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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.

Steven Hatzakis | April 8th, 2020

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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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Please Note: ATC Brokers was not included in the 2020 annual review. As a result, this broker's ratings may be outdated. Read our Best Forex Brokers 2020 guide for a look at the top rated forex and CFDs brokers.

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).

Is ATC Brokers Safe?

ATC Brokers is considered high-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 68 out of 99. ATC Brokers is not publicly traded and does not operate a bank. ATC Brokers is authorised by two tier-1 regulators (high trust), zeo tier-2 regulators (average trust), and zero tier-3 regulators (low trust). ATC Brokers is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Learn more about Trust Score.

Regulations Comparison

FeatureATC Brokers
Year Founded2005
Publicly Traded (Listed) No
Bank No
Tier-1 Licenses2
Tier-2 Licenses0
Tier-3 Licenses0
Trust Score68

Offering of Investments

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

FeatureATC Brokers
Forex: Spot Trading Yes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)38
CFDs - Total Offered12
Social Trading / Copy-Trading 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.

FeatureATC Brokers
Minimum Initial Deposit$3000
Average Spread EUR/USD - StandardN/A
All-in Cost EUR/USD - ActiveN/A
Active Trader or VIP Discounts No


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.

FeatureATC Brokers
Daily Market Commentary No
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) No
Weekly Webinars No
AutoChartist No
Trading Central (Recognia) No
Delkos Research No
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs No
Economic Calendar 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
    FeatureATC Brokers
    Virtual Trading (Demo) Yes
    Proprietary Platform No
    Desktop Platform (Windows) Yes
    Web Platform Yes
    Social Trading / Copy-Trading No
    MetaTrader 4 (MT4) Yes
    MetaTrader 5 (MT5) No
    cTrader No
    Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)51
    Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)31
    Charting - Trade From Chart Yes
    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

    FeatureATC Brokers
    Android App Yes
    Apple iOS App Yes
    Trading - Forex Yes
    Trading - CFDs Yes
    Alerts - Basic Fields Yes
    Watch List Yes
    Watch List Syncing No
    Charting - Indicators / Studies30
    Charting - Draw Trend Lines Yes
    Charting - Trend Lines Moveable No
    Charting - Multiple Time Frames Yes
    Charting - Drawings Autosave Yes
    Forex Calendar No

    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

    About the author: 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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