Our Review of EXNESS (NZ) Ltd.
EXNESS (NZ) Limited is the New Zealand arm of the EXNESS Group. This group was founded in 2008, which was also the year that they acquired their license to the MetaTrader 4 trading platform. This year marks the commencement of trading activities for clients and affiliates.
The company has experienced substantial growth and expansion in all areas of its business. Full-year figures for 2013 indicate the number of clients to be growing at well over 10,000 new clients per month. Monthly trading volume is claimed to be over 100 billion USD per month, with the exception of February 2013.
Headquarters is located in Auckland, New Zealand.
Customers have options for both Electronic Clearing Network (ECN) and Market Maker account types. ECN accounts offer 53 currency pairs at the present time, with the added benefit of no reqotes. On the Market Maker side of things, traders can participate in 134 currency pairs and CFDs as well.
Commissions and Spreads
ECN Accounts-It is possible to get spreads of as low as zero pips, leverage as high as 1:200 with relatively low commission rates of 25 USD per one million USD transacted.
Market Maker-EXNESS refers to these as Mini and Classic accounts, so the implication would be that there is no micro option, but this should not really impact any traders other than those who have severely limited financial resources for trading. The company’s website lists available leverage as being as high as 1:2000!
The company’s site promotes spreads of as low as 0.1 pips. A live quote widget on the site recently showed spreads of as low as 0.4 pips and no higher than 3.8 pips for currency pairs constructed out of major currencies, such as the euro, U.S., Canadian and Australian dollars, Swiss franc, Japanese yen and Great Britain pound.
Spreads are dynamic, meaning that they fluctuate constantly, but in EXNESS’s case, this fluctuation is in a tight range and can actually clue traders regarding market activity and the best times to trade.
MetaTrader 4 and 5 are the primary trading platforms, something that experienced traders moving from another or adding an additional broker will appreciate. There is also a web-based version of MetaTrader 4 called Webtrader. EXNESS also has mobile platforms for Android and iOS devices.
Deposits and Withdrawals
There are no fewer than nine options regarding deposits and withdrawals. There is no mention of PayPal and it is assumed that paper checks and credit card deposits are also available.
Withdrawals are typical of all Forex brokers; they are credited to the payment method by which the deposit was made and in the case of multiple funding sources, withdrawals will be made in proportion to the way in which they were deposited.
Different deposit methods vary in terms of minimum and acceptable currencies, but this information is presented quite clearly on the website.
EXNESS offers telephone support 24 hours per day, seven days per week in English, Russian and Chinese. There are currently 10 other languages supported, but these are only offered during the business week. Email and live chat are also valid options.
Other than the trading platforms, trading tools and education resources include trade and currency exchange calculators, historical data for back testing and technical analysis, various analytical services geared toward forecasting, VPS service and some software tools for trading scripts, indicators and automated trading strategies.
The website does not seem to include a search feature, but an economic calendar and Forex news feeds are present. No mention of education resources, such as videos, articles and webinars could be found.
Regulators and Safety
EXNESS Limited falls under the jurisdiction of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) and has been granted a license by that entity, the stated purpose of which is to monitor financial service companies such as Forex brokers for compliance with the Laws of Cyprus and the E.U.
EXNESS also carries ISO 9001:2008 status from the British NQA Company.
It would seem the EXNESS (NZ) Limited has gone to great lengths to create a positive Forex trading experience. Tight spreads and low commissions, high leverage, good customer support and an exceedingly well-designed website are major contributors to this assessment.