There are plenty of things to consider when your looking to choose a forex broker and thousands of options for you to choose from. How do you know which broker is the best fit for you? How can you be sure your broker is legitimate? Here are a list of the top 5 most important things to look for in a broker!
1. Choose a broker that is regulated + secured
A regulated broker is a broker which is federally monitored and is continually being watched by local governments. Regulation ensures that what you are going to be doing with your money is relatively secure. Without regulation, a broker has free range on how they choose to handle your money. Because of this, you could face more issues trying to deposit or withdrawal money.
2. Choose a forex broker with good transaction costs
Forex brokers make their money through through fixed rate commissions, and/or taking a small bid/ask spread on your trade. Spreads and commissions are similar but spreads can be a bit more dynamic and get wider or smaller based on the markets liquidity. During an off hour, spreads get bigger, during a busy trading hour, they tighten.
When you are checking out a broker be sure to look at the reviews online as well as go through their website. Look for any information about what the broker says about their own spreads and their own commissions. Be competitive here and aim to find good spreads and commissions offered by different brokers.
3. Choose a broker that offers easy deposits + withdrawals
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how well you do with your trading account if you can't withdrawal your money. When looking for a broker, you want to have easy access to deposit and withdrawal from your account. Usually, a well regulated broker will have a very smooth process with this as opposed to unregulated brokers.
4. Choose a broker with competitive trading platforms + tools
Another aspect to take into account when choosing a forex broker is what trading platforms and tools they provide. You want to make sure that the platforms that your broker is offering are competitive and align with your preferences. Further, checkout the tools that they offer traders on their website.
5. Choose a forex broker with helpful customer support
Lastly, and perhaps most important, you want to make sure your broker has exceptional customer support. When facing issues regarding your money, you want to feel confident that your broker will provide you will easy access to support. Read reviews and reach out to the customer support of different brokers so you can get a feel for how reliable their customer support is.
Hopefully, reading this article provided you with insight on how to choose a great broker. Checkout a list of our favorite brokers here. Or take our broker quiz here to find the best broker for your needs!
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