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XTB.com: What Does The Modern Platform Offer Traders?

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Overview

XTB is an online brokerage firm that provides customers a platform for Contracts for Difference (CFD) trading. Alongside forex, XTB's CFDs markets include indices, commodities, shares, ETFs, and cryptocurrencies.

Traders have a choice of three trading platforms – XTB's web-based xStation 5, xStation Mobile, and MetaTrader4 (MT4). XTB Traders can access over 1,500 instruments and demo account options with all three.

XTB focuses on customers in Eastern and Central Europe, but traders in Western Europe can also open accounts with the broker.

Read on to find out more about XTB's services as a broker, including a platform review.

XTB - Essential Information

 
XTB Logo
Our Overall Rating
Broker Trust Rating80/100
Founded2002
ProductsCFDs, Forex (See all products)
MarketsIndices, Cryptocurrencies, Commodities, Shares, ETFs
Countries ServedCentral and Western Europe, including Germany, France, and Portugal (Read more)
Minimum Deposit and Fees£250, €250 or $250 (See all fees below)
Regulator(s)Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Komisja Nadzoru Finansowego (KNF), Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) (See regulatory info)
Customer Support24/5 customer support by email, live chat and phone
Demo AccountFree 4-week demo account with 100,000 demo credits

Where Does XTB Operate?

IMPORTANT: CFDs are not available in the USA due to local regulation, and regulated brokers do not accept US citizens or US residents as clients.

XTB has focused on growing its business in key Central and Eastern European countries, including Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Cyprus, Poland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Portugal, France, and Germany.

In addition, the company has expanded into new markets including Latin America. XTB offers its services in the European Union on the basis of the ‘single EU passport’.

XTB now offers trading services worldwide in well over 100+ countries (based on their regulators). Restricted countries include Iran, North Korea, Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong, and the US.

The complete list of accepted and restricted regions is unclear. Traders are advised to check with the XTB support team whether their respective jurisdictions are supported.

The XTB website is available in the following languages:

  • Spanish
  • Czech
  • German
  • Italian
  • Hungarian
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Romanian
  • English
  • Chinese
  • Turkish
  • Portuguese
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Greek
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

XTB offers customers dedicated 24/5 customer support by email, live chat, and phone. Traders can also contact the firm 24/5 in several languages through local phone numbers for its regional offices.

Can I Trust XTB?

XTB is regulated by four official bodies:

  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • Komisja Nadzoru Finansowego (KNF)
  • Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)
  • International Financial Services Centre (IFSC)

While XTB is a regulated online broker, it must be noted that the firm was accused of and investigated for fraudulent activity. The broker is operating and is still regulated by the aforementioned bodies.

The investigation specifically focused on XTB’s engagement in asymmetric slippage practices. Specifically, this practice involves treating pending customer orders differently depending on how the market moves.

Polish regulators accused XTB of executing customer orders when the market moved in the brokerage firm’s favor but canceled and repriced orders when the market moved in the customer’s favor.

The firm was fined a fee of €200,000 in 2020, but continued to deny the allegations.

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CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between 73.0%-89.0% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Background

Here is a brief overview of XTB's history as a broker.

  • 2002 – XTB was established under the name of X-Trade
  • 2004 – X-Trade merged with XTB to comply with new regulations in the Polish market
  • 2005 – The KNF (Polish Financial Supervision Authority) granted the firm permission to offer brokerage services on all financial products
  • 2007 – X-Trade Brokers became a member of the Warsaw Stock Exchange and the Polish National Clearinghouse, opening new offices worldwide
  • 2009 – X-Trade Brokers re-branded as XTB Online Trading
  • 2010 – New offices in the UK and Turkey
  • 2016 – XTB successfully listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange
  • 2018 – XTB undergoes CySEC investigation
  • 2020 – XTB fined for €200,000 by CySEC

XTB is regulated by several financial regulatory agencies.

What Can I Trade With XTB?

XTB offers retail customers over 2,000 financial instruments in forex and CFDs. XTB divides the products it offers to traders into six categories: forex, indices, shares, ETFs, commodities, and cryptocurrencies.

CFDs are derivative securities that allow traders to speculate on the price of assets without actually holding them in their accounts.

The spreads below are the minimum spreads listed by XTB — up to date spreads may vary.

Forex

XTB provides its traders with access to about 48 forex pairs, including major currency pairs, minors, and exotics.

See all 48 Forex pairs XTB offers

Currency PairMin. Spread*Margin
AUD/CAD0.000441:20 (5%)
AUD/CHF0.000441:20 (5%)
AUD/JPY0.041:20 (5%)
AUD/NZD0.000911:20 (5%)
AUD/USD0.000171:20 (5%)
CAD/CHF0.000471:30 (3.33%)
CAD/JPY0.0411:30 (3.33%)
CHF/HUF0.141:20 (5%)
CHF/JPY0.0351:30 (3.33%)
CHF/PLN0.0021:20 (5%)
EUR/AUD0.000431:20 (5%)
EUR/CAD0.000511:30 (3.33%)
EUR/CHF0.000211:30 (3.33%)
EUR/CZK0.0211:20 (5%)
EUR/GBP9.0E-51:30 (3.33%)
EUR/HUF0.181:20 (5%)
EUR/JPY0.0211:30 (3.33%)
EUR/NOK0.00371:20 (5%)
EUR/NZD0.001061:20 (5%)
EUR/PLN0.00191:20 (5%)
EUR/RON0.00381:20 (5%)
EUR/SEK0.00411:20 (5%)
EUR/TRY0.000571:20 (5%)
EUR/USD6.0E-51:30 (3.33%)
GBP/AUD0.000751:20 (5%)
GBP/CAD0.000241:30 (3.33%)
GBP/CHF0.000371:30 (3.33%)
GBP/JPY0.0491:30 (3.33%)
GBP/NZD0.000751:20 (5%)
GBP/PLN0.00321:20 (5%)
GBP/USD9.0E-51:30 (3.33%)
NZD/CAD0.000391:20 (5%)
NZD/CHF0.000211:20 (5%)
NZD/JPY0.0361:20 (5%)
NZD/USD0.000221:20 (5%)
USD/BRL0.00951:20 (5%)
USD/CAD0.000191:30 (3.33%)
USD/CHF0.000141:30 (3.33%)
USD/CLP0.451:20 (5%)
USD/CZK0.0211:20 (5%)
USD/HUF0.251:20 (5%)
USD/JPY0.0071:30 (3.33%)
USD/MXN0.00371:20 (5%)
USD/NOK0.00381:20 (5%)
USD/PLN0.00131:20 (5%)
USD/RON0.00471:20 (5%)
USD/SEK0.00411:20 (5%)
USD/TRY0.000581:20 (5%)
USD/ZAR0.01291:20 (5%)

*These spread values only apply to traders who use the xStation platform.

Indices

XTB offers a total of 42 index CFD markets :

See all the Indices XTB offers

IndexMin. Spread*Margin
AUS20041:20 (5%)
AUT20201:10 (10%)
BRAComp1171:10 (10%)
CHNComp191:10 (10%)
CZKCASH2.81:10 (10%)
DE300.91:20 (5%)
DE30.cash0.91:20 (5%)
EU501.61:20 (5%)
EU50.cash1.61:20 (5%)
FRA401.11:20 (5%)
FRA40.cash1.11:20 (5%)
HK.cash121:10 (10%)
HKComp211:10 (10%)
ITA40111:10 (10%)
ITA40.cash111:10 (10%)
JAP225211:20 (5%)
KOSP2000.31:10 (10%)
MEXComp1171:10 (10%)
NED250.241:10 (10%)
RUS502.51:10 (10%)
SPA3561:10 (10%)
SPA35.cash61:10 (10%)
SUI2041:10 (10%)
UK1000,91:20 (5%)
UK100.cash1.71:20 (5%)
US10011:20 (5%)
US100.cash11:20 (5%)
US20000.41:10 (10%)
US3011:20 (5%)
US30.cash21:20 (5%)
US5000.51:20 (5%)
US500.cash0.51:20 (5%)
USBIOT1.41:10 (10%)
USCANNA4.21:10 (10%)
USCHN1.41:10 (10%)
USDIDX0.0121:5 (20%)
USFANG1.41:10 (10%)
USGAME2.11:10 (10%)
USLITH1.41:10 (10%)
USMEDIA2.11:10 (10%)
VOLX0.111:5 (20%)
W201.61:10 (10%)

*These spread values only apply to traders who use the xStation platform.

Shares

XTB offers CFD trading on more than 1,700 shares of companies trading in the following countries:

  • Belgium: Cofinimmo SA, bpost SA, Solvay SA, Barco NV
  • Czech Republic: Komercni Banka AS, Philip Morris CR AS, Erste Group Bank AG
  • Denmark: Pandora A/S, DSV A/S, Vestas Wind Systems A/S
  • Finland: Tieto OYJ, Metso OYJ, Orion OYJ
  • France: Safran SA, Orpea, Legrand, IPSOS
  • Germany: Vonovia SE, Krones AG, Leoni AG, Puma SE
  • Italy: Biesse SpA, DiaSorin SpA, Ferrari NV
  • Netherlands: Heineken NV, Unilever NV, TomTom NV
  • Norway: Mowi ASA, DNO ASA, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA
  • Portugal: Banco Comercial Portugues SA, Sonae, Jeronimo Martins SGPS SA
  • Spain: Ercros SA, Talgo SA, Vidrala SA
  • Sweden: ABB Ltd, Nokia OYJ, Electrolux AB, Boliden AB
  • Switzerland: Geberit AG, SGS SA, Novartis AG
  • UK: Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings PLC, Domino's Pizza Group PLC, AA PLC
  • US: Tesla Motors Inc., Colgate-Palmotive Co, Nucor Corp, Apple Inc

ETFs

XTB offers over 100 exchange-traded funds CFDs to trade.

See all XTB ETF markets

CompanyMarginCompanyMargin
iShares MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan1:5 (20%)Invesco India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust1:5 (20%)
iShares Core US Aggreagte1:1 (100%)Physical Platinum Shares1:2.5 (40%)
Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond1:2 (50%)ProShares Short QQQ1:1 (100%)
Vanguard Total Bond Market1:1 (100%)ProShares UltraShort QQQ1:1 (100%)
Vanguard Total International Bond1:1 (100%)ProShares Ultra QQQ1:1 (100%)
Global X Copper Miners1:5 (20%)PowerShares QQQ Trust Series 11:5 (20%)
Invesco DB Base Metals Fund1:1 (100%)VanEck Vectors Rare Earth1:1 (100%)
SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average Trust1:5 (20%)Invesco S&P 500 Pure Growth1:5 (20%)
iShares MSCI Chile1:5 (20%)Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight1:5 (20%)
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets1:5 (20%)Market Vectors Russia1:5 (20%)
iShares MSCI EAFE1:5 (20%)ProShares Short Russell20001:1 (100%)
iShares JP Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond1:5 (20%)Schwab US Dividend Equity1:5 (20%)
iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index1:3.3 (30%)iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond1:5 (20%)
iShares MSCI Germany1:5 (20%)Global X Silver Miners1:5 (20%)
iShares MSCI Japan1:5 (20%)iShares Silver Trust1:2.5 (40%)
iShares MSCI France1:5 (20%)Direxion Daily Semiconductors Bull 3x Shares1:1 (100%)
iShares MSCI Taiwan1:5 (20%)iShares PHLX Semiconductor1:5 (20%)
iShares MSCI United Kingdom1:5 (20%)PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio1:5 (20%)
iShares MSCI Mexico Capped1:5 (20%)SDPR S&P 500 Trust1:5 (20%)
iShares MSCI South Korea Cappe1:5 (20%)Proshares Ultra S&P 5001:1 (100%)
iShares MSCI Brazil Capped1:5 (20%)ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures1:1 (100%)
SPDR Euro Stoxx 501:5 (20%)iShares CoreFTSE 100 UCITS ETF (Acc, EUR) CFD1:5 (20%)
Invesco CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust1:2.5 (40%)ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year1:1 (100%)
CurrencyShares Euro Trust1:2.5 (40%)iShares TIPS Bond1:5 (20%)
iShares China Large-Cap1:5 (20%)iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond1:5 (20%)
Market Vectors Gold Miners1:5 (20%)Lyxor STOXX Europe 600 Technology UCITS1:1 (100%)
VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Min1:5 (20%)ProShares UltraPro QQQ1:1 (100%)
SPDR Gold Shares1:2.5 (40%)Lyxor MSCI Turkey UCITS ETF (Acc, EUR) CFD1:3.3 (30%)
iShares S&P GSCI Commodity Indexed Trust1:2 (50%)iShares MSCI Turkey1:2 (50%)
iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Cor1:2 (50%)ProShares UltraPro Dow301:1 (100%)
iShares Gold Trust1:2.5 (40%)United States Natural Gas1:2.5 (40%)
iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index1:5 (20%)ProShares UltraPro S&P 5001:1 (100%)
iShares 7-10 year Treasury Bonds1:5 (20%)Global X Uranium1:2 (50%)
iShares Europe1:5 (20%)Lyxor Nasdaq-100 UCITS ETF CFD (Acc EUR)1:5 (20%)
iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap1:5 (20%)PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund1:2.5 (40%)
iShares Core S&P Small-Cap1:5 (20%)Vanguard FTSE Developed Market1:5 (20%)
Lyxor MSCI India UCITS1:2 (50%)Vanguard Information Technology1:2 (50%)
iShares Global Clean Energy UCITS ETF (Dist EUR) CFD1:5 (20%)Vanguard REIT1:2 (50%)
iShares US Aerospace & Defense1:5 (20%)Vanguard Global ex US Real Estate (Dist, USD)1:5 (20%)
iShares U.S. Home Construction1:5 (20%)Vanguard Total World Stock1:5 (20%)
iShares Core S&P Total US Stock Market1:5 (20%)Vanguard Total Stock Market1:5 (20%)
iShares S&P 500 Value1:5 (20%)Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets1:5 (20%)
iShares Core S&P 5001:5 (20%)iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN1:1 (100%)
iShares Russell 1000 Growth1:5 (20%)SPDR S&P Homebuilders1:5 (20%)
iShares Russell 2000 Value1:5 (20%)Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund1:5 (20%)
iShares Transportation Average1:2 (50%)Financial Select Sector SPDR1:5 (20%)
SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond1:2 (50%)Industrial Select Sector SPDR1:5 (20%)
VanEck Vectors Coal1:2 (50%)Technology Select Sector SPDR1:5 (20%)
iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond1:2 (50%)Consumer Staples Select Sector1:5 (20%)
Lyxor MSCI EM Latin America UCITS1:2 (50%)Utilities Select Sector SPDR1:5 (20%)
SPDR S&P Midcap 4001:5 (20%)Health Care Select Sector SPDR1:5 (20%)
iShares S&P 1001:5 (20%)Consumer Discretionary Select1:5 (20%)
Market Vectors Oil Service1:2 (50%)SPDR S&P Metals & Mining1:5 (20%)
Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares1:2.5 (40%)SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration1:5 (20%)
SPDR S&P Retail1:5 (20%)

Commodities

XTB offers 22 commodity CFDs traders can choose from.

See all the commodities XTB offers

CommodityMin. Spread*Margin
Aluminium111:10 (10%)
BUND10Y0.021:5 (20%)
Cocoa111:10 (10%)
Coffee0.251:10 (10%)
Copper211:10 (10%)
Corn0.361:10 (10%)
Cotton0.191:10 (10%)
EMISS0.071:5 (20%)
Gold0.31:20 (5%)
Natural Gas0.011:10 (10%)
Nickel991:10 (10%)
Crude Oil0.041:10 (10%)
Oil (WTI)0.041:10 (10%)
Palladium201:10 (10%)
Platinum71:10 (10%)
SCHATZ2Y0.051:5 (20%)
Silver0.041:10 (10%)
Soybeans0.951:10 (10%)
Sugar0.051:10 (10%)
TNOTE0.041:5 (20%)
Wheat1.041:10 (10%)
Zinc111:10 (10%)

Cryptocurrencies

With XTB, traders can make a selection from 25 cryptocurrency markets, including crypto pairs.

See all Cryptocurrency markets

InstrumentMin. Spread*Margin
ADA/BTC0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
BCH/BTC0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
Bitcoin1% of market price1:2 (50%)
Bitcoin Cash1% of market price1:2 (50%)
Dash2% of market price1:2 (50%)
DSH/BTC0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
EOS1% of market price1:2 (50%)
EOS/BTC0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
EOS/ETH0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
ETH/BTC0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
Ethereum Classic2% of market price1:2 (50%)
Ethereum2% of market price1:2 (50%)
IOTA/BTC0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
Litecoin2% of market price1:2 (50%)
LTC/BTC2% of market price1:2 (50%)
NEO/BTC0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
Ripple2% of market price1:2 (50%)
Stellar2% of market price1:2 (50%)
TRX/BTC0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
TRX/ETH0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
XEM/BTC0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
XLM/BTC0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
XMR/BTC0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
XRP/BTC0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)
ZEC/BTC0.5% of market price1:2 (50%)

XTB Account Types

XTB offers two types of accounts: standard and pro. Here are the main differences between the two accounts.

 
Standard
Pro
Maximum Leverage
30:1
30:1
Minimum Spread
0.35
0.28
Negative Balance Protection
Yes
Yes
Minimal Order
0.01 lot (ETFs and Shares)
0.01 lot (ETFs and Shares)
Automated Trading
Yes
Yes
Trading Platforms
xStation & MT4
WEB, DESKTOP, MOBILE, TABLET, SMARTWATCH
xStation & MT4
WEB, DESKTOP, MOBILE, TABLET, SMARTWATCH
Account Setup & Management
Free
Free
Forex, Indices, Commodities, Cryptocurrencies
No commission
Commission from 3.00 GBP per lot
Stock CFDs and ETF CFDs
Commission from 0.08% per lot
Commission from 0.08% per lot

Traders can also open a demo account, where they can trade risk-free for four weeks with £100k in virtual funds.

What About XTB's Fees, Funding, and Spreads?

XTB fees and commissions depend both on the instrument traded and the type of account. For some products, such as forex or index trading with a pro account, XTB spreads are competitive.

Additional fees and costs are based on the instruments traders want to trade and the type of account they open.

Basic account holders can use guaranteed stops, and this protection comes with wider trading spreads.

Deposit and Withdrawal Methods

Traders can deposit and withdraw funds via:

  • Credit/Debit card
  • Bank transfer
  • E-Wallets: PayPal, Paysafe (formerly Skrill)

The minimum first deposit is $/€/£250.

Credit card and e-wallet transfers take around 24 hours, while bank transfers arrive within 3-5 working days.

Note: If your nominated bank is in a different currency to your trading account, the bank converts the amount at their rate or upon payment receipt.

Before executing deposits and withdrawals, traders must undergo an account verification process.

General Fees

XTB may charge some generic fees. Ones traders should be aware of include:

  • Deposit Fees (E-Wallet): 2% of deposit with USD, 5% of deposit with HUF
  • Withdrawal Fees:
    • $20 for withdrawals under $100
    • €16 for withdrawals under €80
    • £12 for withdrawals under £60
    • 3,000 HUF for withdrawals under 12,000 HUF
  • Monthly Account Maintenance Fee: Up to 10 EUR (Only applies to previously active traders if no trades were made within 365 days or no deposits within 90 days)
  • Penalty Interest: Outlined in Terms of Business clause 24. Essentially, XTB deducts any late penalties from traders’ accounts. These include bank charges or in the case of legal action, court fees, and the like.

Commissions

All retail traders pay commission when trading stock CFDs and ETF CFDs. The following charges apply:

  • Transaction Fee: 0.08% of the trade amount
  • Dividend Deductions: Up to 35% of the asset's dividend's equivalent

Professional Trader Fees

XTB charges professional traders the following fees for opening and closing positions (charges incurred per lot, excluding stocks CFDs, ETF CFDs, and cryptocurrencies):

  • 3.00 GBP
  • 3.50 EUR
  • 4.00 USD
  • 1,200 HUF

Professional traders are also charged a €3.50 transaction fee when opening and closing a cryptocurrency CFD trade.

Other Fees

Italy FTT (financial transaction tax): All transactions on share CFDs from Italy, ITA.40, which are based on Italian equities, are subject to FTT (financial transaction tax). Tax is charged as a fixed fee related to notional transaction value.

The scheme below presents notional transaction value brackets and related tax values:

  • Up to €2,500: €0,25
  • €2,500- 5,000: €0.5
  • €5,000- 10,000: €1
  • €10,000- 50,000: €5
  • €50,000- 100,000: €10
  • €100,000- 500,000: €50
  • €500,000- 1,000,000: €100
  • Over €1,000,000: €200

Account Requirements

After you click the green Create Account‘ button on the website, XTB asks you a few questions including your name, phone number, and National Insurance Number. Thereafter, you are required to enter your postal code and address.

Traders must proceed to choose a trading platform (xStation 5 or MT4), an account type (see above), currency, and language.

The next XTB screen asks you for basic information like:

  • Estimated annual income
  • Net worth
  • Occupation
  • Expected annual trading volume
  • Source of account funding

On the following screen, XTB asks you a few questions to determine your level of experience and knowledge about CFD products.

Account Verification

After entering your personal information, XTB takes you to the main trading screen where they ask you to activate your account. In order to activate the account, traders must pass the XTB identity verification. You will need to upload both an ID and proof of residence. The ID must be one of the following:

  • Identity Card
  • Passport
  • Driver’s License

You can take a picture of your ID card and upload it to XTB using your mobile phone. The document confirming proof of identity should not be expired and must show the whole document (with all 4 corners).

Applicants must pass the address verification and submit a recent utility bill to XTB that contains their current address.

To deposit funds, traders must click on the deposit funds tab at the top of the site. They are then taken to the client office where they can choose from several deposit methods.

Margin Requirements

XTB offers different amounts of leverage depending on the CFD product, but the maximum leverage on all three types of accounts is 1:200.

Traders should visit the XTB website for specific leverage allowances for each product. Each CFD also has specific XTB margin requirements that traders must maintain.

Traders who fall below the XTB margin requirements risk receiving a margin call and having their position closed prematurely.

XTB Platform Review

XTB offers traders two platforms for trading. Traders can choose xStation 5, which is the broker’s proprietary multi-asset platform, or the industry-standard MetaTrader4 (MT4) platform. Both platforms offer mobile trading options.

This review will cover the xStation 5 platform.

Dashboard and Asset Browsing

XTB's custom trading application, xStation 5, has the look and layout of many other trading platforms.

XTB Platform xStation 5 screen
This screenshot is only an illustration. Current market prices can be found on the broker website.

The main screen has menus, watchlists, charts, and notifications.

The platform launch speed was relatively quick and navigation between the different panels was seamless. The Market Watch section facilitates easy trading by populating the screen with a brightly color-coded trade ticket each time you click on a new symbol.

XTB Market Watch
This screenshot is only an illustration. Current market prices can be found on the broker website.

The system allows for easy access to market sentiment indicators, heat maps, top movers, and an ETF scanner. Below is the nicely color-coded heat map:

XTB Heat Map
This screenshot is only an illustration. Current market prices can be found on the broker website.

Customization and Trading Tools

xStation 5 offers many industry-standard tools such as position monitoring, account summary, news, and calendars. One feature that stood out was the integration of educational tools within the platform.

Traders can click on this section and find videos on Trading Basics as well as more advanced videos on Trading with Legends.

XTB Education
This screenshot is only an illustration. Current market prices can be found on the broker website.

One of the very limiting features of the xStation 5 is its lack of tools for automated trading and back-testing strategies. There also don’t appear to be tools for creating custom indicators.

MetaTrader 4 (MT4)

XTB supports MetaTrader 4, a popular software with many online brokers.

MT4 can be used as a web-trader in a browser or traders can download it on a Windows desktop, as well as iOS and Android devices. The software offers technical trading tools, strategy testing and automation, and custom indicators.

XTB Demo Account

Traders can open a demo account with XTB. The demo account expires four weeks after opening and is pre-loaded with £100k in virtual funds. Traders can choose either xStation 5 or MT4 for their demo account. Once opened, traders can toggle back and forth between the real and demo accounts:

XTB Demo
This screenshot is only an illustration. Current market prices can be found on the broker website.

The screen layout is identical to the real account.

Learning Resources

In addition to the in-platform educational videos, XTB has a Trading Academy section on its website dedicated to teaching traders of all levels. The site lists four categories: basic, intermediate, expert, and premium.

However, only the first two categories contained material at the time of writing this review. XTB noted that the expert category is in development, and we couldn’t find information on the premium offerings.

Topics in the intermediate section covered a range of both fundamental and technical topics.

XTB Lessons

The site also hosts a live webinar section with a calendar of upcoming events and a trading glossary with terms used in CFD and forex trading.

xStation Mobile Platform Review

Mobile traders can download xStation Mobile on iOS and Android devices. Upon opening the application, traders are welcomed by the asset browsing screen where instruments are listed.

mobile asset browsing screen
This screenshot is only an illustration. Current market prices can be found on the broker website.

Instruments can be added by tapping the ‘+' sign in the top right corner of the screen. The top bar of every tab shows:

  • Account balance
  • Active margin percentage
  • Profit/loss standing

Executing Trades

The trade execution screen has the same features as the desktop version with the options to:

  • Buy or sell
  • Set profit/loss limits
  • Combine the asset with existing open positions of the same asset
  • Price alerts
  • Price statistics
mobile trade execution screen
This screenshot is only an illustration. Current market prices can be found on the broker website.

Managing Positions

Traders can manage open, pending, and closed positions under the ‘Portfolio' tab. Thumbnails show the instrument name, volume, and net profit/loss.

Those wanting to switch over to a live account can tap the ‘Open Account' button on the top left of the screen.

Market Sentiment

The sentiments tab allows traders to keep track of market performance. The custom sentiments feature also allows users to add personalized sentiments for insight.

Sentiments can be customized by adding filters to weave out the preferred asset classes.

Mobile sentiment filter screen
This screenshot is only an illustration. Current market prices can be found on the broker website.

Mobile Account Menu

The mobile account menu is located under the ”More' tab, from where traders can access:

  • News
  • List of top movers
  • Learning resources
  • Deposit and withdrawal menu
  • Profile settings
  • Customer support

FAQs

Those interested in further details about XTB as a broker may find useful information below.

Who is XTB regulated by?

XTB is regulated by four different regulatory bodies, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF), Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySec), and the International Financial Services Center (IFSC). We cover regulatory information in more detail elsewhere in this article, along with the countries XTB operates in.

What trading platforms does XTB offer?

XTB offers three different trading platforms. The primary platform xStation, is web-based, while xStation mobile is available on mobile devices and tablets for both iOS and Android users. The third trading platform supported by XTB is MetaTrader 4, one aimed at traders who prefer advanced trading tools and automation features.

What Cryptocurrencies can I trade with XTB?

XTB offers 25 different cryptocurrency assets to trade, among which you can find Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, EOS, Ethereum Classic, IOTA, Litecoin, NEO, Ripple, Stellar, and TRX. The asset classes include individual cryptocurrency CFDs, and cryptocurrency pairs like IOTA/BTC, EOS/ETH, and ADA/BTC.

Credits: Original XM review written by Lawrence Pines. Major updates and additions in May 2020 by Marko Csokasi with contributions from the Commodity.com editorial team.

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