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ADS Securities Review

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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, with support in Singapore giving the firm good regional coverage across EURASIA.

Review Summary

Rank: 16th (of 28)

Forex and CFD traders choose ADSS for its range of markets, services, regulatory statuses, and MT4 alongside OREX platform account offerings, quality customer service, and the broker’s VIP client experience.


  • Competitive commission rates for active forex traders.
  • Regulated in several major regulatory hubs.
  • Low margin rates.
  • OREX web platform based on HTML 5.


  • OREX desktop requires outdated Silverlight plugin.
  • Higher spreads on non-commission accounts.

Is ADS Securities Safe?

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Trust Score

ADS Secuities is considered low-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 86 out of 99. ADS Secuities is not publicly traded and does not operate a bank. ADS Securities is authorised by two tier-1 regulators (high trust), one tier-2 regulator (average trust), and zero tier-3 regulators (low trust). ADS Secuities is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Securities Futures Commission (SFC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Learn more about Trust Score.

Regulations Comparison

FeatureADS SecuritiesIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Year Founded2011197419921989
Publicly Traded (Listed) No Yes No Yes
Bank No Yes Yes No
Tier-1 Licenses2664
Tier-2 Licenses1412
Tier-3 Licenses0000
Trust Score86999898

Commissions & Fees

Rank: 23rd (of 28)

ADSS commissions and fees vary depending on the account type established, and the range of account types that are available vary depending on the ADS brand that you choose, which is often based on location and the applicable regulatory jurisdiction.


  • For example, 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, whereas ADSS’s most competitive offering is the Elite account, akin to a VIP-style account, which requires a $200,000 deposit and comes with perks beyond discounted spreads.


  • The Classic account provides access to the OREX platform and MT4, while the Lite account does not.
  • The account options at the firm’s Abu Dhabi-based entity are similar to the UK, except instead of the Prime Gold account, there is a Prime Elite account. Also similar to the UK, its other two basic account types have target spreads of 1.6 -2.4 pips on the EUR/USD, making it an expensive option.
  • Without ADSS publishing what its average forex spreads are, it’s not possible to make a level comparison with firms that do publish their figures. This is something the broker could benefit from, as its commissions and fees appear competitive in the ECN Prime account.

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Fees Comparison

FeatureADS SecuritiesIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Minimum Initial Deposit£100£250.00$2,000.00$0.00
Average Spread EUR/USD - StandardN/A0.7500.9000.744
All-in Cost EUR/USD - ActiveN/A0.3630.6000.744
Active Trader or VIP Discounts Yes Yes Yes Yes
Commissions & Fees 3.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 5 Stars

Platforms & Tools

Rank: 23rd (of 28)

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


  • ADSS’ flagship OREX web platform has a greater product range compared to its MT4 platform offering and is simple, minimalistic, and generally easy to navigate.
  • Apart from OREX, ADSS is predominantly a MetaTrader broker when it comes to its retail offering, and the firm provides several add-ons to help enhance the MetaTrader 4 (MT4) platform beyond its default settings.


  • 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.
  • The extras offered for MT4 at ADSS are comparable to what Admiral Markets and Pepperstone give in terms of the add-on from third-party developer FX Blue LLP, which comes with a good range of premium trading tools such as extra custom indicators and widgets to help complement the default version of MT4.


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Tools Comparison

FeatureADS SecuritiesIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Virtual Trading (Demo) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proprietary Platform Yes Yes Yes Yes
Desktop Platform (Windows) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web Platform Yes Yes Yes Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading Yes Yes Yes Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4) Yes Yes No Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5) No No No No
cTrader No No No No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)51224781
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)31171724
Charting - Trade From Chart Yes Yes Yes Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields712128
Order Type - Trailing Stop Yes Yes Yes Yes
Platform & Tools 3 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars

Customer Service

Rank: 3rd (of 28)

To score Customer Service, partnered with customer experience research group Customerwise to conduct phone tests from locations throughout the UK. For our 2019 Review, 229 customer service tests were conducted over six weeks.


  • Average Connection Time: <1 minute
  • Average Net Promoter Score: 8.1 / 10
  • Average Professionalism Score: 5.9 / 10
  • Overall Score: 7.6 / 10
  • Ranking: 3rd (23 brokers)
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Rank: 18th (of 28)

ADS Securities has a good variety 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 the Dow Jones.


  • ADSS streams content from third-party aggregators, and creates its own in-house daily video market updates covering technical and fundamental analysis made available within the platform.
  • ADSS also offers a social copy-trading platform, charging a 20% incentive fee – comparable to a hedge fund fee structure, available on its Prime Classic account. It also provides traders with additional research-type tools when it comes to finding trading opportunities.


  • None.


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Research Comparison

FeatureADS SecuritiesIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Daily Market Commentary Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weekly Webinars No Yes Yes Yes
AutoChartist Yes Yes Yes No
Trading Central (Recognia) No No No Yes
Delkos Research No No No No
Social Trading / Copy-Trading Yes Yes Yes Yes
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs Yes Yes Yes Yes
Economic Calendar Yes Yes Yes Yes
Research 3 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars

Mobile Trading

Rank: 17th (of 28)

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.


  • The OREX mobile app contains general and economic news together with an earnings calendar – all matching the web version.
  • Charting includes 70 indicators and 25 candlestick patterns, which nearly matches the web-based version of OREX.


  • Beyond research and a robust watchlist, the rest of the OREX mobile app is light on features.


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Mobile Apps Comparison

FeatureADS SecuritiesIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Android App Yes Yes Yes Yes
Apple iOS App Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trading - Forex Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trading - CFDs Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields Yes Yes Yes Yes
Watch List Yes Yes Yes Yes
Watch List Syncing No Yes Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies30264123
Charting - Draw Trend Lines Yes Yes Yes Yes
Charting - Trend Lines Moveable Yes Yes Yes Yes
Charting - Multiple Time Frames Yes Yes Yes Yes
Charting - Drawings Autosave No Yes Yes Yes
Forex Calendar Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mobile Trading 3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4.5 Stars 4 Stars

Offering of Investments

Rank: 14th (of 28)

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

Offering Comparison

FeatureADS SecuritiesIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Forex: Spot Trading Yes Yes Yes Yes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)6591182183
CFDs - Total Offered220015000329999959
Cryptocurrency traded as actual No No No No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD Yes Yes No Yes
Offering of Investments 3.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4 Stars

Final Thoughts

Rank: 16th (of 28)

With the OREX platform suite serving as a good foundation for the company’s retail trading platform, ADS Securities 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.

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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." Learn more.

Steven Hatzakis

About the author: Steven Hatzakis Steven Hatzakis is the Global Director of Research for Steven previously served as an Editor for Finance Magnates, where he authored over 1,000 published articles about the online finance industry. Steven is an active fintech and crypto industry researcher and advises blockchain companies at the board level. Over the past 20 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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