A wide range of possibilities in CFD trading, excellent trading technology and a broad range of support at a high level – these are the most important features of the online broker ActivTrades, which has been offering its services from its London location since 2001. For traders interested in leveraged trading with a wide variety of exchange products, it is at least at first glance an ideal provider in this area.
However, in order to achieve long-term success in trading, not only attractive packaging but also professional implementation of all announced features is required. How this succeeds in the concrete case of ActivTrades, we wanted to get out with a test of this offerer. In addition to the possibilities of handling trading with various exchange products smoothly, our attention is also focused on the aspect of security and seriousness. After all, the focus is on nothing less than the investor’s private assets and the associated existential goals. Fraud or rip-off should therefore be ruled out from the outset. What we found out in the course of our test, we have summarized in the following sections topic-specific.
An overview of the most important experiences with ActivTrades
In general, we were able to gain a very good impression during our test of the online broker for trading with leveraged financial products. Starting with the professional appearance, the range of trading opportunities, but also the professional processing of the trade, as well as the support that the investor can rely on around the trade, contribute to the fact that the customers of the online broker should feel taken seriously and in good hands. A range of training and information opportunities are offered in order to provide concrete impulses for trading. If any questions arise regarding the technical settlement of the trade, Customer Service can be contacted around the clock on working days. And also the conditions at which trading in products from the areas of stocks, stock indices, bonds, commodities and currencies is possible ensure that investors can keep a large part of their returns for themselves and do not have to pay fees.
ActivTrades – Serious or not?
In addition to well-functioning trading with a wide range of underlying assets and instruments, investors should always be interested in whether there is a provider behind the bright facade of an online broker who is so serious that you can trust him with your money. In the case of ActivTrades several reasons speak for the fact that this offerer fulfills the necessary conditions, and makes a trade for the investor possible, without fear around its deposits as well as around a tidy completion of the transactions to have to.
That fraud or Abzocke play no role, can be derived first from the fact that this offerer is regulated by the British supervisory authority FCA. Among other things, this institution ensures that customer deposits on the trading account are managed separately from company assets so that they are not lost even in the event of insolvency. In addition, the Financial Supervisory Authority is responsible for investigating any suspected cases of improper business practices. Against this background, the provider has always kept a clean slate since it was founded 15 years ago and has never given cause to doubt its seriousness. Also in this regard the investors can feel thus well in good hands.
In the following sections we would like to deal with single aspects of the trading offer as well as further services and bonus possibilities of ActivTrades.
Trading with the most important values at favourable conditions
The central point of view when evaluating a trader is of course the conditions and the trading offer. With the broker ActivTrades the investor expects thereby a well staggered offer at underlying values, which come from the ranges shares, stock indices, loans, raw materials as well as Forex in the form of currency pairs. ActivTrades has concentrated primarily on the main stocks from the respective markets, i.e. the values of the most important indices or the indices themselves can essentially be accessed. The most important stocks from around 20 trading centres around the globe are available, starting with European trading centres such as Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam or Paris and including Mexico City, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney or Johannesburg, to name but a few.
In addition there are important interest rate futures from the European and American markets. There are 13 commodities in the program, plus a small selection of metals. In the Forex area, you can also choose from a selection of around 50 currency pairs. In addition to combinations from the majors, some exotic combinations are also available. In principle, the range of tradable securities on offer is convincing above all due to its broad range, both globally and in terms of sector technology, while smaller securities from the second and third series of markets do not appear in the lists of ActivTrades.
As regards the conditions themselves, ActivTrades is committed to a model that is both transparent and very cost-effective. In many categories you can choose between two different margin models, which differ depending on the category, but also the stock value and the market. For example, in the case of German equities, a margin of five percent is possible with margin model 1, which corresponds to a leverage of 1:20. With margin model 2, the margin is 15 percent, i.e. a leverage of 1:6.7.
In addition, trading at very low fees is possible. For example, European shares can be traded with a minimum commission of one euro or 0.05 percent of the transaction value. On the American stock exchanges Nasdaq and NYSE the minimum fee is one US Dollar or 0.02 US Dollar per share. In the area of the indices, target spreads are indicated on which the costs for trading are based. In the case of the DAX, this means that with a point value of 25 euros, a spread of only one point can be traded. The American SP has a spread of 50 US dollars per point with a target spread of only 0.5 points. A final look at the bonds: The Bund Future is offered with a point value of 1,000 euros and the corresponding spread has a target value of 0.02 points. Leverages of 1:400 are also possible in this less volatile range, which corresponds to a margin requirement of 0.25 per cent.
Our experience in trading has also shown that the target values for spreads are for the most part adhered to very precisely and that very liquid trading can also be expected.
Whoever wants to concentrate on low-cost trading with the most important global stocks should be in the right place with ActivTrades.
No deposit bonus for new customers
An important element in the fight for new customers in the online broker industry is the bonus. Finally the offerers try in this way to supply potential customers additional incentives to decide to open an account and to transfer as fast as possible commercial capital. The form of bonus that has enjoyed great popularity among providers and investors in recent years has been the provision of additional trading capital. This was also intended to motivate investors to transfer higher sums to the trading account. However it concerns with this additional capital first of all virtual assets, which are disbursed only after fulfilment of high turnover conditions to the investor.
As the more interesting we would like to evaluate the bonus offer, which is offered by ActivTrades at present, against the background of these experiences. This is a very attractive bonus program in which points can be collected through various activities, which can be converted into bonuses once certain point values have been reached. Initially, points can also be collected in connection with the first deposit of trading capital. With a deposit of 500 euro there are 500 points, starting from 1.000 euro can be pleased the new customer over 1.000 additional counters on its point account.
Azuzu gives it with a trade of shares from the German Dax with a volume of 10.000 euro 12,5 points. With a continuous trade in such a way after our experiences already soon a considerable point existence comes together. Additional points can also be collected if ActivTrades succeeds in winning new clients. Depending on how high the new customer’s first deposit is, up to 1,500 additional bonus points can be earned. Rewards are available from a score of 5,000 points, so that it is quite possible that the first reward can already be selected after new registrations, a customer referral and some trades. An Apple iPod Nano, for example, is included in the selection of available premiums for this score.
While it is highly uncertain with additional payment bonuses what remains at the end of the day in bonus premiums, the bonus offer of ActivTrades has a very solid background.
So the deposit and payout runs with ActivTrades
Who wants to trade with stock exchange products, no matter what kind, needs trading capital for this. Before the investor can invest thus its money at the stock exchange, it is necessary that it deposits money on its personal trade account, which is available both as commercial capital and as security for the margin requirement. In order to deposit this money into the account, a number of different options are available to the broker. First, the classic bank transfer can be used. In addition, the Online Broker also offers the option of equipping the trading account with capital by credit card. Another important option is to use so-called E Wallets, i.e. Internet service providers, for this purpose. ActivTrades works together with the providers Skrill, Sofort and Neteller. MasterCard, VISA and Maestro are accepted for credit cards.
While bank transfers and Internet service providers are available free of charge, a fee of 1.5 percent of the transferred amount must be charged for depositing the credit card. With all offered methods it can be assumed beyond that that the assets are available very fast for the trade. In the case of payment by bank transfer, according to the provider it does not take longer than one working day, in the case of credit cards or e-wallets the credit can even be used after a maximum of 30 minutes in the trade.
The same possibilities are also available for the payouts, whereby only the method is paid out with which was also paid in. No fees are charged for the credit card, bank transfer and e wallet options. If the disbursement was requested to 12.30 o’clock, still on the same day with the treatment of the order can be counted on.
Regulation by the British FCA
In reference to the question about the security and regulation with the offerer ActivTrades the investor can rely on a very tidy level, since this is controlled by the British supervisory authority FCA. In particular, it can be assumed that the deposits on the trading account are also secured in the event of insolvency of the provider, as they are held in separate bank accounts. The British deposit guarantee applies to these accounts up to GBP 500,000. In addition, the authority is also responsible for monitoring fair trade so that investors can be sure that neither fraud nor rip-offs are to be feared in this respect.
Support and customer service very satisfactory
Even though our experience with the supplier has shown that disruptions in the daily course of business are not to be expected, effective and comprehensive support is an important component for customer satisfaction. Thus the investors have with ActivTrades from Monday to Friday around the clock the possibility of stepping personally and/or by telephone with a coworker of the service team into contact. Customers from Germany will also be provided with their own number, which they can use to reach support at the low fixed network rate. Besides naturally also the E-Mail is available as contact possibility, if desired also a free recall can be assigned.
Eitherway fast and uncomplicatedly information receives the investor, if it contacts over live Chat the on-line broker. Both reaction time and authority with the answers can be booked after our experiences clearly as plus points of this offerer. Besides a fully functional demo account can be used for exercise purposes.
structure of the web page makes it visitors easily
the web page can be regarded as the visiting card of each enterprise, which should ensure a fast entrance into the offers and possibilities of the offerer. In the case of ActivTrades this task has been solved very well in any case. Very clearly the visitor of the Web appearance can inform himself about the trading possibilities, the conditions as well as additional offers. In any case, ActivTrades has some of these in its program. Thus a broadly differentiated education and information offer is made available, which holds apart from basic knowledge to the trade with difference contracts also video courses and Webinars ready. In addition, current market commentaries are created for investors, to which they can align their trading strategies. The trading software, which is offered free of charge by ActivTrades, is also clear and structured. Investors have the choice of trading via a browser-based platform or downloading the software. Both solutions are based on the Meta Trader software, which in addition to an individually adjustable trading platform also supports many order types and analysis functions.
Comprehensive mobile trading with the App
The MetaTrader software is also based on the mobile app, which enables the investor to participate in trading conveniently and from anywhere via his mobile device. Thus the investor is always flexible with ActivTrades and in the position to keep not only positions and account balances with the Smartphone or Tablet in the view, but also actively into the trade to intervene.
Fazit – many possibilities in and around the trade with ActivTrades
With on-line Broker for trading in CFD products, we have tested a provider that offers a reliable and comprehensive range of products around the world’s most important underlyings in equities, indices, bonds, commodities and currencies. This means that investors can not only trade in a liquid manner and at precise prices and spreads, but can also rely on many support offers in the area of education and service.
In addition, ActivTrades investors can also rely on a high standard of security, which is guaranteed by the British supervisory authority FCA. Fraud and Abzocke have thus no chance.