Trade Nation Review
Trade Nation’s well-designed, easy-to-use trading app is an innovative trading platform that’s great for beginner forex and CFD traders. However, if you’re a seasoned trader, you may find that Trade Nation lacks advanced features compared to the best trading platforms.
Trade Nation pros & cons
- Regulated in Australia, the U.K., South Africa and the Bahamas.
- Web and mobile platforms are thoughtfully designed and easy to use, earning Trade Nation a Best in Class ranking for our Ease of Use category.
- Smart News feature available in the mobile app and web platform helpfully curates tweets and news headlines.
- Charts are powered by ChartIQ on Trade Nation for web and mobile.
- Trading signals powered by Acuity Trading are available and can easily be copied with a single click into a trade ticket.
- Fixed spreads for forex and CFD trading are competitive – except during rollover time.
- Loyalty rebates available in South Africa and the Bahamas provide discounts starting at 10% of the spreads you pay, and are capped at up to $2,500 per client.
- Web platform lacks headlines, and market research, beyond smart news feature.
- Market research updates on blog are sporadic.
- The educational offering is limited and lacks variety in its articles and videos.
- MetaTrader suite no longer promoted.
|Offering of Investments|
|Commissions & Fees|
|Platforms & Tools|
|Mobile Trading Apps|
Is Trade Nation safe?
Trade Nation is considered average-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 79 out of 99. Trade Nation is not publicly traded and does not operate a bank. Trade Nation is authorized by two tier-1 regulators (high trust), one tier-2 regulator (average trust), and one tier-3 regulator (low trust). Trade Nation is authorised by the following tier-1 regulators: Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Learn more about Trust Score.
|Publicly Traded (Listed)||No|
Offering of investments
Trade Nation offers a total of 601 tradeable symbols. These consist of 33 spot forex pairs, 102 U.K. shares, and 423 U.S. shares, along with popular commodities, metals, bonds, and indices.
Cryptocurrency: Trade Nation does not offer cryptocurrency trading.
Trade Nation offering of investments:
|Tradeable Symbols (Total)||601|
|Forex Pairs (Total)||33|
|US Stock Trading (Non CFD)||No|
|Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD)||No|
|Social Trading / Copy-Trading||No|
Commissions and fees
Trade Nation offers fixed-spread pricing across its tradeable symbols which is quite competitive. While most brokers offer variable pricing, Trade Nation keeps the spread distance fixed as prices update. This means its pricing can be considered an average price as-is, with no further calculation needed – except during the rollover period each day when prices widen for about one hour.
Fixed spreads: Trade Nation lists a fixed spread of 0.6 pips for the EUR/USD pair. It’s worth mentioning again that Trade Nation does widen its spreads briefly during its rollover period each day to as much as 1.4 pips, bringing the true average closer to 1 pip when factoring all price tick data (though it can be lower, depending on whether the average is weighted by time or trade volume).
Trade Nation pricing summary:
|Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard||0.60|
|All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active||0.60|
|Active Trader or VIP Discounts||No|
|Execution: Agency Broker||No|
|Execution: Market Maker||Yes|
Mobile trading apps
Overall, the Trade Nation app scores highly for ease-of-use but lacks some of the advanced features that are typically found in the best trading apps.
Apps overview: The Trade Nation mobile app is available directly from the Google Play and Apple App Store for Android and iOS devices, respectively. MetaTrader is available but not promoted as the primary platform option.
Ease of use: The Trade Nation mobile app is just as easy to use as its web counterpart, and features the same functionality, such as its Smart News section with headlines and curated tweets — all helping Trade Nation earn a Best in Class rating for Ease of Use for 2022.
Charting: Charting in the Trade Nation mobile app is powered by ChartIQ, and features over 90 indicators and dozens of drawing tools.
Trading tools: The Trade Nation app features a customizable watchlist that syncs with the web. Its Smart News section curates a feed of market-focused topics and Tweets. While the app allows for some cool stuff – like a custom feed that follows Elon Musk’s tweets – I found its tools to be overly simple, without the advanced features I’ve come to expect from the top brokers.
Trade Nation mobile trading:
|Apple iOS App||Yes|
|Alerts - Basic Fields||Yes|
|Watch List Syncing||Yes|
|Charting - Indicators / Studies||95|
|Charting - Draw Trendlines||Yes|
|Charting - Trendlines Moveable||No|
|Charting - Multiple Time Frames||Yes|
|Charting - Drawings Autosave||Yes|
Other trading platforms
Trade Nation's web platform is overly simplified – so much so, that it often feels as though there are significant gaps in its offering. Bringing in research that already exists in the client portal and mobile app will help to elevate Trade Nation’s web platform closer to the level of industry leaders such as Saxo Bank, IG, and CMC Markets.
Platforms overview: Trade Nation offers a web trading platform that is supported by the latest modern browsers. I found that the platform has simple steps for carrying out core actions like setting an alert, adding a symbol to your favorites, opening a chart, or placing an order.
The features I liked most in Trade Nation’s web platform were the pre-defined watchlists found in the market explorer, and the ability to create multiple custom watchlists.
Charting: Charting in the Trade Nation web platform is powered by ChartIQ, a popular provider of charting software within the online brokerage industry. With 35 drawing tools and 95 indicators, Trade Nation’s web charts have rich technical analysis capabilities – similar to TradingView charts.
Trading tools: Research and news headlines are absent in terms of in-house content or third-party articles beyond the curated Tweets available within the Smart News module. And while there is a lot of real estate left on the platform where I was expecting to find more trading tools, I was pleased to find trading signals powered by Acuity Trading, which can be easily copied and are nicely integrated under the signals tab for live account holders.
Guaranteed stop-loss: Trade Nation offers several order types, including a guaranteed stop-loss. At 3 pips, the price to add a guaranteed stop-loss order is expensive, compared to CMC Markets or IG. That said, pricing is competitive on Trade Nation’s fixed spread offering.
Trade Nation trading platform:
|Virtual Trading (Demo)||Yes|
|Desktop Platform (Windows)||No|
|Social Trading / Copy-Trading||No|
|MetaTrader 4 (MT4)||Yes|
|MetaTrader 5 (MT5)||No|
|Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total)||35|
|Charting - Drawing Tools (Total)||95|
|Charting - Trade From Chart||No|
|Watchlists - Total Fields||12|
|Order Type - Market||No|
Trade Nation trails slightly behind the industry average in the research category. Its mobile app does publish articles throughout the week, and offers curated Tweets and headlines. On the web platform, however, news headlines and research are absent altogether.
Research overview: Trade Nation’s research is mostly found in three places: the news and analysis section of its website, its official YouTube channel, and the Smart News module in its mobile app. The web platform, however, simply gets left behind in this category. Trade Nation could bolster its overall research offering by improving the web platform’s research content. It would benefit from an economic calendar and the integration of the Smart News module.
Market news and analysis: On Trade Nation’s YouTube channel you’ll find its daily Trading Insights videos, as well as its TRADERCAST series that contains over 130 recordings. Trade Nation’s videos are good-quality, and focus on technical and fundamental analysis. However, the best brokers have a wider variety of content and produce videos more frequently each day.
Trade Nation research:
|Daily Market Commentary||No|
|Forex News (Top-Tier Sources)||Yes|
|Trading Central (Recognia)||No|
|Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs||No|
Trade Nation’s educational content is mainly for beginners – even the premium and advanced content is basic. I found it difficult to navigate by topic or experience level because the educational materials are mixed together with market news in the same section. That said, some content does exist and it appears Trade Nation is slowly expanding this category.
Learning center: Educational content is found under the beginner guides that Trade Nation offers, alongside articles in its news and analysis section.
Room for improvement: It does appear that Trade Nation is slowly expanding in this category. Organizing the educational content so that it is clearly set apart from the research and market news articles, and adding interactive courses with progress tracking would help elevate Trade Nation’s ranking in this category.
Trade Nation education:
|Has Education - Forex or CFDs||Yes|
|Client Webinars (Archived)||No|
|Videos - Beginner Trading Videos||Yes|
|Videos - Advanced Trading Videos||No|
|Investor Dictionary (Glossary)||Yes|
Trade Nation has established itself across its network of global entities with a variety of regulatory licenses, and offers a decent range of markets through its easy-to-use trading platform suite for web and mobile.
While Trade Nation could be a good stepping-stone for beginners and less active traders, the absence of advanced trading tools and additional research and educational content may leave more demanding investors looking for more.
About Trade Nation
Founded in 2014, Trade Nation is a brand of Finsa Investment Ltd that holds regulatory licenses in various jurisdictions, including in the U.K. by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), in South Africa by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), and by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas (SCB).
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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.
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.