Admiral Markets Group was founded in 2001, and has since expanded into a global brand with several international entities and regulatory licenses in Australia, the UK, Cyprus, Estonia, and across continental Europe.
Primarily a MetaTrader forex broker offering the suite of platforms from MetaQuotes Software corporation, Admiral Markets focuses on 145 instruments, including 55 forex pairs and 90 CFDs. It also offers premium features such as its MT4 Supreme add-on, together with volatility protection tools.
Commissions & Fees
Admiral Markets offers three account types with a range of fees and products to trade. However, when calculating the all-in cost to trade, including spreads plus any commission, the fees are similar across all three accounts offered.
For example, at roughly 0.6 pips on the EUR/USD, using typical spreads published by the broker, after including the round-turn commission of 0.6 pips in the Admiral Prime MT4 and MT5 account types, the all-in cost of 1.2 pips is comparable to the non-commission Admiral Markets MT4 account.
|View All Fees||Admiral Markets||Pepperstone||FXOpen||FxPro||Dukascopy|
|All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active||1.200||0.860||N/A||1.200||0.420|
|All-in Cost GBP/USD - Active||1.500||1.190||N/A||1.600||1.080|
|Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard||1.200||1.160||N/A||1.200||0.920|
|Average Spread GBP/USD - Standard||1.700||1.490||N/A||1.800||1.580|
|Commissions & Fees|
Admiral Markets provides agency execution across all account types and does not operate a dealing desk or take in-house risk. Instead, it routes your orders to its sole liquidity provider – its parent company, Admiral Markets AS, similar to the way in which Saxo Capital Markets UK routes orders solely to Saxo Bank in Denmark.
Traders who want a broader product offering will choose the Admiral Markets MT4 account, whereas those focused just on forex may gravitate to the Admiral Prime MT4 account, which offers 15 more pairs, while the MT5 platform is the least developed in terms of the broker’s product range.
When it comes to commissions, the all-in cost is nearly the same across all three account types and platforms and is comparable to other MetaTrader forex brokers such as FxPro, FXOpen, and Pepperstone, which also offer MT4 with agency execution (no dealing desk).
Admiral Markets has considerable room for improving its customer service, as our initial experience with live chat and phone support revealed.
The first flaw is that Admiral Markets does not inform new registrants who their account manager is. They also fail to relay that live chat support will be limited, because most customer service inquiries are directed to their account manager. These are simple issues Admiral Markets must address if it wants to improve its customer experience.
Admiral Markets provides a very good range of useful market research that is grouped neatly across several categories, including its analytics section. This makes it easy for traders to find what they need, compared to firms that may have poorly organized broader research content.
It was easy to switch between research tools and areas such as market heat maps, fundamental and technical analysis content sections, Elliot Wave Analysis, and multiple sentiment tools.
All in all, Admiral Markets has done a great job going beyond the standard news section found in MT4 by adding additional research on its website and trading tools that help boost its research offering.
Platforms & Tools
Admiral Markets is predominantly a MetaTrader broker, which means traders can choose from the suite of popular retail trading platforms for which MetaQuotes Software Corp is known. This includes the MetaTrader4 (MT4) and MetaTrader5 (MT5) platforms, which support automated trading systems. While MT4 desktop and mobile come standard, Admiral Markets also offers MT4 web, which is a nice addition for customers.
While MetaTrader4 comes standard, with little that varies from broker to broker on the surface of the platform, there can be significant differences in how the platform is set up when it comes to pricing, execution method, and other administrative areas that can affect your trading experience.
The first thing I noticed upon logging into Admiral Markets’ desktop version of MT4 is the speed at which prices were updating, which reminded me of the broker IG in terms of the frequency of price tick updates within the platform, and reflects the agency-broker execution method Admiral Markets offers (as raw underlying spreads are unfiltered).
What helps Admiral Markets stand out as a MetaTrader broker, besides the categories brokers compete on such as commissions and account types, is the company’s MT4 Supreme offering.
This premium offering consists of 12 Expert Advisors (EAs) as well as 20 custom indicators branded by Admiral Markets that are designed to enhance your MT4 experience. These tools are comparable to MT4 add-ons offered by ADS Securities and Pepperstone, developed by FX Blue LLP.
This premium offering consists of 12 Expert Advisors (EAs) as well as 20 custom indicators branded by Admiral Markets that are designed to enhance your MT4 experience.
After installing the separate MT4 Supreme package and relaunching the MT4 platform, the related tools can be found along with other extras as part of the Supreme add-ons that enhance the platform’s default features.
Some of the useful add-ons include showing news events plotted as small color-coded alarm bells on the chart, for both historical and upcoming news events. There are also other subtle tools such as a candle countdown timer or spread widget.
Without question, the volatility protection tools are a big plus for a broker that offers only agency execution.
Admiral Markets also provides a unique set of volatility protection tools to help you control inherent risks associated with agency execution, including slippage and market gap scenarios, and are welcome features traders will appreciate. Without question, the volatility protection tools are a big plus for a broker that offers only agency execution.
Overall, Admiral Markets has done a great job at enhancing the typical MT4 user experience with add-ons such as MT4 Supreme. Even if more seasoned MT4 users prefer to use their own developed EAs or acquire third-party add-ons from the MQL4 community, Admiral Markets’ ranking among MetaTrader brokers with similar pricing and execution methods is superior, thanks to its additional product depth.
Depending on the account type you open at Admiral Markets, either the MT4 or MT5 apps are compatible and available straight from MetaQuotes Software Corporation. Android and iOS devices are fully supported and come standard out of the box.
Like the rest of its products, Admiral Markets’ platform and mobile app are from the same developer. That said, unlike desktop, which can include additional add-ons to other platforms to enhance the overall experience, mobile apps are standardized. As a result, scoring for this category matches that of other MetaTrader-only brokers.
Admiral Markets offers clients several regulatory jurisdictions where your account can
be opened, with its entities regulated in Australia, the UK, Cyprus, and Estonia. It is also passported throughout Europe under MiFID regulation.
Admiral Markets’ parent company in Estonia, Admiral Markets AS, publishes its execution rates, including degrees of negative versus positive slippage, among other execution statistics, to help uphold its transparency as a market maker for its UK entity. Here are their current year execution statistics:
Admiral Markets can be a good choice for MetaTrader enthusiasts looking for the entire suite of platforms from the developer. This includes the enhanced add-ons in the MT4 Supreme package and access to a good range of forex and CFDs from an agency broker.
Summarizing Admiral Markets, I found the find the firm’s low margin rates, competitive fees on commission-based accounts, and numerous education and support resources for beginners appealing. That said, the one primary caveat to keep in mind is the confusing and weak customer service.
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Forex Risk Disclaimer
There is a very high degree of risk involved in trading securities. With respect to foreign exchange trading, there is considerable exposure to risk, including but not limited to, leverage, creditworthiness, limited regulatory protection and market volatility that may substantially affect the price, or liquidity of a currency or currency pair. It should not be assumed that the methods, techniques, or indicators presented in these products will be profitable, or that they will not result in losses. Learn more.View all Admiral Markets Fees & Features
Reviewed by Steven Hatzakis Steven Hatzakis is the Global Director of Research for ForexBrokers.com. Steven previously served as an Editor for Finance Magnates, where he authored over 1,000 published articles about the online finance industry. Over the past 18 years, Steven has held numerous positions within the international forex markets, from writing to consulting to serving as a registered commodity futures representative.
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