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BlackBull Markets Review

Steven Hatzakis

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

January 31, 2024

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 74-89% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

BlackBull Markets offers the full MetaTrader suite (MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5) alongside multiple social copy trading platforms and a web app powered by TradingView.

While its sparse education and modest research materials can't compete with what's offered by the best forex brokers in those categories, BlackBull Markets continues to grow quickly and has shown major progress in developing its product offering.

BlackBull Markets
4/5 Stars Overall
  • Minimum Deposit: $0
  • Trust Score: 77
  • Tradeable Symbols (Total): 26000

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BlackBull Markets pros & cons

thumb_up_off_alt Pros

  • Available to residents of New Zealand – unlike many brokers that don’t have the required FMA license.
  • Provides both MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5.
  • Offers a growing range of third-party trading tools from Autochartist and Acuity.
  • In our 2024 Annual Awards, BlackBull Markets earned Best in Class honors for Offering of Investments.
  • Supports multiple third-party copy trading platforms, such as ZuluTrade, Duplitrade, and Myfxbook.
  • Integration with the TradingView web platform was made available in 2021.
  • With the launch of BlackBull Shares, traders can access over 26,000 tradeable symbols.
  • The recently launched BlackBull CopyTrader web platform boosts the broker's existing social copy trading offering.
  • BlackBull Markets recently received a significant private equity investment from Milford Private Equity Fund III LP, helping to bolster its position as a leading broker in New Zealand.

thumb_down_off_alt Cons

  • BlackBull lacks additional Tier-1 regulatory licenses outside of New Zealand.
  • BlackBull’s Seychelles-licensed entity only offers light regulatory protection.
  • The narrow scope of BlackBull’s educational content can’t compete with what the best MetaTrader brokers offer.
  • Based on the average spreads we obtained, commissions and fees at BlackBull Markets appear to be in line with the industry average.

Overall Summary

Feature BlackBull Markets logoBlackBull Markets
Overall Rating info 4/5 Stars
Trust Score info 77
Offering of Investments 5/5 Stars
Commissions & Fees 4.5/5 Stars
Platform & Tools 4/5 Stars
Research 4/5 Stars
Mobile Trading 4/5 Stars
Education 4/5 Stars

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Is BlackBull Markets safe?

Trust Score
77
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BlackBull Markets is considered Average Risk, with an overall Trust Score of 77 out of 99. BlackBull Markets is not publicly traded, does not operate a bank, and is authorised by one Tier-1 regulators (Highly Trusted), zero Tier-2 regulators (Trusted), zero Tier-3 regulators (Average Risk), and one Tier-4 regulator (High Risk). BlackBull Markets is authorised by the following Tier-1 regulator: Financial Markets Authority (FMA) . Learn more about Trust Score or see where the different BlackBull Markets entities are regulated.

Feature BlackBull Markets logoBlackBull Markets
Year Founded info 2014
Publicly Traded (Listed) info No
Bank info No
Tier-1 Licenses info 1
Tier-2 Licenses info 0
Tier-3 Licenses info 0
Tier-4 Licenses info 1

Offering of investments

BlackBull Markets has significantly expanded its range of markets with the launch of BlackBull Shares. Today, BlackBull offers over 26,000 tradeable symbols; 2,500 are available on MetaTrader 5 and TradingView, and 311 symbols on MetaTrader 4. The table below summarizes the different investment products available to BlackBull Markets clients.

Cryptocurrency: Cryptocurrency trading is available at BlackBull Markets 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 U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents.

Feature BlackBull Markets logoBlackBull Markets
Forex Trading (Spot or CFDs) info Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total) info 26000
Forex Pairs (Total) info 72
U.S. Stock Trading (Non CFD) info Yes
Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD) info Yes
Social Trading / Copy Trading info Yes
Cryptocurrency (Physical) info No
Cryptocurrency (Derivative) info 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

Trading costs at BlackBull Markets are about average for the industry, and will vary depending on which of its three account types you choose.

Spreads: The average spread for the Standard account came to 1.25 pips in October 2021, making it a pricier option than BlackBull Markets’ ECN Prime account (my preferred choice). After including the round-trip commission equivalent of 0.6 pips per trade on the ECN Prime account, the effective average spread for the EUR/USD is 0.824 for October 2021.

Accounts comparison: The Standard account is commission-free and has no minimum deposit requirement. The ECN Prime account offers lower spreads, but requires a $2,000 minimum deposit, and there is a commission of $3 per side or $6 round turn per lot. The ECN Institutional account is BlackBull’s more exclusive option for active traders that deposit at least $20,000, with commission rates that are negotiated with the broker on a case-by-case basis.

Feature BlackBull Markets logoBlackBull Markets
Minimum Deposit info $0
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard info 0.827 info
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active info 0.827 info
Active Trader or VIP Discounts info Yes
ACH or SEPA Transfers info No
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw) info No
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw) info Yes
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit) info Yes
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw) info Yes

Mobile trading apps

With no proprietary mobile app available, BlackBull Markets trails behind industry leaders such as IG and Saxo Bank. For our top picks among trading apps, read our guide to Best Forex Trading Apps.

Apps overview: As BlackBull Markets is a MetaTrader-only broker, iOS and Android versions of the MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader 5 (MT5) app come standard and are both available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play store, respectively.

Feature BlackBull Markets logoBlackBull Markets
Android App info Yes
Apple iOS App info Yes
Mobile Alerts - Basic Fields info Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields info 7
Watchlist Syncing info Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) info 30
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) info 15
Mobile Charting - Draw Trendlines info Yes
Mobile Charting - Multiple Time Frames info Yes
Mobile Economic Calendar info Yes

Other trading platforms

BlackBull Markets offers the full MetaTrader suite, including MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader 5 (MT5) for desktop and web, and BlackBull Markets' own BlackBull Shares platform (powered by Interactive Brokers’ TWS platform). Also available is TradingView, a popular trading platform that delivers a range of powerful charting functions and robust analysis tools. Learn more by reading our TradingView guide.

Platforms overview: With a limited range of markets and no platform add-ons, there is simply not much to say about the broker’s MT4 offering. The special features that are available come by way of third-party providers, such as support for Virtual Private Servers (VPS) hosting and the integration of third-party social copy trading apps. Besides MetaTrader, TradingView and HokoCloud are also available at BlackBull Markets.

Social copy trading: BlackBull Markets offers several third-party apps for social copy trading, in addition to the native Signals market available in MT4. Supported copy trading platforms include ZuluTrade and MyFxbook. BlackBull CopyTrader (which delivers full integration with MetaTrader) is a recent proprietary addition to the broker's social copy trading suite.

VPS hosting: For algorithmic traders that want to run their MetaTrader platform 24-7 from a Virtual Private Server (VPS), BlackBull Markets offers VPS service from BeeksFX for a monthly fee. Free VPS service is also available if you deposit at least $2,000 in the ECN Prime account and complete at least 20 standard lots (2,000,000 units worth of trading volume) each month.

Feature BlackBull Markets logoBlackBull Markets
Virtual Trading (Demo) info Yes
Proprietary Platform info No
Desktop Platform (Windows) info Yes
Web Platform info Yes
Social Trading / Copy Trading info Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4) info Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5) info Yes
DupliTrade info No
ZuluTrade info Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) info 30
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) info 15
Charting - Trade From Chart info Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields info 7
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Market Research

BlackBull Markets recently expanded its market research coverage with the acquisition of research firm ATM Strategy. Considerable progress has been made in the broker's research offering, though BlackBull Markets still trails behind the best forex and CFD brokers in this category.

Research overview: BlackBull Markets produces a daily series featuring technical and fundamental analysis for specific trading symbols. For example, the Trade in 60 Seconds series are one-minute recordings that focus on a particular trading symbol – such as a given forex pair or CFD.

Market news and analysis: Both the Market Reviews articles and the selection of videos produced by BlackBull Markets’ in-house team are high-quality, and provide depth from a technical and fundamental analysis perspective. I was just disappointed to find that there isn’t more daily content.

Resuming the production of live streams would be a step in the right direction for BlackBull Markets, along with a general expansion of daily content.

Feature BlackBull Markets logoBlackBull Markets
Daily Market Commentary info Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) info No
Autochartist info Yes
Trading Central (Recognia) info No
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs info No

Education

BlackBull Markets’ overall educational offering has made good progress recently with an expanded number of articles that are organized by category, yet still has long way to go to catch up to the best forex brokers for beginners. For example, the addition of quizzes and progress tracking features could help BlackBull further improve its educational offering for retail traders.

Education Hub: BlackBull Markets's Education Hub is a section of the BlackBull website that is exclusive dedicated to trader education. This Education Hub has recently been expanded with dozens of new themed articles which are organized by experience level. BlackBull Markets has also increased its offering of educational video content and has added new playlists to its YouTube channel. I found these playlists – such as the Elliot Wave Theory series and the Whiteboard Wizards playlist – to be of decent quality.

Feature BlackBull Markets logoBlackBull Markets
Education (Forex or CFDs) info Yes
Client Webinars info Yes
Client Webinars (Archived) info Yes
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos info Yes
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos info Yes
Investor Dictionary (Glossary) info Yes

Final thoughts

Despite a growing product range on MetaTrader and support for social copy trading tools, BlackBull Markets falls behind the best brokers in several key categories, such as education and research, although has made considerable progress in these categories since last year. It’s also important to note that BlackBull Markets currently has a relatively small number of regulatory licenses.

BlackBull Markets is a maturing broker that has been in operation for nearly a decade and has made great strides over the last 12 months toward improving its value proposition to traders and investors. In our 2024 Annual Awards, BlackBull earned Best in Class honors for our Offering of Investments category. That said, BlackBull still has some room to grow in order to become more competitive. We’d love to see the broker acquire more regulatory licenses in Tier-1 jurisdictions, which would only improve its Trust Score.

About BlackBull Markets

Founded in 2014, BlackBull Markets is a forex and CFD broker headquartered in New Zealand. The broker has been fully authorized by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) in New Zealand since 2020, and registered on the Financial Services Provider Register (FSPR) since the end of 2014. The BlackBull Markets brand also holds a license in the offshore island nation of Seychelles with the Financial Services Authority (FSA). In May 2023, BlackBull Markets received an investment from Milford Asset Management, a prominent private equity firm in New Zealand, which included the appointment of an independent Chairman.

ForexBrokers.com 2024 Annual Awards

For the ForexBrokers.com 2024 Annual Awards, brokers were evaluated against ForexBrokers.com’s 8 Primary Categories: Commissions & Fees, Offering of Investments, Platforms & Tools, Mobile Trading Apps, Research, Education, Trust Score, and Overall.

Best in Class honors were awarded to the Top 7 forex brokers in each of the following areas: Beginners, Social Copy Trading, Ease of Use, MetaTrader, Algo Trading, Crypto Trading, and Professional Trading.

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Category awards

BlackBull Markets logoBlackBull Markets Offering of Investments
Rank #1
Streak #1
Best in Class check
Best in Class Streak 2

2024 Review Methodology

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Our research team conducts thorough testing on a wide range of features, products, services, and tools (collecting and validating thousands of data points in the process). We test all available trading platforms for each broker – whether they are proprietary or come from third-party providers – and evaluate them based on a host of data-driven variables.

We also take an in-depth look at each broker’s commissions and fees, such as bid/ask spreads – including the average spread data for some of the most popular forex currency pairs. We research other trading costs, such as inactivity or custody fees, minimum deposit requirements, VIP rebates and/or discounts, and a range of other important fee-based data points.

Some of the other important research categories that are factored into our testing include mobile trading accessibility and capability, availability of market research and educational content, and each broker’s overall Trust Score.

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About the Editorial Team

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.