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Henyep Capital Markets (HYCM) Review

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Founded in 1977, Henyep has a long-standing reputation for providing financial services across global capital markets, and it is an experienced member of multiple exchanges in Hong Kong, where it has its headquarters. In 1998, Henyep obtained European regulation with Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) where it remains regulated under Henyep Capital Markets (HYCM).

HYCM is a MetaTrader4 broker for its forex and CFD offerings (a total 85 instruments) for retail traders, and its Hong Kong entity, Henyep Securities, provides retail and institutional stock market investors access to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and regional exchanges in mainland China.

Review Summary

Rank: 27th (of 28)

While its storied history is impressive, when it comes to forex and CFDs trading in Europe and its surrounding countries, HYCM fails to impress.


  • Long-standing company history.
  • Regulated in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Offers HK regional exchange-traded securities.


  • Product offerings segmented across brands.
  • Bare bones trading experience powered by MetaTrader.
  • Little to no forex market research offered.

Is HYCM Safe?

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Trust Score

HYCM is considered average-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 78 out of 99. HYCM is not publicly traded and does operate a bank. HYCM is authorised by two tier-1 regulators (high trust), two tier-2 regulators (average trust), and zero tier-3 regulators (low trust). HYCM is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Securities Futures Commission (SFC) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Learn more about Trust Score.

Regulations Comparison

FeatureHenyepIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Year Founded1977197419921989
Publicly Traded (Listed) No Yes No Yes
Bank No Yes Yes No
Tier-1 Licenses2664
Tier-2 Licenses2412
Tier-3 Licenses0000
Trust Score78999898

Commissions & Fees

Rank: 21st (of 28)

The forex trading costs at HYCM depend on the type of account established ranging from the Fixed, Classic, or Raw account type.


  • None.


  • HYCM recently introduced variable spreads in addition to its fixed forex spreads. Offerings include its Raw and Classic account types from its UK entity. Meanwhile, the spreads on the EUR/USD at 1.8 pips for its fixed spread account are higher than the Raw and Classic accounts, which have more competitive pricing, with 0.6 pips average spreads for August 2018.


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Fees Comparison

FeatureHenyepIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Minimum Initial Deposit$100£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 3.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 5 Stars

Platforms & Tools

Rank: 28th (of 28)

Branded as HY Trader, HYCM is a MetaTrader-only broker when it comes to its forex and CFD products that fails to stand out against industry leaders.


  • None.


  • Only the desktop version of MT4 is offered.
  • The firm also advertises a new flagship platform called Prime Trader, but this was not available at the time of our review. For now, however, Henyep remains an MT4-only broker.
  • Henyep Securities offers a separate platform for its Hong Kong and China exchange-traded securities offering, although we did not test that platform for this review as it is not offered across all the firm’s entities, including HYCM.


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Tools Comparison

FeatureHenyepIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Virtual Trading (Demo) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proprietary Platform No Yes Yes Yes
Desktop Platform (Windows) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web Platform No Yes Yes Yes
Social Trading / Copy-Trading Yes Yes Yes Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4) Yes Yes No Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5) No 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 1.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars

Customer Service

Rank: 21st (of 28)

To score Customer Service, 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: 3.9 / 10
  • Average Professionalism Score: 1.7 / 10
  • Overall Score: 3.9 / 10
  • Ranking: 21st (23 brokers)
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Rank: 25th (of 28)

HYCM provides the bare minimum for forex traders to conduct FX market research. There is ample room for improvement.


  • None.


  • Daily market recap videos are provided but they are outsourced, basic in nature, and provide no advantages over reading major publications such as Bloomberg.
  • Although HYCM provides customers access to Trading Central – a popular service for automated technical analysis – just the MT4 indicator is offered, which is the minimum from this external provider.


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Research Comparison

FeatureHenyepIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Daily Market Commentary No Yes Yes Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) No Yes Yes Yes
Weekly Webinars No Yes Yes Yes
AutoChartist No Yes Yes No
Trading Central (Recognia) Yes 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 3 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4.5 Stars

Mobile Trading

Rank: 26th (of 28)

Since Henyep is a MetaTrader-only broker, it provides both the standard iOS and Android versions of the MT4 app.


  • MT4 is the industry standard and offers a reliable mobile experience.


  • No proprietary mobile app offered.


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Mobile Apps Comparison

FeatureHenyepIGSaxo 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 No Yes Yes Yes
Forex Calendar No Yes Yes Yes
Mobile Trading 2.5 Stars 4 Stars 4.5 Stars 4 Stars

Offering of Investments

Rank: 27th (of 28)

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

Offering Comparison

FeatureHenyepIGSaxo BankCMC Markets
Forex: Spot Trading Yes Yes Yes Yes
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)3891182183
CFDs - Total Offered4715000329999959
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

Other Notes

HYCM launched cryptocurrency CFD trading on Bitcoin in 2017.

Like the rest of its entities under the Henyep brand, depending on where your account is established, the relevant regulations will apply, ranging from the UK’s FCA to CySEC in Cyprus, for forex and CFD trading.

Final Thoughts

Rank: 27th (of 28)

Henyep brings over 40 years of operations and a lineup of global brands. Despite its respected history, the forex broker struggles to differentiate itself beyond a basic MetaTrader experience. Compared to industry leads such as IG and Saxo Bank, there is little reason to open an account with HYCM.

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"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 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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