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Metatrader Brokers (MT4),Hedging Brokers

Metatrader (also known as MT4), developed by MetaQuotes, is without a doubt the most popular trading platform for retail forex traders. Its popularity is not without reason, as it provides the average retail trader with some pretty powerful tools. Metatrader is stable, easy to use, and feature-rich. It allows traders to program custom indicators and automated trading systems using its own MQL language, and it also allows for back-testing of strategies. While some professional level tools are missing, and some features are in need of an update, MT4 is a solid platform for discretionary traders as well. Besides, MT5, which addresses many of the version 4 shortfalls, should be coming out soon (you can already preview it on demo accounts with some brokers).

Hedging, as it is known in the spot forex world, means opening two opposing positions in the same currency pair (please note that this is different from real hedging, which is used to mitigate risk and smooth equity curves). While this practice is illogical and only tends to benefit the broker (with some exceptions), and is also banned by the NFA for all brokers it regulates, the feature is nonetheless demanded by many traders. Below is a list of brokers that offer this type of hedging to their clients.

 

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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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EXNESS 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: Five star Customer Support Rating
Swap Rates: Four star Rollover interest rates Rating
Transactions: Five star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Four and Half star Average Rating

EXNESS is a fairly new entrant into the forex arena, and it offers some very interesting trading conditions. Though there is no actual relationship between the two (as far as we are aware), EXNESS and Alpari which is also of Russian origin, thrive in a jurisdiction where the rule of law is not always respected. While EXNESS is regulated by Russian law, this in itself is not a great comfort for foreign traders. No doubt EXNESS management, much like Alpari, is aware of this and therefore goes well above the call of duty to ensure that clients are treated fairly.


Location:St. Petersburg, Russia
Guaranteed stop losses:No, all orders are executed at best available price
Swap-free accounts:Yes - no extra charges and available to everyone, not just Islamic traders
Typical spread on EUR/USD:0.1 pips (0.00001) on Expert Accounts, 0.4 pips (0.00004) on Classic Accounts, 0.7 pips (0.00007) on Mini Accounts
Order processing:STP (Straight Through Processing)

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Trading Point Forex 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 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

Trading Point Forex is a relatively new MT4 forex broker that is becoming well established as a result of the solid trading conditions and support services on offer, as well as being regulated by some of the world's most stringent regulatory agencies such as the FSA. Trading Point also ensures client funds safety, by keeping it segregated from company operating capital.


Location:Limassol, Cyprus
Guaranteed stop losses:No, all orders are executed at best available price.
Swap-free accounts:Yes - no extra charges and available to everyone, not just Islamic traders
Typical spread on EUR/USD:1.9 pips (0.00019)
Order processing:All orders routed through dealing desk.

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FXcast 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: Three star Customer Support Rating
Swap Rates: Four star Rollover interest rates Rating
Transactions: Four star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Three and Half star Average Rating

FXcast is an offshore forex broker, based in the small island country of Mauritius. Using a highly automated dealing system, FXcast is able to use advanced risk algorithms to decide whether or not to trade against its clients or to pass client trades on to a higher tier. This ensures that the back-end runs quickly and efficiently, eliminating a lot of unnecessary costs and lags. It is a double-edged sword however, because not all traders are treated equally - when the algorithm decides that a trader is unprofitable, the system trades against that trader, creating a conflict of interest (the company profits if the trader loses). The result is a mixed bag of fairly low fixed spreads AND guaranteed limit order execution with NO slippage, but a noticeable amount of price manipulation.


Location:Mauritius
Guaranteed stop losses:Yes - all limit orders experience NO slippage
Swap-free accounts:Swap-free accounts incur a $0.05 fee per 1,000 unit round-turn trade.
Typical spread on EUR/USD:2 pips (0.0002)
Order processing:Market Maker or Straight-Through Processing based on lots traded and risk profile as determined by FXcast risk server

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AvaTrade Review (formerly AvaFX)



Charting: Four star Charting Rating
Execution: Five star Execution Rating
Spreads: Three and Half star Transaction Costs (spreads) Rating
User-friendly: Four star User-friendliness Rating
Functionality: Four and Half 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 star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Four and Half star Average Rating

AvaTrade is based in Israel with a presence in the British Virgin Islands and a major office in Ireland. Established in 2006, the organization appears to be making headway towards becoming an attractive forex dealer. AvaTrade hasn't always had a stellar reputation, but has recently made serious strides in improving their trading conditions, as well as payment processing and customer support.


Location:Tel Aviv, Israel
Guaranteed stop losses:No - orders executed at best available price
Swap-free accounts:Yes - no extra charges and available to everyone, not just Islamic traders
Typical spread on EUR/USD:3 pips (0.0003)
Order processing:Market Maker

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AskOBid 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: 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

If you are looking for a quality European forex dealer, you may be delighted by what AskOBid has to offer. The variety of tradable instruments is substantial, and includes several rare exotics as well as XAU and XAG (Gold and Silver). You can see the full list of tradable instruments below. With account sizes starting at $100, fixed spreads, and decent order execution even at times of low market liquidity and strong (but not stifling) regulation, it's easy to see why AskOBid is becoming the dealer of choice for many smaller investors.


Location:Limassol, Cyprus
Guaranteed stop losses:Yes, stop loss orders are guaranteed against slippage.
Swap-free accounts:No swap-free accounts available
Typical spread on EUR/USD:3 pips (0.0003) FIXED (depending on account type)
Order processing:Market Maker

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HY Markets Review



Charting: Four and Half star Charting Rating
Execution: Four star Execution Rating
Spreads: Two 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 star Customer Support Rating
Swap Rates: Three star Rollover interest rates Rating
Transactions: Three and Half star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Three and Half star Average Rating

Henyep Investment (UK) Limited, the father of HY Markets, has been around since 1977, making it one of the most established players in the game. The company is also regulated by the FSA in the United Kingdom, adding another layer of security to clients who conduct business with HY Markets.


Location:London, UK
Guaranteed stop losses:Yes
Swap-free accounts:
Typical spread on EUR/USD:3 pips (0.0003) for Premium, 5 pips (0.0005) for Standard, 7 pips (0.0007) for Mini Accounts
Order processing:Market Maker

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ForexGen Review



Charting: Four and Half star Charting Rating
Execution:
Spreads: Four and Half 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:
Transactions:
Avg. Rating: Two and Half star Average Rating

ForexGen appears to be either an outright scam, or a very very badly run business, with scam being the much more likely scenario. The original deposit was returned to our traders only after a long battle, and the profits, which were significant in relation to the amount of the deposit, were never allowed to be withdrawn. ForexGen first disabled the trading accounts, and later nullified all the trades that had been made in the accounts. In addition, this broker is not regulated, and has already been investigated by Norwegian police, so we must recommend to everyone to stay away from ForexGen. You have been WARNED!


Location:Oslo, Norway
Guaranteed stop losses:No
Swap-free accounts:- All accounts are swap-free
Typical spread on EUR/USD:1 pip (0.0001)
Order processing:Market Maker

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Finexo Review



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

Finexo used to be a "white-label" partner of Saxo Bank, a well known and respected investment bank offering among other things, spot forex trading. They have since been bought out by an Israeli outfit with a company in Cyprus. Unfortunately, the result has been less than positive. Finexo is now a full-fledged bucket shop that any serious investor is advised to steer clear of.


Location:Israel
Guaranteed stop losses:Yes, for orders less than 3 million and outside a pre-determined range
Swap-free accounts:
Typical spread on EUR/USD:3 pips (0.0003)
Order processing:Market Maker

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FXPro Review



Charting: Four and Half star Charting Rating
Execution: Two 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: Four star Platform Reliability Rating
Support: Five 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

FxPro is a very well-known and well funded Market Maker. In business since 2006, FxPro has gained a large pool traders by buying up some very prominent advertising space. By providing its own liquidity and keeping all trades in house, FxPro is able to give its clients some of the lowest spreads in the industry (0.8 pips target on EUR/USD) as well as lightning fast execution (most of the time). The key here is, unfortunately, that execution is done at their discretion.


Location:Limassol, Cyprus
Guaranteed stop losses:All orders are executed at best available price.
Swap-free accounts:No swap-free accounts available
Typical spread on EUR/USD:0.8 pips (0.00008)
Order processing:Market Maker

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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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Baron Forex Review



Charting: Four and Half star Charting Rating
Execution: Three star Execution Rating
Spreads: Four and Half 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: Three star Rollover interest rates Rating
Transactions: Three and Half star Withdrawal processing Rating
Avg. Rating: Four star Average Rating

Baron Forex, is an offshore forex broker that is regulated by the IFSC in Belize. Being based offshore can bring with it some advantages to forex traders, but at the same time can be risky due to lax (or non-existant) regulation standards in many offshore jurisdictions, as well as limited legal recourse in case a dispute arises. Baron Forex is no exception to this.


Location:Belize City, Belize
Guaranteed stop losses:Yes, stop loss orders are guaranteed against slippage
Swap-free accounts:Yes - no extra charges if trading volume exceeds 1.5 million per 30 day period. Otherwise $20 per 100,000 held over night.
Typical spread on EUR/USD:2 pips (0.0002) FIXED
Order processing:All orders routed through dealing desk.

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