ADS Securities

Editor's Score
Pros
  • Low margin rates
  • Regulated in multiple jurisdictions
  • Competitive commissions
Cons
  • Higher spreads for non-commission accounts
  • No incentives for opening accounts
  • No WebTrader
Min Deposit
$100
Max Leverage
1:500
Mini Account
Bonus
N/A
Platforms
  • Orex
  • MT4
Withdrawal Options
  • Debit or credit cards
  • Bank transfer
  • Skrill
  • Neteller

Review

Introduction

Based in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, ADS Securities is sometimes abbreviated as ADSS. Founded in 2011, it launched a regional office in Singapore, followed by one in Hong Kong in December 2013 and one in London in November 2014. The ADS Securities website is available in a whole range of different language, including English.

Trading Conditions

ADS Securities offers leverage of up to 1:500, including flexible lot sizes. There is a quick response to market movements via one-click trading. ADS Securities does not appear to offer any bonuses, with the only promotion in the form of a Demo Account.

ADSS offers Classic, Elite, and Swap Free Accounts, as well as the Demo Account and the ability to use Auto Trading. Classic Accounts are ideal for traders who want excellent support, high-quality market analyses, and great prices. These accounts deliver liquidity and ease of use. Elite Accounts are for high-volume professional traders and VIP clients. These include pricing that only institutional investors typically have access to. Swap Free accounts are for those of the Muslim faith and are available as either Classic or Elite Accounts.

Products

ADS Securities offers trading of forex and CFD markets as well as Bitcoin. There is the ability to trade more than 60 currency pairs, which includes majors as well as exotic crosses. The broker allows for the trading of up to 16 indices, such as the UK 1000. The broker also supports trading of commodities and cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin.

Regulation

ADS Securities is based in Abu Dhabi, but the company also has offices in Hong Kong and London. The headquarters in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates is found on the 8th Floor of CI Tower, Corniche Road, PO Box 93894. ADS Securities falls under the regulation of the Central Bank of the UAE. In the UK, it is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA; 577453). In Hong Kong, ADS Securities is regulated by the Securities & Futures Commission (SFC; AXC847). Hong Kong and London locations are run by ADS Securities Hong Kong Limited and ADS London, respectively. ADS Securities Singapore Pte also has offices in Singapore.

Platforms

ADS Securities offers traders the ability to trade on the popular MT4 (MetaTrader 4) or via OREX. OREX is a platform with low latency and the ability to quickly process orders. It has intuitive navigation, reliability, and efficient position management capabilities. You can use this platform to trade more than 60 currency pairs, more than 1,000 CFDs, and four metals. It features Advanced Technical Analysis, a WatchList, the ability to view historical trades, a Notifications Centre, and more.

MetaTrader 4 is among the most popular trading platforms in the world and ADSS MT4 is specific to ADS Securities with unique features, such as the broker’s support, pricing, and liquidity. This platform is highly accessible and user-friendly. It features tools for custom trade indicators. Automated trading, programmed trading strategies, excellent charting and analysis, a live news feed, expert MT4 advisors, community-sourced indicators, and quick execution for reduced slippage. MT4 also has mobile functionality

Mobile Trading

The website for ADS Securities is mobile friendly, offering the same user experience to those on smartphones and tablets as those who are on a desktop. As mentioned, the ADSS MT4 platform is available on mobile devices, including iOS and Android. The application allows full functionality, including opening and closing positions, monitoring markets, and using the over 30 pre-included technical indicators to conduct a technical analysis.

Pricing

The pricing structure from ADSS is typical for most brokers, making a profit from spreads instead of charging commissions. Prices are competitive and you can view current prices at any time. For each CFD, you can view the value, the change, the percent change, the open, the high, the low, and the previous. You can also view the required margin in percentage. The same information is available for forex pairs.

It is somewhat challenging to find current spreads on the ADSS website, but the broker does offer variable or fixed spreads. The target spreads for EUR/USD range from 1.6 to 2.4 pips depending on account type. These are slightly higher than competitors and it is hard to find an up-to-date figure on the AD Securities website

Deposits & Withdrawals

To open a Classic Account, traders must make a minimum deposit of $100, which increases to $200,000 for an Elite Account. ADS Securities allows deposits and withdrawals via debit or credit cards, bank transfers, and the e-wallets Neteller and Skrill.

Customer Support

Contacting customer support for ADS Securities is relatively straightforward, with a floating live chat icon in the bottom right corner of all pages. There is also a “Contact Us” tab in the main navigation menu. There, you will find a contact form as well as specific fax and phone numbers and email addresses for each ADS Securities L.L.C., the Communications Department, the Institutional Sales Team, the Marketing Department, and Legal and Compliance. The customer support for ADSS tends to get very high ratings, with high scores for professionalism and average connection times of less than a minute.

Research & Education

There is an entire section of the ADSS website dedicated to learning. The Q&A section includes a category with basic information about trading forex and CFDs. There is also a financial glossary. Both of those features are accessible without an ADS Securities Account. You can also attend seminars or webinars, which span a range of topics, are in a range of languages, and tend to appeal to varying skill levels. The webinars are free but require registration.

There is also an analysis section of the ADSS website with the tools traders need to conduct their own analysis or view expert analysis. You can view the Earnings Calendar, Economic Calendar, or Research Portal. Alternatively, you can read a market analysis that includes sentiment reports on a daily, weekly, and quarterly basis.

Noteworthy Points

The website for ADS Securities is relatively easy to use, although it is hard to find specific information on spreads or differences between various account types. ADSS also offers a referral program that lets members earn as much as $2,000 by referring new traders.

Conclusion

ADS Securities is a leading broker specializing in forex and CFDs and based out of the Middle East. It has the largest presence in the Middle East with additional offices in Hong Kong and London. The spreads are slightly above average, but the broker is highly regulated to deliver confidence. It has also not faced any major scandals, something which few brokers can say. The broker also offers plenty of research and educational tools and is compatible with the MT4 platform in addition to OREX

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