First Prudential Markets Pty Ltd (Licence 286354) is regulated by ASIC and headquartered in Sydney, Australia with additional regulation from CySEC (License 371/18) issued in 2018.
FP Markets has been well recognised by Investment Trends, a leading international financial services research company, for their client satisfaction and educational material. In recent years, FP Markets has received the Highest Overall Quality of Service Award in the Australia CFD Report for five years running (2012-16), and the Best Educational Materials/Programs Award for three years running (2014-16).
Additionally, FP Markets also won the Value for Money award for four years running (2013-16). FP Markets no longer enters themselves into award schemes, but from their past results, it is very clear that customer satisfaction, educational support and value for money are top priorities.
FP Markets has different account types that offer either a spread-based or commission-based model. This choice in accounts provides trading conditions for both the beginner and the experienced trader.
FP Markets has two distinctly different real trading accounts, and a risk-free demo account. Both real accounts offer small trader sizes at 0.01 lots, and maximum leverage of 500:1. EAs and VPS are available on both accounts.Scroll for more detailsDisplay NameMin. DepositMax. LeverageMin. SpreadCommissionPlatinum IRESSUSD 0500:10$9 AUD min, then 0.09%Account DetailsPremier IRESSUSD 0500:10No min, then 0.08%Account Details RAWUSD 100500:10.0$3.50Account DetailsStandardUSD 100500:11NoneAccount DetailsStandard IRESSUSD 0500:10$10 AUD min, then 0.1%Account Details
Standard Account – The Standard Account offers the best option for an entry-level trader looking for a lower starting deposit. The starting deposit of 100 AUD (or equivalent) gives clients unlimited access to the instruments available for trading – including 50+ currency pairs. The downside with this account is the wider spreads starting from 1.0 pips, but there is no commission on the trades.
Raw Account – This account offers very tight spreads, and instead, a commission at 3.5 AUD per standard lot traded. The minimum deposit is set at 1000 AUD (or equivalent), so this account is designed for the more serious trader or scalper.
FP Markets currently offers 5 of the most traded cryptocurrencies. They are:
Leverage is 10:1 which is higher than most, so if you are looking to trade cryptocurrency at a traditional broker, FP Markets could be a good option.
Spreads with FP Markets are as low as 0 pips depending on account type. For the standard accounts, the spreads start at 1 pip. Leverage for all clients is available up to 500:1 which is more than enough for any trader.
The FP Markets client portal allows traders to deposit in 10 currencies. AUD, CAD, CHF, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, USD. Deposits can be made via Credit Card, Paypal, FasaPay, PayTrust88, POLi, Klarna, Directa24, China Union Pay, Neteller, Skrill, BPay, Bankwire & Broker to Broker transfer.
The first time you make a withdrawal, you must complete a downloadable form and return it with photographic ID. There are no admin fees charged for Australian withdrawals, but 10 USD will be charged for all international bank transfers. There are no fees for withdrawals to international credit card, but variable fees on other withdrawal methods.
FP Markets is a safe choice for beginners looking for an ASIC-regulated STP broker. The entry-level account offers tight spreads for the required minimum deposit, high-quality customer service, and a varied choice of platform – including specialist software as well as support for the industry standard.
FP Markets recently launched the FP Markets Traders Hub which acts as a portal for all FP Markets educational content and market analysis. Daily technical and fundamental analysis is available, alongside a library of educational articles for traders and links to all the educational content produced by FP Markets. Content includes eBooks, video tutorials and trading courses for beginners. As FP Markets is a multi-asset broker, not all of the material available here is on Forex, with much of the content dedicated to shares and other CFDs.
Overall, this is a major improvement on FP Market’s previous education and analysis section, and beginner traders will find the single point of entry more user-friendly.
Award-winning service is available via chat, email, and telephone 24/5, and offices are available for walk-in appointments in Sydney.
FP Markets offers a few different platforms to traders. Central to their offering are the MetaTrader 4 and 5 platforms, the leading platforms in the industry.
In addition to the MetaTrader platforms, FP Markets supports a professional software choice called IRESS Trader. IRESS Trader is an advanced institutional trading platform and FP Markets charges a monthly fee for the platform, but if you are an active trader and generate a commission for the broker by using the platform, the license fee is waived.
In comparison to the MetaTrader platform, IRESS has a much simpler and intuitive user interface. In order to give MetaTrader the advanced functionality that IRESS has, numerous plugins would be required. These features include advanced order placement, setting alerts on news and price levels, customizable charts, and advanced watchlist features.
MetaTrader has mobile app versions for clients on the move, or who want to take advantage of trading on the back of unannounced news events when away from a computer.
IRESS mobile offers traders much of the same functionality as on the desktop version. This includes:
According to regulation, brokers are required to be transparent with Forex traders about their the complexity of financial products and also disclose the extent to which traders can lose their money. FP Markets wants you to know: Contracts for Difference (CFDs) are derivatives and can be risky; losses can exceed your initial payment and you must be able to meet all margin calls as soon as they are made. When trading CFDs you do not own or have any rights to the CFDs underlying assets.
FP Markets are a strong ASIC-regulated STP broker. They offer great trading conditions and go a step further in developing their own trading platform to keep clients just that little bit happier.