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FBS is a MetaTrader-only broker licensed in Belize that lacks regulatory status in major jurisdictions. It offers a small range of tradeable instruments and has wide spreads on its crypto CFDs.

By Steven Hatzakis / July 9th, 2018 / Updated: October 3rd, 2018

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Dislikes
  • Small range of instruments offered
  • Profit can be limited to 300 pips in case of a market gap
  • Does not permit arbitrage (i.e., no scalping).
  • Large spreads on crypto CFDs

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Founded in 2009, FBS Markets Inc. (FBS) is domiciled in Belize and licensed for trading in securities services with the country’s International Financial Services Commission (IFSC).

The broker offers the suite of MetaTrader platforms, including MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader 5 (MT5), developed by MetaQuotes Software Corporation.

FBS offers 48 instruments, including 37 forex pairs and 11 CFDs, four of which are cryptocurrency CFDs.

Trust Score

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Here at ForexBrokers.com, we maintain the largest independent regulatory database available on the web. Using 28 different variables, we have created a proprietary 1-100 score (the higher the better) of overall trustworthiness, which we call the Trust Score. Here is our trust summary of FBS.

FBS
Trust Score52
Year Founded2009
Publicly-Traded Company (Listed) No
Regulated in Major Hub No
Regulated in Emerging Hub Yes
Authorised in the European Union No
CFTC Registered (USA) No
FCA Regulated (UK) No
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) No

Offering of Investments

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

FBS
Minimum Initial Deposit$1.00
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)37
CFDs - Total Offered11
Exchange Traded Securities: US No
Exchange Traded Securities: International No
Cryptocurrency traded as actual No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD Yes

Commissions & Fees

FBS offers four commission-free account types with fixed or variable spreads to choose from, and two additional account types that have zero spreads but charge a commission to compensate for the difference.

FBS accounts

The broker lists a typical spread of 0.9 pips on the EUR/USD, while in the Zero account there is a 0-pip spread (i.e., no spread), but the broker charges $20 commission per side.

FBS
Average Spread EUR/USD - StandardN/A
All-in Cost EUR/USD - ActiveN/A
Active Trader or Premium/VIP Yes

Research

FBS offers several options for research in the form of news, including headlines and technical and fundamental analysis from its in-house staff and third parties.

FBS research

Aside from platform tutorials and an economic calendar, it is worth noting FBS offers several educational videos and holds weekly webinars; otherwise, its research offering is light.

FBS
Daily Market Commentary No
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) Yes
AutoChartist No
Trading Central (Recognia) No
Delkos Research No
Acuity Trading No
Social Trading / Copy-Trading Yes
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs No
Client Webinars Yes
Client Webinars (Archived) No
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos Yes
Economic Calendar Yes
Calendar Includes Forecasts No
Economic News Sentiment No
Trade Ideas - Backtesting Yes

Platforms & Tools

FBS is a MetaTrader-only broker, offering the MetaQuotes Software Corporation’s suite of platforms, which includes MT4 and MT5. To learn more about these platforms, read our MetaTrader guide.

MetaTrader4 Desktop Forex Brokers

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.

FBS
Virtual Trading (Demo) Yes
Desktop Platform (Windows) Yes
Desktop Platform (Mac) No
Web Platform Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading Yes
Proprietary No
MetaTrader4 (MT4) Yes
MetaTrader5 (MT5) Yes
cTrader No
Currenex No
ZuluTrade No
MirrorTrader No
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)31
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)51
Watchlists - Total Fields7
Order Type - Trailing Stop Yes

Mobile Trading

FBS offers iOS and Android mobile trading applications for its MetaTrader platforms, which are available directly from the developers on the iTunes Store and Google Play. To learn more about MT4, read our guide to MetaTrader.

FBS
Android App Yes
Apple iOS App Yes
Charting - Draw Trend Lines Yes
Charting - Can Turn Horizontally Yes
Charting - Technical Studies/Indicators30
Watch List Syncing No
Trading - Forex Yes
Trading - CFDs Yes
Alerts - Basic Fields Yes

Other Notes

While many customer agreements have a common language, they do vary from broker to broker. It’s worth noting FBS has a clause in its agreement that stipulates how clients’ profit can be limited to 300 pips in the event of a market gap.

In addition, while FBS’s website says it permits any MetaTrader strategy, the exact opposite is stated in its customer agreement (“the company doesn’t allow the use of arbitrage strategies in either a clear or hidden way, and the company reserves the right to cancel such orders.”)

Final Thoughts

FBS provides multiple account options and deposit methods for its clients to access the MT4 and MT5 platforms from its entity licensed in Belize and across its related websites, which cater for international traders.

The broker’s lack of regulatory status in a major jurisdiction puts it at a disadvantage compared to most major and even smaller forex brokers that typically hold multiple licenses. For example, adding an EU license would help FBS compete with its industry peers.

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

Reviewed by 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 19 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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