For this XTB review, we opened a live account and deposited €5,000

We traded the popular instrument in each market to identify the average spread and placed 12 trades in total.

We contacted the broker’s customer support to resolve the challenges we faced.

Finally, we withdrew all our funds to identify if there are any issues with withdrawals.

What is XTB

XTB is a global Forex and CFD broker, founded in 2002.

The broker has dual headquarters in London and Warsaw and is licensed by regulators in the UK, Cyprus, Poland, Spain, and Belize.

XTB has offices in each of the countries in which it is regulated.

Here’s a summary of XTB’s key features:

🗺️ Authorised & Regulated inUK, Cyprus, Poland, Spain, Belize
🛡️ Is XTB safeYes
💰 EUR/USD Spread0.9
💳 Minimum depositUS$0
💰 Withdrawal feeUS$0
🖥️ Trading PlatformxStation5, xStation5 Mobile
📈 Markets offeredForex, Indices, Stocks, Commodities, ETFs, Cryptocurrencies
📉 Number of Products2111

Licenses and Regulations

XTB is licensed by 5 regulators globally including the top-tier UK’s FCA, the CySEC, Poland’s KNF, Spain’s CNMV & Belize’s FSC.

Here’s a full list of the licenses held by XTB’s subsidiaries:

Legal entityRegistered inRegulatorLicense NumberAccepting Clients FromCompensation Scheme Amount
XTB LimitedUnited KingdomFinancial Conduct Authority (FCA)522157United Kingdom£85,000
XTB LtdCyprusCyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)169/12EU€20,000
X-Trade Brokers DM SAPolandKomisja Nadzoru Finansowego (KNF)1538207Poland€20,000
XTB SucurusalSpainNational Securities Market Commission (CNMV)40Spain€20,000
XTB International Limited (XTB)BelizeFinancial Services Commission (FSC)000302/46Globally many countriesNo compensation scheme
XTB Poland Registration
XTB Polish License

Is XTB Safe

Yes, XTB is safe to trade. XTB is a public company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange and as such is required to publicly disclose its financial statements, which it does on a regular basis.

The broker is also regulated by the FCA and CySEC, which are highly regarded, and traders registered under the two entities are entitled to deposit compensation schemes of up to £85,000 and €20,000 respectively.

We did not encounter any major issues when trading and making withdrawals with XTB.

For this review, we opened an account with XTB Ltd which is regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), which we used to deposit money, place trades, and finally withdrew our funds.

You can open an account with the UK, Cyprus, Poland and Spain entities since they all offer deposit protection if they’re available to you.

We consider the FCA regulation to be the best since it provides compensation of up to £85,000 in case the broker goes bankrupt, but the other three entities also provide deposit compensation of up to €20,000.

Fees and Commissions

XTB doesn’t charge any commissions except for Equity and ETF CFDs.

The commissions could add up quickly and greatly reduce your profits if you trade small contract sizes.

XTB Spread Charged in our Trades

In our tests, we chose the popular instrument in each market. We placed 3 trades for each instrument to get a complete picture of the average spread. We tested the Standard Account which charges a spread on most assets except for ETFs, which attract a fixed €6.60 commission. Overall, the spread is stable as shown in the table below.

MarketsInstruments1st trade 2nd trade 3rd trade Avg. SpreadCommission
IndicesFTSE 1000.

We tested all our trades via the xStation5 mobile app on our iPhone. We discovered that the broker only allows long trades on the QQQ ETF since we were unable to go short/sell the ETF.

XTB xStation Trading Platform
We could not short QQQ

Comparing the spreads charged in our trades to industry benchmarks, we found the spread on Forex pairs to be quite low, but the spreads on commodities, stocks, indices and cryptocurrencies were in-line with industry averages or higher.

MarketsInstrumentsAvg. Spread ChargedIndustry Avg. Spread
IndicesFTSE 1000.81.65

Other fees

XTB charges some inactivity fees: after 12 months of inactivity it starts charging €10 per month; also, it charges some small fees for withdrawing if it is below £60.

XTB Account Types

XTB offers only 1 Standard account:

Execution typeMarket
Available Instruments CFDs on Forex, Commodities, Indices, Crypto, Shares, ETFs
Instruments 1500+
Maximum Leverage1:30
Minimum Spread0.00008
Negative Balance ProtectionYes
Minimal Order0.01 lot*
Automated TradingYes
Account Setup & ManagementFree
Trading PlatformsxStation5 & xStation5 Mobile
Forex, Indices, Commodities, StocksNo Commission
ETF CFDsCommission from 0.08% per lot
CryptocurrenciesNo commission

XTB also offers a forex swap-free Account. The main difference with Islamic accounts is that instead of daily swap rates, there is an administration fee charged if you hold positions for more than 3 nights.

For our tests, we chose to open a Standard Account.

Account Opening

XTB account opening is fast and smooth. We opened an account to test the entire process, which was fully digital.

Here are the 5 steps to opening an XTB account:

  1. Enter your email address, country of residence and account password.
  2. Enter your personal details including your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, and Tax identity among others.
  3. Provide your physical address including your street, building no./name, flat no, postcode and city.
  4. Choose a trading platform, account type, currency, and preferred language.
  5. Answer questions about your experience, market knowledge and financial status.
  6. Verify your ID and residency using either a National ID or Passport and a bank statement.
XTB Welcome Bonus

The registration process took just 13 minutes and our account was approved on the same day, which was impressive!

We registered our account on 21 January 2023 and it was verified on 21 January 2023. Our account was approved shortly after submitting all the necessary documents.

We opened a standard account with XTB Ltd, which is regulated by the CySEC.

Deposit and Withdrawal

XTB offers free and fast deposits and withdrawals. There are various options for funding your account, including bank wires, credit and debit cards, and Skrill.

XTB Minimum Deposit

XTB has no minimum deposit for individual accounts.


XTB clients can deposit funds into their trading accounts using debit/credit cards, bank transfers, and Skrill.

The table below shows the details of our deposits:

Payment MethodSubmitted DateFunded Account DateFunding TimeFee
Skrill2023-01-08 2023-01-08 Instantzero
Debit card2023-01-08 2023-01-08Instantzero

All the deposit methods offered by XTB are instant and free, we did not make a deposit via bank transfers.


XTB processes client withdrawals via bank transfer only, which could be a major drawback.

You cannot withdraw your funds via any other deposit methods available. Since the XTB is a UK broker and deals with UK customers mainly, it provides instant withdrawal.

XTB Deposit Methods
XTB bank withdrawal confirmation

XTB does not allow you to withdraw your funds using the other payment methods except for bank wire transfers.

Payment MethodSubmitted DateFunds Released DateFunds Arrived DateWithdrawal TimeFee
Bank Transfer2023-01-162023-01-162023-01-18 Instantzero

Markets and Products

At XTB, you can trade CFDs on Forex pairs, stock indices, stocks, commodities, ETFs and cryptocurrencies.

Here’s the complete list of XTB’s product offerings:



XTB offers several cryptocurrency products including Bitcoin, which is the most popular and largest crypto by market capitalization. XTB provides a good range of Cryptocurrencies up to 25 instruments. However, it is available only for international clients since crypto trading is forbidden in the UK.

Trading Conditions

The trading conditions at XTB are good. You can run most types of trading strategies as the broker allows high-risk strategies such as hedging and scalping.

There are no time limitations for keeping your hedging positions open.

Trading MethodAllowed
Change LeverageNo


XTB offers different leverage levels to its clients depending on the entity under which they registered their account.

However, traders cannot change the leverage level of their account after registration.

The table below outlines the various leverage levels available to clients:

MarketsXTB LimitedXTB LtdX-Trade Brokers DM SAXTB SucursalXTB International Ltd
Currency pairs30:130:130:130:1500:1
Other Commodities (except gold)10:110:110:110:167:1

XTB Trading Platform

XTB only offers a proprietary trading platform known as xStation5 as well as its mobile version xStation5 mobile.

Starting from 2020, XTB no longer provides MetaTrader 4 to its clients.

XTB xStation Trading Platform
XTB xStation Trading Platform

XTB Trading Review

In our test, we placed all our trade through the xStation5 mobile app.


XTB offers the xStation5 trading app, which is a proprietary platform developed by the broker.

Research and Tools

XTB provides user-friendly research tools including:

  • Interactive charts
  • Market analysis
  • News flow
  • Trading ideas
XTB Market Analysis
XTB Markets Research


XTB offers a wide variety of educational materials including:

  • A demo account
  • Webinars
  • Ebooks
  • Video Tutorials about the platform
  • Detailed educational articles
  • Educational videos

XTB educational materials are grouped according to a trader’s experience and based on various subjects, which we found to be very helpful.

You can find the educational resources in the broker’s trading academy section under the learn to trade tab.

XTB Educational Material
XTB Education Trading Academy

Customer Service

XTB’s customer support team was helpful and provided relevant answers to our questions.

XTB Customer Support
XTB Customer Service

You can contact XTB via email, and live chat. We got an instant response to our questions via the live chat function.

Our email queries were answered within one working day for our first question with our followup question being answered on the same day.

See the results of our test below:

QuestionResponse TimeQuality of reply
Live chatIs hedging and scalping allowed?InstantDirect and accurate
EmailWithdrawal methodsOne working dayDirect and accurate


Overall, our experience with XTB was smooth from opening account, to deposit, trading and withdrawal.

XTB offers great trading conditions with zero commissions charged; however, it does charge a small fee for inactivity and withdrawals.

XTB carries several licenses and the spreads on currency pairs are quite low; the broker also allows scalping.

We recommend XTB for traders who are

  • Trading Currency pairs and Stocks
  • Scalping trader
  • Experienced traders and beginners
  • EA trader

XTB might not be a fit if you are

  • Trading on ETFs with small contacts
  • Commission based trading

Author of this review

By George Rossi

Author of this review

I am a well-rounded financial services professional experienced in fundamental and technical analysis, global macroeconomic research, foreign exchange and commodity markets and an independent trader.

Now I am passionate about reviewing and comparing forex brokers.

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