Investous Editor’s Verdict

Investous, owned by Belize investment firm IOS INVESTMENTS Limited, offers traders a competitive selection of cryptocurrency CFDs from its web-based trading platform. It also presents the trusted MT4 platform and features trading tools from TipRanks and Trading Central. I reviewed this broker to determine if Investous delivers on its claim concerning its simplistic, user-friendly trading platform. Should you trade at Investous?

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Pros
  • User-friendly web-based trading platform for beginner traders

  • Trading tools from TipRanks and Trading Central

  • Good choice of cryptocurrency CFDs

  • Competitive commission-free Forex trading costs

Cons
  • Higher minimum deposit but within a reasonable range

  • Costly withdrawals with conditions but a minimum of one free monthly withdrawal

Overview

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Summary

Investous Overview - A Beginner-Friendly Broker with Competitive Trading Tools

HeadquartersBelize
RegulatedCySEC, FSC Belize
Year Established2018
Execution TypeMarket Maker
Minimum Deposit$250
Trading Platforms(s)MetaTrader 4, Web-based
Signals
US Persons Accepted?
Islamic Account
Segregated Account
Managed Accounts
Support HoursUnspecified
Customer Supportemail-support chat-support
Demo Account

Beginner traders will like the user-friendly web-trading platform at Investous, but I like a more in-depth educational offering. Investous is also an ideal broker for cryptocurrency CFD trading, where it maintains a broader list than many competitors.

Investous Main Features

Retail Loss Rate
75.12%
Regulation
Yes
Minimum Raw Spreads
Not applicable
Minimum Standard Spreads
0.6 pips
Minimum Commission for Forex
Commission-free
Commission for CFDs/DMA
Commission-free
Commission Rebates
Not applicable
Minimum Deposit
$250
Demo Account
Yes
Managed Account
No
Islamic Account
No
Inactivity Fee
€80 monthly after one month
Deposit Fee
No
Withdrawal Fee
Yes + Third-party
Funding Methods
4

Regulation and Security

Trading with a regulated broker will limit the potential for fraud and malpractice. I always recommend traders to check for regulation and verify it with the regulator by checking the provided license with their database. Investous presents clients with two well-regulated entities.

Country of the Regulator
Name of the Regulator
Regulatory License Number
Belize
International Financial Services Commission
License Number 000349/173
Cyprus  
Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission
License Number 267/15

All traders outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will trade with the Belize subsidiary, operated by IOS INVESTMENTS Limited. The International Financial Services Commission (IFSC) is a trusted regulator offering more competitive trading conditions, but Investous opted to align them with its Cyprus subsidiary operated by F1 Markets Limited.

While the IFSC provides a trusted framework, I am missing the investor protection via a compensation fund offered by regulators like the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC). Investous could increase client security via membership with the Hong Kong-based Financial Commission or third-party insurance. Cyprus-based LEVELTIME SERVICES Limited offers payment services to IOS INVESTMENTS Limited.

EEA traders will manage their portfolios with the CySEC subsidiary, compliant with MiFID II, where a €20,000 investor compensation fund protects deposits in the case of default by Investous.

Both entities segregate client deposits from corporate funds and offer negative balance protection, which I consider a requirement for leveraged trading. Investous maintains a clean track record but lacks operational experience. It is on the right track, as it slowly gains the trust of its growing client base.

Investous Regulation

Fees

Commissions/SpreadsSpread
Withdrawal options
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  • Deposit options
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  • Investous lists spreads on its website under the account section, ranging between 1.6 pips and 3.0 pips or $16 to $30 per round lot. Both trading platforms show it as 0.6 pips or $6 per lot, making it a competitive commission-free offer, and I will use it in this review but prefer more clarity.

    Minimum Spread
    Commission per Round Lot
    Cost per 1.0 Standard Lot
    0.6 pips
    $0.00
    $6.00

    Here is a screenshot of the Investous web-based trading platform during the London-New York overlap session, the most liquid one, where traders usually get the lowest spreads.

    Investous Trading Platform

     

    One of the most ignored trading costs is swap rates on leveraged overnight positions. Depending on the trading strategy, it may become the most significant fee per trade. I always recommend that traders check them before evaluating the total trading costs.

    MT4 traders can easily access swap rates from their platform by following these steps:

    1. Right-click on the desired symbol in the Market Watch window and select Specification.

    2. Scroll down until you see Swap Long and Swap Short.

    Below is a list of trading cost examples for buying and selling the EUR/USD, holding the trade for one night and seven nights, in the commission-free Investous account.

    Taking a 1.0 standard lot buy/sell position, in the EUR/USD at the tightest spread and holding it for one night will cost the following:

    Minimum Spread
    Commission per Round Lot
    Swap Long
    Swap Short
    Total Trading Costs
    0.6 pips  
    $0.00
    -$4.82
    X
    $10.82
    0.6 pips  
    $0.00
    X
    -$3.21
    $9.21

    Taking a 1.0 standard lot buy/sell position, in the EUR/USD at the tightest spread and holding it for seven nights will cost the following:

    Minimum Spread
    Commission per Round Lot
    Swap Long
    Swap Short
    Total Trading Costs
    0.6 pips  
    $0.00
    -$33.74
    X
    $39.74
    0.6 pips  
    $0.00
    X
    $22.47
    $28.47

    I like the swap rates for buy orders at Investous, which remains among the best versus all brokers. Countering them are more expensive financing fees for sell orders, but the combination plus commission-free Forex spreads create an overall favorable pricing environment for most traders.

    The only thing I dislike about costs at Investous is the inactivity fee, which kicks in after just one month at €80 monthly. It can increase trading pressure and increase trading losses, particularly for beginner traders. There are also certain withdrawal conditions allowing Investous to levy an internal cost of €80.

    What Can I Trade

    Investous offers traders 55 currency pairs, 46 cryptocurrency pairs, 21 commodities, 39 index CFDs, 125 equity CFDs, and two ETFs. The choice of currency pairs is average, and Equity traders get access to some of the most traded and discussed names on social media. Investous maintains a competitive selection of cryptocurrency pairs, commodities, and index CFDs.

    Asset List and Leverage Overview

    Commodities
    Metals:
    Indices
    Stocks
    CFDs
    Oil
    Gold
    ETFs

    Investous Leverage

    Retail traders get maximum leverage of 1:30 at both subsidiaries, in line with ESMA restrictions. While the website lists leverage as high as 1:500 for the IFSC entity, the trading platform does not show one above 1:30.

    Investous Trading Hours (GMT +2 Server Time)

    Asset Class
    From
    To
    Cryptocurrencies
    Sunday 23:00
    Friday 22:59
    Forex
    Sunday 23:00
    Friday 22:59
    Commodities
    Monday 00:00
    Friday 22:59
    European CFDs
    Monday 09:00
    Friday 17:30
    US CFDs
    Monday 15:30
    Friday 22:00

    I recommend the following step for MT4 traders to access trading hours:

    1. Right-click on the desired symbol in the Market Watch window and select Specification.

    2. Scroll down until you see Sessions.

    Account Types

    Investous lists four account types on its website, but only one is within reach of retail traders for an above-average minimum deposit of $250. Traders get one free monthly withdrawal, which I like, and despite the date four-tier account structure, most conditions are identical.

    The minimum spread listed is 3.0 pips, while the VIP account has a 1.6 pip versus the 0.6 pips in the web-based trading platform and MT4.

    Investous Demo Account

    A demo account is available for both trading accounts, and Investous does not list a time limit. I prefer the flexibility of MT4, as traders can create closer conditions to live trading conditions. They are ideal for testing new strategies and algorithmic trading solutions (EAs).

    Investous Account Types

    Trading Platforms

    Platform Languages
      • English
      • Spanish
      • Arabic
      • French
      • German
      • Russian
      • Portuguese
      • Other
  • OS Compatibility
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Mobile
      • Web
      • iPhone
      • iPad
  • Charting Package
    Scalping
    Hedging
    Mobile Alerts
    E-mail Alerts
    Guaranteed Limit Orders
    Guaranteed Execution
    One-click Execution
    OCO Orders
    Interest on Margin
    Web-based Trading
    Mobile Trading
    MT4
    MT5
    cTrader
    Proprietary Platform
    Automated Trading
    Guaranteed Stop Loss

    Traders using algorithmic trading solutions will enjoy the familiarity of MT4, which I recommend, as it provides the best trading experience at Investous. Only the out-of-the-box version is available, as Investous embeds trading services from Trading Central and TipRanks into its web-based trading platform only.

    Beginner traders may prefer the web-based trading platform, as it features a better user interface but reduced functionality. MT4 also has an integrated copy trading platform, a service many new traders prefer. Traders may use either one as a mobile app.

    Overview of Trading Platforms

    MT4
    Yes
    MT5
    No
    cTrader
    No
    Proprietary/Alternative Platform
    Yes
    Automated Trading
    Yes (MT4 only)
    Social Trading / Copy Trading
    Yes (embedded in MT4)
    MT4/MT5 Add-Ons
    No
    Guaranteed Stop Loss
    No
    Negative Balance Protection
    Yes
    Unique Feature One
    Trading Central
    Unique Feature Two
    TipRanks

    Unique Features

    The two unique services at Investous are Trading Central and TipRanks. The former offers trading signals and market commentary, while the latter provides recommendations primarily for the equity markets. Given the asset selection at Investous, both services cover almost every asset available.

    Research and Education

    Investous relies on Trading Central and TipRanks for research and market commentary. I consider it an acceptable solution, as it provides traders with unbiased trading ideas from trusted third-party sources and allows Investous to focus on core operations.

    The educational section for beginners is sub-standard and consists of a few brief articles. The best educational value exists by understanding the content provided by Trading Central and TipRanks. I recommend new traders take advantage of high-quality education available online and free of charge.

    Customer Support

    Support HoursUnspecified
    Customer Supportemail-support chat-support
    Website Languages
      • English
      • Spanish
      • Arabic
      • Russian
  • I recommend traders consult the FAQ section before reaching out to support. Investous provided an e-mail address, phone number, and live chat, which I recommend for most non-sensitive issues. Investous does not list support hours, but regular business hours in Belize should apply.

    Investous Customer Support

    Bonuses and Promotions

    While Investous does not list a bonus on its website, the legal section outlines terms and conditions for a first deposit bonus up to 100% limited to $500. It only applies to the Belize subsidiary, as bonuses and promotions are illegal under the ESMA framework. Therefore, EEA traders under the Cyprus subsidiary cannot participate. Terms and conditions apply, and I recommend traders read and understand them before requesting a bonus.

    Investous Deposit Bonus

    Opening an Account

    I like the swift onboarding process at Investous. The first step takes less than 15 seconds and only requires a name, e-mail, and phone number. I recommend traders change the password Investous e-mails them. As a regulated and compliant broker, account verification at Investous is mandatory. Traders can upload the necessary documents from the back office under Profile and may use their smartphones.

    Minimum Deposit

    The minimum deposit at Investous is $250, higher than most brokers but within a reasonable range.

    Payment Methods

    Investous offers bank wires, credit/debit cards, Skrill, and Neteller. I would like to see more payment processors to grant traders from various geographic locations broader choices.

    Accepted Countries

    Investous caters to most international traders from its Belize subsidiary, including clients from the UAE. EEA residents must trade from their Cyprus unit, but neither one accepts traders from the UK.

    Investous Account Opening

    Investous Account Verification

     

    Deposits and Withdrawals

    The back office handles all financial transactions, and Investous grants one free withdrawal monthly. I believe it is enough and caution against more than one monthly withdrawal. Withdrawal fees are high, at 3.5% for credit/debit cards and Neteller, 2.0% for Skrill, and $30 or a currency equivalent for bank wires.

    Investous processes withdrawal requests within 24 hours, but it may take up to five business days for traders to receive their funds. Under certain conditions, Investous reserves the right to levy an internal withdrawal fee of €80, which I find excessive.

    Investous Withdrawal Fees

    Bottom Line

    I like the trading environment at Investous for beginner traders, those who seek broader cryptocurrency CFD exposure from a trusted Forex broker and leveraged traders. The commission-free cost structure remains competitive, and financing costs for leveraged traders are low, resulting in higher profit potential. Trading services by Trading Central and TipRanks offer excellent third-party resources.

    Beginner traders may prefer the web-based trading platform due to its simplicity and user interface, but Investous also offers MT4 for algorithmic traders. It also features an embedded copy trading platform. Investous does not provide meaningful educational content but remains an overall competitive broker, especially for cryptocurrency CFD traders who want leverage with low financing costs.

    FAQs

    Is Investous safe?

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    The Belize International Financial Services Commission (IFSC) provides regulatory oversight, which adds a layer of protection for traders.

    What is Investous?

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    Investous is a CFD broker operating out of Belize.

    Is Investous a scam?

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    No, it is a legit broker. The broker remains compliant with its regulator.

    Is Investous a good broker?

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    Yes. Investous presents traders with 270 assets across six categories and two trading platform options.

    What is the Investous withdrawal policy?

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    Withdrawals are processed within 24 hours and may take up to five business days. Credit/debit cards face a 3.5% charge, and wire transfers are assessed 30 units of the base currency plus an additional €80 at the discretion of the broker.

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