ATC Brokers

Editor's Score
Pros
  • Low rates for per-order commissions
  • Regulated by FCA
Cons
  • Not many educational resources for traders
  • Basic platform
  • Minimum deposit only $5,000
Min Deposit
$5,000
Max Leverage
1:50
Mini Account
Bonus
NA
Platforms
Withdrawal Options
  • Credit cards
  • Debit cards
  • WIre Transfer

Review

Introduction

ATC Brokers is a Forex brokerage firm based in the United States and was established in 2005.With the aim of providing transparent trading to its clients, it is registered by CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission). The broker focuses on protecting the customers’ best interests with its commission based agency model, while offering more than 38 forex pairs for trading.

Trading Conditions

Bonuses

The huge disadvantage of ATC, when compared to other brokerage firms, is the lack of bonuses and promotions offered. There is much more to be hoped for in this regard.

Leverage

For retail trading accounts, the leverage ranges from 30:1 to 20:1, depending on major or non-major currency pairs, from 10:1 for commodities and silver to 20:1 for indices and gold. The trading leverage for professional accounts is set at 100:1.

Trading accounts

With a minimum initial deposit of $5,000, ATC Brokers offer 3 main types of accounts- individual, joint and corporate, keeping to its minimalistic interface. Opening an account is a breeze- you can apply online with no additional fees, and within 1-2 business days, you will have an individual or joint account, whereas it takes 3-5 days for a corporate account.

Products

The brokerage provides ECN pricing and the highly variable spreads. In the US, ATC offers 40 instruments in total, including 38 popular currency pairs and 2 metals. The instruments offered in the UK are 38 major to exotic forex pairs and 12 CFD instruments.

You can start trading in CFD, Brent and WTI Crude Oil CFDs, gold and silver, other exotic metals and commodities and Forex, with major pairs like EUR/JPY, EUR/GBP, GBP/USD and EUR/USD using a single account. They provide competitive commissions and real-time streaming data for your demo and live accounts.

Regulation

ATC is a registered member of NFA (National Futures Association) as an Introducing Broker (IB) with the no. ID 0358522. The UK based brand ATC Brokers Ltd. holds registration license from the regulatory body FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and meets all the regulatory requirements for it to indulge in business activities within the financial sector.

Platforms

MT4 Plus plugin- Since ATC Brokers is a meta-trader only broker, it offers the software MetaTrader 4 (MT4 Pro) apart from FIX API as a single trading platform. But you’ll need to install Microsoft Visual Studio in order to set 3 different bracket orders and MT4 Plus plugin to operate.

You can customise your settings to suit your trading style. The software collects data from the past trades on your account and provides you with a differential list of reports.

MT4 Pro- MT4 Pro provides an intuitive yet user-friendly platform for trading which gives a smooth experience for beginner level investors and experienced clients alike. There is an in-built library of indicators for your complete charting needs.

The trade screen hosts multiple order types like trailing stops, order cancels orders and bracket orders, in addition to easy access to place your market orders, stop orders and limit orders.

ATC Trader- You can connect with global exchanges without the involvement of any third party. Learn the development of profit and loss and equity curves, winning or losing trades at closing and their time analysis.

Trade Copier- You get the trade strategies from Expert Advisor integration into your platform. You can auto placement for your orders and have hands-free experience by importing EA signals for your orders.

Mobile Trading

ATC Brokers offers you mobile trading options for CFDs and Forex on their iOS and Android applications. The MetaTrader platform for mobile devices is available as a free download on Apple Store and Google Play store. Manage your account with the mobile interface by logging into your live account.

You can get your notifications and alerts on your mobile app. You can access the charting tools with almost 30 technical indicators, which let you chart your own trend lines.

Pricing

ATC Brokers offers competitive spreads with the commission set to an average of $0.60 round turn for a lot size of 10,000, that roughly equals to 1 pip for the EUR/USD currency pair, which depends on the market conversion rates. Minimum lot size is 5,000 and there is no maximum limit. The pricing of spreads is different for the UK and US counterparts. When your margin reaches 50% on the MT4 trading platform, the software liquidates the position with the highest amount to lose.

Deposits & Withdrawals

For withdrawals and to deposit the funds in your account, you can use credit and debit cards and wire transfer. Wire transfer in USD, EUR and GBP is accepted and the card payment is limited to Visa, UnionPay, Skrill, and Mastercard. There are no transaction fees for card withdrawal but deposit and withdrawal in any other modes attracts processing and transaction fees. Your withdrawal request applied from the website will be processed in 1-2 business days.

Customer Support

You can search the FAQ section or connect with the customer service through email, fax or phone call. You can chat live on their website for some assistance. There is a remote support option using which will notify the support executives to help you.

Research & Education

ATC provides VPS (Virtual Private Server) service for its users along with an economic calendar to keep tabs on the ongoing events and news of the financial world. But there is a limited range of research tools and educational resources offered by ATC Brokers. The FAQ centre and trending news can be accessed on the official website. These available tools can only be beneficial to a novice who is getting to learn the ropes of forex and CFDs trading.

Noteworthy Points

It is to be noted that there are no trading restrictions set in place for the broker and that the firm is not a market maker, but it provides only STP (Straight Through Processing) order execution. According to the FCA mandated regulations, clients’ funds are held in an account separate from that of the firm, thereby ensuring their safety. The FCSS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme) can pay the clients up to a maximum of £50,000 as compensation. In a partnership with Beeks Financial Cloud, the firm provides VPS solutions to establish a cross-connection between its clients and their server. The PAMM and PAMM Plus software are recognised worldwide for their multi-layer payouts and ‎monitoring of account activity. ATC Brokers has received ‘Best Trade Executions’ Forex award for the year 2011 and the ATC Trader platform was once again nominated in 2013.

Conclusion

ATC Brokers Ltd., through its popular MT4 platform, makes a series of forex pairs, metals and CFDs available for trading in the UK, whereas its US entity allows its customers to gain access through the introducing broker. The brokerage is at a disadvantage when compared to other brokers that offer wider spreads and various range of tools. Still, there are many positive aspects about the broker that distinguish it from the others- like its customisable platforms.

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