Thanks to its JForex platform suite, Dukascopy provides forex traders industry-leading trading tools and market research, which includes our favorite mobile app for 2020. Drawbacks include unreliable customer service and a narrow offering of tradeable markets.
Top Takeaways for 2020
After spending five months testing 30 of the best forex brokers for our 4th Annual Review, here are our top findings on Dukascopy:
- Dukascopy is a regulated bank that is authorised in two tier-1 jurisdictions, making it a safe broker (low-risk) for forex and CFDs trading.
- Dukascopy's JForex 3 platform suite is highly dynamic and vibrant with features, including an extensive range of charting tools and automated trading capabilities. With mobile, Dukascopy's JForex Trader app is our favorite for 2020. Bottom line, Dukascopy keeps up with the leading platforms from IG, CMC Markets, and Saxo Bank.
- Dukascopy is well-rounded, finishing Best in Class (top 7) for Commissions & Fees, Platforms & Tools, Research, Mobile Trading, Cryptocurrency Trading, and Overall.
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|Commissions & Fees|
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Is Dukascopy Safe?
Dukascopy is considered low-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 90 out of 99. Dukascopy is not publicly traded, does operate a bank, is authorised by two tier-1 regulators (high trust), zero tier-2 regulators (average trust), and zero tier-3 regulators (low trust). Dukascopy is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Japanese Financial Services Authority (JFSA) and Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). Learn more about Trust Score.
|Publicly Traded (Listed)||No|
Offering of Investments
Dukascopy offers a total of 653 symbols to trade across multiple markets covering forex and CFD traders with 60 forex pairs and 593 CFDs. Dukascopy also offers cryptocurrency trading with CFDs on significant crypto assets, and the actual underlying (non-CFD) across its own launched cryptocurrencies.
Dukascopy Bank: Dukascopy Bank has over 148 million Swiss francs (CHF) in assets on its balance sheet as of June 30, 2019. Also, traders of the broker's Swiss entity are eligible for 100,000 CHF in insurance protection from the regulatory compensation fund esisuisse.
Dukascoin: Dukascopy offers CFDs on bitcoin and ethereum, and further embraced blockchain technology with the launch of its proprietary cryptocurrency named Dukascoin (DUK+).
|Forex: Spot Trading||Yes|
|Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)||60|
|CFDs - Total Offered||593|
|Social Trading / Copy-Trading||Yes|
|Cryptocurrency traded as actual||Yes|
|Cryptocurrency traded as CFD||Yes|
Commissions & Fees
In terms of trading costs, Dukascopy competes near the top among forex brokers that support automated trading and active trading programs.
Account tiers: Dukascopy offers one account type for FX trading under its Forex ECN account, where the execution method can vary between agency and dealing desk. While the spreads are the same for all clients in the ECN account, the added commission rates you pay will vary depending on your trading volume, balance, and net deposits.
Spread data: Using average spreads of 0.30 pips on the EUR/USD for the US trading session during Q3 2019, combined with the default commission rate of 0.70 pips per round turn, the all-in cost equates to 1 pip and is comparable to other brokers with commission-based pricing, such as Saxo Bank.
Swiss versus EU entity: Traders can open the ECN account either with Dukascopy Europe or Dukascopy Bank in Switzerland. The main difference between these two entities, besides regulatory jurisdictions and related investor compensation limits, is that the minimum at the EU entity is much lower at just $100. At the same time, the Swiss entity requires $5,000 – unless you are a Swiss resident, in which case, the minimum drops to $1,000.
Platforms & Tools
Overall, it’s clear that Dukascopy understands trading technology and provides traders the tools they need to succeed. Dukascopy’s flagship platform is JForex 3, a desktop and web-based platform that supports both Windows and Mac. While some forex traders may prefer MetaTrader 4 to a proprietary platform built in house, JForex 3 stands on its own finishing Best in Class for 2020.
JForex 3 desktop is rich with trading tools and easy to use. It’s also fantastic for technical traders, offering 24 drawing tools, 291 technical indicators (67 for the web version), and the ability to import custom indicators. Pros aside, it's worth noting that zooming in and out of charts on the desktop platform was not as fluid as other platforms tested.
Algorithmic trading: JForex 3 competes well with MetaTrader, as it supports algorithmic trading, custom indicators. Moreover, users have access to cloud storage and VPN services to run their trading systems on a 24-hour basis. Dukascopy also provides an app store with hundreds of apps that traders can use with the JForex 3 platform suite.
Advanced features: In addition to the close all button, which is common in the industry, Dukascopy takes it a step further than most brokers with the ‘cancel all' button. This feature is convenient to quickly cancel all orders, and something you would typically see used by high-frequency traders and available only via API.
When it comes to forex research, Dukascopy delivers an excellent experience for traders, thanks to a diverse range of research tools in its JForex3 platform for desktop, web, and mobile.
Research tools at Dukascopy include streaming market news from Reuters and MarketPulse, a live economic calendar with consensus forecasts, market sentiment indicators, technical pattern analysis, and automated trading systems within the charting experience.
Dukascopy TV: Dukascopy TV is a professional TV studio in Geneva that broadcasts news from in-house reporters who conduct interviews and market analysis. Not only is the content relevant and insightful, it is also professionally created and educational, making it beneficial for all clients, regardless of skill set.
Overall, Dukascopy’s JForex Trader app is the best in the industry, propelling Dukascopy to the top of the podium for mobile trading again in 2020. During tests on my Samsung Galaxy S8+ Edge, several premium features immediately stood out in the app, including integrated market signals and patterns alongside a pivot point tool.
Charting: JForex Trader has robust charting with several customizable parameters and alerts that can easily be added from the same screen. Charting operated seamlessly and was rich with options such as a list of 46 technical indicators – which is above the industry average for mobile trading.
Advanced features: Additional strong points in the app include the level-two quotes and several related order types, including conditional and bid-offer orders, which are available when placing a trade. Strategies can also be selected from a repository within the mobile app that includes strategies created by Dukascopy community members.
Research: The JForex Trader mobile app has an impressive range of research tools, including several pre-defined screens and a clean, customizable view of marker movers, which are adaptable across four different time frames ranging from hourly to monthly. There is also a pattern-recognition tool for trading ideas, organized neatly next to the other research categories.
To score Customer Service, ForexBrokers.com 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: <2 minutes
- Average Net Promoter Score: 4.9 / 10
- Average Professionalism Score: 4.9 / 10
- Overall Score: 3.3 / 10
- Ranking: 18th (23 brokers)
Dukascopy Bank is an excellent choice for highly experienced traders, as the broker offers unique tools, research, and competitive rates for active traders. Drawbacks include weaker customer service and a narrow offering of markets available for trading. Nonetheless, Dukascopy is Best In Class across six categories in 2020, including Commissions & Fees, Platform & Tools, Mobile, Crypto Trading, and Overall.
All variables considered Dukascopy finished in 4th place Overall (out of 30 brokers) in our 2020 Review, earning its spot among the highest-rated forex brokers in the industry.
In 1998, mathematician Dr. Andre Duka founded Dukascopy Trading Technologies Corp, which led to the development of the Dukascopy trading platform in 1999. Together with his partner, Veronika Makarova, Dr. Duka founded Dukascopy in 2004 as a Swiss brokerage house in Geneva.
After the development of the Swiss FX Marketplace in 2006, Dukascopy acquired a Swiss banking license in 2010 and launched Dukascopy Bank.
The Dukascopy group today employs over 260 staff and offers forex and CFD traders competitive pricing and access to 60 forex pairs and 593 CFD markets on its proprietary JForex platform suite.
Dukascopy Trading Features
|Virtual Trading (Demo)||Yes|
|Desktop Platform (Windows)||Yes|
|Social Trading / Copy-Trading||Yes|
|MetaTrader 4 (MT4)||Yes|
|MetaTrader 5 (MT5)||No|
|Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)||51|
|Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)||31|
|Charting - Trade From Chart||Yes|
|Watchlists - Total Fields||7|
|Order Type - Trailing Stop||Yes|
Dukascopy Research Features
|Daily Market Commentary||Yes|
|Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)||Yes|
|Trading Central (Recognia)||No|
|Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs||Yes|
Dukascopy Mobile App Features
|Apple iOS App||Yes|
|Trading - Forex||Yes|
|Trading - CFDs||Yes|
|Alerts - Basic Fields||Yes|
|Watch List Syncing||No|
|Charting - Indicators / Studies||30|
|Charting - Draw Trend Lines||Yes|
|Charting - Trend Lines Moveable||Yes|
|Charting - Multiple Time Frames||Yes|
|Charting - Drawings Autosave||Yes|
2019 Review Methodology
For our 2019 Forex Broker Review we assessed, rated, and ranked 28 international forex brokers over a six month time period. Each broker was graded on 81 different variables and, in total, over 60,000 words of research were produced.
While encouraged, broker participation was optional. Each broker had the opportunity to complete an in-depth data profile and provide executive time (live in person or over the web) for an annual update meeting.
All data submitted by brokers is hand-checked for accuracy. Ultimately, our rigorous data validation process yields an error rate of less than .1% each year, providing site visitors quality data they can trust. Learn more about how we test.
Forex Risk Disclaimer
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About the author: 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 20 years, Steven has held numerous positions within the international forex markets, from writing to consulting to serving as a registered commodity futures representative.