You mentioned earlier about trading on weekends. Something to consider is that on many regulated brokers trading will be ceased at weekends. Some unregulated brokers allow for trading crypotcurrencies for example at weekends. Regarding fund protection, you can help this by only investing what you can afford to lose. That said you want what you do invest safe and I understand that but certain regulated brokers still bend the rules and get into trouble. Look up JP Markets.