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ADSS Review

Steven Hatzakis

Written by Steven Hatzakis
Edited by John Bringans
Fact-checked by Blain Reinkensmeyer

October 13, 2022
CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

While ADSS markets its proprietary OREX trading platform alongside MetaTrader, we found the broker to be underwhelming. Customer service quality is terrible, and ADSS trails industry leaders in key areas, including trading tools and research.

ADSS
3 Stars Overall
  • Minimum Initial Deposit: £100
  • Trust Score: 90
  • Tradeable Symbols (Total): 2200

Top Takeaways

Here are our top findings on ADSS:

  1. Founded in 2011, ADSS is regulated in two tier-1 jurisdictions and one tier-two jurisdiction, making it a safe broker (low-risk) for forex and CFDs trading.
  2. Alongside MetaTrader, ADSS offers its proprietary platform suite, OREX, which we found to be just "ok" when compared to trading platforms from IG, Saxo Bank, and Dukascopy.
  3. While ADSS offers social copy trading, we found it doesn't stack up well against category leaders. Education and research were also a bit underwhelming, which doesn't make the broker a great fit for beginners.

Overall Summary

Please Note: ADSS was not included in our last annual review. As a result, this broker's ratings may be outdated. Read our best forex brokers guide for a breakdown of the top rated forex and CFDs brokers.

Feature ADSS logoADSS
Overall Rating 3 Stars
Trust Score 90
Offering of Investments 4 Stars
Commissions & Fees 3.5 Stars
Platform & Tools 3 Stars
Research 3.5 Stars
Mobile Trading 3.5 Stars
Education 3 Stars

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Is ADSS Safe?

Trust Score
90
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ADSS is considered low-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 90 out of 99. ADSS is not publicly traded and does not operate a bank. ADSS is authorised by two tier-1 regulators (high trust), one tier-2 regulator (average trust), and zero tier-3 regulators (low trust). ADSS is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Securities Futures Commission (SFC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Learn more about Trust Score.

Feature ADSS logoADSS
Year Founded 2011
Publicly Traded (Listed) No
Bank No
Tier-1 Licenses 2
Tier-2 Licenses 1
Tier-3 Licenses 0

Offering of Investments

The following table summarizes the different investment products available to ADSS clients.

Cryptocurrency: Cryptocurrency trading is available through CFDs, but not available through trading the underlying asset (e.g. buying Bitcoin). Note: Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker's UK entity, nor to UK residents.

Feature ADSS logoADSS
Forex Trading (Spot or CFDs) Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total) 2200
Forex Pairs (Total) 56
U.S. Stock Trading (Non CFD) No
Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD) Yes
Social Trading / Copy Trading Yes
Cryptocurrency (Physical) No
Cryptocurrency (CFD) Yes
Disclaimers Note: Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker's U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents (except to Professional clients).

Commissions and Fees

ADSS commissions and fees vary depending on the account type established, and the range of available account types differ depending on the ADSS brand that you choose, which is related to your location and the applicable regulatory jurisdiction.

UAE-based accounts: From its UAE-based hub, ADSS offers two accounts: Classic, and Elite. The Classic version had its minimum deposit reduced to $100, making it more affordable for the most conservative traders, yet carries higher spreads than the Elite account type. In the Classic account, target spreads drop to 1.6 pips on the EUR/USD. In contrast, ADSS’s most competitive offering is the Elite account, akin to a VIP-style account, which requires a $200,000 deposit or trading volume of more than $500 million per month and comes with perks beyond discounted spreads.

Hong Kong accounts: At ADSS Hong Kong, the firm lists an average spread of 1 pip for the EUR/USD pair from its OREX platform, and offers a bullion account, in addition to securities and futures trading from its TREX platform which requires a deposit of at least $3000.

Feature ADSS logoADSS
Minimum Initial Deposit £100
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard 1
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active N/A
Active Trader or VIP Discounts Yes
Execution: Agency Broker Yes
Execution: Market Maker Yes

Platforms and Tools

ADSS goes beyond the normal MetaTrader-only broker to customize its offering by providing add-ons as well as Autochartist and VPS hosting.

OREX web: ADSS’s flagship OREX web platform has a greater product range compared to its MT4 platform offering and is simple, minimalistic, and generally easy to navigate. However, during our testing, we found that the OREX web version still contains unfinished modules, such as the alerts and economic calendar sections labeled "coming soon."

OREX desktop: While the firm also offers OREX Optim, a desktop version of the platform, it relies on Silverlight, which is an outdated plugin, making it inaccessible to download using mainstream browsers. As a result, I do not recommend the Orex Optim desktop version.

Feature ADSS logoADSS
Virtual Trading (Demo) Yes
Proprietary Platform Yes
Desktop Platform (Windows) Yes
Web Platform Yes
Social Trading / Copy Trading Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4) Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5) No
DupliTrade No
ZuluTrade Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) (Default MT4) 116 in Orex
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) (Default MT4) 35 in Orex
Charting - Trade From Chart Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields (Default MT4)
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Research

ADSS has just an average selection of research content across its website and trading platform, ranging from sentiment widgets to earnings calendars, in addition to industry-standard news from top-tier providers such as Dow Jones.

Social copy trading: While the broker is not an industry leader for social copy trading, ADSS does offer copy trading through its Prime and Classic accounts.

Feature ADSS logoADSS
Daily Market Commentary Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) Yes
Autochartist Yes
Trading Central (Recognia) No
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs Yes

Mobile Trading

Besides the native MT4 mobile app, ADSS offers its proprietary OREX platform for mobile Android and iOS devices. Our testing focused on the OREX mobile app.

OREX Mobile app good stuff: The OREX mobile app contains general and economic news together with an earnings calendar. Charting also is respectable once launched into full-screen mode and includes 63 indicators and 25 candlestick patterns. Lastly, the Market Insights section contains sentiment analysis, including probabilities weightings (e.g., the confidence level of the signal strength).

OREX Mobile app bad stuff: Beyond research and a basic watchlist, the rest of the OREX mobile app is light on features and has a few minor bugs. For example, sentiment analysis is available under the Market Insights section, although other categories such as Energy and Technology return an error message.

Customer Service

To score Customer Service, ForexBrokers.com partnered with customer experience research group Customerwise to conduct phone tests from locations throughout the UK. For our 2020 Review, 330 customer service tests were conducted over six weeks.

  • Average Connection Time: >5 minutes
  • Average Net Promoter Score: 1.0 / 10
  • Average Professionalism Score: 0 / 10
  • Overall Score: 0.75 / 10
  • Ranking: 22 nd (22 brokers)

Final Thoughts

With the OREX platform suite serving as a good foundation for the company’s retail trading platform, ADSS goes beyond the typical MetaTrader brokerage by offering extra add-ons for MT4 and provides forex traders over 60 currency pairs and 2200 CFDs.

ADSS can be a great choice for active forex traders and those with large balances, such as professional day traders and high net worth clients due to the VIP-style account offerings and related perks. Just keep in mind that the choice of where you can open an account may be limited by your location.

About ADSS

Founded in 2011 in Abu Dhabi with $400 million in initial capital, ADSS (Formerly ADS Securities) has since developed into a global brand, with regulated entities in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

ADSS caters to retail traders through its ADSS brand in the UK for EU Citizens, and ADS Prime in the UAE for clients in the Gulf and other countries, whereas clients in Asia can choose the firm’s Hong Kong entity which also offers exchange-traded securities and futures trading, with support in Singapore giving the firm good regional coverage across EURASIA. Read more on Wikipedia about ADSS.

2022 Review Methodology

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There is a very high degree of risk involved in trading securities. With respect to margin-based foreign exchange trading, off-exchange derivatives, and cryptocurrencies, 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 related instrument. 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. Read more on forex trading risks.

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About the Author

Steven Hatzakis
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. A forex industry expert and an active fintech and crypto researcher, Steven advises blockchain companies at the board level and holds a Series III license in the U.S. as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA).


John Bringans
John Bringans

John Bringans is the Senior Editor of ForexBrokers.com. An experienced media professional, John has close to a decade of editorial experience with a background that includes key leadership roles at global newsroom outlets. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University, and conducts research on forex and the financial services industry while assisting in the production of content.


Blain Reinkensmeyer
Blain Reinkensmeyer

Blain Reinkensmeyer has 20 years of trading experience with over 2,500 trades placed during that time. He heads research for all U.S.-based brokerages on StockBrokers.com and is respected by executives as the leading expert covering the online broker industry. Blain’s insights have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune, among other media outlets.


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