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VT Markets Review

Steven Hatzakis

Written by Steven Hatzakis
Edited by John Bringans
Fact-checked by Blain Reinkensmeyer

April 18, 2024

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

VT Markets offers the full MetaTrader suite, along with a range of third-party features and social copy trading (as well as its own app). That said, VT Markets struggles to compete with the best forex brokers due to its limited research material, sparse educational content, and small range of available markets.

Now that VT Markets is independent, it holds only two regulatory licenses. As a result, the broker's Trust Score has dropped.

VT Markets
4/5 Stars Overall
  • Minimum Deposit: $100
  • Trust Score: 70
  • Tradeable Symbols (Total): 1000

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VT Markets pros & cons

thumb_up_off_alt Pros

  • VT Markets holds regulatory status in one Tier-1 and one Tier-2 jurisdiction.
  • VT Markets offers the full MetaTrader suite, along with premium trading tools from Trading Central.
  • Trading costs at VT Markets range from average (when using the VT Markets ECN account) to expensive (for the Standard account option).
  • VT Markets Trading App – the broker’s proprietary mobile app – is easy to use and delivers news headlines and research, with a robust watchlist alongside pre-defined screeners to choose from.
  • Support for third-party features like trading signals from Acuity Trading (Signal Centre, formerly known as PIA First) and copy trading via VTrade.

thumb_down_off_alt Cons

  • VT Markets' offshore entity in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines offers no regulatory protection to clients – and is best avoided.
  • VT Markets' Trust Score is lower than the industry average.
  • VT Markets' offering of 1,000 symbols can't compete with the extensive selection of markets available at Saxo, IG, or CMC Markets.
  • VT Markets offers a growing but still-limited array of educational content, putting it at a disadvantage relative to peers.
  • Access to Trading Central tools requires a minimum deposit of $500.

Overall summary

Feature VT Markets logoVT Markets
Overall Rating info 4/5 Stars
Trust Score info 70
Offering of Investments 3.5/5 Stars
Commissions & Fees 4.5/5 Stars
Platform & Tools 4/5 Stars
Research 3.5/5 Stars
Mobile Trading 4/5 Stars
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Is VT Markets safe?

Trust Score

VT Markets is considered Average Risk, with an overall Trust Score of 70 out of 99. VT Markets is not publicly traded, does not operate a bank, and is authorised by one Tier-1 regulator (Highly Trusted), one tier-2 regulator (average trust), zero Tier-3 regulators (Average Risk), andzero Tier-4 regulators (High Risk). VT Markets is authorised by the following Tier-1 regulators: the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC). Learn more about Trust Score.

Feature VT Markets logoVT Markets
Year Founded info 2016
Publicly Traded (Listed) info No
Bank info No
Tier-1 Licenses info 1
Tier-2 Licenses info 1
Tier-3 Licenses info 0
Tier-4 Licenses info 0

Offering of investments

VT Markets’ offering of CFDs includes over 1000 symbols and spans a variety of asset classes, such as shares, commodities, metals, indices, and forex pairs. The following table summarizes the different investment products available to VT Markets clients.

Feature VT Markets logoVT Markets
Forex Trading (Spot or CFDs) info Yes
Tradeable Symbols (Total) info 1000
Forex Pairs (Total) info 39
U.S. Stock Trading (Non CFD) info No
Int'l Stock Trading (Non CFD) info Yes
Social Trading / Copy Trading info Yes
Cryptocurrency (Physical) info No
Cryptocurrency (Derivative) info Yes
Disclaimers Note: Crypto CFDs are not available to retail traders from any broker's U.K. entity, nor to U.K. residents (except to Professional clients).

Commissions and fees

The cost of trading at VT Markets varies depending on whether you choose the Raw ECN or the Standard STP account. The Standard STP account is commission-free but comes with spreads higher than those for the Raw ECN account, and both accounts require a minimum deposit of just $100.

Average spreads: VT Markets lists the typical spread on the EUR/USD at 1.2 pips for its Standard STP account, while the RAW ECN effective spread was 0.83 pips (based on 0.6 round turn commission and 0.23 average spread for September 2021). The pricing for the VT Markets Raw ECN account is pretty standard for the industry, while the Standard STP account pricing is less attractive.

Feature VT Markets logoVT Markets
Minimum Deposit info $100
Average Spread EUR/USD - Standard info 1.2 info
All-in Cost EUR/USD - Active info 0.8 info
Active Trader or VIP Discounts info No
ACH or SEPA Transfers info No
PayPal (Deposit/Withdraw) info No
Skrill (Deposit/Withdraw) info Yes
Visa/Mastercard (Credit/Debit) info Yes
Bank Wire (Deposit/Withdraw) info Yes

Mobile trading apps

Despite full support for the MetaTrader suite and a proprietary mobile app, VT Markets just can’t compete with what the best MetaTrader brokers offer in this category. VT Markets mobile app has shown real promise, but will need to show more progress to realize its full potential.

Apps overview: VT Markets is primarily a MetaTrader broker, but also offers a proprietary mobile app called VT Markets Trading App. Along with MetaTrader 4 (MT4), and MetaTrader 5 (MT5), VT Markets mobile applications are all available for Android and Apple iOS devices directly from the Google Play and Apple App stores.

Ease of use: VT Markets' mobile app has a well-designed layout that is easy to swipe through, and includes cleanly-integrated research content. It features useful tools like watchlist items, and resources like its newsletter articles that cover Pivot Point analysis across a set of six popular trading symbols.

Charting: VT Markets' mobile charting features a small range of rudimentary features, such as the ability to rotate the display into landscape mode and the inclusion of tick chart functionality. There are only seven indicators available, ten selectable time frames, and no drawing tools or advanced features.

Feature VT Markets logoVT Markets
Android App info Yes
Apple iOS App info Yes
Mobile Alerts - Basic Fields info Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields info 7
Watchlist Syncing info No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) info 15
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) info 30
Mobile Charting - Draw Trendlines info Yes
Mobile Charting - Multiple Time Frames info Yes
Mobile Economic Calendar info Yes

Other trading platforms

With no proprietary web or desktop platform, VT Markets remains predominantly a MetaTrader-only broker offering the popular platform suite developed by MetaQuotes Software Corporation. VT Markets also offers WebTrader Plus platform powered by TradingView. For the top picks among similar offerings, check our best MetaTrader brokers list.

Platforms overview: VT Markets offers the MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and MetaTrader 5 (MT5) platforms, available for Windows and Mac. For traders that deposit at least $500, VT Markets offers several plugins for MT4 as part of the Pro Trading Tools suite from Trading Central (a popular third-party provider).

Trading tools: VT Markets supports third-party signal providers, including Acuity Trading, as well as copy trading, such as on it's own VTrade platform.

Feature VT Markets logoVT Markets
Virtual Trading (Demo) info Yes
Proprietary Platform info No
Desktop Platform (Windows) info Yes
Web Platform info Yes
Social Trading / Copy Trading info Yes
MetaTrader 4 (MT4) info Yes
MetaTrader 5 (MT5) info Yes
DupliTrade info No
ZuluTrade info No
Charting - Indicators / Studies (Total) info 15
Charting - Drawing Tools (Total) info 30
Charting - Trade From Chart info Yes
Watchlists - Total Fields info 7
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Market research

VT Markets provides a small selection of research content in the form of its Daily Market Analysis series, alongside third-party content available from Trading Central. Though the quality is good, the Daily Market Analysis series is a rather limited offering that provides just one daily article. VT Markets ranks close to the industry standard in this category, but has a long way to go if it wants to truly compete with industry leaders like Saxo, IG, or CMC Markets.

Research overview: I found the quality of in-house coverage in VT Markets’ Daily Market Analysis series to be decent. The series covers fundamental and technical analysis and includes multiple descriptive charts, but I was left wanting to know more about the condition of the broader markets. Trading Central’s Economic Calendar and the daily video updates posted on VT Markets’ YouTube channel do help to round out its research. VT Markets could boost its research offering by organizing and expanding the range of its video content.

Market news and analysis: For clients who deposit over $500, VT Markets provides access to the Pro Trading Tools suite from Trading Central, available directly through the client portal. An add-on for MetaTrader is also available from Trading Central as part of VT Markets offering. Otherwise, market news and analysis is limited to just one daily article and video published by VT Markets.

Feature VT Markets logoVT Markets
Daily Market Commentary info Yes
Forex News (Top-Tier Sources) info Yes
Autochartist info No
Trading Central (Recognia) info Yes
Social Sentiment - Currency Pairs info Yes


VT Markets recently introduced a dedicated Academy section for education on its website, with dozens of articles and lessons. There is also related financial markets educational content on its YouTube channel but it hasn't been updated in over a year as of September 2023. Besides some content from Trading Central, VT Markets offers a limited selection of educational materials, which weighs down on its ranking in this category. For comparison, see education leaders like Saxo, IG, or FXCM.

Feature VT Markets logoVT Markets
Education (Forex or CFDs) info Yes
Client Webinars info No
Client Webinars (Archived) info No
Videos - Beginner Trading Videos info Yes
Videos - Advanced Trading Videos info No
Investor Dictionary (Glossary) info Yes

Final thoughts

Since departing from its assocation with Vantage Group, VT Markets' Trust Score has dropped significantly. Acquiring more licenses in trusted jurisdictions could help boost its otherwise low score. VT Markets also needs to significantly enhance its offering of financial markets education (which has already started to improve). Likewise, its research trails behind the best forex brokers.

While VT Markets recently increased its product offering, its range of markets is limited compared to the many thousands of symbols available from other multi-asset brokers that offer MetaTrader, such as City Index, XTB, or

About VT Markets

Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, VT Markets was founded in 2016. While the company was previously a subsidiary of Vantage International Group (VIG), it has recently divested its interests and is now independent.

2024 Review Methodology

At, our reviews of online forex brokers and their products and services are based on our collected data as well as the observations and qualified opinions of our expert researchers. Each year we publish tens of thousands of words of research on the top forex brokers and monitor dozens of international regulator agencies (read more about how we calculate Trust Score here).

Our research team conducts thorough testing on a wide range of features, products, services, and tools (collecting and validating thousands of data points in the process). We test all available trading platforms for each broker – whether they are proprietary or come from third-party providers – and evaluate them based on a host of data-driven variables.

We also take an in-depth look at each broker’s commissions and fees, such as bid/ask spreads – including the average spread data for some of the most popular forex currency pairs. We research other trading costs, such as inactivity or custody fees, minimum deposit requirements, VIP rebates and/or discounts, and a range of other important fee-based data points.

Some of the other important research categories that are factored into our testing include mobile trading accessibility and capability, availability of market research and educational content, and each broker’s overall Trust Score.

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About the Editorial Team

Steven Hatzakis
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. A forex industry expert and an active fintech and crypto researcher, Steven advises blockchain companies at the board level and holds a Series III license in the U.S. as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA).

John Bringans
John Bringans

John Bringans is the Senior Editor of An experienced media professional, John has close to a decade of editorial experience with a background that includes key leadership roles at global newsroom outlets. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University, and conducts research on forex and the financial services industry while assisting in the production of content.

Blain Reinkensmeyer
Blain Reinkensmeyer

Blain Reinkensmeyer has 20 years of trading experience with over 2,500 trades placed during that time. He heads research for all U.S.-based brokerages on and is respected by executives as the leading expert covering the online broker industry. Blain’s insights have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune, among other media outlets.