ActivTrades: Official Review, Pros and Cons 2024

26 March 2024


  • 7 tradable asset classes
  • Virtual money demo account
  • Micro-lots can be negotiated
  • Competitive spreads and commissions

pros Pros:

  • Highly competitive spreads and fees
  • Investors protection scheme up to £1,000,000
  • Platforms suitable for all types of traders
  • Offering educational tools for clients

cons Cons:

  • Broad product offering but limited to CFDs only
  • No protection against slippage
Fees and Costs:
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Ease of use
Overall rating
70% of CFD accounts lose money

Reviews and insights: online broker ActivTrades

With over 20 years of experience, ActivTrades is one of the pioneers of international online trading. It serves UK clients through ActivTrades PLC, a company registered in England and Wales and regulated by the FCA.

ActivTrades, in addition to its headquarters in London, has expanded its global presence: the broker, to meet the diverse demands of its clients, also has branches in Luxembourg, Italy, Bulgaria and the Bahamas.

In this review, we looked in depth at ActivTrades, starting with the level of safety it guarantees and moving on to the services and trading conditions offered. We examined the Client Agreement looking for potential clauses that are harmful to the investor.

You will also find our views on ActivTrades, the pros and cons, to help you decide whether you should choose it as your online broker.

Should I open an ActivTrades account? It's up to you to decide, after reading our analysis and opinions.


ActivTrades' headquarters are located in the financial heart of London. Over the years it has opened several branches worldwide such as in Italy, Luxembourg, Bulgaria and the Bahamas.

Despite its large size, to date, it is not a listed company and therefore its financial statements and financial data are not made public as per the regulations for listed companies.

However, what should interest you most is that ActivTrades serves:

  • UK clients through ActivTrades PLC, an investment firm authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registration number 434413

  • European clients through ActivMarkets, a Public Limited Company, authorised and regulated in Portugal by the Comissão do Mercado de Valores Mobiliários (CMVM) with the number 433 and a company registered in Portugal with the number 516 929 291.

ActivTrades is also regulated by other regulatory bodies such as SCB (Bahamas), BACEN & CVM (Brazil) and CMVM (Portugal).

Money deposited by clients is kept following the rules on the segregation of funds. It means that clients' assets must be kept legally separate from those of the broker. This keeps investors' liquidity safe from the possible aggression of third-party creditors who might want to retaliate against the broker's assets.

In the case of ActivTrades, the funds deposited by customers are placed in a segregated custodial account of one of its custodian banks.

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) covers up to £85,000 in client compensation claims against it. In addition, ActivTrades assigns by default a free policy that protects more than £85,000 for each client, reaching as much as £1,000,0000 of protection. No other online broker can do better in this regard.

ActivTrades account

Any user can initially decide whether to open a real account, or to test the platform first with a virtual account.

This second solution is always recommended, as it allows you to assess whether the services and conditions offered by the online broker are in line with your personal expectations.

On the other hand, for those who do not have much experience in online trading, thanks to the virtual account they can move more quickly along the learning curve, all at no cost.

Unlike all other brokers, ActivTrades allows you to test the proprietary ActivTrader platform in demo mode without having to register first: once you have made a request, you can use a demo account for 3 days, with €10,000 of virtual money at your disposal.
By registering online instead, the duration of the demo account is extended to 30 days.

Once you have tested (and most certainly enjoyed) the ActivTrader platform in the demo version, you will need to register a real trading account in order to get into the action with real money.

In order to complete the registration of a real account, you will need a copy of the following documents to be uploaded:

  • a valid ID

  • your TIN

  • a proof of residence issued within the last 3 months

ActivTrades offers one type of account to all its clients: everyone will receive the same trading conditions and opportunities, regardless of their volume, transactions, etc.

In which currencies can the account be opened?

ActivTrades allows you to open an account denominated in EUR, GBP, USD or CHF.

Deposits and Withdrawals

Deposits and withdrawals of money are always free and quite fast. The following payment methods are accepted:

  • Bank transfer
  • Credit/debit card Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Maestro
  • eWallets such as PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, Sofort.

Apart from depositing via bank transfer which takes 24/48 hours, with all other payment methods the funds are available within minutes of the transaction.

Withdrawals, on the other hand, take approximately 48 hours to be processed and credited into your account or card.

What is the minimum deposit to open an account?

No minimum amounts are required to activate the ActivTrades trading account. Funds can therefore be deposited as low as £/€/$ 0.01.

Financial leverage

As you probably already know, for several years now ESMA has been revising the leverage limits for all retail clients downwards, placing a maximum limit on leverage of 1:30.

To take advantage of higher leverage levels, you may consider contacting the separate group entity with a Bahamas branch ActivTrades Corp, which cannot directly advertise its services in the European territory as a non-ESMA broker.

Author of the review:

Alfredo de Cristofaro author
Alfredo de Cristofaro
Graduated in Economics of Financial Intermediaries, after having worked for several years at one of the main financial brokers in Europe, he decided to make available to investors the knowledge gained over the years. On he's responsible of reviewing the stockbrokers, making sure that the highest standards of safety and transparency are guaranteed.
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