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FP Markets Review 2021

For this FP Markets review, we have opened an account with the broker and deposited over €6,000.

We traded the popular instrument in each market to get the real spreads and placed a total of 12 trades.

We also reached out to customer support to solve the issues we faced.

Finally, we withdrew our funds to see if there are any issues with the withdrawal process.

What is FP Markets?

First Prudential Markets, popularly known by its tradename FP Markets, is an Australia-headquartered forex broker and was founded in 2005.

This broker offers a range of investment instruments with forex, stocks, indices, commodities, and cryptocurrencies. It is best known for offering forex ECN pricing.

FP Markets is licensed and regulated in multiple jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Cyprus, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Some of the highlights of FP Markets are:

πŸ—ΊοΈ Authorised & Regulated inCyprus, Australia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
πŸ›‘οΈ Is FP Markets safeYes
πŸ’° EUR/USD Spread1.2
πŸ’³ Minimum depositUS$50
πŸ’° Withdrawal feeUS$0 (with some exceptions)
πŸ–₯️ Trading PlatformMT4, MT5, IRESS
πŸ“ˆ Markets offeredForex, Indices, Stocks, Commodities, Cryptocurrencies
πŸ“‰ Number of Products9018

Licenses and Regulations

FP Markets holds 3 regulatory licenses. One of the licenses is from Australia’s ASIC, which is regarded as a top regulator. The other two from Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) and Saint Vincent & The Grenadines Financial Services Authority (SVGFSA).

The full list of all FP Markets licenses is below:

Legal entityRegistered inRegulatorLicense NumberAccepting clients fromCompensation Scheme Amount
First Prudential Markets LtdCyprusCyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)371/18EU€20,000
First Prudential Markets pty Ltd
Australia
Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)286354AustraliaNo compensation scheme
FP Markets LLCSaint Vincent and The GrenadinesSt. Vincent & The Grenadines Financial Services Authority (SVGFSA)126 LLC 2019GloballyNo compensation scheme
FP Markets ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) Registration
FP Markets ASIC Registration

Is FP Markets Safe?

Yes, FP Markets is safe to trade

The broker is licensed by two reputed regulators, the UK’s FCA and Australia’s ASIC. Additionally, the UK and European clients’ funds are also protected under the compensation schemes of Β£85,000 and €20,000 under the FCA and CySEC, respectively. 

For this review, we opened a standard account with First Prudential Markets Ltd, which is regulated by CySEC in Cyprus. We deposited money, placed trades, and withdrew deposits for our tests.

We recommend you register your account under the regulation of the United Kingdom or Australian regulators if they are available in your jurisdiction.

Fees and Commissions

Trading fees charged by FP Markets depend on the account type.

For standard account type, all fees are built into the spreads. For the raw accounts, forex and metal trading fees are fixed, but for other commodities, they are built into the spreads.

Spreads for our trades with the standard account were lower than the industry average for forex and indices, but it was on the higher side for other asset classes.

Spread Charged in Our Trades

For our tests, we have chosen popular instruments in each market. We placed 3 trades for each instrument to get a picture of the average spread.

Our test is based on the FP Markets Standard MetaTrader account, which charges a spread across all tradable instruments. The spreads for each instrument were consistent, except for commodities.

Details of our trades are shown below the table.

MarketsInstruments1st trade2nd trade3rd tradeAvg. spread
ForexEUR/USD1.21.21.11.2
IndicesFTSE 1001.351.351.11.3
StocksApple2.42.32.32.3
CommoditiesGold3.63.54.63.9
CryptocurrenciesBitcoin78.776.971.475.7

Our testing finds that FP Markets standard account spreads for forex and indices are lower than the industry averageSpreads on stocks, commodities, and cryptocurrencies, however, are on the average benchmark.

MarketsInstrumentsAvg. spread charged in our tradesIndustry avg. spread
ForexEUR/USD1.21.16
IndicesFTSE 1001.31.65
StocksApple2.31.75
CommoditiesGold3.93.53
CryptocurrenciesBitcoin75.772.81

Other Fees

FP Markets does not charge any prominent non-trading fees. 

There is no deposit fee on FP Markets, along with zero inactivity and account maintenance fees. Though FP Markets does not charge for credit/debit cards and domestic Australian bank transfers, it charges a fee for other withdrawal methods.

There is an AU$55 monthly fee for traders using IRESS Trader/ViewPoint. This fee can be waived by generating a monthly commission of AU$200 or by holding an IRESS Premier account. 

Account Types

FP Markets offers multiple accounts based on the trading platforms, MetaTrader and IRESS. Forex trading is only based on MetaTrader accounts.

MetaTrader Accounts: Standard account, and Raw account.

IRESS Accounts: Standard account, Platinum account, and Premier account.

The minimum deposits are higher in IRESS accounts.

Details of MetaTrader accounts are below:

Standard AccountRaw Account
Trading PlatformsMT4, MT5MT4, MT5
Account CurrencyUSD / EUR / AUD / GPD / CADUSD / EUR / AUD / GPD / CAD
Minimum Deposit$/€/Β£ 50$/€/Β£ 50
CommissionBuilt into spreads$3 per side
Order ExecutionECN-PricingECN-Pricing
SpreadFrom 1From 0

Details of IRESS accounts are below:

Standard AccountPlatinum AccountPremier Account
Trading PlatformsIRESSIRESSIRESS
Account CurrencyAUDAUDAUD
Minimum DepositAU$1,000AU$25,000AU$50,000
CommissionAU$10 minimum,
then 0.1%
AU$9 minimum,
then 0.09%
No minimum,
only 0.08%
Equity CFD Margin RatesFrom 3%From 3%From 3%
FinancingFP Markets
base rate +4.0%
FP Markets
base rate +4.0%
FP Markets
base rate +4.0%

FP Markets also offers Standard and Raw Islamic forex trading accounts.

FP Markets started to offer a Pro account for ASIC-regulated traders, which will bypass the recently impose regulatory restrictions on retail trading leverages. Pro Account will offer leverage up to 1:500.

Traders have to prove their financial and trading eligibility to open an FP Markets Pro account.

Account Opening

Opening a new account with FP Markets is quick and smooth.

We opened MetaTrader4 and MetaTrader5 Standard accounts for our tests.

Registration of a new FP Markets account:

  1. Enter your email, first name, last name, account type (individual or corporate), country of residence, and phone number (New traders can also register using existing Google or Facebook account)
  2. Enter your date of birth, address, employment type, occupation, dual citizenship status, level of education, tax-paying country, tax ID number, and if politically exposed.
  3. You have to choose your account configuration: The trading platform and the base currency

We submitted the following documents to verify our FP Markets account:

  1. Copy of national identification (both front and back)
  2. Copy of utility bill as address proof

The registration process took around 20 minutesOur account was verified in 1 working day.

Our account was registered on October 11, 2020, and verified on October 12, 2020.

Our overall account opening experience was smooth and without any issues from registration to verification.

FP Markets Account Opening
FP Markets Account Opening Page

Deposit and Withdrawal

Both deposits and withdrawals on FP Markets are easy and without any fees. All our funding and withdrawal requests were completed without any issues.

Minimum Deposit

MetaTrader accounts of FP Markets require a minimum deposit of $50 or equivalent. The minimum deposits to be maintained on IRESS accounts are higher.

Traders only need to maintain the minimum deposit balance in their accounts.

Deposit

FP Markets supports a wide range of deposit methods, including credit and debit cards, bank transfers, and online wallets like BPay, Poli, PayPal, Neteller.

FP Markets also supports Broker-to-Broker transfer, meaning traders can transfer their funds held with another broker to their FP Markets accounts. 

We tested the deposit process on FP Markets using multiple payment modes.

There was no deposit fee and most of the fundings was made in 5 minuites.

Details of our fund deposits are shown in the below table.

Payment MethodSubmitted DateFunded Account DateFunding TimeFee
Debit card2021-02-252021-02-255 minszero
PayPal2021-02-252021-02-255 minszero
Skrill2021-02-252021-02-255 minszero
Neteller2021-02-252021-02-255 minszero
Internal Transfer2021-02-262021-03-011 working dayzero

We have transferred funds from our one FP Markets account to another, which went smoothly.

FP Markets Deposit Methods
FP Markets Deposit Page

Withdrawal

FP Markets allows withdrawals via credit/debit cards, bank transfers, PayPal, Skrill, and several other methods.

The broker does not charge any fees for withdrawal into credit/debit cards, PayPal, or Australian domestic bank wire transfers. However, for the rest of the methods, it charges a fee to process each withdrawal request.

Overall, our experience with FP Markets’ withdrawal process was positive. The requests were smooth and fulfilled within the promised time.

Details of our withdrawal requests are in the table below.

Payment MethodSubmitted DateFund Released DateFund Arrived DateWithdrawal TimeFee
Credit/Debit card2021-03-012021-03-012021-03-012 working dayzero
Skrill2021-03-012021-03-012021-03-012 working day0.01%
PayPal2021-03-012021-03-012021-03-012 working dayzero
Neteller2021-03-012021-03-012021-03-012 working day0.01%

FP Markets ask the traders to provide income proof before proceeding with the first withdrawal request. Traders can submit any of the four accepted documents:

  • Annual Bank Statement 
  • Employment Agreement 
  • Investment Account(s) Report
  • Another official duly certified document showing the origin of the money deposited

We have submitted statements from Skrill, Neteller, and the bank as proofs, and our fund was released on the same day.

Markets and Products

FP Markets offers CFDs trading services in many popular markets, including forex, indices, commodities, stocks, and cryptocurrencies.

Stock CFDs are available on both MetaTrader and IRESS accounts, but only IRESS accounts (available only under the ASIC-regulated entity) have direct market access.

The complete list of FP Markets offerings are:

MarketsInstruments
Forex61
Indices14
Stocks8936 (54 stocks on MetaTrader and 8,884 on IRESS)
Commodities1737
Cryptocurrency14

Trading Conditions

FP Markets offers excellent trading conditions. It allows both hedging and scalping strategies.

Trading MethodAllowed
HedgingYes
ScalpingYes
Change LeverageYes

Leverage

Leverages offered by FP Markets on various asset class are standard, as per the regulatory requirements, and are detailed below:

MarketsFirst Prudential Markets Ltd (FCA)First Prudential Markets Ltd (CySEC)First Prudential Markets pty Ltd (ASIC)FP Markets LLC(SVGFSA)
Major Currency Pairs30:130:1500:1500:1
Minor Currency Pairs20:120:1500:1500:1
Gold20:120:1100:1500:1
Other Commodities (except Gold)10:110:1100:1500:1
Indices5:15:1100:1100:1
Stocks5:15:120:1100:1
CryptocurrenciesNA2:12:12:1

Trading Platform

FP Markets offers trading services on MetaTrader and IRESS platforms. IRESS is popular for offering stock CFDs and is only available to traders on the ASIC-regulator entity.

All trading platforms offered by FP Markets are:

  • MetaTrader 4
  • MetaTrader 5
  • IRESS

All these trading platforms offer trading services on desktop, web, and mobile.

FP Markets MT4 Mobile Trading Platform
FP Markets MetaTrader4 Mobile Trading Platform

IRESS Platform

FP Markets offers IRESS trading platform only to the traders under its Australia-registered entity. It is a third-party trading platform developed by a publicly-listed company of the same name.

IRESS offers four trading platforms:

  • IRESS ViewPoint (Web-based platform)
  • IRESS Trader (Desktop-based platform)
  • IRESS ViewPoint Essential (Web-based platform)
  • IRESS Mobile (Mobile-based platform)

Only IRESS Traders supports direct market access (DMA) data and comes with a monthly fee of AU$55.

Copy-Trading

FP Markets is also a copy trading platform as allows traders to mirror the trading strategies of expert traders. This service, however, is not available to ASIC-regulated clients.

FP Markets Copy Trading
FP Markets Copy Trading

Research and Tools

FP Markets offers some good market research and analysis tools. The charting tools are decent.

Some of the tools offered by the broker are:

  • VPS for forex trading
  • Economic calendar
  • Trading indicators and charting tools
  • Forex signals through Autochrist
  • Decent news feed

The broker does not offer fundamental market data.

FP Markets Analytics Tool
VPS on FP Markets

Education

FP Markets offers some good quality educational resources to rookie traders.

The educational materials offered by the brokers are:

  • Webinars
  • ebooks
  • Video tutorials
  • Trading glossary
  • Newsletter with critical market information
FP Markets Educational Material
FP Markets Video Tutorials

Customer Service

FP Markets has good customer support.

Traders can contact the broker via:

  • Live chat 
  • email
  • Phone

Our experience with FP Markets customer support was mixed. Though the broker representatives were quick to answer, the responses were inaccurate multiple times.

QuestionResponse TimeQuality of reply
Live ChatAbout hedging and scalping1 minClear and direct
Live ChatCan MT4 account trade Apple and FTSE100?
5 minsClear, but inaccurate
EmailTo verify our debit card after a deposit made with it1 hourClear and direct
FP Markets Customer Support
FP Markets Customer Support Live Chat

The broker also has a detailed FAQ section for frequently faced issues.

Conclusion

Our overall experience with FP Markets was positive.

All the processes, from account opening to deposits and trading, went smooth. Though the withdrawal process takes two days, it is consistent.

The most impressive part with this broker is the ECN pricing and low spreads for forex and indices. The availability of many stock CFDs on IRESS is also a positive feature for traders.

However, we were disappointed with the multiple inaccurate answers by the FP Markets customer support executives. 

We recommend FP Markets for traders who are

  • Forex traders
  • FP markets is excellent for Australia-based stock CFDs traders
  • Beginners in trading
  • Experienced traders
  • ECN traders
  • Scalping or hedging traders
  • EA trader

FP Markets might not be a fit for

  • Trading Futures, Real Stocks or Index