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ATC Brokers is a MetaTrader-only broker regulated in the UK, and in the US as an Introducing Broker. The broker offers reasonable pricing across nearly 50 instruments, but has few research tools.

By Steven Hatzakis / August 13th, 2018 / Updated: October 3rd, 2018

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  • Acts only as an introducer in the US (doesn’t hold client funds in the US)
  • Limited range of research tools

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ATC Brokers was founded in 2005 and is regulated in the United States as an Introducing Broker (IB) with the National Futures Association (NFA) and its brand in the United Kingdom (UK), ATC BROKERS LTD is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

ATC Brokers is a MetaTrader-only broker, offering the popular MetaTrader 4 (MT4) software developed by MetaQuotes Software Corporation. In the US, ATC Brokers offers 40 instruments (38 forex pairs and two metals), and in the UK it offers 50 (38 forex pairs and 12 CFDs).

Trust Score

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Here at ForexBrokers.com, we maintain the largest independent regulatory database available on the web. Using 28 different variables, we have created a proprietary 1-100 score (the higher the better) of overall trustworthiness, which we call the Trust Score. Here is our trust summary of ATC Brokers.

ATC Brokers
Trust Score65
Year Founded2005
Publicly-Traded Company (Listed) No
Regulated in Major Hub Yes
Regulated in Emerging Hub No
Authorised in the European Union Yes
CFTC Registered (USA) Yes
FCA Regulated (UK) Yes
IIROC Authorised (Canada) No
FINMA Authorised (Switzerland) No
ASIC Authorised (Australia) No
SFC Authorised (Hong Kong) No
MAS Authorised (Singapore) No
FSA Authorised (Japan) No
FMA Authorised (New Zealand) No
CySEC Authorised (Cyprus) No

Offering of Investments

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

ATC Brokers
Minimum Initial Deposit$3000
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)38
CFDs - Total Offered12
Exchange Traded Securities: US No
Exchange Traded Securities: International No
Cryptocurrency traded as actual No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD No

Commissions & Fees

ATC Brokers offers a commission-based account that charges a round turn commission of $10 per standard contract ($5 per side), which equates to roughly 1 pip, resulting in an all-in cost of 1.3 pips after accounting for average spreads of 0.3 pips in the EUR/USD pair.

ATC Brokers average spreads

The pricing of average spreads listed by ATC Brokers in the UK varies slightly to that of its US counterpart.

Trading costs are neither low nor high, and appear to be close to the industry average. Unfortunately, an accurate comparison cannot be made without knowing which periods the average spreads relate to.

ATC Brokers
Average Spread EUR/USD - StandardN/A
All-in Cost EUR/USD - ActiveN/A
Active Trader or Premium/VIP No

Research

ATC Brokers offers few options when it comes to its research offering. Besides a Virtual Private Server (VPS) service for MT4 users and its Trader’s Corner blog, which is not very active, the broker provides only an economic calendar.

ATC Brokers Economic Calendar

Compared to its peers, ATC Brokers has a poor research offering.

ATC Brokers
Daily Market Commentary No
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) No
AutoChartist No
Trading Central (Recognia) No
Delkos Research No
Acuity Trading No
Social Trading / Copy-Trading No
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs No
Client Webinars No
Client Webinars (Archived) No
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos No
Economic Calendar Yes
Calendar Includes Forecasts No
Economic News Sentiment No
Trade Ideas - Backtesting Yes

Platforms & Tools

ATC Brokers is a MetaTrader-only broker, offering from the suite of platforms developed by MetaQuotes Software Corporation, including the MetaTrader 4 (MT4) platform. To learn more about MT4, read our MetaTrader guide.

While MT4 comes standard, with little variation in functionality from broker to broker, there can be significant differences in how the platform is set up for trading spreads and commissions, execution, and other tools, features, and administrative areas.

ATC Brokers MT4 PRO desktop plugin

Besides spreads, the range of instruments, and account types, here is a summary of the differences in features between ATC Brokers’ available MT4 offering and the default MetaTrader experience:

    • Offers customized MT4 Pro plugin
    ATC Brokers
    Virtual Trading (Demo) Yes
    Desktop Platform (Windows) Yes
    Desktop Platform (Mac) No
    Web Platform Yes
    Social Trading / Copy-Trading No
    Proprietary No
    MetaTrader4 (MT4) Yes
    MetaTrader5 (MT5) No
    cTrader No
    Currenex No
    ZuluTrade No
    MirrorTrader No
    Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)31
    Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)51
    Watchlists - Total Fields7
    Order Type - Trailing Stop Yes

    Mobile Trading

    ATC Brokers offers iOS and Android mobile trading applications for its MetaTrader platforms, available directly from developers on the iTunes Store and Google Play. To learn more about MT4, read our guide to MetaTrader.

    Metatrader4 mobile watchlist

    ATC Brokers
    Android App Yes
    Apple iOS App Yes
    Charting - Draw Trend Lines Yes
    Charting - Can Turn Horizontally Yes
    Charting - Technical Studies/Indicators30
    Watch List Syncing No
    Trading - Forex Yes
    Trading - CFDs Yes
    Alerts - Basic Fields Yes

    Other Notes

    It is worth mentioning the MT4 Pro plugin depends on Microsoft Visual Studio, which must be installed separately before the MT4 Pro plugin can operate.

    ATC Brokers MT4 PRO

    Final Thoughts

    ATC Brokers offers the popular MT4 platform and a few dozen forex pairs and CFDs through its regulated entity in the UK, while its US entity introduces customers through a clearing broker.

    The broker’s customized MT4 Pro plugin helps slightly distinguish its offering from among other MT4 brokers, but ATC Brokers’ limited research resources put it at a disadvantage compared to brokers with a wider range of research tools.

    Forex Risk Disclaimer

    "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

    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. Steven is an active fintech and crypto industry researcher and advises blockchain companies at the board level. Over the past 19 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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