Recommended for forex and CFD traders familiar with the MetaTrader 4 trading platform
75.12 of retail CFD accounts lose money
AT Group is a global financial group and ATFX is the brand of branches providing CFD/forex trading services. ATFX has four legal entities with different regulations and services. In this review, we tested the service of AT Global Markets (UK) Limited, which is regulated by the top-tier FCA.
Disclaimer: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75.12 of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
ATFX pros and cons
ATFX has low CFD and forex fees. The account opening is seamless and fast. From bank transfers to electronic wallets, you have many options for deposit and withdrawal and they are free of charge.
The product portfolio covers only forex, CFD, and crypto asset classes. The email support is a bit slow, and there are no fundamental data available for research.
|• Low fees||• Limited product portfolio|
|• Fast and easy account opening||• Slow email support|
|• Multiple deposit and withdrawal options for free||• No fundamental data|
|🗺️ Country of regulation||UK, Cyprus, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Mauritius|
|💰 Trading fees class||Low|
|💰 Inactivity fee charged||No|
|💰 Withdrawal fee amount||$0|
|💰 Minimum deposit||$500|
|🕖 Time to open an account||1 day|
|💳 Deposit with credit/debit card||Available|
|👛 Depositing with electronic wallet||Available|
|💱 Number of base currencies supported||3|
|🎮 Demo account provided||Yes|
|🛍️ Products offered||Forex, CFD, Crypto|
75.12 of retail CFD accounts lose money
ATFX has great fees. It charges low fees both for CFD and forex. There are also no inactivity and withdrawal fees.
|• Low trading fees||None|
|• Low non-trading fees|
|• No withdrawal fee|
|Assets||Fee level||Fee terms|
|S&P 500 CFD||Low||Standard account: the fees are built into the spread; the spread cost is 1 during trading hours. The Standard account has higher spreads compared to other account types.|
|Europe 50 CFD||Low||Standard account: the fees are built into the spread; the spread cost is 2.6 during trading hours. The Standard account has higher spreads compared to other account types.|
|EURUSD||Low||Standard account: the fees are built into the spread. The spread cost is 1.1 pips during peak trading hours. The Standard account has higher spreads compared to other account types.|
|Inactivity fee||Low||No inactivity fee|
How we ranked fees
We ranked ATFX's fee levels as low, average or high based on how they compare to those of all reviewed brokers.
To get things rolling, let's go over some lingo related to broker fees. What you need to keep an eye on are trading fees, and non-trading fees.
- Trading fees occur when you trade. These can be commissions, spreads, financing rates and conversion fees.
- Non-trading fees include charges not directly related to trading, like withdrawal fees or inactivity fees.
In the sections below, you will find the most relevant fees of ATFX for each asset class. For example, in the case of forex and stock index trading, spreads, commissions and financing rates are the most important fees.
We also compared ATFX's fees with those of two similar brokers we selected, XM and ETX Capital. This selection is based on objective factors such as products offered, client profile, fee structure, etc. See a more detailed rundown of ATFX alternatives.
To have a clear overview of ATFX, let's start with the trading fees.
ATFX trading fees are low. The fee structures are different among the account types. We tested the fees for Standard Account, which charges no commission but the spreads are higher.
We know it's hard to compare trading fees for CFD brokers. So how did we approach the problem of making their fees clear and comparable? We compare brokers by calculating all the fees of a typical trade for selected products.
We have chosen popular instruments within each asset class:
- Stock index CFDs: SPX and EUSTX50
- Stock CFDs: Apple and Vodafone
- Forex: EURUSD, GBPUSD, AUDUSD, EURCHF and EURGBP
A typical trade means buying a leveraged position, holding it for one week and then selling. For the volume, we chose a $2,000 position for the stock index and stock CFDs and $20,000 for the forex transactions. The leverage we used is:
- 20:1 for stock index CFDs
- 5:1 for stock CFDs
- 30:1 for forex
These catch-all benchmark fees include spreads, commissions and financing costs for all brokers. Let's see the verdict for ATFX fees.
ATFX has generally low CFD trading fees. The stock index fees are a bit higher than at ETX Capital, but if you compare it with other brokers such as XM, it's quite low.
|S&P 500 index CFD fee||$2.4||$2.4||$2.2|
|Europe 50 index CFD fee||$2.2||$2.4||$2.1|
|Apple CFD fee||$4.7||$4.9||$32.0|
The costs both for stock index CFDs and stock CFDs are built into the spreads.
ATFX forex fees are low. The fees are lower than the closest competitors at all currency pairs.
|EURUSD benchmark fee||$10.7||$17.1||$19.5|
|GBPUSD benchmark fee||$9.4||$14.0||$16.1|
|AUDUSD benchmark fee||$10.2||$13.9||$16.6|
|EURCHF benchmark fee||$4.2||$9.1||$9.4|
|EURGBP benchmark fee||$7.8||$12.0||$14.2|
Similarly to the stock index and stocks, the fees are built into the spreads.
ATFX has low non-trading fees. There are no account, inactivity, deposit and withdrawal fees.
ATFX has a user-friendly and fully digital account opening. In most cases, the account approval takes no more than a business day. On the flip side, the deposit is high for non-Standard accounts.
|• Fast||• High minimum deposit for accounts, except Standard Account|
|• Fully digital|
Can you open an account?
ATFX accepts clients all over the world. There are a few exceptions we have to mention though, like Japan, France or Canada.
What is the minimum deposit at ATFX?
The required minimum deposit is $500. for the Standard Accounts, but higher for other account types.
|Standard Account||Edge Account||Premium Account||Professional account*|
Higher spreads, from 1.0 pip
Lower spreads, from 0.6 pip
Raw spreads, from 0.0 pips
Lower spreads, from 0.6 pip
$2.5 per 10 lots
Trading education allowance and more research tools
*If you want to choose this account, you have to satisfy certain criterias, such as holding a min. €500,000 portfolio or working experience in the financial sector.
How to open your account
ATFX's account opening is straightforward and fully digital.
The five steps of the ATFX account opening:
- Give your personal details.
- Verify your identity by uploading a copy of your ID, passport or driver's license. Your proof of residence can be a utility bill or a bank statement.
- Add information about your financial situation.
- Answer questions about your experience.
- Fill out a test, which asses your trading knowledge.
This initial registration takes 15-20 minutes and in most cases, the accounts are verified within 1-2 business days. We have re-tested the process and our account was verified the same day.
Upon testing, we had to re-send our documentation to customer service. They reached us immediately - after sending our documents, we got validated almost instantly. On the other hand, our validation email was sent in Italian, which was surprising as the discussion was in English.
Deposit and withdrawal
ATFX offers free and fast deposit and withdrawal. There are various options for funding your account, including bank transfer, credit/debit cards, as well as electronic wallets.
|• Credit/Debit card available||None|
|• Free withdrawal|
|• No deposit fee|
ATFX has 3 account base currencies, EUR, GBP, USD. The number of available account base currencies lack behind XM's selection.
|Number of base currencies||3||11||3|
Why does this matter? For two reasons. If you fund your trading account in the same currency as your bank account or you trade assets in the same currency as your trading account base currency, you don't have to pay a conversion fee.
A convenient way to save on currency conversion fees is by opening a multi-currency bank account at a digital bank. These usually offer bank accounts in several currencies with great currency exchange rates as well as free or cheap international bank transfers. Opening an account only takes a few minutes on your phone.
Deposit fees and options
ATFX charges no deposit fees. Besides bank transfer, you can deposit money via credit/debit cards and electronic wallets, such as PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, or SafeCharge. For non-UK clients, alternative e-wallets are also available, like Trustly.
A bank transfer can take several business days, while payment with a credit/debit card is instant. We tested credit card payment.
You can only deposit money from accounts, which are in your name.
ATFX withdrawal fees and options
ATFX doesn't charge any withdrawal fee and you can use the same methods as for deposit.
How long does it take to withdraw money from ATFX? We tested the credit card withdrawal and it took 2 business days.
You can only withdraw money to accounts in your name.
How do you withdraw money from ATFX?
- Log into 'Member Center'
- Click on 'Withdrawal'
- Add the amount and the reason for withdrawal
- Initiate the withdrawal
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Web trading platform
The web trading platform of ATFX is provided by MetaTrader. It is highly customizable, available in a lot of languages, and has a clear fee report. On the other hand, it lacks a two-step login and price alerts, and the design is outdated.
|• Clear fee report||• No two-step (safer) login|
|• Good customizability (for charts, workspace)||• No price alerts|
|• Order confirmation|
ATFX doesn't have its own self-developed trading platform, it uses MetaTrader 4, a third-party platform.
MetaTrader 4 is available in an exceptionally large number of languages.
Look and feel
ATFX's web platform is greatly customizable. You can easily change the size and the position of the tabs.
On the flip side, the platform feels outdated and some features are hard to find. For example, it took us some time until we found how to add an asset to the watchlist.
Login and security
ATFX provides only a one-step login. A two-step authentication would be more secure.
The search functions are OK. You can find the assets in categories. At the same time we missed the usual search function when you can type in the asset's name manually.
You can use the basic order types. You will not find very sophisticated orders like the 'one cancels the other' order. The following order types are available:
If you are not familiar with order types, read this overview.
There are also order time limits you can use:
- Good 'til canceled (GTC)
- Good 'til time (GTT)
Alerts and notifications
You can't set alerts and notifications. This feature is available only on the desktop trading platform.
Portfolio and fee reports
ATFX has clear portfolio and fee reports. You can easily see your profit-loss balance and the commissions you paid. These reports can be found under the 'History' tab. We didn't find a way to download them.
Mobile trading platform
ATFX has a great mobile trading platform, offered by MetaTrader 4. It is well-designed and user-friendly. Unfortunately, it lacks a safe login which would be safer.
|• User-friendly||• No two-step (safer) login|
|• Good search function|
|• Modern design|
Similarly to the web trading platform, ATFX offers MetaTrader 4 as a mobile trading platform. MetaTrader 4 is available for both iOS and Android. We tested it on Android.
After you download the MT4 mobile trading platform, you have to access the ATFXGM2-Live server.
Just like at the web trading platform, you can choose from a lot of languages on the mobile trading platform too. Changing the language is a bit tricky on Android devices. You can do it only if you change the default language of your mobile.
Look and feel
ATFX has a great mobile trading platform, we really liked its design and user-friendliness. You will easily find all the features.
Login and security
Similarly to the web trading platform, ATFX provides only a one-step login. A two-step login would be safer.
You can't use fingerprint or Face ID authentication. Providing this feature would be more convenient.
The search functions are good. You can search by typing the name of the product or by navigating the category folders.
You can use the same order types and order time limits as the ones on the web trading platform.
Alerts and notifications
You can set alerts and notifications, although you can do it only on the desktop trading platform. It would be much easier if you could set these notifications on the mobile trading platform.
Desktop trading platform
In design and functionality, ATFX's MetaTrader 4 desktop platform is almost the same as the web trading platform. One major difference is that you can set price alerts on the desktop trading platform.
|• Clear fee report||• No two-step (safer) login|
|• Good customizability (for charts, workspace)||• Poor design|
|• Price alerts|
ATFX offers MetaTrader 4 as a desktop trading platform.
It has the same design, is available in the same languages, offers the same order types, has the same search functions, and offers the same portfolio and fee reports as the web trading platform.
The major difference is that you can set alerts and notifications in the form of mobile push and email notifications on the desktop trading platform. To set email or mobile notifications, you have to add your email address and mobile MetaQuotes ID (you can find it in the MT4 app's settings). You can add them if you go to 'Tools' and then 'Options.'
Markets and products
ATFX provides only forex, CFDs and cryptos. However, it lacks popular asset classes, such as real stocks, mutual funds, or bonds.
ATFX is a CFD and forex broker.Disclaimer: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 75.12 of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. To learn more about CFDs read our CFD trading tips.
Other than forex pairs, ATFX's product selection is lower than at the competitors and unfortunately, you can't trade with ETFs or bonds.
|Currency pairs (#)||70||57||62|
|Stock index CFDs (#)||13||18||21|
|Stock CFDs (#)||170||1,139||2,500|
|Commodity CFDs (#)||9||8||41|
You can't change the default leverage level of the products.
Changing the leverage manually is a very useful feature when you want to lower the risk of your trade. For example, instead of trading with 5:1 leverage, only trade with 2:1 leverage in case of stock CFDs. Be careful with forex and CFD trading, since the preset leverage levels are high.
ATFX provides a social trading service through MT4 desktop trading platform. First, you have to register your account by clicking on 'Auto Trading'. After the registration, you can start copying fellow traders, however, it is usually not free of charge.
This social trading is also good opportunity for searching new ideas. You can find nice research materials and charts.
ATFX offers a wide range of technical-based analysis, a great economic calendar, and an OK charting. On the negative side, it doesn't offer fundamental data.
|• Trading ideas||• No fundamental data available|
ATFX's research tools can be found on the MT4 trading platform, ATFX's Member Center, and ATFX's website.
The majority of the research tools are provided by third-party research feed providers, like Trading Central. On the flip side, ATFX has also its own research team and they quarterly provide market outlook reports.
ATFX provides trading ideas. The trading ideas are based on technical indicators.
You can find these trading ideas if you log into the Member Center, then click on Research Platform' or 'Featured Ideas'. The 'Featured Ideas' covers only the major currency pairs and you can't find ideas for all assets.
ATFX doesn't offer fundamental data.
ATFX has OK charting tools. You can use 31 technical indicators and other technical tools, such as trendlines or Fibonacci retracement.
On the other hand, the design is outdated and some features are hard to use. For example, we had difficulty finding how we could remove an indicator from the chart.
The news feeds are OK. The newsfeed is about the moves of technical indicators. On the flip side, more complex news for example about major economic events, are missing.
You can also use a great economic calendar. We liked that the calendar has a filter function where you can filter for countries, data type, and importance.
You can reach ATFX in multiple ways, to get relevant answers quickly. On the other hand, there is no 24/7 support and the response time of emails are slow.
|• Phone support||• No 24/7 support|
|• Live chat||• Slow communication via email|
|• Fast response time|
|• Great phone support|
You can contact ATFX via:
- live chat
When we did our re-test, we couldn't reach any operators a day before Banking holiday. But after the holiday was over, we were put first in queue immediately. The operator was helpful and provided lots of insights to our questions.
The live chat gives relevant answers. However, there was a time where we had to wait 30 minutes. Later in another time, the chat was excellent.
On the other hand, we haven't received answers to any of the emails that we have sent to ATFX. All test emails have been sent over 5 workdays.
We missed 24/7 availability. You can reach them from Monday till Friday between 9 am and 5 pm, London time.
ATFX offers great educational tools. You can use a demo account, read books, participate in webinars and so on.
|• Demo account||None|
|• Trading platform tutorial|
|• Educational videos|
ATFX provides a lot of ways to improve your knowledge:
- Demo account
- Platform tutorial videos
- General educational videos
- Quality educational articles
- Platform tutorial video
After your account is approved, the confirmation email includes a platform tutorial video. It helps a lot to get familiar with the MT4 platform quickly and makes your journey into trading as easy as possible.
Most educational tools can be found if you click on 'Education' on the website.
You can also sign up for different types of webinar sessions. There are usually three occasions per week scheduled. It was a bit confusing that the webinars are held mixed in English or Italian.
Forex Education Centre
We strongly recommend you to visit Forex Education Centre'. You can pick high-quality videos, in-depth courses and ebooks; the length and complexity will depend only on your appetite.
We liked very much that ATFX gives a clear view about the impacts of major financial events. For example, we received an email about what Brexit can implicate.
ATFX is regulated by more financial authorities, including the top-tier FCA. There is also a high, £85,000 investor protection amount for accounts under the FCA. On the other hand, the company is not listed on any stock exchange and doesn't disclose financial information.
|• Regulated by the top-tier FCA||• Does not hold a banking license|
|• High level of investor protection under FCA||• Not listed on stock exchange|
|• Negative balance protection under FCA and CySEC||• Financial information is not publicly available|
Is ATFX regulated?
Yes, there are four legal entities regulated by the following financial authorities
- Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
- Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)
- Financial Services Authority of St. Vincent & the Grenadines
- Financial Services Commission of Mauritius
Is ATFX safe?
To be certain, we highly advise that you check two facts:
- how you are protected if something goes wrong
- what the background of the broker is
There are four legal entities with different regulations and services you can choose. We recommend the FCA-regulated entity because it has the highest investor protection amount and FCA is one of the best financial regulators.
|Investor protection amount||Regulator||Legal entity|
|£85,000||Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)||AT Global Markets (UK) Limited|
|€20,000||Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)||ATFX Global Markets (CY) Ltd|
|No protection||Financial Services Authority of St. Vincent & the Grenadines||AT Solution Limited (ATGM)|
|No protection||Financial Services Commission of Mauritius||AT Global Markets Intl Ltd|
ATFX provides negative balance protection for forex spot and CFD trading, but only for retail clients from the European Union. Professional and non-EU clients are not covered with any negative balance protection
AT Group is a global financial group and ATFX is the brand name of branches providing CFD and forex trading.
AT Group was founded in 2014. The longer track record a broker has, the more proof we have that it has successfully survived previous financial crises.
The company doesn't disclose financial information and isn't listed on any exchanges. These would increase transparency.
ATFX is regulated by more financial authorities globally, including the top-tier FCA.
On the plus side, ATFX has low CFD and forex fees. The account opening is easy and multiple options are offered for deposit and withdrawal, which are free of charge.
ATFX has some drawbacks though. The product range is limited to FX, CFDs, and cryptos. The email support can be slow, and fundamental data research is missing.
As the trading fees are low and you can use a demo account, feel free to try ATFX.