Founded in 2012, Hoch Capital Ltd (iTrader) became licensed with the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) in 2013 and acquired passports throughout Europe under MiFID regulation using its iTrader brand.
iTrader offers the popular MetaTrader4 (MT4) platform developed by MetaQuotes Software Corporation, and provides forex traders access to 172 tradeable instruments, including 47 currency pairs and 115 CFDs on indices, commodities, and single-share CFDs across US and European exchanges.
Belize-based Bayline Trading Limited (Bayline), an investment firm regulated by the International Financial Services Commission (IFSC) of Belize, provides the pricing and rates in iTrader’s MT4 platform, which it has packaged for installation for iTrader clients. The brand has a UK entity, named Bayline Global World Limited, which is the owner and operator of the Global.iTrader offering.
Bayline doesn’t offer trading to retail clients directly but only to investors with over $100,000 in their portfolio, and is used to power iTrader’s MT4 offering.
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|Publicly-Traded Company (Listed)||No|
|Regulated in Major Hub||No|
|Regulated in Emerging Hub||Yes|
|Authorised in the European Union||Yes|
|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)||Yes|
Offering of Investments
The following table summarizes the different investment products available to clients of iTrader.
|Minimum Initial Deposit||$250|
|Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)||47|
|CFDs - Total Offered||115|
|Exchange Traded Securities: US||No|
|Exchange Traded Securities: International||No|
|Cryptocurrency traded as actual||No|
|Cryptocurrency traded as CFD||No|
Commissions & Fees
iTrader offers three commission-free account types, which include its Silver, Gold, and Platinum account offerings, where the trading costs will vary in terms of the applicable floating (variable) spreads.
The Silver Account has a EUR/USD spread of 2.2 pips listed by the broker on its website, whereas on the Gold Account spreads on the pair drop to 1.3 pips, and drop even further to 0.7 pips in the Platinum Account.
The Platinum account is the clear winner out of the three as it has lower spreads, only requires a $250 deposit, has the potential for lower margin requirements (i.e., higher leverage) than the other two account types, and the swap rates for holding overnight positions are also discounted by half compared to the Silver Account.
|Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard||N/A|
|All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active||N/A|
|Active Trader or Premium/VIP||No|
For our 2018 Forex Review, 129 customer service phone tests were conducted over three months. The data collected is institutional grade. On average, three questions were asked for each test. To score each test, the tests were divided into three separate groups and scores were given for the time taken to connect with each support representative and the ability of each representative to professionally (and thoroughly) answer each question. A Net Promoter Score was also given for the overall experience.
- Average Connection Time: 2-3 minutes
- Average Net Promoter Score: 3.33 / 10
- Average Professionalism Score: 2.1 / 10
- Overall Score: 3.3 / 10
- Ranking: 38th (43 brokers)
iTrader offers research content from its in-house staff and third-party providers, an economic calendar, an earnings calendar powered by Finviz, and four calculators ranging from pivot to pip calculators.
iTrader provides a market summary of various instruments, with a sentiment indicator powered by MTE-Media. The firm offers a daily market update post and video recap of headlines, as well as individual video updates on its YouTube channel, with technical analysis on various currency pairs each day.
Overall, iTrader has built an ok selection of research options for its clients across its in-house and third-party solutions, finishing 34th out of 43 brokers in our 2018 Review. Its discontinuing of the ZuluTrade and cPattern signals offering narrowed its overall research-related resources when it comes to trading signals and copy-trading.
|Daily Market Commentary||Yes|
|Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)||No|
|Trading Central (Recognia)||No|
|Social Trading / Copy-Trading||No|
|Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs||No|
|Client Webinars (Archived)||No|
|Videos - Beginner Trading Videos||Yes|
|Calendar Includes Forecasts||No|
|Economic News Sentiment||No|
|Trade Ideas - Backtesting||Yes|
Platforms & Tools
iTrader is a MetaTrader4-only broker. This means it offers the MT4 platform suite from MetaQuotes Software Corporation, developer of the widely popular MT4 and MT5 platforms for desktop, mobile, and web. To learn more about MT4, read our full MetaTrader guide.
While MetaTrader 4 comes standard, with little that varies from broker to broker on the surface of the platform, there can be significant differences in how the platform is set up when it comes to trading spreads and commissions, the available execution method, and other tools, features, and administrative areas that can affect your trading experience.
Here is a summary of the differences in features between iTrader’s MetaTrader platform setup and the default MetaTrader experience:
- Offers WebTrader, a web-based version of MT4
- News headlines stream
|Virtual Trading (Demo)||Yes|
|Desktop Platform (Windows)||Yes|
|Desktop Platform (Mac)||No|
|Social Trading / Copy-Trading||No|
|Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)||31|
|Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)||51|
|Watchlists - Total Fields||7|
|Order Type - Trailing Stop||Yes|
Since iTrader is a MetaTrader-only broker, iOS and Android versions of the MetaTrader 4 mobile app come standard and are both available for download from the Apple iTunes store and Android Playstore, respectively.
|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|
It is worth noting that iTrader has a robust educational offering powered by MTE-Media, a third-party provider of broker education content, which includes videos and ebook-style documents.
In addition, while many brokers will reduce leverage for larger trade sizes, iTrader offers higher leverage in its Platinum Account offering compared to its other account types, which require a smaller deposit (although there might be caps on certain trade sizes).
iTrader had launched CFDs on cryptocurrencies in 2017, however, like a handful of other brokers, shut down their offering due to market volatility and the challenges surrounding proper risk management as well as fragmented liquidity. As of this review’s publishing, iTrader has not announced if, or when, it will re-enable crypto trading for clients.
Traders looking for a MetaTrader broker regulated throughout the EU will find iTrader provides minimal offering across the board. Research trails industry leaders and its trading tools are a plain MT4 offering. If there is one bright spot, it’s the broker’s educational offering.
Adding a greater range of tradeable products would help the broker boost its offering as an emerging multi-asset provider as it already offers nearly 170 products to trade. Adding an additional regulatory license outside of Europe would boost the broker’s trust score and global reach.
For our 2018 Forex Broker Review we assessed, rated, and ranked 43 international forex brokers. Each FX broker was graded on 140 variables. Learn more.
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.
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. 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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Commissions & Fees
Trading costs vary across the three commission-free account types offered by iTrader as follows:
- Silver Account: Spreads of 2.2 pips on the EUR/USD
- Gold Account: Spreads of 1.3 pips on the EUR/USD
- Platinum Account: Spreads of 0.7 pips on the EUR/USD