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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.

Steven Hatzakis | July 24th, 2019

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Trust Score
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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Please Note: FBS 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 As a result, this broker's ratings may be outdated.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.

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.

Is FBS Safe?

FBS is considered high-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 52 out of 99. FBS is not publicly traded and does not operate a bank. FBS is authorised by zero tier-1 regulators (high trust), zero tier-2 regulators (average trust), and one tier-3 regulator (low trust). Learn more about Trust Score.

Regulations Comparison

FeatureFBSIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Year Founded2009197419921989
Publicly Traded (Listed) No Yes No Yes
Bank No Yes Yes No
Tier-1 Licenses0664
Tier-2 Licenses0312
Tier-3 Licenses1000
Trust Score52999898

Offering of Investments

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

FeatureFBSIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Forex: Spot Trading Yes Yes Yes Yes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)3791182183
CFDs - Total Offered1115000329999959
Cryptocurrency traded as actual No No No No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD Yes Yes No Yes
Offering of Investments 2.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4 Stars

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.

FeatureFBSIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Minimum Initial Deposit$1.00£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 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Commissions & Fees 3 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 5 Stars

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.

FeatureFBSIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Daily Market Commentary No Yes Yes Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) Yes 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 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs No Yes Yes Yes
Economic Calendar Yes Yes Yes Yes
Research 2.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars

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.

FeatureFBSIGSaxo 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 Yes Yes Yes Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4) Yes Yes No Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5) Yes 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

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.

FeatureFBSIGSaxo 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 3 Stars 4 Stars 4.5 Stars 4 Stars

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

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.

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