LegacyFX is a plain-vanilla MetaTrader 5 (MT5) broker that offers a medium range of CFD markets and forex pairs. It has built a good foundation of research offerings, and its investor education content is on par with the industry average. Overall, LegacyFX still has room to grow, and trails behind the best MetaTrader brokers.
LegacyFX pros & cons
- MetaTrader 5 is available.
- Regulated primarily in Cyprus.
- Good variety of videos for research and education.
- Ebooks lack detail, and the educational user interface is outdated.
- The research section lacks written materials.
- Educational content is too video-focused.
- No average spread data was published to assess trading costs.
- Silver account spreads appear expensive at 1.6.
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|Commissions & Fees|
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Is LegacyFX safe?
LegacyFX is considered average-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 74 out of 99. LegacyFX is not publicly traded and does not operate a bank. LegacyFX is authorised by one tier-1 regulators (high trust) and one tier-2 regulator (average trust). LegacyFX is authorised by the following tier-1 regulator: the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Learn more about Trust Score.
|Publicly Traded (Listed)||No|
Offering of investments
LegacyFX offers 425 CFDs across a variety of popular asset classes that includes equities, ETFs, commodities, metals, forex and cryptocurrencies.
Cryptocurrency: Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker's U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents.
LegacyFX offering of investments:
|Tradeable Symbols (Total)||425|
|Forex Pairs (Total)||41|
|US Stock Trading (Non CFD)||No|
|Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD)||No|
|Social Trading / Copy-Trading||Yes|
Commissions and fees
The range of accounts available from LegacyFX will vary, depending on whether you choose its EU entity regulated by CySEC, or its international entity in Vanuatu. Unfortunately, there are no average spreads available to assess the true cost of trading with LegacyFX, which is something I’ve come to expect from the best brokers in this category.
EU entity: LegacyFX offers three account types for EU residents – Silver, Gold, and Platinum – which require a minimum deposit of $500, $5,000, and $25,000, respectively. Advertised spreads are lowest on the Platinum account and slightly higher on the Gold account. The Silver account has considerably higher trading costs, with the lowest minimum spread as high as 1.6 pips on the EUR/USD.
Vanuatu entity: LegacyFX offers seven account types for international clients, including Standard (minimum deposit $500), Bronze ($1,000), Silver ($3,000), Gold ($5,000), Platinum ($10,000), Premium ($25,000) and VIP ($50,000). The account type determines your level of client support – such as mentoring and the ability to speak with the trading desk – and the range of access to trading tools.
LegacyFX pricing summary:
|Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard||0.00|
|All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active||0.00|
|Active Trader or VIP Discounts||Yes|
|Execution: Agency Broker||No|
|Execution: Market Maker||No|
Mobile trading apps
With no proprietary mobile app available, LegacyFX trails behind industry leaders such as IG and Saxo Bank. For our top picks among trading apps, read our guide to Best Forex Trading Apps.
Apps overview: Since LegacyFX is a MetaTrader-only broker, iOS and Android versions of the MT5 app come standard and are both available for download from the Apple iTunes store and Google Play store, respectively. MetaTrader 4 (MT4) is not available.
LegacyFX mobile trading:
|Apple iOS App||Yes|
|Alerts - Basic Fields||Yes|
|Watch List Syncing||No|
|Charting - Indicators / Studies||(Default MT5)|
|Charting - Draw Trendlines||Yes|
|Charting - Trendlines Moveable||No|
|Charting - Multiple Time Frames||Yes|
|Charting - Drawings Autosave||Yes|
Other trading platforms
LegacyFX is a MetaTrader-only broker. It offers the standard, no-frills MT5 experience. LegacyFX does make the Autochartist plugin available, but otherwise there are no notable add-ons to help LegacyFX stand out from amongst the best MetaTrader brokers.
Platforms overview: The full MetaTrader suite – for desktop and web – is available at LegacyFX. The desktop trading platform is available for the macOS and Windows operating systems, and the web version can be easily accessed via any modern browser.
Charting: The MetaTrader platform suite is known for its robust user-friendly charts. With the ability to drag and drop nearly 50 indicators, rearrange multiple windows and tabs, and zoom in and out, charting is a breeze on MT5.
LegacyFX trading platform:
|Virtual Trading (Demo)||Yes|
|Desktop Platform (Windows)||Yes|
|Social Trading / Copy-Trading||Yes|
|MetaTrader 4 (MT4)||No|
|MetaTrader 5 (MT5)||Yes|
|Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)||(Default MT5)|
|Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)||(Default MT5)|
|Charting - Trade From Chart||Yes|
|Watchlists - Total Fields||(Default MT5)|
|Order Type - Trailing Stop||No|
LegacyFX’s research offering is close to the industry average. It has a decent library of video content – though the layout feels outdated – but it lacks a solid offering of written articles. LegacyFX has created something it can build on here, but is still far behind the best brokers in this category.
Research overview: LegacyFX houses its research offering within the Trading Tools section of its website. There, I found an economic calendar, trading signals from Autochartist, along with daily analysis videos that each focus on one or two particular currency pairs.
Market news and analysis: The market news section on LegacyFX’s website displays articles in headline format, which can be expanded to reveal additional information in a bulleted format. I thought the market news headlines were just OK – I didn’t find research articles at LegacyFX, which left me wanting more.
Autochartist: LegacyFX provides trading signals from Autochartist, a provider of research solutions for the forex and CFD industry. Autochartist is available as a plugin for MT5 at LegacyFX, and is also found in the Trading Tools section under Market Reports.
|Daily Market Commentary||Yes|
|Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)||No|
|Trading Central (Recognia)||No|
|Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs||No|
LegacyFX’s educational offering is in line with the industry average – at least when it comes to its video content. Their educational Academy section is well organized, with video courses and lessons arranged by experience level.
However, LegacyFX’s range of written materials is limited to roughly a dozen ebooks – all of which I found to be overly basic. By and large, LegacyFX simply falls behind the best brokers in this category.
Learning center: The educational content includes at least ten beginner videos as well as more advanced recordings as part of LegacyFX’s Academy. Additional videos are archived on the broker’s YouTube channel.
Room for improvement: Adding more written material will help balance LegacyFX’s educational offering. As it is, there are practically no articles besides their ebooks – which I found to be lacking in detail.
|Has Education - Forex or CFDs||Yes|
|Client Webinars (Archived)||Yes|
|Videos - Beginner Trading Videos||Yes|
|Videos - Advanced Trading Videos||Yes|
|Investor Dictionary (Glossary)||Yes|
As a MetaTrader-only broker, LegacyFX offers a decent variety of instruments with 425 symbols and 41 forex pairs – all available on MT5.
Overall, however, LegacyFX struggles to compete with the best MetaTrader brokers. Publishing its average spread data each month, as well as improving its research and education offerings would help elevate LegacyFX, and bring it closer to the industry leaders.
Founded in 2012, LegacyFX is a brand of Allnew Investments Ltd., which is authorised and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Investment Commission (CySEC) and AN ALL NEW INVESTMENTS (VA) regulated by the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC).
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