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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 | July 24th, 2019

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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 2019 annual review. As a result, this broker's ratings may be outdated. Read our Best Forex Brokers 2019 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 64 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 BrokersIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Year Founded2005197419921989
Publicly Traded (Listed) No Yes No Yes
Bank No Yes Yes No
Tier-1 Licenses2664
Tier-2 Licenses0312
Tier-3 Licenses0000
Trust Score64999898

Offering of Investments

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

FeatureATC BrokersIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Forex: Spot Trading Yes Yes Yes Yes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)3891182183
CFDs - Total Offered1215000329999959
Cryptocurrency traded as actual No No No No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD No Yes No Yes
Offering of Investments 2.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4 Stars

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 BrokersIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Minimum Initial Deposit$3000£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 No Yes Yes Yes
Commissions & Fees 3 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 5 Stars


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 BrokersIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Daily Market Commentary No Yes Yes Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) No Yes Yes Yes
Weekly Webinars No Yes Yes Yes
AutoChartist No Yes Yes No
Trading Central (Recognia) No No No Yes
Delkos Research No No No No
Social Trading / Copy-Trading No Yes Yes Yes
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs No Yes Yes Yes
Economic Calendar Yes Yes Yes Yes
Research 1 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars

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 BrokersIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
    Virtual Trading (Demo) Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Proprietary Platform No Yes Yes Yes
    Desktop Platform (Windows) Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Web Platform Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Social Trading / Copy-Trading No 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

    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 BrokersIGSaxo 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 No Yes Yes Yes
    Charting - Multiple Time Frames Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Charting - Drawings Autosave Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Forex Calendar No Yes Yes Yes
    Mobile Trading 2.5 Stars 4 Stars 4.5 Stars 4 Stars

    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 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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