Vantage FX Review

Review

Australian-headquartered Vantage grew into an international multi-asset broker over the past decade. Traders get a low-cost pricing environment, an active trader program, high leverage, and fast order execution. I conducted an in-depth review to determine if traders get advertised raw spreads of 0 pips. Should you consider Vantage as your primary broker?

Pros

  • Low trading costs and upgraded MT4/MT5 trading accounts

  • High leverage for international traders and fast order execution

  • Quality trading tools, including actionable trading ideas

  • A well-regulated, secure, and transparent trading environment

Cons

  • Higher minimum deposit but within a reasonable range

  • No cryptocurrency trading

Summary

Vantage - A Low-Cost International Broker with a Competitive Trading Environment

Headquarters

Australia

Regulation

ASIC, CIMA, VFSC

Established

2009

Execution Type

Market Maker/ECN Hybrid

Minimum Deposit

$200

Maximum Retail Leverage

1:500

Trading Platform(s)

MT4, MT5, ProTrader, Vantage App

 

Vantage - The first look:

  • Ideal trading conditions scalpers, high-frequency, high-volume, and algorithmic traders
  • High leverage and fast order execution
  • Upgraded MT4/MT5 trading platforms
  • Transparent trading environment
  • Third-party social trading services and VPS hosting
  • Quality trading tools for manual traders
  • Bonuses and promotions
  • 30+ global offices with 1,000+ staff
  • Indemnity insurance
  • 50,000+ active traders

 

Vantage Main Features

Retail Loss Rate

Undisclosed

Regulation

Yes

Minimum Raw Spreads

0.0 pips

Minimum Standard Spreads

1.0 pips

Minimum Commission for Forex

$4.00 per round lot

Commission for CFDs/DMA

$5 or €10, asset dependent

Commission Rebates

Yes

Minimum Deposit

$200

Demo Account

Yes

Managed Account

No

Islamic Account

Yes

Inactivity Fee

No

Deposit Fee

Third-party

Withdrawal Fee

Third-party

Funding Methods

10

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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. Vantage presents clients with three regulated entities.

Country of the Regulator

Name of the Regulator

Regulatory License Number

Australia

 

Australian Securities & Investments Commission

AFSL No. 428901

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Monetary Authority

SIBL Number 1383491

Vanuatu

 

Vanuatu Financial Services Commission

Registration Number 700271

 

Reasons I prefer the Cayman Islands/Vanuatu subsidiaries:

  • Higher leverage
  • Negative balance protection
  • Competitive regulator
  • Segregation of client deposits from corporate funds
  • Flexible trading conditions
  • Bonuses and promotions

 

What is missing?

  • Investor compensation fund
  • Financial Commission membership
  • Profiles of core management

 

Noteworthy:

  • Vantage has a clean regulatory track record
  • A UK subsidiary exists, but Vantage does not list it on its website with other regulators while noting it under its Legal Documents section

 

Vantage has 10+ years of experience and transparently notes National Australia Bank (NAB) and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) as financial institutions, where client deposits remain segregated from corporate funds. Vantage also has Indemnity Insurance, but I prefer a deposit insurance policy, securing client funds in the event of an unlikely default.

Vantage Regulators

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Fees

I rank trading costs among the most defining aspects when evaluating a Forex broker, as they directly impact profitability.

Vantage offers traders three cost structures:

  • Commission-free trading costs start at 1.0 pip or $10.00 per 1 standard lot, which ranks it among the more expensive Forex brokers
  • Commission-based accounts commence with a minimum spread of 0 pips and a commission of $6.00 per round lot for a final cost of $6.00
  • A professional account where the commission is $4.00 per round lot

 

Noteworthy:

  • Equity CFDs minimum cost range between $5.00 and €10 per trade, depending on the market

 

Which pricing environment should Forex traders select?

I recommend the following:

  • The commission-based cost structure is 40% cheaper
  • Traders with a deposit of $20,000 can lower base costs by 60%
  • The minimum deposit of $500 for the commission-based account, versus the $200 for the commission-free alternative, offers active traders with notably lower trading costs
  • Traders who prefer the commission-free account must deposit $100,000 to lower trading costs to what the commission-based account offers

 

What is missing at Vantage?

  • A volume-based rebate program for the commission-based trading account, as the absence of it makes Vantage less competitive versus competing brokers who offer one

 

Here is a screenshot of Vantage live quotes during the London-New York overlap session, the most liquid one, where traders usually get the lowest spreads.

Vantage Live Forex Quotes

 

The average trading costs for the EUR/USD in the commission-based Vantage Raw ECN account:

Average Spread

Commission per Round Lot

Cost per 1 Standard Lot

0.0 pips

$6.00

$6.00

 

Noteworthy:

  • Traders with deposits of $10,000 qualify for volume-based rebates, but they only apply for the expensive commission-free trading account

 

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.

Noteworthy:

  • Vantage offers a positive swap on EUR/USD short positions and other assets where market conditions warrant them, meaning traders get paid money

 

MT4/MT5 traders can 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-based Vantage Raw ECN account.

Taking a 1 standard lot buy/sell position, in the EUR/USD at the average spread and holding it for one night will cost the following:

Minimum Spread

Commission per Round Lot

Swap Long

Swap Short

Total Trading

Costs

0.0 pips

 

$6.00

-$4.26

X

$10.26

0.0 pips

 

$6.00

X

$0.64

$5.36

 

Taking a 1 standard lot buy/sell position, in the EUR/USD at the average spread and holding it for seven nights will cost the following:

Minimum Spread

Commission per Round Lot

Swap Long

Swap Short

Total Trading

Costs

0.0 pips

 

$6.00

-$29.82

X

$35.82

0.0 pips

 

$6.00

X

$4.48

$1.520

 

My additional comments concerning trading costs at Vantage:

  • No inactivity fees
  • No currency conversion fees
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What Can I Trade

I like the choice of commodities and indices at Vantage, but the Forex selection is below average. It suits traders with a focused trading strategy, who require fewer but highly liquid assets. I find the absence of cryptocurrencies unfortunate.

Equity traders get large-cap CFDs, ideal for retail traders who follow trending names on social media, but Vantage fails to offer ETFs, which is another regrettable oversight.

What is missing?

  • I am missing mid-cap and small-cap alternatives from the equity CFD list
  • Vantage does not offer ETFs
  • Cryptocurrencies are also missing from the asset selection

 

Asset List and Leverage Overview

Currency Pairs

44

Cryptocurrency Pairs

0

Commodities and Metals

19

Index CFDs

16

Equity CFDs

226

Bonds

0

ETFs

0

Options, Futures, and Synthetics

0

Maximum Retail Leverage

1:500

Maximum Pro Leverage

1:500

 

Vantage Leverage

Traders at the Vantage Cayman Islands and Vantage subsidiaries get maximum leverage up to 1:500. I recommend it for active traders as it presents more overall trading flexibility, directly influencing profitability.

Other things I want to note about Vantage leverage:

  • Vantage default leverage is 1:100, and there is a capital limit for the maximum of 1:500, which I find acceptable, as it assists with risk management
  • Negative balance protection exists, ensuring traders never lose more than their deposit
  • The Australian unit limits it to 1:30 amid regulatory restrictions

 

Vantage Trading Hours (GMT+1 Server Time)

Asset Class

From

To

Cryptocurrencies

Not applicable

Not applicable

Forex

Monday 00:01

Friday 23:57

Commodities

Monday 01:00

Friday 24:00

European CFDs

Monday 09:00

Friday 17:30

US CFDs

Monday 15:30

Friday 22:00

 

Noteworthy:

  • Equity markets open and close each trading day and are not operational continuously like Forex and cryptocurrencies
  • The asset selection may vary between operating subsidiaries

 

I recommend the following step for MT4/MT5 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.

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Account Types

Vantage offers three account types to traders, where conditions remain identical, but trading costs vary notably from expensive to cheap.

Traders must decide between the following:

  • Commission-free versus commission-based account

 

My observations concerning the Vantage account types:

  • The commission-free account is expensive but features conflict-free STP execution from a $200 minimum deposit
  • A volume-based rebate program is available for the commission-free option but requires 10,000 to qualify and $100,000 to lower trading costs to levels available in the commission-based alternative
  • The Raw ECN account requires a minimum deposit of $500, higher than most brokers, but trading costs drop 40%
  • The Pro ECN account requires $20,000, but traders see a reduction of $50 in commissions from $6.00 per round lot to $4.00
  • Available account base currencies are AUD, USD, GBP, EUR, SGD, CAD, NZD, JPY, and HKD
  • Islamic and corporate accounts are available

 

My recommendation:

  • Traders who want to trade at Vantage should deposit a minimum of $500 for the Raw ECN account, as the cost savings over the commission-free Standard STP account remain significant

Vantage Account Types

Vantage Demo Account

Vantage offers traders unlimited demo accounts ideal for testing EAs or different trading strategies. I like the absence of a time limit, as traders have sufficient time for bug fixing and back-testing. I want to caution beginner traders about using a demo account as an educational tool. It creates unrealistic trading expectations, and the absence of trading psychology negates the educational value.

 

My recommendation:

  • MT4/MT5 offer flexible deposits, and traders should select one similar to what they plan for their live trading account
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Trading Platforms

Traders get the full suite of MT4/MT5 trading platforms, consisting of a desktop version for algorithmic traders, a lightweight web-based version for manual traders, and a mobile app. Vantage also developed a proprietary mobile trading platform, Vantage App. Vantage ProTrader powered by TradingView offers another alternative for manual traders to consider.

Vantage upgrades the core MT4/MT5 trading platform via the Smart Trader Tools package. It transforms the sub-standard out-of-the-box version into a more advanced trading terminal.

What is missing?

  • API trading for advanced algorithmic trading solutions

 

My observations:

  • Traders with MT4/MT5 EAs must use the desktop client
  • ProTrader powered by TradingView lacks the advanced infrastructure available in MT4
  • Vantage offers trading services by Trading Central but does not advertise them adequately as an advantage
  • Besides the built-in copy trading service in MT4/MT5, Vantage offers three third-party platforms
  • VPS hosting is available

 

Overview of Trading Platforms

MT4

Yes

MT5

Yes

cTrader

No

Proprietary/Alternative Platform

Yes

Automated Trading

Yes

Social Trading / Copy Trading

Yes

MT4/MT5 Add-Ons

Yes

Guaranteed Stop Loss

No

Negative Balance Protection

Yes

Unique Feature One

Upgraded MT4/MT5 trading platforms

Unique Feature Two

High leverage and fast order execution

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Unique Features

Vantage advertises free VPS hosting, but it requires a minimum deposit of $1,000. The same applies to the Smart Trader Tools upgrade for MT4/MT5 and the ProTrader Tools. While it remains a reasonable request, I believe it should come as part of the Raw ECN account, which requires a minimum deposit of $500, the same amount traders must commit to getting trading signals provided by Trading Central.

Regrettably, Vantage appears to not offer Trading Central services as the popular MT4/MT5 plugin but opted for the e-mail service.

Social traders can connect their Vantage MT4/MT5 trading account to services provided by ZuluTrade, Myfxbook Autotrade, and DupliTrade. Forex sentiment indicators and calculators are also available but not within the MT4/MT5 trading platforms.

Vantage FX deploys the oneZero MT4 bridge price aggregator, connecting the broker's dark pool to the clients' MT4 platform. Xeon E7 processors with Turbo Boost Technology power the trading infrastructure at Vantage, including the oneZero MT4 bridge, ensuring traders have high-speed access. I find this the most notable unique feature at Vantage.

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Research and Education

Vantage provides traders with in-house research, published daily, and presented in a quality format consisting of written content and a chart. Traders can also sign-up for trading signals generated by Trading Central, delivered to their inbox.

Beginner traders get a quality educational section, which provides a comprehensive introduction to trading. Manual and videos are also available, covering MT4, MT4, Smart Trader Tools, and ProTrader Tools. The Vantage webinars offer another layer of engaging educational content.

I recommend traders take their time reading and understanding the content in the Vantage educational section.

My takeaways:

  • Vantage presents a quality research section, including tradeable ideas, generated in-house and via third parties
  • The educational content offers a quality introduction for beginner traders

 

My recommendations:

  • Traders can evaluate copy trading features embedded in MT4/MT5
  • The third-party copy trading platforms include thousands of strategies
  • MT4/MT5 have thousands of EAs, and traders may explore them to determine if they suit their trading style
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Customer Support

Customer support is available 24/7, via e-mail, phone, or live chat. Traders get account opening support Monday through Friday from 09:00 to 17:00.

Vantage Customer Support

Since Vantage explains its products and services well and ensures flawless operations, I doubt traders will require customer support.

My recommendations:

  • Traders should read through the FAQ section before reaching out to a customer service representative
  • For non-urgent questions, I recommend live chat
  • Vantage provides phone support, ideal for urgent matters
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Bonuses and Promotions

Vantage offers a 50% deposit bonus up to $500, and 10% on deposits above $1,000 up to $19,500. It is a non-withdrawable bonus, and terms and conditions apply. The bonus is not available to residents from all countries. A refer-a-friend program is also available, together with a quality affiliate program, allowing traders to create a passive income stream.

Vantage Deposit Bonus

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Opening an Account

An online application form processes new accounts, and according to Vantage FX, it takes less than five minutes. It suggests unnecessary steps Vantage might take, dictated under ASIC rules but not required elsewhere.

Traders need to submit a copy of their ID and proof of residency documents to satisfy AML/KYC conditions.

Vantage Account Opening

Minimum Deposit

The minimum deposit for the Vantage Standard STP account is $200 or a currency equivalent, while the Raw ECN alternative requires $500. Both are higher than many brokers but within a reasonable range. The Pro ECN alternative is available from $20,000.

Payment Methods

Vantage offers bank wires, credit/debit cards, BPAY, POLi Payments, JCB, UnionPay, Skrill, Neteller, AstroPay, and FasaPay. Broker-to-broker transfers are also possible.

Accepted Countries

Vantage caters to most international traders and lists restrictions on its website. Traders from the UK, France, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia are welcome. Like most international brokers, US-based clients cannot open trading accounts at Vantage.

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Deposits and Withdrawals

All financial transactions take place in the secure back office of Vantage. I like the variety of deposit and withdrawal methods.

My observations:

  • Most deposits and withdrawals remain free of charge, but third-party processing fees may apply
  • Not all deposit methods are available to all traders, dependent on the geographic location and account base currency
  • Vantage processes all withdrawals in the account base currency
  • Deposit times range between instant and five business days
  • Vantage processes withdrawal requests Monday through Friday between 09:00 and 19:00 (AEST), requests after 19:00 roll over to the following business day
  • Transaction limits for withdrawals apply
  • Cryptocurrency deposits and withdrawals are not available

 

My recommendations:

  • Traders should select the payment processor with the lowest fees
  • I also recommend checking the costs from the payment processor to the bank account unless a debit/credit card is available
  • It is ideal to use an option besides the bank or credit/debit card used for day-to-day financial operations

Vantage Deposits

Vantage Withdrawals

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General Information

Company Information

  • Broker's Name : Vantage FX
  • Headquarters : Australia
  • Regulation : CIMA

Account Information

  • Type of Broker : ECN/STP
  • U.S. Clients Allowed :
  • Maximum Leverage : 1:500
  • Commissions / Spreads : Both
  • Account 1 : Standard STP
  • Account 2 : Raw ECN
  • Account 3 : Pro ECN
  • Demo Account :
  • Islamic Account :
  • Segregated Account :
  • Managed Accounts :
  • Deposit Options :
  • Withdrawal Options :

Instruments Traded

  • ETFs :
  • CFDs :
  • Commodities :
  • Metals :
  • Stocks :
  • Oil :
  • Gold :
  • Binary Options :
  • Indices :

Trading Platforms

  • Type of Platform : MetaTrader 4, MetaTrader 5, Web-based
    • Platform Languages :
      • English
    • OS Compatibility :
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Mobile
      • Web
      • iPhone
      • iPad
  • Trading Signals :
  • Charting Package :
  • Market Analysis :
  • Chart Trading :
  • Automated Trading :
  • Scalping :
  • Hedging :
  • Mobile Alerts :
  • E-mail Alerts :
  • Trailing Stops :
  • Guaranteed Stop Loss :
  • Guaranteed Limit Orders :
  • Guaranteed Execution :
  • One-click Execution :
  • OCO Orders :
  • Interest on Margin :
  • Web-based Trading :
  • Mobile Trading :

Customer Support

    • Website Languages :
      • English
      • Bahasa
      • Thai
      • Malay
      • Portuguese
      • Chinese
      • German
      • French
      • Italian
      • Arabic
      • Spanish
      • Other
  • Support Hours : 24/5
  • SMS Support :
  • Chat :
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FAQs

Is VantageFX a good broker?

Vantage offers low trading costs, high leverage, fast order execution, and upgraded MT4/MT5 trading platforms. It ranks in the top quartile of international brokers.

How long does it take to withdraw from VantageFX?

Vantage processes withdrawal requests Monday through Friday between 09:00 and 19:00 (AEST), requests after 19:00 roll over to the following business day.

Is VantageFX a market maker?

While Vantage may act as a market maker, like all Australian brokers, it deploys STP/ECN models across the board.

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The Bottom Line

I like the trading environment at Vantage for its low trading costs, high leverage, fast order execution, and upgraded MT4/MT5 trading platforms. Traders must deposit a minimum of $1,000 to unlock all features available at Vantage. Social traders have access to three third-party providers plus the embedded MT4/MT5 solution, ranking Vantage among the most competitive MT4/MT5 brokers. Trading conditions are ideal for scalpers, algorithmic, social, and manual traders alike.

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