AvaTrade Review


AvaTrade is a well-established Forex / CFD brokerage house which was founded in 2006 and has been conducting business ever since. AvaTrade was one of the first major brokerages in the retail Forex/CFD field, so it has a lengthy track record.

Although they have their global headquarters in the Republic of Ireland, they have a corporate structure composed of several entities which match their regular bases of regulated operations: Republic of Ireland, Australia, Japan, South Africa, and the British Virgin Islands. As of February 2020, AvaTrade is also regulated by Abu Dhabi's Financial Services Regulatory Authority.

Trade With Confidence

AvaTrade is the first Forex broker to receive a 3A license in Abu Dhabi, which allows the brokerage to offer both retail and professional trading services. AvaTrade allows its clients to trade 55 different Forex currency pairs and crosses, including some exotics, 17 commodity CFDs, 20 equity indices, 14 cryptocurrencies, and CFDs on 500 individual stocks and shares. AvaTrade also offers 2 bond CFDs, and 6 ETFs. Unusually, AvaTrade also offers option products on Forex. This AvaTrade review will cover everything you need to know about AvaTrade so that you can determine if this is the right brokerage for you.


AvaTrade Highlights
🗺️ HeadquarterIreland
⚖️ RegulationsMiFID, Central Bank of Ireland, FSA, ASIC, BVI, FFAJ, FSCA, ADMG - FRSA
💰 Type of brokerECN/STP
💰 Minimum Deposit$100
💰 Maximum Leverage1:400
📊 Type of platformMetaTrader 4, MetaTrader 5, Proprietary platform, Web-based
💳 Deposit with credit cardYes
👛 Depositing with wire transferYes
🎮 Demo account providedYes
🛍️ Instruments tradedCFDs, Commodities, Metals, Stocks, Oil, Gold, Indices
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Regulation and Security

AvaTrade Regulation

AvaTrade enjoys an extremely high and very strong level of regulation. It has regulations across 6 jurisdictions.  

AvaTrade EU Limited is an Irish private limited company (company number 460012) based in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, which controls AvaTrade’s operations within the European Union.

Ava Capital Markets Australia Pty Limited is an Australian private limited company (ACN 72 143 340 907) based in Sydney, Australia, which controls AvaTrade’s operations within Australia.

AvaTrade Japan K.K. is a Japanese company based in Japan which controls AvaTrade’s operations within Japan.

Ava Capital Markets Pty Limited is a South African company based in South Africa which controls AvaTrade’s operations within South Africa.

Finally, AvaTrade’s operations outside these jurisdictions are controlled by Ava Trade Ltd, a British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.) company.

In addition to that, AvaTrade has collaborated with Friedberg Direct, a reputable Canadian broker. The relationship between Friedberg Direct and AvaTrade was formed with the purpose to allow Canadian residents access to AvaTrade’s suite of products, including its multiple platforms, forex and CFD trade execution and other operational services, while maintaining their accounts with a regulated Canadian firm. All accounts are opened by and held with Friedberg Direct, a division of Friedberg Mercantile Group Ltd., a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF).

AvaTrade can therefore said to be formally based in the European Union (Ireland’s membership allows AvaTrade to be passported into the entire European Union), Australia, Japan, South Africa, and the B.V.I.

While the Republic of Ireland is not a common location for a Forex / CFD brokerage to base itself, it has a high level of regulation and financial services infrastructure. Australia is a more well-known and well-used base. We note that AvaTrade also reaches into some places that few brokerages can get established in, such as Japan.

This multi-jurisdictional setup allows AvaTrade to differentiate its offering depending upon where its traders are located. It is worth mentioning that acquiring regulation is not an easy feat for any Forex broker, so the fact that AvaTrade has acquired regulation in several jurisdictions shows its desire to provide a secure trading experience for its clients while being able to vary their offerings as per the allowances of each distinct jurisdiction.  

AvaTrade has branch offices in Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Australia, Mongolia, China, Nigeria, Chile, and South Africa.

Now for the full details of the regulation of the sundry AvaTrade entities: In Ireland, AvaTrade EU Limited is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland as a MiFID investment firm under reference number C53877

Central Bank of Ireland Authorisation

In Australia, Ava Capital Markets Australia Pty Limited is licensed by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission under license number 406684.

ASIC Company Summary

In Japan, AvaTrade Japan K.K. is licensed by the Financial Services Agency (No.1662) and the FFAJ (No.1574).

In South Africa, Ava Capital Markets Pty Limited is licensed under the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) – FSP Number 45984.

FSP Authorisation

In the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.), Ava Trade Ltd is licensed by the Financial Services Commission to arrange deals in investments.

BVI Regulated Entity

AvaTrade’s regulation in both Ireland and Australia provides its clients depositing in their branch in either jurisdiction with a degree of investor protection. The Republic of Ireland’s Investor Compensation Company has account protection which can protect deposits of up to €20,000. Australia’s ASIC is empowered to refund deposits of up to AUD $250,000 at deposit-taking institutions, although it is unclear whether this will tend to be applied to insolvent Forex / CFD brokerages.

Investor Protection

AvaTrade has been in operation as a dedicated Forex / CFD brokerage house since 2006, giving it an unusually lengthy track record. As a rule of thumb, the longer a broker has successfully been in business, the better the reputation that broker can be deemed to hold. This means that AvaTrade has a powerful track record and an established reputation of safety as a brand which it needs and wants to protect, to ensure it remains in good standing in such advanced and highly regulated financial services centers such as the Republic of Ireland, the European Union, and Australia.

AvaTrade’s story of steady expansion adds to their level of credibility. After its initial establishment in Ireland in 2006, AvaTrade grew and acquired several licenses in other jurisdictions. AvaTrade’s client base globally has grown to reach today’s total of over 200,000 registered customers globally. AvaTrade currently claims to be executing over two million trades per month with a combined nominal value in excess of $60 billion, which is truly impressive.

AvaTrade History

As with all Forex / CFD brokerages regulated in member states of the European Union such as the Republic of Ireland, clients of AvaTrade operating through the AvaTrade EU Ltd branch are automatically granted negative balance protection. In any case, ALL AvaTrade clients globally, whether regulated by the European Union or not, are afforded the same protection beyond the legal requirement. Any “tail risk” of an unusual, extreme market movement, which can be exponentially raised by excessive leverage, is borne fully and voluntarily by AvaTrade.

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The total fees charged by any brokerage should always be one of the very top considerations of someone looking for the most suitable Forex / CFD broker. It ranks right up there with security / safety of funds deposited.

Beginning with trading fees, we will look at spreads first (AvaTrade does not charge commissions), taken together as a “round trip” cost of opening and closing a trade.

The average round trip cost of trading the benchmark EUR/USD Forex currency pair is 0.9 pips. Furthermore, this spread is more competitive the lower you get to the minimum deposit of $100. Traders with more than a few thousand dollars to deposit may be able to find other brokers offering slightly lower average spreads, albeit with a similar very high level of regulatory oversight and protection.

The list of average spreads and maximum leverage with margin requirements offered from the B.V.I. for Forex currency pairs and crosses is detailed below:

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The average round trip fees and costs for other CFD instruments offered such as commodities, individual stocks and equity indices are broadly a little better than average for the industry. Individual stocks and shares are mostly subject to a spread worth 0.13% of the nominal trade value, which is also quite impressive.

An often-overlooked element of the trading fee structure is overnight financing, which is typically a net charge applied to any trade open at 5 p.m. New York time. These fees are, theoretically, calculated from intrabank tom/next intrabank fees, but retail brokerages usually offer much less favorable rates. These fees can have the effect of making swing or position trading expensive. AvaTrade is totally transparent regarding its overnight financing rates, which is a sign of trustworthiness: frequently, brokers don’t publicize their existing rates, but they can always be found within the relevant trading platforms if you know where to look for them.

AvaTrade make no claims about how their overnight financing / swap rates are derived.

Finally, we conclude the topic of fees by checking whether clients are charged any incidental fees not directly related to trading processes by AvaTrade, regardless of whether a trade is made.

AvaTrade imposes an account inactivity fee of $50 per quarter but an account must have initiated no trading activity for a period of at least three months before this fee will be imposed. 

Our bottom line on fees: AvaTrade’s fees are competitive for all clients, both for those who meet the minimum deposit requirements and those who deposit larger sums.

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What Can I Trade

Aside from considering the issues around safety of funds and regulatory oversight, plus the overall fee structure, the priority consideration when choosing a new Forex / CFD brokerage is what assets you can trade. Many newer traders will be looking to trade only one single asset class, such as Forex or CFDs on individual stocks and shares, but more experienced traders will probably be looking for diversification, meaning a wide offering across Forex, commodities, stocks, Indices, etc.

AvaTrade offers the following instruments for trading:

Forex – more than 55 currency pairs and crosses, including exotic currencies.

Commodities – a selection of 19 commodities, with several softs on offer as well as the more typical energies:

AvaTrade Commodities 01

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Indices – a selection of 20 indices, almost all equity indices, offered mostly from several developed nations but also including China and a global Cannabis Index:

AvaTrade Indices 01

AvaTrade Indices 02

Stocks – 500 major individual stocks are offered from the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, and Italy, with highlights of the most popular offerings below:

AvaTrade Stocks

Options – 46 currency pairs and the major precious metal Gold, with highlights of the most popular offerings below:

AvaTrade Options

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) – 5 major ETFs are available:

AvaTrade ETFs

Bonds – 2 very major government bonds may be traded:

AvaTrade Bonds

Cryptocurrencies –14 major cryptocurrency pairs are offered, including the top 5 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization as at the time this review was published:

Avatrade Cryptocurrencies 01

Avatrade Cryptocurrencies 02

Our conclusion regarding AvaTrade’s offering of tradable assets is highly favorable, with a range of asset classes offered that should satisfy traders looking for serious diversification. It is rare to find a Forex / CFD brokerage offering a good selection of options, bonds, and cryptocurrencies simultaneously, and anyone who values this diversification should be extremely satisfied with AvaTrade’s offerings.

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Account Types

A limited choice of different account types is offered, depending upon which branch of AvaTrade you are opening your account with.

Accounts are divided into two types: those servicing residents of the European Union, and those servicing persons resident outside the European Union. All accounts offer a market-maker / dealing desk execution type.

European Union residents have a choice between a Retail Account, a Professional Account, or a Spread Betting Account, although the Spread Betting Account is only available to residents of the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland.

In order to qualify for a Professional Account, clients must meet the ESMA regulation requirements which can be found on AvaTrade’s website. Professional clients can avail themselves of better spreads than retail clients.

The only difference between a Retail Account and a Professional Account is the maximum amount of leverage available for use. Retail Account holders are restricted to the European Union’s legal limit of 1:30 on Forex instruments (for the safety of the trader), while Professional Accounts holders may utilize leverage as high as 1:400 on Forex instruments.

The only real difference between Spread Betting and Retail Accounts is in the way position sizes are measured, but the costs and accessibilities are the same. Profits on spread betting can be tax free for residents of the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland.

Residents outside the European Union are directed towards the Standard Account. These persons can enjoy maximum leverage as high as 1:400 on Forex instruments.

Anyone may open a VIP Account if they deposit a sum greater than €10,000. This account offers lower spreads than other account types do.

A Crypto Account is available for clients worldwide wishing to trade cryptocurrencies.

An Islamic Account, where no overnight swaps are paid or charged, may be opened by Muslim traders requesting this account type.

A Vanilla Options Account is available to those wishing to trade options, using AvaTrade’s VanillaOptions trading platform.

All AvaTrade account types offer variable spreads.

The minimum deposit for all account types, except the VIP account, is $100. Deposits may be made in USD, EUR, CHF, GBP, or AUD (the latter is only an option for residents of Australia).

All AvaTrade account types utilize the MetaTrader 4/5 trading platform, except the Options Account which must be used in conjunction with AvaTrade’s proprietary AvaOptions trading platform.

Leverage is an important topic to consider when evaluating a Forex / CFD brokerage. AvaTrade’s position on leverage is determined by whether it is servicing customers resident within the European Union or not.

For European Union residents, AvaTrade offers a maximum leverage of 30:1 on Forex, 1:20 on indices, 1:10 on commodities, 1:5 for individual stocks and shares and ETFs, and 1:2 on cryptocurrencies.

For residents outside the European Union, AvaTrade offers a maximum leverage of 1:400 on Forex and indices, 1:200 on commodities, 1:20 for individual stocks and shares and ETFs, and 1:20 on cryptocurrencies.


AvaTrade Account Details

Every type of account offered by AvaTrade allows hedging, scalping, and automated trading via Expert Advisers. As AvaTrade uses the MetaTrader 4 trading platform for all its assets except Vanilla Options, there is a wide range of automated tools available which works with these platforms, and AvaTrade does not block or disable them.

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Trading Platforms

AvaTrade uses the MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader5 trading platforms for all its accounts, except its Options Account which requires the use of the Ava Options trading platform.

This will not be a problem for most traders as the old yet beloved MetaTrader 4 platform is still widely used.

MetaTrader 4 is available on all operating systems, tablet, mobile, app-based or web-based. Many users feel the apps tend to run with less glitches on a PC or laptop compared to the web version.

AvaTrade MetaTrader 4

Despite no longer enjoying technical support from MetaQuotes, the MetaTrader 4 platform remains the gold standard of retail Forex / CFD trading platforms. It is relatively easy to use and intuitive, and in any case, its look and feel is extremely like MetaTrader 5 which was designed and marketed by the same parent company.

MetaTrader 4 allows hedging. It uses a programming language called MQL4.

MetaTrader 4 comes with a back-testing function.

AvaTrade WebTrader

MetaTrader 5

Anyone familiar with the MetaTrader 4 trading platform will instantly be at home with MetaTrader 5 which has the same look and feel. It is more powerful and faster than MetaTrader 4, especially when it comes to back testing functionality and

MetaTrader 5 uses a programming language called MQL5. It offers a wider range of pending order types and includes Depth of Market (DOM) data.

Ava Options


AvaOptions is Ava Trade’s proprietary platform for traders wishing to trade options, which are offered on Forex currency pairs and gold. Trading options can be a complex undertaking and AvaOptions simplifies the process, representing trade risks and payoffs graphically to give options traders a better understanding of the implications of their trades. The software presents implied volatility curves for all markets, as well as showing both current and historical implied volatility, as well as realized volatility.

Traders may use the platform’s screen to trade, including the setting of entry and closing limits. The platform includes 13 default options trading strategies, making trade structuring easy and doable at the touch of a button. Finally, the platform includes a nice range of advanced risk management metrics.


AvaGo Trading Made Simple

AvaTradeGO is not really a trading platform, it is more of a portal that manages your MetaTrader 4 trading platform from a mobile device or tablet, although trades can be executed through it using the underlying platform. The portal gives you step by step guidance on what you are doing from moment to moment and analyzes the entirety of what is happening in your account(s), giving a valuable and easy to use dashboard view.

AvaTradeGO includes “Market Trends”, Ava Trade’s social / copy trading application.

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Unique Features

There are two standout features that we discovered during this AvaTrade review: firstly, its strong regulatory regime in two major industry centers which enjoy high levels of regulatory protection (the Republic of Ireland and Australia); secondly, AvaOptions, with AvaTrade being one of the very few retail Forex / CFD brokerages which enables its clients to trade Forex options.

Regulation in the European Union member state of the Republic of Ireland is significant, as under Irish regulations, depositors may be protected by deposit insurance in case of a regulated deposit taking institution’s insolvency or other resulting inability to access deposited funds. The protection can be up to the high amount of €20,000 per depositor.

AvaOptions is a platform allowing you to access trading in vanilla Forex options, plus options in the precious metal Gold. You may trade any combination of call and put options, allowing the construction of relatively sophisticated options trading strategies such as strangles, straddles, and spreads. Expirations are offered between 1 day and 1 year from the present. This kind of retail access to Forex options is exciting and novel. There is a good case to argue that buying out of the money Forex options is the most profitable long-term trading strategy in currency trading. Forex options have gotten a bad name in recent years due to the market in “binary options”, but what AvaTrade offer here is light-years away from that.

On January 30, 2020 AvaTrade introduced AvaProtect, a service which protects traders from sudden negative movements during a defined trade period. This form of negative trade protection may be of interest to new traders, as it'll give them the opportunity to test their strategies without taking a total loss if things go wrong. However, there is a fee for this service, though the AvaTrade website does not stipulate clearly what the fee is. 

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Research and Education

AvaTrade’s education offering is solid overall. While any Forex / CFD brokerage might produce a good all-round offering without offering research or education at all, that is not to say that trader education is not a “nice to have” if it is done well.

The first sub-section here offers “trading for beginners”. It contains several precise articles which explain succinctly the basic concepts and procedures of trading Forex and CFDs.

AvaTrade take education very seriously, and it is easy to see this because they have invested in creating their own “trading academy”, known as “Sharp Trader”. Sharp Trader is an exclusive, restricted, registration-only academy for members which includes:

  • Videos covering a wide range of trading topics.
  • Daily Technical and Fundamental analysis pieces on major currency pairs written by AvaTrade’s team of expert analysts.
  • Analytical videos.
  • A range of trading tools.

Sharp trader is good by the standards of academies created by Forex / CFD brokerages. It also includes some limited research content.

Other items available within AvaTrade’s education section include a free eBook, over 50 video tutorials, and glossaries of the important economic data releases and order types. These latter two items are important to understand and are easily misunderstood, so new traders will be able to learn something useful from these items.

AvaTrade Economic Indicators

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Customer Support

For most clients, customer support won’t be much of an issue. Having said that, it is comforting to know that if you do need help, you will be able to get hold of someone competent quickly who will take responsibility for fixing whatever your problem is.

AvaTrade’s customer support service has a good reputation, partly because they are a well-regulated and global Forex / CFD brokerage, and partly because support is given in a wide variety of languages provided by native speakers – in over 15 different languages.

AvaTrade’s customer support desk is available during trading hours, on regular weekdays: basically, if the Forex market is open, AvaTrade’s support is open.

Traders can contact representatives at different departments in several international locations via email or telephone. Live chat is also available.

Contact AvaTrade

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Bonuses and Promotions

AvaTrade is partially regulated in the E.U. (Cyprus). While bonuses and promotions are permitted from outside this region, this parts of AvaTrade must comply with E.U. law and as such the offering of new bonuses and promotions have been completely prohibited.

In other regions, at the time of writing AvaTrade is offering an approximately 20% welcome (sign-up) bonus which appears to be uncapped, which is unusually good.

AvaTrade Welcome Bonus

Please note that such bonuses and promotions are nearly always subject to several terms and conditions which mean you must trade very large quantities before you will be able to withdraw any of the awarded amounts in cash.

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Opening an Account

The account opening process with AvaTrade is quite good and speedy even in their highly regulated locations. You can expect to get your account open and ready the same day you begin the account opening process. Clients only need to navigate through a few screens where they submit a few details and choose the type of account they want to sign up for.

It is worth noting that residents of the United States and a few other countries cannot be accepted as new clients by AvaTrade.

In addition to providing personal and account details, new clients are required to verify their identity and prove their place of residence, as is customary. The process is completely digitized.

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Deposits and Withdrawals

AvaTrade requires a minimum deposit of at least $100.

AvaTrade imposes no additional fees on any deposit or withdrawal beyond what the deposit or withdrawal mechanism itself may charge.

A very wide range of deposit and withdrawal methods are supported by AvaTrade. The most notable channels are Neteller, Skrill, and MoneyBookers. Major credit cards are also accepted, and bank transfers can also be used.

How to Make a Deposit with AvaTrade

In practice, withdrawals must be made through the same channels that deposits are made through, which is a common practice applied by almost all retail Forex / CFD brokerages.

Some customers have reported that AvaTrade is a little slow to process withdrawals. However, the reported delays are slight, and importantly, it seems clear that AvaTrade is just being thorough in respecting their obligations under anti-money laundering laws, and being careful, rather than attempting to prevent withdrawals. During this AvaTrade review we did not find any examples where a withdrawal not executed by bank transfer or debit card was not executed on the same day where everything was technically in order.

How to Make a Withdrawal from AvaTrade

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General Information

Company Information

  • Broker's Name : AvaTrade
  • Headquarters : Ireland
  • Regulation :

Account Information

  • Type of Broker : ECN/STP
  • U.S. Clients Allowed :
  • Minimum Deposit : $100
  • Maximum Leverage : 1:400
  • Commissions / Spreads : Spread
  • Account 1 : Retail
  • Account 2 : Professional
  • Account 3 : Spread Betting
  • Account 4 : Standard
  • Demo Account :
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  • Segregated Account :
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Instruments Traded

  • CFDs :
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  • Indices :

Trading Platforms

  • Type of Platform : MetaTrader 4, MetaTrader 5, Proprietary platform, Web-based
    • Platform Languages :
      • English
      • Spanish
      • Arabic
      • Italian
      • French
      • German
      • Russian
      • Portuguese
    • OS Compatibility :
      • Windows
      • Mobile
      • iPhone
      • iPad
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  • One-click Execution :
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  • Interest on Margin :
  • Web-based Trading :
  • Mobile Trading :

Customer Support

    • Website Languages :
      • English
      • Swedish
      • Portuguese
      • Russian
      • Chinese
      • Japanese
      • German
      • French
      • Italian
      • Arabic
      • Spanish
      • Finnish

Pros and Cons


  • Well-regulated globally, with the Bank of Ireland, the primary regulator

  • Low minimum deposit and in-depth educational tools

  • Wide asset choice across seven sectors

  • Superior mobile trading platform


  • Low leverage for retail traders

  • High quarterly inactivity fee

  • Unacceptable cost for AvaProtect

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Is AvaTrade legitimate?

AvaTrade is one of the world’s most highly regulated Forex / CFD brokerages. It is regulated in 5 different countries, including the European Union via the Republic of Ireland, and Australia. AvaTrade has been in business since 2006.

How long does it take to withdraw money from AvaTrade?

Withdrawals are typically executed on the same day, although withdrawals by the method of bank transfer can take 2 or 3 days to process, and withdrawals by debit card possibly even 4 days.

What is the minimum deposit for AvaTrade?

AvaTrade requires a minimum deposit of $100 U.S.

What is AvaTrade leverage?

The maximum leverage offered is a high 400 to 1, but if accounts are held through the E.U. branch, regulation applies that imposes a legal maximum of 30 to 1.

Is AvaTrade reliable? Are its clients protected by regulatory deposit insurance?

AvaTrade is regulated by the Bank of Ireland in the Republic of Ireland, by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission in Australia, by the Financial Services Agency and the FFAJ in Japan, by the Financial Sector Financial Conduct Authority in the Republic of South Africa, and by the Financial Services Commission in the British Virgin Islands.

The Republic of Ireland’s Investor Compensation Company has account protection which can protect deposits of up to €20,000. Australia’s ASIC is empowered to refund deposits of up to AUD $250,000 at deposit-taking institutions, although it is unclear whether this will tend to be applied to insolvent Forex / CFD brokerages.

How do I withdraw money from AvaTrade?

Log into your trading account. Go to the “Withdraw Funds” section of “My Account”. Then fill out an online withdrawal form there detailing what withdrawal method you would like to use. Your instruction will be processed within 24 hours, but if, for any reason, your account is not fully verified you will be required to provide verification documentation.

How do I close my AvaTrade account?

If you still have funds in your account, log into your "My Account" area and follow the withdrawal procedure there to withdraw all your remaining funds. Once you have withdrawn your funds, email your Account Manager or Customer Services with a request to close your account. It is important to follow this final step, as AvaTrade might apply their account inactivity fee some months later otherwise.

Does AvaTrade have NASDAQ?

Yes. AvaTrade offers trading in the NASDAQ 100 technology stock index, wrapped as a CFD.

Is AvaTrade a market maker?

Yes, AvaTrade utilizes a “dealing desk” / “market maker” execution method on all its client accounts.

Where is AvaTrade based?

AvaTrade is physically located in the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Japan, South Africa, and the British Virgin Islands.

How does AvaTrade make money?

AvaTrade makes money from spreads and commissions charged on trades, an overnight financing mark-up, account inactivity fees, and from its clients’ net trading losses set against any methods it takes to cover its own exposure to those positions.

How can I deposit into an AvaTrade account?

AvaTrade provides several methods for depositing and withdrawing funds. Transactions may be conducted through Neteller, Skrill, and Moneybookers as well as credit and debit cards and bank wire transfers.

How do I open an account with AvaTrade?

The easiest way to open an account with AvaTrade is to click on the “AVATRADE.COM>>” button on the left side of this review and fill out the “let’s get started” form which will pop up on the AvaTrade site page which you will land on. Registration takes only a few minutes and you’ll be on your way to trading.

Does AvaTrade offer the MetaTrader trading platform?

Yes, AvaTrade offers the MetaTrader 4 trading platform.

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AvaTrade deserves a positive review. Fees are reasonably competitive for depositors, especially those trading individual stocks and shares wrapped as CFDs. The range of assets offered for trading is unusually diverse, including even Forex vanilla options and several ETFs (exchange traded funds), as well as a large range of individual stocks and shares, making AvaTrade a more suitable broker for traders seeking diversification across markets. AvaTrade’s reputation is right up at the high end of the industry, with a lengthy track record and good regulatory standing in the European Union, which is particularly impressive, not to mention its good standing in Australia.

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User Reviews

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36 User Reviews

hi maria, yes they are very good we are happy you can start with only $100


i am from south africa, good broker to trade with. i opened a demo account to start but it is easy to follow


i saw ad for 50% spread reduction, anyone make account with avatrade and can tell me good things?thanks


i am happy with avatrade and their regulation. Thank you for detailed review

Jay Marylyn

Great broker for beginners .

AvaTrade Team

Hello, John! The maximum lot size we offer is 1. It accounts for 100 000 trading volume. The lot sizes are the same for all the financial instruments. Kind Regards, The AvaTrade Team


What is the maximum lot size allowed by Ava trade when trading ? Does it vary for different instruments being traded?

Haley Rayden

I opened an Avatrade live account and I was surprised to find how quick and easy it was, although there was one day that the connection to their site was broken, the rest of the days it worked very smoothly

Graham Alkema

I would suggest that you chat to Avatrade’s representatives through their live chat, you can get all the info you need from them


I have to come out of the dark to help traders. With my Binary option and Forex strategies, I have made profit in the past 3 years and now I make £20,000 every week. After changing a lot of strategies, I and my associates have decided to share this one since it's a success. It is the least I can do for beginners or people who have lost much to binary options and are looking for the right strategy which I am willing to help for free. Email me via my email vanderlaanyoelle007@gmail.com for help.

Jerrod Hayes

Avatrade is so regulated, I don’t think there is a type of regulation that they are not included in. This is the main reason I chose to trade with them


Dear Amir, please kindly understand that i never meant Avatrade is a bad broker, it might be a great broker, but since it is a desk dealer i would not invest my hard earn money and it is really unfortunate that without properly doing research you simply called me a lair, it is totally false. OctaFX Is regulated company by the authorities of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines under the International Business Companies (Amendment and Consolidation) Act. Now about they are working on it that is mainly for the other place, so basically they are trying to expand their reach. I hope it’s clear for me and please next time do proper research before pointing fingers at anyone.


OctaFX isn't regulated - it says right on their 'regulation' page that they're working on it....so I wouldn't trust their trading, nor do I trust your comments, as clearly you'r misguided. AvaTrade is very reliable, and regulated in multipel countries.


I always love to trade with brokers had have good bonus offers, as that helps me trade without big investment, but at the same time they must be reliable and reputed, unfortunately with Avatrade they have large bonus, but been a desk dealer i cannot trust them. I trade with a true ECN company OctaFX, as they are also regulated, so i am able to make smooth trading orders with all of them getting executed instantly without any requotes. It helps greatly to increase income consistently.


People want to join Avatrade must avoid it. Its website looks very comprehensive and shows a lot of achievements. Till your registration process and funding your account, a warm welcome and full time response is paid. But as you fund your account you will not see any more response from Ava trade. There would be no response from all their service departments. Here you would want to withdraw your money, but would not be able to get it as their operations are manual and there would be no response from Ava trade team. Moreover, its spread rate is very high as compared to others, stop loss and take profit limit is not work on appropriate points and many more to describe here. So I strongly recommend it for you to avoid it prior to get yourself helpless. For further details you can mail me at mashfaq78@gmail.com


Ava Trading Platform is great indeed! Exciting and easy to navigate. My DEMO ACCOUNT with $100,000.00 becomes $170,000.00+ in less than 24 hours trading in 1-min. time frame. How I wish it was a REAL ACCOUNT.The only thing that frustrates me, especially in times I foresee potential profit, is the execution speed - relatively slow, both in opening and closing a deal.

Just download Ava the same way you download everything else. What are you from another planet?

What's the problem. Just follow the directions on the website. The ava software is so easy to follow.

Can someone help me download Ava?

I wish avatrader would help me make some money. I like it but maybe I'm not doing something right….

I've been trading with the company a long time and sometimes I make money and sometimes I don't. what can you do?

AVA software is different than other Forex brokers. I was able to open a demo account without any trouble and I can practice forever till I feel confident about trading with real money. It's great. Lots of fun.

I'm not so good with computer but someone taught me how to download AVA program and how I can make money. So I did and I made a little money. Then I lost it again.

I opened an account with AVA forex several months ago and I have been happy with how things are progressing. They seem like a nice company and I just hope I make some money

Is AVAtrader new? How comes I never saw it before on the website? It's pretty good and very helpful for people like me who don't do so much trading. I wish I had more money to invest….

AVAtrader's been around awhile. It's not any different from a lot of other broker's platforms. I guess it's as good as the others. It works.

I'm always looking for a broker that is simple and will help me make money. AVA forex trading sounds good on paper and I am hoping will really be good. It's not easy to come out ahead with investments and I haven't been so lucky so far.

I am so happy with the AVA software. It is so easy to navigage and I am thrilled with it. Thanks so much.

Ava trade offers the popular Meta Trader 4 platform, but when will they start offereing the new Meta Trader 5 platform? I understand it's a terrific platform.

can someone help me download Ava?

That's because American regulation is stricter and AVA forex hasn't applied for it. But I know they are regulated by other regulators. I'm sure it is listed on the site.

I liked the updated Ava forex review. I'm still wondering why the company doesn't allow Americans to trade.

Yes, it really is disgusting how people can cheat innocent victums. We all want to make some money but most of us try to do it in an honest way. AVA forex is a pretty honest company

So far I haven't heard about any Ava scams and I hope I never do. There are too many crooks out there doing all kinds of funny business and it make me angry.


One of the finest brokers out there. avatrade platform is great.. and the withdrawl procedure takes couple of days, but it's legit 100%


Ava trading is one of the better companies out there today. The accounts are easy to open and the customer service people are pretty straight forward and helpful

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