FP Markets is a serious, legitimate CFD/Forex brokerage, with plenty to offer to both retail traders, money managers and corporate clients too.


General

Broker:
FP Markets
Company Name:
FP Markets
Founded:
2005
Regulator:
ASIC
Platform:
MetaTrader 4
Payment Methods:
Credit/debit card, bank wire, BPAY, Neteller, Skrill, China UnionPay
HQ:
Australia
Phone Support:
+61282526800
Trust Score:
 
4.6/5
91/100

Features

Min. Deposit:
$100
EURUSD Spread:
From 0.0
Leverage:
Up to 1:500
US Clients:
No

Pros:

- ASIC Regulated.
- High Leverage Levels.
- Super low spreads.

Cons:

- No bonus offer


FP Markets Review

FP Markets is an online CFD/Forex broker we can indeed, whole-heartedly, recommend to retail traders, because its market coverage is superb, its trading platforms are solid and it is licensed by one of the world’s most exigent financial authorities. We have to add though that FP Markets is much more than that. It offers a series of products to institutional actors, money managers as well as to budding online brokerages, which can introduce CFD/Forex to their traders quickly and efficiently, through FP Markets’ White Label program.

With around 12 years of experience under its belt, FP Markets is definitely not a new player on the CFD/Forex block. It has picked up an impressive number of awards over the years, from various industry authorities, for excellence in various operational aspects. The mobile version of the brokerage was proclaimed the cheapest and most accessible at one point, the customer service was commended, as was order execution and general trader satisfaction. The education material hosted by the site was also thought worthy of an award.

Transparency seems to be the key word for FP Markets regarding just about every aspect of the operation. At the official FP Markets site, full documentation has been made available, covering everything from the corporate background of the brokerage, to order execution and various policies meant to deal with potential conflicts of interest.

The company running FPmarkets.com, First Prudential Markets Pty Ltd, is a registered Australian company. The co. registration number is ACN 112 600 281. First Prudential also possess an Australian Financial Services License (#286 354).

The main offices of FP Markets are located at Level 5, Exchange House, 10 Bridge St, Sydney, NSW 2000. In addition to that, offices are maintained in Beijing and Shanghai too. There is no denying that FP Markets is very Asia-Pacific focused. The operator does not accept traders from the US.

The transparency permeating every aspect of the operation carries over to the pricing process as well. Direct Market Access (DMA) pricing is provided, coupled with top-notch technology which completely eliminates slippage from the equation.

The market coverage of the brokerage is phenomenal: traders can access over 10,000 tradable assets, though it has to be said that the majority of these assets are in the equities category of the CFD offer.

FPMarkets Website

This bring us to the actual products FP Markets offer.

As said above, there are two main product classes: CFDs and Forex. On the products page of the FP Markets website, shares are featured as a separate sort of category too, but they really belong under the CFDs tab.

As far as CFDs go, the selection of underlying assets is massive. While there are only three tradable commodities (WTI, Silver and Gold), there are nine indices available and thousands upon thousands of equities. In addition to the regular CFD types, there are non-leveraged CFDs available too for the risk-averse.

The Forex asset selection is a bit more modest, but there are still some 45 currency pairs featured. CFD and Forex trading is done on different platforms and through different account types – quite understandable, given the fundamental differences between how they work.

Platform & Tools

FeatureFP Markets
Virtual Trading(Demo)
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Desktop Platform (Mac)
Web Platform
Social Trading / Copy Trading
Proprietary
MetaTrader 4 (MT4)
MetaTrader 5 (MT5)
cTrader
Currenex
ZuluTrade
MirrorTrader
Charting - Drawing Tools(Total)
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)
Watchlists
Order Type - Trailing Stop

The platforms featured by FP Markets definitely deserve a second look.

CFD trading is handled by IRESS Viewpoint, or more precisely, its latest version called Iresstrader. This is an HMTL5-based web platform, which is indeed surprisingly complex and powerful. The interface is easy on the eyes and very fluid, and what’s under the hood is essentially the equal of MT4, when it comes to analysis and charting. The trading interface is customizable and it works with every major browser out there.

The charting tools are superb. There are no fewer than 59 technical indicators included with the platform, as well as more than 50 drawing tools which traders can use to make visual sense of various trading opportunities they spot. Time interval selection is another one of the strengths of the platform. Charts can also be customized and chart templates can be saved for later use.

Viewpoint also gives traders the ability to compare price action between different instruments, across multiple time frames.

The platform used for the Forex side of the operation is the old warhorse: MT4. While it may be old in name, features-wise, MT4 is the freshest kid on the block. It offers streaming live prices on the real money platform, as well as on the demo version. It features one-click trading, diverse order-types and trading alerts.

Expert Advisors are always popular with traders, and FP Markets’ MT4 version does indeed have them. To properly run these EAs though, traders need to have access to a decent VPS service and FP Markets have that angle covered too.

Technical analysis-wise, MT4 is second to none. This version comes with more than 50 pre-installed technical indicators. Charts are fully customizable and chart templates can be saved.

As said, CFD and Forex trading happens on different account-types.

For the CFD side, there are three such account types featured.

The Professional account is the cheapest CFD one. Featuring a minimum deposit requirement of $1,000, this account comes saddled with a bunch of fees and commissions that may seem off-putting at first glance. Most of them can be eliminated though by logging proper trading volumes and reaching some preset commission milestones.

The next step up the ladder is the Platinum account, which requires a deposit of $25,000. This account type comes with much lower commissions and better financing rates.

The Premier account is the top-tier CFD account version. The minimum deposit for this one is $50,000. Almost all fees are waived and the brokerage rate is very small.

On the Forex side, two account types are offered. The Standard one features a minimum deposit of only AUD 200. The maximum leverage rate is 1:500.

The ECN Raw account is the VIP-sort of setup, featuring a minimum deposit requirement of AUD 1,000.

Corporate clients have access to the site’s White Label program and money managers can take advantage of the MAM/PAMM accounts, which allow for the seamless management of multiple client accounts through a clean and simple GUI.

The free Demo account offered by FP Markets is available on the MT4 platform only. Those looking to sample FP Markets’ offering through it, will have to download and install MT4. The account comes with $10,000 in virtual funds.

The trading tools supported by the broker include a Client Portal, a Trader Toolbox, a VPS service and MAMM/PAMM account options.

What exactly does a term like "Trader Toolbox" cover though? In FPMarkets' case, it means a massive selection of advanced assistance apps, such as the Alarm Manager, the Correlation Trader, the Sentiment Trader, the Market Manager, the Tick Chart and others. Every one of these tools carries a detailed user guide which can be accessed directly from the site.

The VPS service facilitates the use of Expert Advisors. Through a VPS, an EA can be set up to trade for a user without the need on his/her part to keep a computer running.

The MAMM/PAMM option is aimed at multi account management. It supports multiple allocation methods, such as percentage, lot and equity. It supports all account- and order types as well as real-time parameter adjustment.

The market coverage of the brokerage is phenomenal: traders can access over 10,000 tradable assets, though it has to be said that the majority of these assets are in the equities category of the CFD offer.

This brings us to the actual products FP Markets offer.FPMarkets Platform

Asset Classes

As said above, there are two main product classes: CFDs and Forex. On the products page of the FP Markets website, shares are featured as a separate sort of category too, but they really belong under the CFDs tab.

As far as CFDs go, the selection of underlying assets is massive. While there are only three tradable commodities (WTI, Silver and Gold), there are nine indices available and thousands upon thousands of equities. In addition to the regular CFD types, there are non-leveraged CFDs available too for the risk-averse.

The Forex asset selection is a bit more modest, but there are still some 45 currency pairs featured. CFD and Forex trading is done on different platforms and through different account types – quite understandable, given the fundamental differences between how they work.

As far as the new and exciting asset class of cryptocurrencies is concerned, the broker only covers BTC/USD CFDs. Users cannot buy any bitcoin from the broker. The crypto/fiat pair is traded solely through a derivative, which means that users will be speculating on the price of the asset without ever gaining actual possession of it. FPMarkets is obviously not a cryptocurrency exchange.  

Commission & Fees

Most of the costs incurred by traders at FPMarkets come via transaction fees. On some of its supported tradable assets, the broker charges commissions. On others, the commission is built into the spread. On equity CFDs for instance, traders pay a commission per side. This commission is variable and it has been made public at the official website of the brokerage.

In the case of Forex pairs, metals, commodities and cryptocurrencies, the commission is built into the spread.

In regards to platform fees, most of the services offered by the broker are free. An exception is IRESS Trader/ViewPoint, which costs $55 per month. Make sure you understand what you need to pay before you commit to one platform or another.

Some of the trading packages available at FPMarkets include additional data options. These extra services are usually paid ones.

The International Markets Live option for instance costs AUD11.  Reuters News is AUD55. Excel Addin on the other hand is free, together with the ASX Mobile Data Subscription.

CFD positions kept open overnight incur additional fees, as usual. The interest rate on long- and short positions that are rolled over is usually the relevant base currency rate plus 2%-4.5%.

Research & Education

FeatureFP Markets
Daily Market Commentary
Forex News
AutoChartist
Trading Central (Recognia)
Delkos Research
Acuity Trading
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs
Client Webinars
Client Webinars (Archived)
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos
Economic Calendar
Calendar Includes Forexcasts
Economic News Sentiment
Trade Ideas - Backtesting

The Research section of the brokerage covers a Daily Market Report, a Research Library and an Economic Calendar. The Library allows traders to go back and scan older daily reports and draw their conclusions from them. This section is obviously focused on fundamental analysis and the trading of the news.

The scope of the Education section is much wider. It offers an impressive selection of video tutorials, trading courses for beginners and advanced users as well as a number of eBooks.

The Video Tutorial section is mind-bogglingly diverse and rich. From market analysis to actual trading strategies, webinars and instructional videos, everything is covered.

It is indeed safe to say that the broker has put together one of the best educational packages in the business.

Customer Service

The FP Markets support staff can be contacted through several channels. There’s a live chat feature offered by the site, which is arguably the handiest. There are two phone numbers available too: 1300 376 233 for Australians and +61 (0)2 8252 6800 for international callers. The email address is sales@fpmarkets.com.au. The operation also has a decent social media presence.

Mobile Trading

FeatureFP Markets
Android App
Apple App
Charting - Draw Trend Lines
Charting - Can Turn Horizontally
Charting - Technical Studies/Indicators
Watchlist - Syncing
Trading - Forex
Trading - CFDs
Alerts - Basic Fields

As far as Android devices are concerned, the broker supports MT4's Android version. The platform comes with more than 50 preinstalled technical indicators and in regards to overall functionality, it is the equal of the full, downloadable platform.

On the iOS front, MT4 is the flag bearer yet again. It offers the same functionality and features as the Android version.

Conclusion

Everything added up, it is clear that FP Markets is a serious, legitimate CFD/Forex brokerage, with plenty to offer to money managers and corporate clients too. The platforms it uses are very capable and its trading conditions are – for the most part — attractive as well.

The FP Markets site grants traders access to an impressive selection of trading news and analysis, not to mention a series of webinars meant to educate and enlighten.

James West

Editor

Having started his online career back in 2005, over the years, James has written for scores of websites, covering online poker, eSports, Forex trading, binary options, and digital ledger technology...continued

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