Founded in 2012, Darwinex is regulated by one tier-1 regulator, making it a safe broker (average-risk) to trade forex and CFDs with.
Darwinex is excellent for social copy trading and received our industry award for having the Best Trader Community. It’s Darwin Exchange platform is easy to use and full of unique social trading features.
Darwinex is not an ideal choice for self-directed trading. To trade individual stocks and CFDs, you have to MetaTrader instead of the excellent proprietary Dukascopy platform, where pricing is higher, and no tools are available beyond the standard experience.
Darwinex provides terrible customer service. The broker finished 22nd (out of 23) in our national testing from locations across the United Kingdom.
Given the higher costs for MetaTrader, Darwinex is not a suitable choice for active or high-volume traders.
- Regulation: FCA (UK)
- Broker type: DMA, NDD, STP
- Leverage: 1:30
- Min. Deposit: 500 US$
- Platforms: MT4, MT5
- Found in: 2012
- Spread type: Variable
- Accepts US customers: No
- Islamic accounts: No
- Hedging: Not Allowed
- Scalping: Not Allowed
- Payment methods: Bank wire transfer, China UnionPay, Credit/debit card, Skill, Paypal
Licenses of Darwinex
- Tradeslide Trading Tech Limited- authorized by FCA (UK) registration no. 586466
the Company “Tradeslide Trading Tech” was founded in 2012 as a technology provider,
After two years it started its own operation as an FCA regulated broker under the name – Darwinex, their headquarters are in London, and they have also an office in Spain.
Darwinex concentrates on creating an investor-centric brokerage service that aims to make every investor successful. Darwinex is not the average market-maker broker, as they offer a DMA (Direct Market Access) account, which connects a trader directly to the liquidity provider or exchange. The DMA account is similar to ECN models, which involves the lowest spread and a fixed commission per trade. The average Darwinex spreads are quoted at less than 0.45 pips, while the commissions start from $5 per round trip.
Darwinex is a social trading brokerage that sets itself apart from similar services by describing itself in extremely complicated English, rather than in simpler, more straightforward prose. This shouldn’t deter everyone, but it should be noted for those who are looking for a quick, easy understanding of what they will be getting.
Traders have access to different FX currency pairs, commodities, indices, and shares, and can invest in any financial assets using a maximum Darwinex leverage of 1:200. The minimum deposit amount for opening an account at Darwinex is $500. Therefore, the relatively smaller leverage and a comparatively higher deposit amount clearly state the company’s intent on avoiding high-risk traders or scalpers. On the other hand, $500 is considered to be a small price to pay, especially considering the several advantages that the broker has to offer. If a trader has a successful trading strategy, a simple $500 initial deposit can work wonders for his trading career. This is where a managed account at Darwinex comes into prominence.
If you are not feeling confident about your trading performance, or if you are looking for an excellent tool to invest your money, you can choose a Darwinex managed account or the social trading account, which allows you to invest in a managed fund.
The company develops algorithms and disruptive investment alternatives. All client orders are sent directly to the market, means a company uses DMA execution with institutional quality spreads and rapid median speeds via solvent Prime Brokers (LMAX and SaxoBank). The market offerings include FX, commodities and CFDs on the major stock indices via MT4 or MT5 platforms, as well as FIX.
The broker has invested in great analytics & diagnostics tool that carefully analyzes the trading behaviour of their existing clients to find out the best traders who have a successful track record in trading the financial markets over an extended period. These successful traders are then rewarded with an opportunity to manage funds for large investors, or trade funds from other traders, including a monthly prize fund offered by Darwinex. These traders, or Darwins (Internal code for traders), stand a chance to earn 20% of all profits made from the managed accounts, which can be quite a hefty amount, considering that the fund provided by Darwinex to its prized traders alone is worth $6 Million.
In addition, the company performed regularly trading contest with monthly capital allocation to the best Darwins during a 6-month period. That contest award the most consistent traders on a monthly basis that are picked on the ranking criteria of D-score, monthly returns and activity.
Broker’s Licenses and Security of Funds:
Darwinex is authorized and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Alike to all member firms that are regulated under the FCA guidelines, Darwinex is supported by the FSCS scheme that protects clients against broker insolvency or liquidation of the parent company. The FSCS scheme also offers protection against liquidation of banks or other financial institutions that deal directly with Darwinex, as FCA stipulates all brokers to hold their client funds in segregated accounts and be audited on a monthly basis. Therefore, there is no chance that a client’s fund will be misused by the company, which guarantees absolute safety and security of funds.
Trading Platforms and Tools:
The broker provides the popular MT4, as well new age MT5 platform. The MT4 and MT5 terminals can be accessed through desktop versions, as well as mobile applications for both Android and iOS. A Darwinex account is required to list DARWINs, acquire investors, or enter your Darwin IA trading Challenge.
their Traders or investors are provided access to a dedicated interface where they can track all their investments. However, unlike other social trading platforms, investors cannot access the trades performed by the other traders. This is done to protect the intellectual rights of these traders by preserving their trading strategies. A closed book managed fund will not only prevent investors from copying other’s trades but can also ensure that successful traders will earn their rightful due to 20% share from successful trades. it is an everybody wins concept.
Darwinex offers two different account types.
one to the traders another one to the investors, also the account will vary according to the chosen platform MT4 either MT5.
Every client can open as many accounts as he or she wishes, however, you as a trader or investor should bear in mind that their MT5 platform requires directly to choose which asset will be traded.
- The minimum initial deposit for individual/joint accounts is 500 EUR, GBP or USD
- the minimum first deposit for corporate accounts is 10 000 EUR, GBP or USD.
- The offered costs are the same for traders and DARWIN Managers.
- Traders Account allows listing their strategy as a DARWIN, which the company offers to investors under the regulations.
- The trader will be earning 20% success fee for generated profits for 3rd party investors. In addition, rebates up to 40% on commission for larger accounts with more than 200$ is offered on an automatic basis.
- The Investors account allows building a portfolio of traders from around the world with over a 1,000 of the strategies. Independent risk management, liquidity diversification and transparency protect all holders across assets.
- The investor has no any hidden fees, only 20% of successful performance.
- Both investors and traders can use the demo account when they open an account
Due to customer protection regulation applicable in these jurisdictions, the broker does not provide services to citizens of some states like USA, Belarus, Tunisia, Yemen, Lebanon, Tunisia and some other countries.
Deposits and Withdrawals:
Accounts can be funded via bank transfer, credit/debit card payment and e-payment services. They do cover the costs of deposit with the majority of deposit methods.
Darwinex does not charge withdrawal penalties. However, please note that they do pass any applicable withdrawal costs to customers.
This Darwinex review shows that the company is first and foremost a technology company that aims to bring a different experience in trading. Their concerns are to help traders to develop their skills and to exchange their knowledge with those who would like to invest. While connecting two parties, the company also provides a transparent trading experience through the DMA execution model and transparent pricing. they are somewhat successful in this and we do feel they are legit.