with the highest regulatory standards of the industry, by being regulated by 3 of the most popular regulatory bodies!

Client fund safety is the priority for ActivTrades. That’s why it offers extra protection over and above industry standards, such as negative balance protection, segregated accounts, and funds insurance.

ActivTrades goes further in protecting its clients’ funds with such as the enhanced insurance of up to $1,000,000 offered by the broker!

At no direct expense to traders, ActivTrades Corp. has secured separate insurance coverage to safeguard against losses of up to $1,000,000 for clients with trading funds higher than $10,000 that may occur in the case of an insolvency event.

What can you trade with ActivTrades?

With ActivTrades, you can trade more than 1,000 CFD over 7 asset classes with optimal trading conditions to make the most of every trade.

Take advantage of competitive spreads, transparent pricing, fast execution time (under 0.004 sec), and no partial fills to go long and short with mini and micro-lots on the following asset classes:

Forex - More than 50 currency pairs

● Shares (and you can also trade fractional shares) - More than 1,000 companies

Indices - More than 15

Cryptocurrencies - More than 9 crypto-pairs

ETF - More than 10

Bonds - More than 5

Commodities - More than 15

Which trading platforms are available with ActivTrades?

ActivTrader

The dynamic ActivTrader platform was developed in-house with the customer's needs in mind. It comes with fast execution and an intuitive interface that makes for a convenient and productive trading experience.

Light theme ActivTrader platform with market sentiment feature and multiple charts layout

The enhanced platform utilizes some of the latest innovative technologies and has advanced functionality to create an immersive trading experience for all levels of traders.

Source: Light theme ActivTrader platform with market sentiment feature and multiple charts layout

ActivTrader allows users to open positions directly on charts, and you can create a personalized watch list to keep your favorite trading instruments in one place and visualize market sentiment on these assets (on the left in the picture above).

The ActivTrader platform can run directly in your web browser without the need for installing any additional software. It is also available for Android and iOS devices from their respective app stores.

ActivTrades provides a solid alternative to the MetaTrader 4 and 5 platforms with its new platform ActivTrader. It is an improved trading environment that offers scalpers, day traders, and swing traders a new trading perspective, with cutting-edge features and state-of-the-art trading, all with reliable infrastructure.

Uniques ActivTrader features include:

● TradingView integration

● market sentiment

● progressive trailing stops

● bulk position management

● buy/sell again feature

● pullback entry orders

dark theme

Source: Dark theme ActivTrader platform - Pull back order

MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader 5 (MT5)

MT4 is one of the most popular trading platforms and is often the preferred platform of choice for traders of all experience levels. The MT4 platform is user-friendly and easy enough for new traders, and it also has enough advanced functionality for more experienced traders. MT4 is available in 21 languages.

Web-based MT5 platform

MT4 has advanced charting capabilities that can be fully customized according to your personal preferences. The market watch window has a list of all trading instruments with real-time price quotes. You can load different chart types across nine timeframes for the instruments that you wish to analyze and trade with the

possibility of 6 order types, including one-click trading.

Source: Web-based MT5 platform from ActivTrades

The MT5 platform is an updated version of MT4 that maintains most of the same core functionality, while also providing new features and extended characteristics that aim to make online trading more professional and precise. It was also developed as a multi-asset trading platform for Forex, Stocks, Options, and Futures traders, while MT4 is mainly meant for Forex traders.

Which kind of unique trading tools is offered by ActivTrades?

Progressive trailing stops

An amazing risk and money management tool available on the ActivTrader platform, “progressive trailing stops” allow you to add up to two extra tiers, which adjust your trailing stop distance automatically if the market exceeds your pre-determined trigger price.

By using this kind of stop-loss, rather than a standard trailing stop, traders are able to benefit from better money management by being able to change the trailing stop’s distance once it is hit. It also means that by keeping your stop loss order near the price of the traded assets, traders are able to keep more of their earnings when markets are quickly moving in one direction.

Pullback order

The pullback order is a unique feature of the ActivTrader platform that will allow you to enhance your entry point by using a dynamic buy stop or a sell stop order to enter the market after taking advantage of a pullback.

When you open this order, you first need to set up a trigger price, which designates the level at which you want to begin watching for a market pullback. Then, you need to calculate the distance in pips that represents the level at which you agree to open your order after the anticipated corrective movement or pullback.

By using this dynamic order instead of simply a standard limit order, traders may achieve significantly better entry prices, meaning that they may be able to improve their results.

SmartOrder 2

With SmartOrder 2, you can trade more quickly and manage your positions more effectively with different types of orders, such as OCO orders (one cancels the other), closing all positions at once, closing positions by instrument, reverse positions by instrument, and partially closing position by using profit targets, among others.

SmartLines

This cutting-edge but simple-to-use app can be used on MetaTrader 4 and 5 and allows for automatic trade execution on the chart, based on pre-defined trendlines. This new add-on eliminates the trouble of having to keep track of each pricing change and trend development since it takes care of everything for you.

Also, it is possible to place an order that will be immediately open as soon as the price of your chosen asset crosses the trendline. For easy identification, you can add a name, a style, and a value when generating trendlines on charts.

This is a fantastic tool that not only helps you save time in determining the trend and the most significant price levels to monitor, but it helps you find the best entry opportunities - not to mention that it also provides accurate trade execution with automated trades.

Moreover, the SmartLines feature allows you to handle numerous charts at once, each with a pre-defined automated stop loss and take profit set up.

SmartTemplate

To assist its traders in making thoughtful and more precise trading choices, ActivTrades created SmartTemplate for MetaTrader 4.

This new add-on provides simple but really useful functionality, as it presents clear trading opportunities based on several chart indicators, such as MACD, AMA, ATCI, and ATLDIG, and the strength of the trend.

Moreover, SmartTemplate doesn’t only offer clear chart signals, but it also provides the right time for opening positions.

SmartForecast

SmartForecast is one of MetaTrader4's most sophisticated technical analysis modules, as it provides a straightforward picture of market conditions by combining market strength, daily market trend, and volatility levels, as well as support and resistance lines.

The greatest aspect of this tool is that it provides 3 consecutive target prices you can include in your trading strategy.

SmartPattern

Available for the MetaTrader 4 and 5 platforms, SmartPattern is a dynamic indicator that was created to accommodate all types of traders, from novices to specialists.

As it automatically recognizes chart patterns, analyzes historical data for patterns, and produces comprehensive information and statistics regarding likely future market moves, it is one of the most popular tools for technical analysts and chartists.

Because all relevant data is displayed directly on the charts, traders can save time and identify trading opportunities that you would otherwise miss by quickly and clearly identifying the most promising patterns.

What are the main trading account types you can choose from?

A trading account allows you to trade on the ActivTrader or MetaTrader platforms with access to a wide range of trading instruments and trading tools.

ActivTrades provides two main types of accounts: individual and professional.

ActivTrades allows for one individual account and offers access to various trading information, education, tools, and platforms. With a professional trading account, holders can apply for a dedicated account manager. However, professional account holders may not be entitled to some benefits that individual account holders have.

To qualify as a professional client, you will need to meet 2 out of the following 3 criteria:

● a significant amount of trading volume in the previous four quarters,

● a financial portfolio of at least €500,000,

● at least one year of working in a professional position within the financial sector.

Of course, demo accounts are available to test the different trading platforms and conditions before opening a real account!

Islamic swap-free accounts that comply with Sharia law are also available upon request.

How can you fund your account and withdraw money from ActivTrades?

ActivTrades allow you to fund your account with a variety of convenient options directly from your Personal Area, including:

● bank transfer,

● credit/debit card, and online payment processors such as Neteller, Sofort, Skrill, and Paypal.

online personal area

Source: ActivTrades online Personal Area

Please note that some methods may only be available to specific countries, and not all are available for both deposit and withdrawal. For instance, Sofort & PayPal is only available for ActivTrades Plc clients.

Withdrawal requests are processed within the same day. The withdrawal time can vary depending on the payment provider and method.

deposit withdrawal

Accounts can be opened in four different currencies: GBP, EUR, USD, and CHF. The different currency options are beneficial as currency conversion fees do not apply when using an account in your currency.

Source: ActivTrades Deposit/Withdrawal fees and processing times

What are the fees applied by ActivTrades?

As a trader, fees are one of the most important criteria to take into account when choosing a broker. Even though trading and investing have costs, it doesn’t mean that this cost should eat into your trading profits!

Spreads, which is the difference between the buy price and the sell price, is one of the most significant trading fees to look at when choosing the right broker. They vary depending on your trading account type and the asset traded.

Here is a comparison of the spreads on various currency pairs and indices between some popular brokers within the industry.

Source: Official respective websites (July 2022)

Are you looking for more info on average spreads applied by ActivTrades on different asset classes? Here are some Forex, commodities, indices, and bonds examples: