There are many types of traders and many types of brokers. What is your trading style ? What are your criteria for a good broker ?
First of all your capital must be SAFE. So chose a broker that is regulated in a country that has strict regulations.
Avoid brokers located in some offshore locations like Mauritius, British Virgin Islands and the likes. Keep in mind that, if an unregulated broker or loosely regulated broker disappears with your money, there will be nothing you can do about it. Your money will be lost. Look at the Prime4x folder to see how thousands of people lost tens of millions of dollars without hope of ever getting their money back in spite of all the FPA efforts to help those folks. Prime4x pretended to be regulated by CySec in Cyprus but it was a lie. They never had a licence.
Countries with good regulations protect your capital. For example, a broker regulated by any of the countries of the european Union is part of a compensation scheme under MIFID that will compensate your loss in case of bankruptcy of your broker up to the amount of 20 000 euros.
When you re interested by a regulated broker, verify his registration. For example a british broker should post his FSA licence number and you go to the FSA website to verify that it is valid. A broker located in Cyprus has a CySec licence number that you verify at the CySec website etc.
If you are American, new regulations pretty much limit you to a US broker or a foreign broker that opened a US branch. Again, check their licence with the CFTC. Plenty of brokers with a US address did not register with the CFTC. A Delaware or Nevada incorporation is always suspicious.
Regulations by a respectable jurisdiction will give you many guarantees for the safety of your funds, but no guarantee of excellent service and client support. For quality of service, check the reviews left by clients at the FPA.
Now, your trading style. If you are a scalper, verify that your broker welcomes scalper. And look for a broker with very tight spreads and instant execution.
If you want to trade at news time, a broker that has fixed spreads might be best. And you need instant execution without latency
Remember that brokers that offer fixed spreads are more likely to use requotes.
Me, for example, I hate requotes, so I have a broker who widens his spreads at news time and I dont care because I dont trade during news time.
If you use an EA, make sure that your broker accepts your EA. Some EAs are not welcome because of the number of queries they send to the server or other reasons.
Always read the terms and conditions with great care: especially the trading conditions. We get members who come here crying their profits were deleted for " scalping " and the broker s contract clearly said that all trades had to stay open a minimum of 2 minutes ( for example ).
Hope that was useful. Finally, if you want to know I use GoMarkets regulated by ASIC ( offers good protection of funds ). Spreads widen a lot at news time ( not good for a news trader ) Latency can be about 2 seconds ( not that good for scalpers ) but I m glad I never get an irritating requote. Phone support is good ( but at australian business hours....) Besides Forex, they offer only Gold and Silver ( .05 lot minimum on XAU and XAG )
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