London based ETX Capital represent one of the ‘new breed’ of binary operators. Primarily a spread betting and CFD (Contracts for Difference) brokers, they have added binary options to their portfolio. They provide an excellent trading platform and due to them providing CFD trading in the UK, are fully regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Number 124721. While binary options are yet to fall under the authority of the FCA, it is good to know the firm themselves comply due to the CFD element of the business.
Here is how ETX view themselves; “We believe that ETX Capital offers traders a wide variety of benefits that many of our competitors may find hard to match.”
ETX operate a specific Binary platform. The first thing of note is that it is closed entirely while global markets are closed – there are no “randoms” or other virtual markets to entice clients to over trade.
The left hand side of the trading platform is the asset and options list. ETX provide the usual mix of assets – Forex, Indices, Commodities and Stock. The lists are extensive, with all major FX pairs covered. On certain option types (‘Long term’ for example), the asset lists will shorten as not all markets are available across all option types.
Once the option and asset have been selected, the price graph will update on the right of the screen. From here, the expiry can be adjusted too, with incremental expiries available, plus ‘end-of-day’ expiry times. The stake level is above the price graph, with preset buttons available to quicken the trading process.
The Call and Put buttons are clear, with the strike price illustrated between the buttons. Once highlighted, trader simply click on ‘Invest’ to confirm the trade. Once open, a trade will appear in the ‘Open Positions’ screen below the trading platform. The price graph will also show the current status of the trade, with either a blue (in the money) box or a red (out of the money) box highlighting the current direction of the trade.
In the Open positions window, traders are offered a ‘Sell’ value for their trades. This can be used to cash in profitable positions, or to reduce loses on trades which have moved against the trade.
As well as more traditional options, ETX Capital also offer the ‘Spread High/Low’ which at present, is unique to them;
The range of assets is excellent and the option types are good – some additional expiry times within the long term range, and perhaps adding Ladder or boundary options, would mean ETX compete with the very best for trading choice.
The mobile app has been separated from the CFD trading app, to focus purely on binaries. Available on Android (v3.0.0 and up) and iOS, the application delivers the same look and feel as the website, and all of the functionality. All assets and trade types are on offer from the mobile platform, as are trade history and account management features.
The mobile app is available free to all ETX customers.
Payouts at ETX can reach 100%. This is due to the ‘Spread High/Low’ option, where the profit margin of the broker is built into the strike price “spread”. They can therefore afford to pay 100% on in the money trades. Elsewhere, payout are generally 75% or 80% – where assets are more popular, the payouts tend to be higher. The levels are certainly very competitive. Payouts will always vary based on the asset and expiry time, but ETX certainly tend to be at the higher level in comparison with rivals, and the ‘Spread High/Low’ trades give them an eye-catching headline payout.
As a broker that is regulated by the FCA, ETX Capital have strict controls on deposit and withdrawal methods, and this in turn, ensures greater protection for the trader and their funds.
There is a £100 minimum deposit requirement at ETX, though you must have sufficient funds in your account to open trades. The amount required will depend on the asset, and expiry.
Deposits can be made via debit or credit card but these must be in the name of the individual (not a commercial card for example). Wire bank transfers are accepted, again they must be in the same name as the individual on the trading account. Deposits can be made via exactly the same options over the mobile apps. ETX accept deposits in a broad range of currencies, including GBP, USD, EUR, ZAR, SGD, SEK, RON, PLN, NOK, JPY, HRK, HKD, DKK, CZK, CHF, CAD, AUD.
Withdrawals are a positive at ETX. Bank transfers should be process in 2 or 3 days – withdrawals to a debit or credit card will take a day longer. There no fees for withdrawals – unless traders make of 5 requests in a single calendar month. Any withdrawals over 5 within a month will incur a £10 charge.
There is also a £15 charge per month for ‘dormant’ accounts. An account is deemed dormant if there are funds in it, but no trades have been placed over 120 days. Once the accou