Forex and CFD Brokers

By our estimation, there are literally thousands of Forex, CFD, spread betting and binary options brokers across the world. Most of those brokers operate (only) online, taking retail clients’ deposits electronically via credit cards, Skrill, NETELLER, and other means.

However only a handful of those Forex brokers are licensed and overseen by a recognized national regulator, such as the FCA in the UK, ASIC in Australia, or CySEC in Cyprus. A regulator’s job is to set rules for both brokers and traders in their jurisdiction such as maximum use of leverage, slippage, and client bonuses, and to oversee the operations of brokers such as checking minimum capital levels, setting advertising standards, and the segregation of client funds from company funds.

Only a handful of Forex brokers are indeed properly licensed and overseen by a recognized national regulator.

LeapRate’s List of Regulated Forex Brokers includes many of the world’s leading brokers, and includes only brokers which are licensed by a recognized governmental regulatory body. We strongly recommend that if you trade Forex and CFDs, do so only with a broker properly regulated in your jurisdiction.

Broker Regulated HQ Founded Equity Cap ($M) Monthly Vol ($B) Open Account
+ more info FCA (UK), CySEC (Cyprus), SFC (Hong Kong) Abu Dhabi, London 2011 N/A N/A

ADS Securities is an Abu Dhabi based and owned international financial services company, dedicated to providing the highest quality investment opportunities for institutional, private and retail clients.

With offices in London and Hong Kong it offers unique wealth management, asset management, capital market and trading services delivered by market experts. It has made a significant investment into proprietary multi-asset trading technology which is central to its ability to access liquidity and instruments, as well as delivering the highest quality products and services. Investment has also been made into people with the development of experienced, highly qualified teams with diverse backgrounds committed to a vision of becoming a leader in global business. Through organic growth, acquisition and strategic partnerships, ADS Securities has created a financial services firm which offers international knowledge, expertise and standards, but with the regional sensitivity and cultural identity of Abu Dhabi. ADS Securities is regulated by the Central Bank of the UAE, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK and the Securities & Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong.

ADS Securities started as an institutional brokerage offering a high quality, full service, multi-asset institutional Forex solution. Our market-leading proprietary technology accesses primary and secondary market liquidity, delivering exceptional price and execution. We have applied our unique approach to customer care to develop the exclusive trading solution ADS Prime, for private clients. Prime extends institutional standards of execution with tailored support for individual investors across a range of trading options.

Our mandate has always been to build a global financial services firm that offers the highest quality products and services. ADS Securities is independent, proud of our heritage, innovative, adaptable, and competitive; we are the financial services firm of the future.

+ more info CySEC (Cyprus) Larnaca, Cyprus 2012 N/A N/A

CFI Markets Ltd. is a leading financial institution offering superior online FX & CFDs trading for private and institutional clients worldwide.

Based in Larnaca, Cyprus, the company is fully regulated by the Cyprus Securities And Exchange Commission (CySEC) under the license number 179/12.

At CFI Markets, we consciously choose to offer our clientele the greatest combination of elements that are important to help them trade the different markets. We aim to deliver the greatest service and support to our clients and make it simple and fast for them to make day to day business with us.

With fair, efficient and transparent executed services, our objective is to offer our investors attractive conditions, advanced technology and diversified products adapted to their needs.

Finally, and most importantly, we strive to implement all of it securely while following a rigorous business approach nurtured by long-term vision, tradition and discipline.

+ more info CySEC (Cyprus) Larnaca, Cyprus 2010 N/A N/A

Who we are

HotForex is an award winning forex and commodities broker, providing trading services and facilities to both retail and institutional clients. Through its policy of providing the best possible trading conditions to its clients and allowing both scalpers and traders using expert advisors unrestricted access to its liquidity, HotForex has positioned itself as the forex broker of choice for traders worldwide.

What we provide

HotForex offers various accounts types, trading software and tools to facilitate individuals and institutional customers to trade Forex and CFD’s online. All Retail, Affiliates, and White Label clients have the opportunity to access interbank spreads and liquidity via state of the art automated trading platforms. HotForex provides an unparalleled variety of account options that clients can select to enjoy a tailored trading experience that perfectly suits their needs. Coupled with superior trading conditions and lightning fast execution, HotForex provides all the tools and services needed for clients of any level to realize their trading ambitions.

Not just a mission, it’s a promise

Our Mission is To Provide the Best Customer Service to our Clients by maintaining a Superb Client Centric Culture. In this way we will achieve our Vision of maintaining our position as a Market Leader known for our Superior Customer Services.

+ more info CySEC (Cyprus), Vanuatu Limassol, Cyprus 2007 N/A N/A

Founded in 2007, UFX is an internationally recognised leader in the online trading industry. As a fully licenced and regulated broker, we adhere to the highest ethical standards, customer protection, and trading security.

We are an STP (Straight-Through-Processing) broker, meaning we do not take opposing trades to yours, and we offer fixed and stable spreads. Our state-of-the-art platform caters to traders of all levels, our customer support center has won numerous awards for excellence, and our reliability is second to none.

We are your global trading partner, arming you with one of the industry’s most innovative and cutting-edge online trading platforms. Our unique team of seasoned financial professionals, IT specialists and hedge fund managers has developed a pioneering gate into the exciting world of the financial markets. Our core values are: devotion, determination and excellence, so rest assured that we will deliver whatever it takes for you to be 100% focused on your goal – making money in the financial markets.

+ more info FCA (UK), CySEC (Cyprus), ASIC (Australia) *see details below
*Your capital is at risk
London, UK 2008 $89M N/A

Plus500 is a leading provider of Contracts for Difference (CFD’s), delivering trading facilities on shares, forex, commodities, ETFs, options and indices, alongside innovative trading technology.

Plus500 has developed and operates an online trading platform for retail customers to trade CFDs internationally over more than 2,200 different underlying global financial instruments comprising equities, indices, commodities, options, ETFs and foreign exchange.

The Group enables retail customers to trade CFDs in more than 50 countries. The trading platform is accessible from multiple operating systems (Windows, smartphones (iOS, Android and Windows Phone), tablets (iOS, Android and Surface), Apple Watch and web browsers).

Plus500 UK Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 509909). Plus500 CY LTD is authorised and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (License No. 250/14). Plus500AU Pty Ltd, AFSL #417727 issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission is authorized to issue these products to Australian residents. You do not own or have any right to the underlying assets. Please consider our Disclosure documents available on our website.

+ more info EU (Denmark, UK), Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia Copenhagen, Denmark 1992 $632M $247B

Saxo Bank is one of the leading players in global online trading, providing both private and institutional clients with a cutting-edge platform that delivers effective, multi-asset trading from a single account.

As a fully licensed and regulated Danish bank, we’re subject to stringent EU directives and regulations regarding client handling. Our internal systems undergo the strictest security measures to ensure your personal information is protected and you experience the safest online trading available.

It’s crucial our traders and investors have anytime, anywhere access to not only popular assets, but also geographically diverse assets in hard-to-reach markets. Our extensive, multi-asset advantage gives you the superior edge you need to stay ahead in today’s ever-changing, global market.

+ more info Switzerland, Dubai, EEA (UK), Hong Kong Gland, Switzerland 1999 $265 $84B

Swissquote is Switzerland’s leading online financial service provider and a global leader in online Forex brokerage, serving more than 300,000 private clients worldwide and over 600 financial institutions and partners. Swissquote is a licensed Swiss bank, as well as a publicly-listed company (SIX:SQN) with a market capitalization of over CHF 400 million and approximately CHF 16 billion assets under custody.

The company offers innovative platforms and tools for online trading, Forex, ePrivate Banking and eMortgage, as well as flexible savings accounts. It also provides specialized services for corporate clients, financial institutions and independent asset managers. The Swissquote Group is headquartered in Gland (Geneva), Switzerland with offices in Zurich, Bern, London, Malta, Dubai and Hong Kong and currently employs over 540 staff.

+ more info FCA (UK) London, UK 2009 N/A N/A

INFINOX is an internationally recognised FCA-regulated Forex broker based in the City of London.

Formed in 2009 by Robert Berkeley, INFINOX offers market-leading technology and outstanding client service. INFINOX’s business is built on integrity and trust and its culture has always been focused on developing long-standing relationships with partners, introducing brokers (IBs) and clients.

With INFINOX, clients can trade 49+ fx pairs, gold, silver, oil and global indices, and are provided with an additional insurance up to £500,000. Clients’ deposits are held in Barclays Bank segregated client trust accounts.

INFINOX offers two types of accounts, STP and ECN. STP accounts have spreads from 1.2 pips, ECN accounts have spreads from 0.4 pips with a commission of £5.50 / €6.50 / $7.50 (per 100k). Clients of INFINOX are able to deposit and withdraw via many different methods, some of these include bank transfer, debit and credit card, Skrill, Neteller and China Union Pay.

INFINOX has 2 main operational centers in London and Shanghai with over 100 colleagues working together and delivering premium customer service and advanced trading tools to every single client in Europe and Asia.

INFINOX is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under firm reference number 501057.

+ more info FCA (UK) London, UK 1996 £16.4M N/A

London Capital Group (LCG) is a leading provider of online trading services. Our success has been driven by its dynamic approach to the industry and by building a business model that operationally has no restrictions on scalability. This model has allowed the business to grow rapidly since the launch of our first online business, the financial spread betting service Capital Spreads, in 2003. Today we offer a wide variety of financial trading products and platforms for retail, professional and institutional investors.

Our parent company London Capital Group Holdings plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and an established member of the AIM market. Our head office is located at the prestigious location of 1 Knightsbridge; from here we concentrate on promoting our services across the UK and Europe as well as managing our global operations. We are authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

+ more info FCA (UK), CySEC (Cyprus) Limassol, Cyprus 2008 $84M $218B

Exness Group is an international, award-winning retail forex broker founded by a group of like-minded finance and IT professionals in 2008. The group comprises of Exness Limited (VC), Exness Limited (NZ), Exness (CY) Limited, and Exness LLC (Russian Federation).

With a deep understanding of traders’ needs, the modern forex company provides accessible, stable, and reliable brokerage services with some of the tightest spreads and excellent execution in the market today. As confirmed by Deloitte, Exness Group recorded a trading volume exceeding USD 2.3 trillion in 2015, and a new monthly trading volume record of USD 253.2 billion in July 2016.

Clients of Exness Group also enjoy excellent trading conditions, including spreads as tight as 0.1, leverage up to 1:Unlimited, as well as high level of service such as 24/7 client support, instant withdrawal of profits, and outstanding order execution.

+ more info FCA (UK), CySEC (Cyprus) London, UK 2006 N/A N/A

At FxPro we offer complete FX services for all segments of the FX market.

Our retail traders enjoy unparalleled levels of service in terms of liquidity, execution and trading conditions. Add to this our industry-leading tools and platforms, as well as our professional trading conditions, and you have one of the strongest retail offerings on the market.

Our years of experience in FX have led to us developing highly effective investment alternatives that capitalize on forex’s growing status as an asset class in its own right. Whether you are a passive investor seeking portfolio management services or someone who takes a more hands-on approach to your capital; FxPro can help you access the world’s largest and most liquid market with ease.

+ more info CySEC (Cyprus) Limassol, Cyprus 2011 N/A N/A

JFD Group was founded in 2011 by professional traders to address the lack of transparency affecting trading. Fairness is one of our core values, and we believe everybody has the right to a just fair and direct treatment, whether they are an employee, a client or a partner. Based on the belief that transparency and a direct approach is key to a win-win relationship, we operate a pure Agency Model, where we have effectively managed to establish a unique virtuous cycle where your success becomes our success! So far, we have established ourselves as game-changers in the industry, providing a new trader-centric standard. As we enter a new era of trading, JFD will continue to leverage from the latest business and technology transformations globally in order to innovate further and lead by example.


Transparency – It’s time for a new, more sophisticated way of investing. We not only abide by international regulatory standards, but we are the only broker that goes the extra mile, providing its clients upon request with a Post-Trade Execution Report. In fact, we pioneered Post-Trade Transparency, setting a new industry benchmark!

Trust – We build solid relationships with our clients and partners, where they feel secure trading with us, as they know that their success is our success. You can rest assured that we are in this business to protect your interests, and your funds, and that we truly are what we stand for: just fair and direct.

Trader-Centric – We believe that retail traders are as valuable as institutional traders, and they deserve the same benefits. We treat everybody fairly: when you trade with our pure Agency Model, there is no conflict of interest and no discrimination – our trading conditions are the same for all clients, with one account type and one pricing for all.

+ more info FCA (UK), ASIC (Australia), MAS (Singapore), FINMA (Switzerland), JFSA (Japan) London, UK 1974 £567M N/A

We began in 1974 as IG Index, providing an innovative way for retail investors to speculate on the price of gold. Since then we have continued to change the face of trading, establishing ourselves as a market leader around the world.

With 40 years’ experience we are the No.1 global provider of financial spread betting and CFDs, and hold a market-leading position in many countries, including the UK, Australia, Singapore, and France.

As a large multinational organization, we have strength in resources and stability, with a well-capitalised, debt-free balance sheet and consistently strong growth.

The vast majority of our clients are not City traders, they are often professional men and women who are interested in the financial markets.

+ more info FCA (UK) London, UK 2001 £28.7M N/A

ActivTrades is a leading independent broker providing trading services in Forex, Contracts for Difference (CFDs) and Spread Betting. We aim to maximise our clients’ trading through a unique mix of superior value proposition, diverse product offering, competitive spreads and stellar customer service.

Superior Value Proposition

At ActivTrades, we understand that our operational success depends on our customers’ success – and that is why we have laid out a four-pronged value proposition to enhance trading conditions for customers.

Our clients enjoy benefits associated with the fact that ActivTrades:

  • Is regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and is also registered with regulatory agencies in all EU jurisdictions in which the company operates;
  • Is affiliated with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), which protects clients investing with its member firms;
  • Has implemented effective internal controls to ensure that clients’ funds are held in segregated accounts and can only be used by ActivTrades to carry out clients’ trading and withdrawal instructions.

Diverse Product Offering

ActivTrades serves individual and institutional clients, providing sophisticated tools and services that match the needs of both client categories. Clients can trade with MetaTrader 4 or MetaTrader 5, two of the most popular and reliable trading platforms available in the industry. We provide trading services for more than 50 currency pairs as well as indices, CFDs, gold, silver, oil and other commodities.

Competitive Spreads

ActivTrades offers some of the tightest spreads in the industry with our 5-decimal-digit pricing, starting as low as 0.5 pips for EURUSD. Clients enjoy leverage as high as 1:400, as well as minilots and microlots (minimum stake of 10p per point on Spread Betting, for example). Our deal-execution systems are fully automated; there is no dealing desk, and therefore no human intervention, resulting in fairer execution of clients’ trades.

+ more info FCA (UK), NFA/CFTC (US), JFSA (Japan), IIROC (Canada), CIMA (Grand Cayman) Bedminster, NJ 1999 N/A $208B is the premier destination for active currency traders seeking to maximize their success in forex and other major global markets.

Established in 2001, has serviced over 200,000 customers globally and support our customers’ success by providing them access to advanced trading platforms, professional charting, third party analysis tools and expert research and analysis.

We are committed to delivering an exceptional trading experience and earn the trust and loyalty of our customers’ through transparent, reliable pricing and superior trade executions.’s parent company, GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:GCAP), is a global provider of online trading services.

+ more info EEA (Malta) Valletta, Malta 2002 N/A N/A

Headquartered in Malta, an emerging hub for foreign exchange trading and global finance, FXDD employs a diverse workforce of over 180 Forex specialists fluent in 13 languages.

We offer trading solutions to individual and institutional traders, hedge funds, money managers, white labels, and introducing brokers; all of which are tailored to each specific trader’s needs and strategies.

Our global reach and ability to develop cutting-edge tools at a rate that outpaces other brokerages helped FXDD develop into a global force in Forex. And as we continue to develop, so too will our offerings and technologies; giving traders the opportunity to make the most of the currency market.

+ more info CySEC (Cyprus) Limassol, Cyprus 2012 N/A N/A

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We Value You and Your Money

We are dedicated to you and to your hard earned money, which is why we make sure to provide you the best trading experience unlike any other. We constantly innovate and aim to help our clients make the most out of their investment.

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We ensure the safety and security of your accounts with our advanced safety safeguard methods. We have built sophisticated firewalls and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) that keep your data protected and encrypted.

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ITRADER provides daily market reviews that keeps you updated about the latest happenings in the financial market. Going through our daily reviews is a great way to get the hottest financial news in a big picture.

Free Education

Do not know much about the financial market? That’s not a problem. At ITRADER, we’ll provide you with the most comprehensive and convenient forex education learning options. We offer a variety of mediums like eBooks, courses and videos which would surely teach you what you need to know to engage in trading in the different financial arenas.

Advanced Platforms and Trading Tools

You can choose the platform that is suited for your trading style. We offer a variety of trading platforms that are compatible with your devices. We are also equipped with advanced trading tools that would surely optimize your trading experience.

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We provide our clients with excellent customer support service that is ready to help you 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.

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+ more info FCA (UK), CySEC (Cyprus) Limassol, Cyprus 2010 N/A N/A

STO is an FCA and CySEC regulated online trading provider, offering access to the forex, stock index, equity, commodity and bond markets. Clients can enjoy superior trading execution, enabled by the powerful, multi-device MT4 and AFX Fast platforms.

Catering to the needs of a wide range of traders, STO provides a variety of account types, delivering superb trading conditions with tight spreads, flexible leverage, low margins and no re-quotes.  Client funds are held in segregated accounts in top-tier EU banks and covered by our negative balance protection policy.

With a comprehensive selection of educational material, advanced trading tools, as well as daily technical analysis and market wraps, STO gives traders everything they need to excel in financial markets. The company’s team of local experts provides dedicated customer support around-the-clock, enabling clients to enjoy a seamless trading experience of exceptional standards.

+ more info FCA (UK), ASIC (Australia) London, UK 2010 N/A N/A

ThinkMarkets (formerly ThinkForex) is a leading global foreign exchange broker headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. ThinkMarkets is dedicated to delivering high-quality Forex services to a continually expanding retail and institutional client base.

ThinkMarkets is well-known for its high level of customer service and 24/6 client support. ThinkMarkets helps clients further develop their trading skills by providing numerous educational resources, including video tutorials, analyst insight, and comprehensive online articles.

ThinkMarkets is regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) with AFSL number 424700.

+ more info FCA (UK) London, UK 1990 £2.61M N/A

Hantec Markets has been a market leader in Forex trading services for two decades. If you’re looking for a broker that genuinely puts your capital growth first, our model is geared up to do exactly that. A massive 70% of our new custom comes from referrals from happy clients.

No dealing desk means no conflict of interests, no price manipulation, and stable trading parameters. The level of risk is up to you however you trade, you can do so with the confidence that your capital growth is our priority.

We’re your gateway to 16 of the largest worldwide banks, all competing for your trade. That results in extremely competitive spreads on 50 currencies, the most popular CFDs plus gold and silver.

Hantec Markets Limited is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Registration No. 502635, with the additional protection of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) on losses of up to £50,000.

+ more info CySEC (Cyprus), FSC (BVI) Limassol, Cyprus; Vienna, Austria 1998 N/A N/A

International Financial Holding FIBO Group (Financial Intermarket Brokerage Online Group) is one of the oldest players in marginal internet trading.

The first company of the holding was founded in 1998. Fibo Group offers  to clients popular and advanced software, such as MetaTrader 4, MetaTrader 5, cTrader. For futures and options trading they provides with CQG, QST, R | Trader, MultiCharts and many others trading platforms.

FIBO Group offers  trading accounts with low fixed (MT4 Fixed) and floating (MT4 Floating) spreads for trading on more than 60 currency pairs. NDD order execution technology accounts: MT4 NDD and cTrader NDD. Trading platforms for PC, MAC, Android and iOS smartphones, consulting and advice, easy account registration, swift withdrawal and deposit options.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that LeapRate's opinions and analyses do not address the suitability of any security or trading strategy, nor do they address the likelihood of profit or loss via any one particular trading firm. You should not rely on our analysis alone before deciding to trade with any one of these (or other) firms, and our reports and analysis are not meant to be a replacement for your own diligence and review. See our disclosures page.


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