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LMFX is a MetaTrader-only broker based in Macedonia (FYROM), whose business entity, Global Trade Partners Ltd, lacks formal regulation, making it an unfit option for demanding traders.

By Steven Hatzakis / July 23rd, 2018 / Updated: October 3rd, 2018

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  • Not regulated anywhere
  • Status of Macedonian business entity unclear
  • Payments provider based in BVI

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LMFX was founded in 2015 and is the brand used by Global Trade Partners Ltd., which is listed as a Macedonian (FYROM) entity according to LMFX’s customer agreement. LMFX is a MetaTrader-only broker offering the popular MetaTrader4 (MT4) platform developed by MetaQuotes Software Corporation. LMFX lists GTP Global Solutions Ltd as a payment services provider it uses based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Trust Score

Trading with a forex broker traders can trust is crucial to success. Unfortunately, forex fraud and scams are common in the industry.

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 LMFX.

LMFX
Trust Score39
Year Founded2015
Publicly-Traded Company (Listed) No
Regulated in Major Hub No
Regulated in Emerging Hub No
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 LMFX clients.

LMFX
Minimum Initial Deposit$50
Currency Pairs (Total Forex pairs)47
CFDs - Total Offered109
Exchange Traded Securities: US No
Exchange Traded Securities: International No
Cryptocurrency traded as actual No
Cryptocurrency traded as CFD No

Commissions & Fees

LMFX offers three account types: the Zero, Fixed, and Premium accounts. On the Fixed account, which requires a minimum deposit of $250, spreads are fixed, compared to the Zero and Premium accounts, in which spreads are variable. LMFX’s spreads are high across all account types compared to most forex brokers we’ve reviewed.

LMFX spreads account

The Zero account boasts zero pip spreads but charges a round turn commission of $4 per lot, and can be established with a minimum deposit of $100. The Premium account has a lower limit on the maximum trade size, which is capped at 60 lots, compared to the Zero account, which permits up to 100 lots.  All in all, the account offering LMFX provides is mixed, and competitive spreads are not the broker’s strong point.   

LMFX
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard1.20
All-in Cost EUR/USD - ActiveN/A
Active Trader or Premium/VIP No

Research

LMFX provides an economic calendar powered by MTE-Media, which also powers its educational content that includes videos; however, during the tests I conducted, the economic calendar module would not load on Google Chrome but did work on the Safari browser.

LMFX economic calendar

LMFX offers several trade calculators, but its research offering is very limited. For example, the last post on the LMFX blog was dated March 2017. Aside from the third party educational content offered from MTE-Media, LMFX’s research offering is poor.

LMFX
Daily Market Commentary No
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) No
AutoChartist No
Trading Central (Recognia) No
Delkos Research No
Acuity Trading No
Social Trading / Copy-Trading Yes
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs No
Client Webinars No
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

LMFX is a MetaTrader-only broker, offering from the suite of platforms developed by MetaQuotes Software Corporation, including the MetaTrader 4 (MT4) platform. To learn more about MT4, read our MetaTrader guide.

MetaTrader4 Desktop Forex Brokers

While MT4 comes 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.

Besides spreads, the range of instruments, and account types, here is a summary of the differences in features between LMFX’s available MT4 offering and the default MetaTrader experience:

    • Not clear who the news provider is in MT4
    LMFX
    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) No
    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

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

    Metatrader4 mobile watchlist

    LMFX
    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

    Final Thoughts

    LMFX offers the popular MT4 platform, but the broker is not regulated and its entity is domiciled in a politically unstable jurisdiction.

    While the FYROM has not been accepted into the European Union as a member, progress has been made since the PRESPA agreement was signed in June 2018, as Greece was the country that originally blocked its application over a naming dispute.

    However, while attempting to confirm the status of Global Trade Partners Ltd, the only similar result that appeared was for a company named Global Trade, whose entity had expired, according to CRM.com.mk/NameReservation, where Macedonian company name checks can be performed.

    Given the broker’s lack of regulatory status, LMFX ranks poorly amongst brokers based within continental Europe.

    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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