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Listed below are all the brokers from our database that offer ECN (Electronic Communication Network) and STP (Straight-through Processing). This is important to many traders because it is closer to trading in the interbank market than what Market Makers can offer. ECN brokers offer deeper liquidity, more transparency, often (though not always) lower transaction costs, and perhaps most importantly, no manipulation of prices or execution, as there is no monetary incentive to do so. Please note that all the brokers listed here offer ECN style trading, but not necessarily to all account holders - there may be conditions that need to be met for ECN/STP accounts are enabled. Please read through the reviews in their entirety and contact the brokers themselves to ensure all information is satisfactory to you before opening a live trading account.

 

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FXCM Review



Charting: Four and Half star Charting Rating
Execution: Five star Execution Rating
Spreads: Four star Transaction Costs (spreads) Rating
User-friendly: Four star User-friendliness Rating
Functionality: Five star Platform Functionality Rating
Reliability: Four star Platform Reliability Rating
Support: Four star Customer Support Rating
Swap Rates: Four star Rollover interest rates Rating
Transactions: Four and Half star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Four and Half star Average Rating

FXCM is one of the largest (over $100 million in firm capital) and best known forex brokers in the business. Featuring straight-through processing, multiple trading platforms including the popular MetaTrader 4 (MT4), FXCMs own downloadable FXCM Trading Station or Active Trader, as well as a Java platform that is compatible with Macs. Each platform has its own advantages, depending on your trading style.


Location:New York City, USA
Guaranteed stop losses:All orders are executed at best available price.
Swap-free accounts:
Typical spread on EUR/USD:2.3 pips (0.00023)
Order processing:Straight-through to multiple liquidity providers

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InstaForex Review



Charting: Four and Half star Charting Rating
Execution: Three and Half star Execution Rating
Spreads: Four star Transaction Costs (spreads) Rating
User-friendly: Four and Half star User-friendliness Rating
Functionality: Four star Platform Functionality Rating
Reliability: Four star Platform Reliability Rating
Support: Four and Half star Customer Support Rating
Swap Rates: Five star Rollover interest rates Rating
Transactions: Four and Half star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Four and Half star Average Rating

If you are looking for a strong Asian forex broker offering, you are well advised to at least consider InstaForex, as it is one of the most successful brokers to come out of Russia (and that is saying a lot when considering that Alpari and EXNESS are both originally Russian). In fact, InstaForex was named the best broker in all of Asia in 2009 and 2010, beating out some fairly tough competition.


Location:Russia
Guaranteed stop losses:No, all orders are executed at best available price
Swap-free accounts:Yes - no extra fees are incurred on Islamic style accounts
Typical spread on EUR/USD:3 pips (0.0003) FIXED
Order processing:ECN

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Alpari Review



Charting: Four and Half star Charting Rating
Execution: Four and Half star Execution Rating
Spreads: Five star Transaction Costs (spreads) Rating
User-friendly: Four and Half star User-friendliness Rating
Functionality: Four star Platform Functionality Rating
Reliability: Five star Platform Reliability Rating
Support: Four star Customer Support Rating
Swap Rates: Four star Rollover interest rates Rating
Transactions: Four star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Four and Half star Average Rating

Alpari NZ (not the same company as Alpari UK or US), enjoys one of the best reputations for honesty among all retail forex brokers. There are numerous reports on the internet about Alpari spontaneously returning customers' money on orders that didn't get filled properly as a result of some error on Alpari's part. This is almost unheard of in the retail forex world, as most traders have to fight tooth-and-nail with their brokers for every pip. If this is the sort of service you value, and you should, then look no further than Alpari.


Location:New Zealand
Guaranteed stop losses:No
Swap-free accounts:$10 per standard lot (100,000) round turn trade. Trade can be held for unlimited time period.
Typical spread on EUR/USD:0.5 pips (0.00005) - widens overnight Moscow time
Order processing:ECN on pro.direct accounts

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DeltaStock Review



Charting: Five star Charting Rating
Execution: Five star Execution Rating
Spreads: Five star Transaction Costs (spreads) Rating
User-friendly: Four and Half star User-friendliness Rating
Functionality: Five star Platform Functionality Rating
Reliability: Five star Platform Reliability Rating
Support: Five star Customer Support Rating
Swap Rates: Four and Half star Rollover interest rates Rating
Transactions: Four star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Four and Half star Average Rating

DeltaStock offers some of the best trading conditions available, even among other premier forex brokers. In fact, we were so impressed with DeltaStock, that it is actually difficult to find anything negative to say about them. The only borderline negatives are that the Delta Trading platform is a bit complicated and difficult to manage with all those separate windows flying around, but really, for a platforms with so much functionality, it is a very minor complaint. Any trader that considers himself/herself a professional, cannot at the same time say that they are put off by slightly steeper learning curve in exchange for a wealth of functionality. Despite this however, MT4 is on offer if you prefer simplicity (or auto trading).


Location:Sofia, Bulgaria
Guaranteed stop losses:No, all orders are executed at best available price.
Swap-free accounts:No swap-free accounts available
Typical spread on EUR/USD:0.5 pips (0.00005)
Order processing:ECN,STP (Straight Through Processing)

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IBFX Review



Charting: Four and Half star Charting Rating
Execution: Four star Execution Rating
Spreads: Four star Transaction Costs (spreads) Rating
User-friendly: Four and Half star User-friendliness Rating
Functionality: Four star Platform Functionality Rating
Reliability: Four star Platform Reliability Rating
Support: Four and Half star Customer Support Rating
Swap Rates: Three and Half star Rollover interest rates Rating
Transactions: Four star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Four and Half star Average Rating

IBFX is widely regarded as one of the premier brokers in the retail forex market, and there is a reason for this reputation. Guaranteed fills on stop and limit orders, combined with very low spreads, straight-through order processing (no dealing desk) to multiple liquidity providers, industry-standard MetaTrader 4 (MT4) trading platform


Location:Utah, USA
Guaranteed stop losses:Orders are executed at best available price.
Swap-free accounts:Yes, but some extra fees apply
Typical spread on EUR/USD:2 pips (0.0002)
Order processing:Straight-through to multiple liquidity providers

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GFT Forex Review



Charting: Four star Charting Rating
Execution: Four and Half star Execution Rating
Spreads: Four and Half star Transaction Costs (spreads) Rating
User-friendly: Three star User-friendliness Rating
Functionality: Five star Platform Functionality Rating
Reliability: Four star Platform Reliability Rating
Support: Four star Customer Support Rating
Swap Rates: Three and Half star Rollover interest rates Rating
Transactions: Four and Half star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Four and Half star Average Rating

GFT Forex offers traders a very high level of service. It is intended for professional traders who demand very high standards. GFT's DealBook 360 platform is very rich in features. It offers traders many different order types which are not available in lesser platforms, such as "one cancels other" (OCO), which allows traders to place several different resting orders, which are canceled when one is executed.


Location:Michigan, USA
Guaranteed stop losses:
Swap-free accounts:No swap-free accounts available
Typical spread on EUR/USD:
Order processing:Straight-through

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Fast Brokers Review



Charting: Four and Half star Charting Rating
Execution: Five star Execution Rating
Spreads: Four star Transaction Costs (spreads) Rating
User-friendly: Four and Half star User-friendliness Rating
Functionality: Four star Platform Functionality Rating
Reliability: Four star Platform Reliability Rating
Support: Four and Half star Customer Support Rating
Swap Rates: Five star Rollover interest rates Rating
Transactions: Five star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Four and Half star Average Rating

FastBrokers, a subsidiary of Fast Trading Services, LLC, offers simultaneous trading on multiple Forex ECN feeds streaming on a single trading platform through its proprietary ECN2 technology. By developing ECN2 (available on their proprietary platform PathFinder Trader™) FastBrokers gives to its clients tight spreads, ECN style execution, and the opportunity to choose which liquidity provider is offering the better conditions - before placing a trade. PathFinder Trader™ is also a professional trading tool which includes Level 2 (Depth of Market), a professional Charting package, one-click trading from multiple locations including trading from the Charts, and automated trading and back-testing through its own scripting language (PathScript).


Location:Glendale, California, USA
Guaranteed stop losses:No, orders are executed at best available price.
Swap-free accounts:Yes - no extra fees are incurred on Islamic style accounts
Typical spread on EUR/USD:0.4 pips (0.00004) on ECN2 feed
Order processing:DMA to multiple ECNs

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Hantec Markets Review



Charting: Four and Half star Charting Rating
Execution: Three and Half star Execution Rating
Spreads: Three and Half star Transaction Costs (spreads) Rating
User-friendly: Four and Half star User-friendliness Rating
Functionality: Four star Platform Functionality Rating
Reliability: Five star Platform Reliability Rating
Support: Four star Customer Support Rating
Swap Rates: Four star Rollover interest rates Rating
Transactions: Four star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Four and Half star Average Rating

Hantec Markets offers professional traders a very solid forex trading package, along with all the advantages and disadvantages that the MT4 and Currenex platforms come with. The great thing is that you get access to a real ECN and can trade to something very similar to the interbank market (although not in the interbank market itself). You can see the liquidity and pending orders, you can use complex order types such as if/then and one-cancels-other (OCO), and make use of many other professional level features available on Currenex.


Location:London, UK
Guaranteed stop losses:No, all orders are executed at best available price
Swap-free accounts:Yes swap-free accounts are available
Typical spread on EUR/USD:2 pips (0.0002)
Order processing:ECN

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AFB FX Review



Charting: Four and Half star Charting Rating
Execution: Four star Execution Rating
Spreads: Five star Transaction Costs (spreads) Rating
User-friendly: Four and Half star User-friendliness Rating
Functionality: Four star Platform Functionality Rating
Reliability: Four star Platform Reliability Rating
Support: Five star Customer Support Rating
Swap Rates: Five star Rollover interest rates Rating
Transactions: Four star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Four and Half star Average Rating

AFB FX is a forex and OTC futures broker based in Cyprus. By far the best feature offered by AFB FX is the availability of Professional Accounts, which offer highly flexible trading conditions. The spreads, margin requirements and virtually all other parameters are negotiable on Professional Accounts, making them the preferred choice among account managers. Having said that though, most of the other accounts also offer trading conditions that are quite reasonable.


Location:Cyprus
Guaranteed stop losses:Yes, limit and stop orders are guaranteed against slippage, except under market conditions
Swap-free accounts:Yes - no extra charges and available to everyone, not just Islamic traders
Typical spread on EUR/USD:0.6 pips (Professional) to 2 pips (Micro)
Order processing:ECN,STP No Dealing Desk

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