Alpari International Review
Alpari International is an online Forex and CFD ECN brokerage launched in 2014 as an offshoot of the Alpari group of brokerages. They are headquartered in Mauritius and are regulated by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) Mauritius, under license number C113012295 as an Investment Dealer (Full Service Dealer Excluding Underwriting) through their parent company Exinity Limited.
Alpari International offers traders the opportunity to trade a fairly wide range of instruments mostly wrapped as CFDs (Contracts for Difference), offering trading in 11 major U.S. stocks, over 60 Forex currency pairs and crosses, the commodities gold, silver, crude oil and natural gas, the cryptocurrencies Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple, and 11 major global equity indices. Maximum leverage (on Forex) is a very high 1000 to 1 on Forex, although this reduces dramatically as the total notional trade size of all open positions rises, falling to a minimum of only 25 to 1 at a total notional value of $8 million. The maximum leverage offered is significantly less on cryptocurrencies and other instruments such as individual stocks.
Alpari International differs from most brokers in offering clients a hybrid ECN/market-maker execution model, allowing the opportunity of fast execution and natural spreads. A choice between account types is offered freely but it is not possible to trade certain instruments through some account types, and certain account types are only available with one of the two trading platforms offered meaning they offer no choice of platform. All accounts may be based in any of four base currencies: USD, EUR, GBP, or NGN (Nigerian Naira). It is unusual to see a major broker accepting the currency of an African nation.
Traders are offered a choice between four account types, two of which offer ECN execution while the other two offer market-maker execution. The first ECN account offered is the “ECN Account” and is available with either the MetaTrader 4 or MetaTrader 5 trading platforms. It requires a minimum deposit of $500 and offers a maximum (floating) leverage of 1000 to 1. Commission is $3 per lot round trip and the minimum spread available on the benchmark EUR/USD currency pair is 0.4 pips. The maximum volume per trade permissible is 50 lots. The second, larger ECN account available is the “Pro Account” and is available only with the MetaTrader 4 trading platform. It requires a far larger minimum deposit of $25,000 and offers a maximum (floating) leverage of 300 to 1. Individual stocks may be traded only through the Pro Account. No commission is charged on this account, and the minimum spread available on the benchmark EUR/USD currency pair is 0.4 pips. The maximum volume per trade permissible is 250 lots.
As for the non-ECN, market-maker execution style accounts, traders are offered a choice here between the “Standard Account” and the “Micro Account”, both of which are available only with the MetaTrader 4 trading platform. The Standard Account requires a minimum deposit of $100 and offers a maximum (floating) leverage of 1000 to 1. The minimum spread charged on the benchmark EUR/USD currency pair is 1.2 pips. The maximum volume per trade permissible is 50 lots. The second, smaller account is the Micro Account requiring a minimum deposit of $5, offering a maximum (floating) leverage of 400 to 1. The minimum spread charged on the benchmark EUR/USD currency pair is 1.7 pips. The maximum volume per trade permissible is 1 lot.
Islamic “swap-free” accounts are available but may not be used to trade exotic Forex currency pairs.
Scalping and hedging are allowed, and automated trading is possible. This combination of advantages is something that is increasingly hard to find.
A solid range of assets are available for trading, particularly Forex currency pairs and crosses.
Traders may trade Forex, indices and commodities as well as individual equities. Traders may choose between market-making or ECN execution models, and an ECN account is available at the relatively low and affordable minimum deposit of $500.
Alpari International offer an educational “Learn to Trade” section on their site, which is broken into two sections: “Beginners Guide to Trading” which offers a short, static crash course tutorial with text and diagrams; and “Forex Trading Strategies” which offers something similar as an outline of the major types of trading strategies. The overall impression is of a well-produced and accurate educational section, but it is relatively thin on content This is not necessarily a meaningful negative, as education is not a must-have from a Forex / CFDs broker.
Bonuses and Promotions
At the time of writing, Alpari International offers a loyalty cashback promotion. For every lot a client trades, a real, withdrawable cash rebate is offered for up to 6 months. Five rebate levels are offered.
Depositing funds into an Alpari International account is an easy and secure process. Both may be made using a few different methods, including credit cards, debit cards, bank transfer, Neteller, FasaPay, WebMoney, Perfect Money, Bitcoin and Skrill. Withdrawals are generally made through the same channel that deposits have been made through. Alpari International add no charges of their own to any fees which may be charged by such payment processors.
Customer support is based in Mauritius offering support 24 hours per day Monday to Friday and for a few hours on Sunday afternoon.
Alpari International has a well-rounded and professional offering for traders looking to trade popular trading instruments in the form of CFDs, particularly in Forex, with a choice of execution model. Alpari International could be an especially attractive broker for clients with relatively small deposit size who wish to benefit from ECN execution and a low spreads / commissions model.Back to Top
In terms of features, the stand-out strengths of Alpari International’s offering are:
- A solid range of instruments available for trading: over 60 Forex currency pairs and crosses, the commodities gold, silver, crude oil and natural gas, the cryptocurrencies Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple, and 11 major global equity indices. Competitive spreads for larger depositors.
- Choice between ECN and market-maker execution models.
- Maximum leverage as high as 1000 to 1.
- Choice of Swap-Free account type (Islamic account).
- Regulated by an offshore industry center (FSC Mauritius).
- Alpari is a well-established brokerage group.
- Broker's Name : Alpari International
- Headquarter : United Kingdom
- Regulation : FSC
- Type of Broker : No Dealing Desk
- U.S. Clients Allowed :
- Minimum Deposit : $200
- Maximum Leverage : N/A
- Commissions / Spreads : Commissions
- Account 1 : Standard
- Account 2 : Premium
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- Type of Platform : MetaTrader 4, MetaTrader 5, Web-based, Other
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- Support Hours : 24/5
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The Alpari MetaTrader 4 platform offers a wide selection of charting tools as well as the ability to completely customize the platform to meet a trader’s personal specifications. A built-in programming language, trading strategies, scripts and indicators add additional functionality to the platform.
The Alpari MetaTrader 4 uses an intuitive, user-friendly interface with a wealth of technical analysis tools. The mobile app allows traders to use their MT4 accounts on their smartphone, tablet or Pocket PC.
MetaTrader4 connects traders to the interbank market with ECN Bridge technology while the built-in MQL4 programming language allows them to create their own advisors and indicators.
The Alpari MetaTrader 5 offers everything the MT4 platform offers and more. It introduces a number of new features and technical upgrades including a library of free, ready-to-use Expert Advisors (trading robots), indicators and scripts written with MT5's built-in programming language, MQL5 and the ability to optimize trading strategies with a high-speed back-testing tool.
The MetaTrader5 platform is geared towards a more advanced trader as it offers 38 built-in indicators, 39 graphical objects and a plethora of customized options. This platform is only available in the demo version and is not available for live trading.
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