Independent Review - 101Investing
You probably already realize that there is no such thing as a free lunch and no such thing as easy money.
Over the years we have seen too many brokers promise easy results, but the truth is that trading requires dedication, focus, and plenty of hard work analyzing markets and trading strategies. All of this means you need to learn how to distinguish between the good brokers and the shady brokers.
101Investing is a fairly new broker, and we’ve taken some time to review them.
101Investing was launched in 2016 in Cyprus as a broker brand under the parent company FXBFI Broker Financial Invest Ltd. They have company registration number 351508 and license number 315/16 from the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC). As an online broker they offer a number of asset types as CFDs to their clients including equities, indices, commodities, cryptocurrencies, and forex.
There are four account types – Silver, Gold, Platinum and Pro Exclusive– as well as a Professional version of each account, and a demo account for testing the broker platform and execution.
Overall, everything is basic, and the broker is well regulated, so does that mean they are a good broker to choose for your trading needs? That is what we’ll be exploring through the rest of this review.
It is always best when a broker is regulated by an outside third-party, so it’s good news that 101Investing is regulated by CySEC.
The broker’s CySEC regulation requires them to hold 730,000-euro minimum capital, while also requiring all client accounts to be segregated from the broker capital to protect the client funds. An additional protection comes from the membership in the Investor Compensation Fund, which provides up to 20,000-euro compensation to clients in the event the broker would go bankrupt or suffer some other financial hardship leading to a client loss of funds. It is all good news on the regulation front for 101Investing.
Unlike some brokers who have many different account types and special circumstances to unlock perks and benefits, 101Investing has just four different account types. The Silver account is the base account, designed for beginning traders it offers 1:30 leverage and a spread of 2.2 pips on the popular EUR/USD pair. When you move up to the Gold account you also receive a dedicated account manager, spreads of 1.3 pips on EUR/USD, 1:400 leverage for professional traders and a 25% discount on swaps.
The Platinum account lowers spreads even further to 0.7 pips for EUR/USD while also increasing the swap discount to 50%. It also offers 1:400 leverage for professional traders, as well as a free VPS solution. There is also the PRO Exclusive account, which provides personalized services and VIP access.
In addition to the above all account types are available as swap-free Islamic accounts. There is also an option for a demo account that can be used to test the broker’s platform and execution. Overall, we like the smaller number of account options.
There are five different asset classes available at 101Investing, and over 350 individual assets.
101Investing has a Web Trader and a mobile app, both of which are powered by the MetaTrader 4 engine. I like that choice, and the Web Trader and mobile app are very convenient. The broker does not offer a download of the MetaTrader 4 desktop version currently.
In any case, the choice to use MetaTrader 4 as the trading platform is a good one, and both the Web Trader and mobile app are good for order entry and order management. The Web Trader can also be used for basic technical analysis as it comes with over 30 indicators built-in
101Investing offers a wide variety of deposit options, including bank transfer, debit cards, credit cards, and some eWallets. There are no deposit fees. The broker also accepts deposits in many different currencies including EUR, USD, GBP, AUD, JPY, NZD, CAD, and CHF.
Withdrawals need to be carried out using the same method as the deposit, and only to accounts owned by the client. Typically, there are no withdrawal fees, however for withdrawals under 100 euro a charge is assessed. The broker also charges 50 euro when a withdrawal is made from an account with 1 or fewer completed trades.
101Investing provides customer support from 6:00 GMT to 20:00 GMT on Monday through Friday and from 8:00 GMT to 17:00 GMT on weekends. Support can be contacted using email or a web form, or also via online chat from the broker website, as well as by telephone.
Phone: +357 80092740
Overall we would say there seems to be no reason not to like 101Investing as a broker. Their regulation is certainly comforting, and we do like the smaller variety in account types. Those four account types work to satisfy any level trader, and the Professional Trader option allows for the use of greater leverage if that is what you need.
Ultimately, we would trade with 101Investing, especially if we were looking for the convenience offered by the MetaTrader 4 Web Trader and mobile app.