Please Note: Exness was not included in the 2019 annual review. As a result, this broker's ratings may be outdated.
Founded in 2008, the Exness Group (Exness) maintains two entities with regulatory status in the European Union (EU): Exness UK Ltd, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the United Kingdom (UK), and Exness (Cy) Ltd, regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), with passports throughout several EU member states.
Exness offers the popular suite of trading platforms developed by MetaQuotes Software Corporation, including MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader 5 (MT5). The broker provides multiple account types and access to 104 forex pairs and eight metals contracts.
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|Publicly-Traded Company (Listed)||No|
|Regulated in Major Hub||Yes|
|Regulated in Emerging Hub||No|
|Authorised in the European Union||Yes|
|CFTC Registered (USA)||No|
|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)||Yes|
Offering of Investments
The following table summarizes the different investment products available to Exness clients.
|Minimum Initial Deposit||$1.00|
|Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)||104|
|CFDs - Total Offered||112|
|Exchange Traded Securities: US||No|
|Exchange Traded Securities: International||No|
|Cryptocurrency traded as actual||No|
|Cryptocurrency traded as CFD||No|
Commissions & Fees
Exness offers several account types and execution methods where the commissions and fees vary. In the Classic MT4 account a minimum deposit of $2000 is required, and the spreads are slightly lower than in the Mini account.
Exness lists an average spread of 0.9 pips for the Classic account.
|Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard||0.90|
|All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active||N/A|
|Active Trader or Premium/VIP||No|
Exness offers research mainly in the form of third party content, including headlines from Dow Jones News within the trading platforms, and content from Trading Central, including Trading Central WebTV, which has daily video content.
Exness also offers the TC.TechnicalAnalysis Trading Indicator from Trading Central, and an economic calendar. The broker lacks in-house content, and the last post in its Analytics section had not been updated since early January 2018. Although Exness’s range of third party research is satisfactory, it could improve its in-house research offering significantly.
|Daily Market Commentary||No|
|Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)||Yes|
|Trading Central (Recognia)||Yes|
|Social Trading / Copy-Trading||No|
|Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs||No|
|Client Webinars (Archived)||Yes|
|Videos - Beginner Trading Videos||Yes|
|Calendar Includes Forecasts||Yes|
|Economic News Sentiment||No|
|Trade Ideas - Backtesting||Yes|
Platforms & Tools
Exness is a MetaTrader-only broker, offering the suite of platforms from MetaQuotes Software Corporation, including the MT4 and MT5 platforms. To learn more about this suite, read our MetaTrader guide.
While MT4 and MT5 come 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.
Besides spreads, the range of instruments, and account types, here is a summary of the differences in features between Exness’s MetaTrader offering and the default MetaTrader experience:
- News headlines stream from Dow Jones News
Exness offers iOS and Android mobile trading applications for its MetaTrader platforms, available directly from the developers at the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store.
|Apple iOS App||Yes|
|Charting - Draw Trend Lines||Yes|
|Charting - Can Turn Horizontally||Yes|
|Charting - Technical Studies/Indicators||30|
|Watch List Syncing||No|
|Trading - Forex||Yes|
|Trading - CFDs||Yes|
|Alerts - Basic Fields||Yes|
Exness notes that slippage can occur during the first three hours of trading for a given instrument, but insists that thereafter it will limit any such gap within a predefined range, depending on the instrument traded, ranging from 8 to as much as 40 points.
Exness provides a decent array of forex pairs and account options for traders looking for MT4 and MT5 from an EU-regulated broker, but it lacks the range of CFDs forex brokers typically offer. The firm’s research offering is very light and is another area in which Exness has room to improve to compete with other brokers in its category.
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